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A gun battle between Mexican suspects and Mexican police left seven bullet holes in El Paso City Hall. This latest incursion of Mexico's deadly crime war has intensified calls for tighter border security.
The State Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote an official letter to President Barack Obama to say Tuesday's "cross-border gunfire" was more proof that the state "is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border."
The gun battle between police and armed suspects in Ciudad Juarez — a city plagued by drug violence just across the Rio Grande from El Paso — occurred as police officers were trying to investigate a vehicle with no license plates in a border-area parking lot within view of El Paso City Hall.
Police and the armed Mexicans exchanged at least 40 shots, according to police officials. The El Paso Police commanders said they believe at least seven of those rounds crossed the border and hit El Paso's city hall. No Americans were wounded, but a Mexican cop and an innocent bystander in Juarez were reported killed as a result of the shootout.
This latest incident, while being played down by most members of the new media, has increased calls for the Obama White House to do more than just pontificate about the benefits of having illegal aliens continuing their lawbreaking in the U.S.
"Border security and national security are inextricably linked. A porous border is an open invitation to those who wish to harm America, and for too long our borders have been an especially inviting access point for drug smugglers, human traffickers, and potential terrorists," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
A few weeks ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, during his visit to the United States, criticized Arizona’s tough new illegal immigration law from the well of Congress before a joint session. Not surprising was the Democrat lawmakers reaction to his rhetoric -- a standing ovation.
Should we bring out troops home, and place them on the border, with orders to shoot?
One thing you must all remember (before you blame hard working people) .. is not Illegal Immigrants who are destroying the border ..
Deployment of troops on US soil is in voilation of the Posse Comitatus act, but I might be willing to accept exceptions in invasion scenarios.
What should be done about the violence at our borders? Please vote.
They have two options , stay in Mexico with all the violence , economic struggle , probably see their children grow up to be poor and nothing , or come to the US , get a safer , better life and a better life for her children.