Border Patrol agents were fired upon by high-powered weapons being deemed “machine guns.” The.50 caliber rounds were fired from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The American law enforcement officers attempting to secure the border were forced to immediately seek cover when the firing began on Friday evening. Although the exact type of weaponry used is still undetermined, the guns have been referred to as machine guns because the cartel is reportedly known to routinely utilize those types of firearms.
The Border Patrol agents took machine gun fire while on the United States side of the riverbank in the Rincon Peninsula area. The region is located across from Reynosa, Mexico. The incident took place around 8:30 pm. The.50 caliber bullets ricocheted around the quick-moving Border Patrol as they repositioned themselves, according to Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert.
Louie Gohmert had this to say about machine guns being fired at Border Patrol agents near the Rincon Peninsula:
“We don’t have any armor that can stop a.50 caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them. When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across. We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declare the border secure last week, prompting backlash from both residents and border state lawmakers. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Governor Rick Perry said that Border Patrol agents are positioned about 40 miles away from the Mexican border. Perry shared this fact with President Barack Obama during a sit down the pair had while the president was in Texas for a series of fundraisers. The Texas Governor invited and then urged, the president to tour the border to see first-hand how overly taxed law enforcement officers are, but President Obama declined.
An unidentified Border Patrol agent said, “I don’t know why we’re out her like sitting ducks. We need help.” Assistance may soon be on the way. Texas Governor Rick Perry will reportedly order 1,000 of the state’s National Guard troops to the region to secure the border. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a formal announcement about the Texas National Guard troops is expected during a press conference in Austin at 2 pm.
What do you think about machine guns being fired at Border Patrol agents and overall security efforts on the Texas border?
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