The Mexican Intifada?

So when does this start happening inside of an American city?

The Border Patrol says its agents were attacked nearly 1,000 times during a one-year period along the Mexican border, typically by assailants hurling rocks, bottles and bricks. Now the agency is responding with tear gas and powerful, pepper-spray weapons, including firing into Mexico.

The counteroffensive has drawn complaints that innocent families are being caught in the crossfire.

“A neighbor shouted, ‘Stop it! There are children living here,” said Esther Arias Medina, 41, who on Wednesday fled her Tijuana, Mexico, shanty with her 3-week-old grandson after the infant began coughing from smoke that seeped through the walls.

A helmeted agent on the U.S. side said nothing as he stood with a rifle on top of a 10-foot border fence next to the three-room home that Arias shares with six others.

“We don’t deserve this,” Arias said. “The people who live here don’t throw rocks. Those are people who come from the outside, but we’re paying the price.”

Witnesses in Arias’ hardscrabble neighborhood described eight attacks since August that involved tear gas or pepper spray, some that forced residents to evacuate.

The Border Patrol’s top official in San Diego, Mike Fisher, said his agents are taking action because Mexican authorities have been slow to respond. When an attack happens, he said, American authorities often wait hours for them to come, and help usually never arrives.

“We have been taking steps to ensure that our agents are safe,” Fisher said.

Mexico’s acting consul general in San Diego, Ricardo Pineda, has insisted that U.S. authorities stop firing onto Mexican soil. He met with Border Patrol officials last month after the agency fired tear gas into Mexico. The agency defended that counterattack, saying agents were being hit with a hail of ball bearings from slingshots in Mexico.

… Border Patrol agents were attacked 987 times along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, the agency said. That’s up 31 percent from 752 attacks a year earlier, and it’s the highest number since the agency began recording attacks in the late 1990s.

About two-thirds of the attacks were with rocks. Many of the rest involved physical assaults, such as illegal immigrants getting into fist fights with guards.

You know, when people suggest that illegal aliens could engage in the same sort of out-of-control rioting that Muslims immigrants do in France, it gets pooh-poohed with, “Well, Muslims just do that sort of thing all over the world. Our illegals aren’t like that.”

Wrong. Look to our border, where you’ve got thugs attacking American border patrol agents, the Mexican government standing by and allowing it to happen, and complaints that innocents are getting caught up in the crossfire.

It almost sounds like the Israeli/Palestinian situation minus the suicide bombings and look at what a no win situation it is:

1) The Mexican government could put a stop to it, but they choose not to do so.

2) If border patrol agents do nothing, they’ll be injured and killed in increasing numbers.

3) When they use tear gas or pepper spray on a large scale, innocents are caught in the crossfire.

4) If they start regularly shooting the people attacking them, they’ll be unfairly accused of using excessive force — as if a rock or a ball bearing shot from a slingshot can’t seriously injure or kill someone.

Either way, it’s better to have to deal with these problems on our border than in the middle of Los Angeles or New York. That’s one of the many reasons why we need to get rid of the illegals in this country: to keep things from inevitably getting to this point in our cities.

PS: If there were a list of the top 10 quotes that were most likely made up from scratch by an illiterate peasant in 2007, this quotation from the article would probably be near the top of the list:

Robis Guadalupe Argumedo, a seamstress in Tijuana, said she has been startled by tear gas on four nights since Aug. 7, when her 12-year-old son suffered a nose bleed. That attack also shattered a window of her neighbor’s car.

Argumedo, 31, said she shouted in protest across the border at a helmeted agent on Dec. 8 after opening her front door to a cloud of tear gas. “He said: ‘I’m the policeman of the world and I can do what I want.'”

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