CITIZEN PATROLS CONFRONT INCREASED BORDER CROSSINGS
Insight Magazine has a cover story about how citizen activists in Arizona are patrolling ranches along the border to report illegal aliens. Chris Simcox describes one incident after 9/11 that left him convinced more needed to be done at the border. “[W]hile I was camping, in the span of two weeks I ran across five paramilitary groups trucking drugs across the border. These were highly organized groups; three vehicles, with the camouflage-wearing troops escorting the vehicles on both sides in columns and carrying automatic weapons — AKs, mini-14s, the whole works. . . . When I told the Border Patrol what I saw they said, ‘Yeah, we know, but there’s nothing we can do about it.’ I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. We were just attacked and the president is telling everyone to be vigilant and our Border Patrol can’t do anything about this?’”?
Related: Former Border Patrol agent speaks out about the threat at the border (Sierra Times)
Related: Border Patrol Reports More Encounters With Armed Illegal Entrants (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Posted by SteinReport at January 21, 2003 04:58 PM