It’s very dangerous out there for the men & women of the Border Patrol. Smugglers tied to cartels have no problem attacking them.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Monday afternoon, an individual driving a 2014 Ford Taurus fired shots at U.S. Border Patrol agents at an immigration checkpoint south of Casa Grande.
At approximately 2:40 p.m., the vehicle failed to yield to Tucson Sector agents working the immigration checkpoint at mile marker 26 on Federal Route 15. Gunshots were fired from the vehicle as it led agents on a high-speed chase toward Interstate 10.
With the aid of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety, the vehicle was stopped on I-10 near Casa Grande. No further shots were fired, and no injuries were reported at the scene.
“This situation is a stark reminder of the extreme danger law enforcement faces and how important it is we partner together to keep communities safe,” stated Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal. “I want to thank the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona DPS for their assistance. This pursuit put many lives at risk. With our partners’ help it ended safely.”
This was the sixth assault on a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent since October 1, 2019.
The U.S. citizen driver was arrested for human smuggling and can still face additional charges related to this incident. The two Mexican nationals discovered in the vehicle’s trunk face charges for immigration violations.
The incident remains under investigation by the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.
Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.
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CBP Arrests Previously Deported Gang Member With Long Rap Sheet
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced Tuesday that it arrested a foreign gang member who had wreaked havoc across America, committing multiple crimes in multiple states.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member east of Lukeville, Arizona, late Saturday evening,” according to a press release.
Carlos Flores-Marquez, 37, was caught attempting to cross into the United States through the desert. He admitted to being a member of the brutal Salvadoran MS-13 gang, known for committing heinous and violent crimes in the United States.
He also told agents he had been deported from the United States.
As it turns out, that deportation occurred earlier this year.
During Flores-Marquez’s processing, CBP found that he had “an extensive criminal history in Arizona, Florida and Virginia, where his 2016 arrest led to convictions for multiple felonies in Abermarle County.”
“Flores-Marquez now faces federal prosecution for immigration violations, as he is a previously deported felon,” the press release said.
CBP also explained the process by which it identified illegal aliens.
“All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified,” according to the release.
CBP has said that the amount of interactions will illegal border crossers has sharply declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, and since President Donald J. Trump closed the borders to non-essential travelers.
Still, more than 4,000 would-be illegal aliens are being intercepted by the federal law enforcement entity each month.
Sanctuary State Demands Tighter Border Security Amid COVID Pandemic
The state of California, infamous for its “sanctuary” policies which protect illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities, has called for stricter border security measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, eliciting a response from President Donald J. Trump.
Kristin Gaspar, a San Diego County Supervisor, reportedly sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence saying that medical professionals in the county are “increasingly worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in northern Mexico” and that the county has seen “a sudden influx of critically ill patients from Mexico.”
President Trump, a border hawk whom the political left, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have fought tooth-and-nail in his efforts to secure the U.S. southern border, responded to the news on Twitter.
“Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!” he said.
Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2020
The acknowledgement from the far-left state that open borders and mass migration might harm Americans is the first of its kind during the Trump presidency.
The border is officially closed to non-essential travelers and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has recorded a sharp decline in interactions with illegal border crossers during the pandemic.
Still, thousands are crossing the border legally at the San Ysidro-Tijuana port of entry, just south of San Diego.
According to Fox News, even large healthcare organizations are calling for tighter border security measures during the pandemic.
The news titan noted that “Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder and Sharp HealthCare COVID‐19 Strategic Response Executive Consultant Daniel Gross wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf asking for help in dealing with coronavirus cases at the border.”