by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
U.S Border Patrol agents are routinely attacked by rocks by Mexican illegal aliens at the border, with hundreds of serious injuries resulting. But when an agent recently shot and killed a Mexican career criminal who struck him with a brick, Mexico and the United Nations complained. Obama’s response: leave the attackers alone.
You heard that right — and he order them to leave cartel drug smugglers alone too.
Top Obama Administration officials have ordered 21,000 border patrol officers to “retreat” whenever illegal aliens throw rocks at them.
Incredibly, agents were also ordered to “avoid getting in front” of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments. In other words — let them go.
“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.
Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by, or drive directly at agent positions.
The new orders do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them — sort of. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.
But since the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back, there will no doubt hbe agents who fail to respond to attacks for fear of reprisals from their superiors at DHS.
Three Border Patrol agents have been killed in more than 6,000 assaults on agents since 2007. One can only imagine how these new “rules of engagement” against the enemy will embolden them, increase the number and severity of such attacks, and increase the number of injuries among over-cautious agents.
WATCH how agents are under attack at our borders:
The new rules were of course praised by open-borders activists and lawless Democrat politicians, such as New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times. Menendez is one of the drafters of the Senate’s ‘Gang of 8’ amnesty bill which passed that chamber last year.
The new rules were issued at the direction of Jeh Johnston, the new controversial head of the Department of Homeland Security, who recently said illegal aliens have “earned the right to be citizens.”
The Daily Caller reported that the new rules were taken nearly word for word from a left-wing open-borders “advocacy group” that wants to reduce policing of illegal immigration:
The report by the Police Executive Research Forum was commissioned by DHS, and it said border agents should be barred from standing in front of smugglers’ vehicles or from shooting at people who are attacking them with rocks.
The commissioned report was challenged by mid-level DHS officials, who argued that the rules barring self-defense from rock-throwers “could create a more dangerous environment [especially for agents operating] in rural or desolate areas, often alone, where concealment, cover and egress is not an option,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
But Johnston overrode the internal response, and forced the implementation of the advocacy groups’ recommendations.
The PERF report was commissioned by top DHS leaders after advocates said law-enforcement agents had killed roughly seven people a year along the 1,933-mile border in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The shootings came during 67 clashes with a huge stream of armed drug-smugglers and illegal immigrants.
Three U.S. border guards have been killed in recent years.
In a Friday news conference, Fisher told reporters that agents would be equipped with short-range tasers and pepper spray, plus medium-range pellet guns, to deter attacks.
But he also admitted that agents have been attacked 6,000 times since 2007. They’ve been “assaulted by rocks” 1,713 times since 2010, and have responded with deadly force only 43 times, he said.
The agents killed only 10 drug-smugglers and other attackers during the same three-year period, Fisher said.
Sounds like Border Patrol is already acting with tremendous restraint — remember that Brian Terry himself was using bean bags the night he was gunned down with a Fast and Furious-provided AK-47.
Why would we want to put our agents in greater risk by tying their hands in response to violent attacks?