Past Features

November 21, 2015

Shortage of Money Left Border Open?
Agent attacked near where fence was stopped

Border fence near Jacumba. See larger photo.
(Note: As of 2013 there had been no change in this fencing -- Google Earth)
NBC - San Diego -- November 20, 2015
Agent Assault Suspect Has Ties to Sinaloa Cartel: Border Patrol
    The man accused of throwing a softball-sized rock at a U.S. Border Patrol agent may have ties to a leader in the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.
    Border Patrol is searching for Mexican national Martel Valencia-Cortez, 39, after he allegedly tried to smuggle 14 people into the U.S. and hit an agent with a rock while running from him, Border Patrol officials say.
    On Friday, authorities say information received from the public shows Valencia-Cortez is associated with a transnational crime organization headed by a person known as “El Tigre.” The suspect is a lieutenant in the Sinaloa Cartel and runs many smuggling routes starting between Tijuana and Mexicali, the Border Patrol says.
    The incident involving Valencia-Cortez and Border Patrol agents took place Nov. 15 near Jacumba. According to authorities, agents encountered Valencia-Cortez and 14 others in the remote terrain on Carries Mountain.
    As Valencia-Cortez fled toward higher ground, he grabbed a rock and hurled it at pursuing agents, striking one in the face, the Border Patrol says.
    The agent fired his government-issued handgun at Valencia-Cortez, but officials do not believe the suspect was hit.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Scandalous Jacumba Fence Decision
   According the above report, the agent was attacked near Jacumba, California. A quick look at American Border Patrol's Operation BEEF shows that the fence near Jacumba is only about ten feet high. Taller 18-foot-fence was built nearby, but for some unknown reason DHS decided to leave a 0.7 mile gap, filled only by old 10-foot mat wall.
    Not only is this wall easy to scale, it is considered dangerous because agents cannot see what is on the other side. Moreover the short wall is adjacent to a Mexican settlement. How convenient for smugglers.
    There can be no question that the decision to leave the old fence in place near Jacumba had nothing to do with lack of funds - only lack of interest in America's security.