Murder on the Border

Editorial, Washington Times, December 28, 2010

Brian Terry died for President Obama’s sins. Mr. Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol agent, was killed during operations against bandits near the southern Arizona town of Rio Rico, approximately 15 miles inside the U.S. border. Here and along other infiltration routes, gangsters prey on illegal aliens and drug smugglers or serve as private security forces for gangs engaged in illegal activities. Agent Terry was part of a four-man Border Patrol Tactical Unit sent to engage the bandits, and he was shot down in the resulting firefight.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano offered condolences to Mr. Terry’s family but met a sharp rejoinder from his father, Kent, who said, “You gotta wake your man up in the White House.” Ms. Napolitano countered that Mr. Obama has “done more in the last two years than any other president,” and when pressed by reporters on the matter said she did not “think it appropriate for the media to try to pick this as a fight.” {snip}

The Terry family called Ms. Napolitano’s claim that Mr. Obama has done more than any other president to deal with border security “empty words,” and the notion is easily proved false. Whatever accomplishments the Obama administration may claim, they pale against the aggressive and successful border-security policies President Eisenhower pursued in the 1950s. Woodrow Wilson’s response to cross-border activity by Mexican gangs was to send 4,800 troops over the border. Mr. Obama’s most notable actions have been to unleash the Justice Department on Arizona for taking small steps to try to deal with the problem of illegals and to push the Dream Act, a backdoor amnesty nightmare that thankfully ended when the Senate woke up and defeated it.

Worsening conditions in the United States reflect the situation in northern Mexico, which resembles a full-scale insurgency. There, the “war on drugs” is not just a slogan; it’s a daily struggle fought with guns and machetes. {snip} In Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, almost nine people are killed on average per day, making it proportionately the most violent city in the world. Conditions there are so dangerous that college football players from Notre Dame and Miami in El Paso for the Sun Bowl have surrendered their passports to their coaches and been briefed by the FBI on the perils of crossing the border.

Northern Mexico is descending into drug-fueled chaos and soon will join the list of the world’s ungovernable spaces. {snip}

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