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Cartels Suspected As High-Caliber Gunfire Sends Border Patrol Scrambling On Rio Grande

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This report comes from Fox.news.com

By Jana Winter

EXCLUSIVE: RINCON PENINSULA, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com.

The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com.

Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert’s account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons.

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them,” said Gohmert, who has been in the area for the last week to get a first-hand look at the border situation.

“When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that type of weaponry.

Border Patrol sources said the rounds were clearly identifiable because .50- caliber weapons make a distinctive noise when fired. Sources said they also believe this is the first time that Border Patrol agents have taken direct fire from the Mexican side of the river in this area.

“I don’t know why we’re out here like sitting ducks,” one Border Patrol source said. “We need help.”

As of Saturday evening, a Border Patrol spokesman did not immediately return FoxNews.com’s request for comment.

The Rio Grande sector has been the busiest part of the 2,000-mile border with Texas in recent months as a surge of illegal immigrants, many from Central America, has poured in to the U.S. in the mistaken belief that U.S. policy allows for them to remain in America once they make it in. More than 60,000 unaccompanied children had crossed in the last nine months. But Border Patrol officials have warned that the deluge has left the border largely unattended, and vulnerable to cartel infiltration.

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5 comments

  1. Maybe an event like this will help make the push to get the National Guard out there doing their job: protecting US soil from invasion.

  2. Well I guess its time to put my foot in my mouth again…

    Gov. Rick Perry stated he wants to put 1,000 National Guard on the Border to aid DPS to the tune of $12 Million a month and I guess this in addition to the $1.3 Million a Week he has authorized for DPS already. What Blows my mind is the News says he is UNSURE of THE PERMISSIONS HE NEEDS TO DEPLOY THE GUARD.

    WHAT! Really Governor Perry, where is the play book that should have been put in place 20 years ago (yes long before you). Sir Really, with a Lt.Gov. looking to take your place as you are leaving and all the Legal people and analysts employed by Texas, what is the problem, should you not already know and be so clear that one would have acted long before it went to far?

    What was that saying on TV, ‘Yada, Yada, Yada’, yes indeed let all ‘Yada’ until it to damn late, right.

    So with 1,000 NG on site you will enforce against Gangs and Drugs, is that code for ignore the rest?? Guess so if I can read Gov. Speak.

    Well guess we just ‘Yada’ on….

  3. Bloomberg and other forces in the government are trying to disarmthe American citizens at the sametime we are being flooded by illegals many of them who are violent felons and convicted of crimes in their own country.doesn’t that sound strange? why would they want to disarm theAmerican people at a time when the country is in danger?

  4. “U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river”

    I am sorry, but they were firing at Americans on US soil, an ACT OF WAR against the USA and her people.

    The “Governor’s problem is he needs to pull his head out of a “dark place” or he is a domestic enemy of the USA. The fact that an act of war was committed against the USA and the state of Texas and that neither obama, nor Holder did anything about it IMMEDIATELY says that they need to be arrested for TREASON against the USA, and as already indicted war criminals.

    If this is still being ignored the we have pretty much handed over our nation to the TRAITOROUS SCUM.

    Hey Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas Try reading the Texas Constitution

    THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION, PREAMBLE: Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

    ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS

    That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare:
    Sec. 1.  FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

    Sec. 2.  INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.

    Sec. 9.  SEARCHES AND SEIZURES. The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from all unreasonable seizures or searches, and no warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or thing, shall issue without describing them as near as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.

    Sec. 12.  HABEAS CORPUS. The writ of habeas corpus is a writ of right, and shall never be suspended. The Legislature shall enact laws to render the remedy speedy and effectual.

    Sec. 29.  PROVISIONS OF BILL OF RIGHTS EXCEPTED FROM POWERS OF GOVERNMENT; TO FOREVER REMAIN INVIOLATE. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein delegated, we declare that everything in this “Bill of Rights” is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.

    Sec. 7.  COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF MILITARY FORCES; CALLING FORTH MILITIA. He shall be Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State, except when they are called into actual service of the United States. He shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions.

    ARTICLE 16. GENERAL PROVISIONS
    Sec. 1.  OFFICIAL OATH. (a) All elected and appointed officers, before they enter upon the duties of their offices, shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

    “I, _______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of ___________________ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.”

    (b)  All elected or appointed officers, before taking the Oath or Affirmation of office prescribed by this section and entering upon the duties of office, shall subscribe to the following statement:

    “I, _______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment for the giving or withholding of a vote at the election at which I was elected or as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation, whichever the case may be, so help me God.”

    (c)  Members of the Legislature, the Secretary of State, and all other elected and appointed state officers shall file the signed statement required by Subsection (b) of this section with the Secretary of State before taking the Oath or Affirmation of office prescribed by Subsection (a) of this section. All other officers shall retain the signed statement required by Subsection (b) of this section with the official records of the office.

  5. This is a very serious problem. I don’t know about the rest of you but I would say it is high time we sent our militias to the border. Club fed obviously has no intention to protect America. Shots have been fired across our border at Americans. NEED I SAY MORE….?????

    Lets get our men and boys lets get down there and get the job the feds have no intention of doing……DONE…!!!!

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