US agent shot dead near border in drug-related killing
A US Border Patrol agent was shot dead and another wounded when they came under fire in a drug smuggling corridor in Arizona near the border with Mexico.. Authorities said three agents were on foot about 8km north of the border in rocky terrain when gunfire erupted well before daybreak.
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#1 Oct 3, 2012
Now let's see how Rose, Rico and X-Man blame the BP for his death and claim that it had nothing to do with illegal aliens.
#2 Oct 3, 2012
Obama will say it's BUSH'S fault.
SILENCE from Obama.
Build a 1000 foot wide GREEN BARRIER along the border with Mexico filled with cactus and rattlesnakes.
Easy to do..........
#3 Oct 3, 2012
Live by the gun.. die by the gun. LEO's know the risk of playing hero.
#4 Oct 3, 2012
After Running on Immigration, Republicans Cut Border Security Funding
After nearly two full years of inciting fear of illegal aliens in many 2010 races, now that the Republicans are in power, they have decided to cut funding for border security.
Via the New York Times:
Preparing for the fight next week in Congress over federal spending legislation, Democratic leaders in the Senate said they will not support a bill with $60 billion in budget cuts that passed the Republican-led House on Saturday because it reduces funding for border security.
In a letter sent on Monday to House appropriations leaders, Senator Charles Schumer of New York and two other Democrats said the House bill would shrink the Border Patrol by 870 agents and cut $272 million in funds for surveillance systems to monitor the border with Mexico. They said those cuts would cancel gains from a bill adopted last August, with virtually unanimous bipartisan support, that increased border funding by $600 million, adding 1,000 new agents to the Border Patrol.
"This magnitude of reduction is simply dangerous," wrote Mr. Schumer, who is chairman of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration. Also signing were Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Jon Tester of Montana.
The GOP's public excuse is that they see no reason to give the president money on border security since it would just be wasted.
"Even with all the money in the world, the administration would not succeed in securing the border because they are not serious about it," [Texas Rep. Lamar] Smith said.
But is that the real reason, or just yet another excuse from a party determined to obstruct every bit of the Obama agenda, even the parts that actually compliment their own? Especially since, for the Republicans, who spent much of the 2010 election season drumming up paranoia and invoking xenophobic backlash over the idea that "illegals" were sneaking into the country, taking jobs and beheading people, there's a strong possibility the party will bring that tactic back for 2012.
George Bush Threatens to Cut Funds For Border Security
Since: Feb 12
#5 Oct 3, 2012
Wow, how low can you get Duh duh duh.
#6 Oct 3, 2012
The Dumbocraps and to many of the Repubcraps answer to the shooting will be disarm the American Citizens
#7 Oct 3, 2012
Where were the Drones?
#9 Oct 3, 2012
The BP agent was white... who cares.
#10 Oct 3, 2012
Flying over every right wing radicals trailer park.
#11 Oct 3, 2012
Yes, we need a demilitarized zone. NOW!!!!!! anyone, ANYONE!!!! stepping into the zone would be bullet riddled.
#12 Oct 3, 2012
Don't forget the hippos!
#13 Oct 3, 2012
Eye for an Eye.
“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”
Since: Nov 07
Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska
#16 Oct 4, 2012
President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thanks. Please be seated. I'm pleased that you
all are here to witness the signature of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. This
bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders
more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.
I want to thank the members of Congress for their work on this important
piece of legislation. I welcome you here to the White House. I'm looking
forward to signing this bill.
President George W. Bush signs H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006, in
the Roosevelt Room Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Pictured with the President are,
from left: Commissioner Ralph Basham of U.S. Customs and Border Protection;
Chief David Aguilar of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Congressman Peter
King, R-N.Y.; Congressman John Boehner, R-Ohio; and Deputy Secretary Michael
Jackson of the Department of Homeland Security; and Senator Bill Frist,
R-Tenn. White House photo by Kimberlee HewittI appreciate the Vice President
joining us today. I thank the Deputy Secretary, Michael Jackson, of the
Department of Homeland Security. Rob Portman -- he happens to be the
Director of OMB. I want to thank Ralph Basham, who is the Commissioner of
the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. David Aguilar is the Chief of the
U.S. Border Patrol.
I appreciate the fact that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has joined us,
as well as House Majority Leader John Boehner. I appreciate them coming in
from their respective states as I sign this piece of legislation. I want to
thank Congressman Peter King, who's the Chairman of the Homeland Security
Committee in the House of Representatives. I appreciate you being here,
Ours is a nation of immigrants. We're also a nation of law. Unfortunately,
the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for
decades and, therefore, illegal immigration has been on the rise. We have a
responsibility to address these challenges. We have a responsibility to
enforce our laws. We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take
this responsibility seriously.
Earlier this year, I addressed the nation from the Oval Office. I laid out
our strategy for immigration reform. Part of that strategy begins with
securing the border. Since I took office we have more than doubled funding
for border security -- from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion this year.
We've increased the number of Border Patrol agents from about 9,000 to more
than 12,000, and by the end of 2008, we will have doubled the number of
Border Patrol agents during my presidency.
We've deployed thousands of National Guard members to assist the Border
Patrol. We've upgraded technology at our borders. We've added
infrastructure, including new fencing and vehicle barriers. We're adding
thousands of new beds in our detention facilities so we can continue working
to end catch and release at our southern border. During the course of my
administration we have apprehended and sent home more 6 million people
entering our country illegally. And I thank the Border Patrol for their hard
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