Thu, Jul 1, 2010
Gunfire from Juárez usually heard, not seen
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EL PASO — The gunfire from Juárez that struck El Paso City Hall on Tuesday was unusual.
But it is not uncommon for U.S. Border Patrol agents to hear the sound of gunshots from Mexico.
Border Patrol agents posted along the Rio Grande have reported hearing shots as the violence has boiled in Juárez, though officials said it is uncommon for bullets to cross the border and strike in the U.S.
"Typically, agents hear gunshots south of the border but as far as an incident like this (City Hall shooting) — no," said Agent Ramiro Cordero, a spokesman for the Border Patrol.
Cordero said agents are vigilant,especially because of the drug violence in Juárez that has killed more than 5,000 people since 2008.
El Paso police said they believe the seven shots that hit City Hall were rounds from a shooting in which a Mexican federal police officer was killed on a Juárez street near the Rio Grande.
For residents near the border, the sound of guns can be surreal.
David Poe lives in San Elizario about a half-mile from the Rio Grande after moving to the area from Boston to take a government job.
"It was a Tuesday evening a month and a half ago," Poe recalled. "I stepped out onto my patio. I heard a repetition. I can't prove it was gunfire. But it was in such a successive rate that it couldn't have been anything else."
Poe said it sounded like repetitive gunshots were being fired in Mexico.
"I have been in El Paso since February," he said. "The concept of what is going on in Juárez is somewhat new to me. It just added to my reality. Wow, someone may have just lost their life."
The City Hall shooting is not without historical precedent.
"It's interesting because I think there are some interesting parallels between the Mexican Revolution and El Paso's involvement and interest in what was happening in Juárez at that time," city Rep. Beto O'Rourke said.
About 100 years ago during the Mexican Revolution, El Paso buildings and El Pasoans were hit by shots fired from Juárez. The brick walls on the south side of the old laundry building on South Santa Fe Street still have the pockmarks of revolutionary bullets.
In 1919, things got so bad that 3,600 U.S. troops rolled into Juárez to stop the fighting and help protect U.S. lives after three soldiers were hit by stray bullets, according to El Paso Times archives.
Daniel Borunda may be reached at email@example.com; 546-6102.
When this problem gets to the point of being considered important enough for our government to intervene, it will be too late.
We are past the point of opportunity to remove these criminals from office and our White House. It’s time we started organizing our own defense forces on a community, city, county or state levels to protect ourselves from invasion and decimation of our communities.
The burden of protection and results of this violence inside our southern borders rests wholly on the shoulders of Congress and the executive branch of government. Article IV. Section 4. of our Constitution is being violated and our safety is being ignored. Why?
I am ready for the fight. I don’t want to live in fear or as a slave. I would rather die with dignity.
"The Death of Liberty begins with Submission."
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