Report shows Mexican incursions into El Paso sector
Judicial Watch, a public interest group that “investigates and prosecutes government corruption,” has released a U.S. Border Patrol report titled, “Mexican Government Incidents – 2007 Fiscal Year Report,” which the group obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The report describes 25 confirmed incursions in 2007 along the U.S.- Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel, two of which involved the El Paso sector.
The El Paso Sector covers the entire state of New Mexico and the two western most counties in Texas, Hudspeth and El Paso. This consists of 125,500 square miles, 121,000 square miles in New Mexico and 4,500 square miles in Texas. There are 289 miles of international boundary, 180 miles are land border and 109 miles are river border.
From the Border Patrol document:
-“Mexican Police Incursion (Intentional) El Paso/Deming – On May 13, 2007, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Deming, New Mexico Station reproted that a marked Mexican Police Bell 206 helicopter with tail number (info blacked out on document) entered U.S. airspace from Mexico. The aircraft flew approximately one-quarter mile into the U.S., near the Port of Columbus, NM. March Air Force Base advised BP Agents that they had detected the incursion, identified the aircraft, and observed that the helicopter remained in the U.S. airspace for approcimately four minutes. The Sector Liaison Unit reported the helicopter was searching for a group of lost Mexican nationals. The aircraft returned to Mexico. At no time did the aircraft land in the U.S. or make contact with ground personnel.” -“Mexican Police Incursion (Armed/Intentional) El Paso – On September 20, 2007, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso, Texas Station reported that a Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Police Officer (JPD) illegally entered the United States. The officer was pursuing (info blacked out on document) on foot near El Paso, TX. The JPD Officer, in full JPD uniform, pursued (info blacked out on document) approximately 44 feet inot the U.S. before returning to Mexico. (Info blacked out on document) was apprehended by agents and had a visible limp. (Info blacked out on document) told agents that the JPD officer haed hit (info blacked out on document) with a rifle in the knee. (Info blacked out on document) requested medical treatment and was transported to Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, TX for evaluation and treatment.”
The document also says there were three sightings in the El Paso sector. A sighting, according to the document, is the discovery of significant Mexican government activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border which is not an encounter and may be a LEA interest.
An incursion, as defined in the document, is defined as an unauthorized crossing of the U.S. Mexico border by Mexican government personnel. It may be intentional or unintentional.
The document is available at the Judicial Watch Internet site at www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2008/FY2007MexIncursionReport.pdf (large file, 31 pages).