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Outrage: Our “friends” in Mexico release suspect in Border Patrol officer’s murder

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 26, 2008 12:18 PM

Before I tell you about the latest outrage from the Mexican government, bear all this in mind for context:

President Bush pushed for the $1.3 billion Merida Initiative to help our “friends” in Mexico fight crime and secure their southern border while our fences go unfinished. He sided with Mexico . Barack Obama and John McCain continue to suck up to MALDEF and the open-borders lobby–with scheduled appearances coming up this summer at the Latino National Congress and La Raza/The Race conferences. McCain refuses to disassociate himself from his Hispanic outreach advisor Juan Hernandez, a former Mexican cabinet official and radical “Mexico first” ethnic nationalist. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff rode the shamnesty bandwagon, assailing opponents as bigots and putting the price of lettuce over national security.

Now, read this:

U.S. officials say they are outraged that a judge in Mexico has released a man suspected of killing a Yuma border agent this year by ramming a Humvee into the agent’s all-terrain vehicle.

The release of 22-year-old Jesus Navarro Montes comes as U.S. Border Patrol agents grapple with an increase in vehicle-ramming attacks along the Mexican border in recent years.

Since Oct. 1, the Border Patrol in Arizona has logged 24 truck assaults on agents or their barricades along the border. The number hit a record 44 the previous year, which was before work crews built dozens of miles of vehicle barriers along the Arizona-Sonora line.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says its agents also have seen a steady increase in vehicle attacks in recent months, although ICE does not keep statistics.

Navarro’s release last week, which since has come to U.S. officials’ attention, drew outrage from the Border Patrol and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Here is Chertoff’s statement on the DHS site:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

We are shocked and appalled to learn that Jesus Navarro Montes was recently released by a Mexican Judge. Navarro Montes is a suspect in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar. Agent Aguilar was killed in a heinous act of violence on January 19 in the Yuma Sector, while attempting to stop two vehicles that illegally entered the country and were absconding into Mexico.

We are working with a determined Mexican Government, and our Department of Justice, to seek swift justice for the Aguilar murder. We have also assured Agent Aguilar’s family that every resource is being called upon in the relentless pursuit of justice.

Agent Aguilar’s murder represents a tragic example of border violence. We are placing our highest priority on combating and ending the increase in violence, and the American public stands with the men and women of the Border Patrol as they carry out their heroic service.

Mexican officials are pointing fingers at DHS for not issuing an arrest warrant or extradition request. I wouldn’t doubt someone at DHS screwed up, but is this how “friends” act?


This is how a government that has been allowed to walk all over the sovereignty of another acts.

The current administration and its open-borders enablers in both political parties are reaping what they have sown. A bloody shame.

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