Saturday, July 3, 2010

El Paso City Hall Hit by 7 Gunfire Blasts from Across Border

Last week a burst of gunfire from Mexico crossed the U.S. Texas border smashing into El Paso's City Hall.  According to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the 7 shots fired from Juarez, Mexico that hit the building, killing and wounding no one, was not the result of effective border control, but mere luck.

El Paso City Hall

The photo above by Vanessa Monsisvais for El Paso Times, shows a large-caliber bullet which entered a west-facing wall at the 9th floor office of Assistant City Manager Pat Adauto....A rod was placed in the bullet hole to mark where the bullet entered.
Police said the bullet flew through the window, then through an interior wall before hitting a picture frame and stopping.
Abbot, in a letter to Barack Obama asked for more troops on the border and said the "time for talk is passed:"

The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk. As the attached news article notes: "More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels." Americans must be protected as this deadly war bulges at our border. 

Law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your own U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reveal the hard truth. Our state is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border. 
The time for talk has passed. The time for action is now. The need is urgent. Each day that passes increases the likelihood that an American life will be lost because of the federal government's failure to secure the border.
This threat demands immediate and effective action by your Administration to secure our border. As the Attorney General of Texas, I urge you to make border security your top priority so that no more innocent lives are lost to border violence. 

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