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Article from June 1, 2000

Mexicans Declare Border War [Our "friends" from South of the Border]

Town Pledges to Clog U.S. Court System with Illegals

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Posted: June 1, 2000
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Jon E. Dougherty
© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com

A Mexican border town has "declared war" on the United States, vowing to clog the U.S. court system with illegal immigrants, because, city officials say, the U.S. Border Patrol is dumping in their town Mexican nationals caught crossing the border illegally.

Officials from Agua Prieta, a Mexican city of about 130,000, are also claiming that the U.S. government has repeatedly neglected to inform them about new waves of immigrants before they are routed there from points in the U.S. after capture.

Consequently, Agua Prieta leaders are teaching Mexican nationals how to cross into the U.S. and stay there, by instructing them to request a court hearing -- a tactic sure to clog the judicial system with possibly thousands of illegal immigrants who want their day in court.

Every day, Mexican officials complain, U.S. Border Patrol officials round up thousands of illegals who have crossed the border, then send them right back home, through gates opening into Agua Prieta. In fact, an estimated 2 million Mexicans jumped the fence and entered the U.S. illegally at Agua Pietra in the past two years, according to a Fox News report yesterday.

Ironically, city officials from Agua Prieta complain that the horde of illegals is causing inordinate amounts of crime, drug abuse and homelessness -- complaints also lodged by U.S. landowners and ranchers who live on the U.S. side of the border, where illegals are attempting to gain access to the states.

The difference, say U.S. residents, is that the illegal aliens don't belong in the United States -- they belong to Mexico, if they have not entered by legal means.

Nevertheless, Agua Prieta officials are advertising offers of free legal advice on radio and in newspapers to help those that get caught remain in the U.S. "Our plan is to let people know the rights they have," Agua Prieta Mayor Daniel Noriega told Fox.

Experts say that if only a small portion of illegal immigrants request court appearances, the system could be hopelessly clogged and the Border Patrol similarly overwhelmed.

Mexico's counterpart to the U.S. Border Patrol, Patrulla Fronteriza officers are seen here interdicting illegal aliens on the Mexican side of the border. The Mexican government, however, appears to be making an effort to complement U.S. Border Patrol efforts to stem the tide of illegal aliens flowing across the border. A new Mexico-based counterpart to the U.S. Border Patrol, called Patrulla Fronteriza, has been formed to interdict Mexican nationals on Mexico's side of the border, before they cross into the U.S.

This latest development comes on the heels of other incidents that have seen increasing tensions between Washington and Mexico City in regards to how best to deal with the problem of increasing illegal immigration. Earlier last month, Mexican government officials came to Washington to complain about "vigilantism" being practiced by U.S. landowners who own property along the vast southwestern border.

Mexican Foreign Minister Rosario Green complained to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and other U.S. officials that some illegal immigrants had received poor treatment while traversing private land. She alleged that the detention of illegals by private U.S. ranchers -- mostly in Arizona -- had resulted in two deaths and seven injuries since January 1999. "The issue of the Mexicans and the Arizona ranchers is seen, without a doubt, as a red alert that could generate a relatively tense situation," Green said in Mexico City.

Meanwhile -- against a sinister backdrop of possible bounty hunting by Mexican soldiers -- U.S. Border Patrol officials say they are increasingly worried about "armed incursions" into U.S. territory by heavily armed Mexican army units. Officials cited a recent incident in which Mexican soldiers chased -- then fired shots at -- Border Patrol agents.

On Mar. 14, shortly after 10 p.m. local time, "two Mexican army Humvees carrying about 16 armed soldiers drove across the international boundary and into the United States near Santa Teresa, New Mexico," said officials with the National Border Patrol Council, a nationwide union that represents all 8,250 non-supervisory Border Patrol employees.

The Mexican troops pursued a Border Patrol vehicle, which was "outfitted with decals and emergency lights (that were activated for much of the pursuit) over a mile into the United States."

Mexican anti-drug police and specialized anti-narcotic army troops make routine "incursions" into U.S. territory, the council said.
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Jon E. Dougherty, a policy analyst with Freedom Alliance, a group founded by Lt. Col. Oliver North, is the author of "Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border."
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