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Sovereignty helps define power in El Paso Border

Sovereignty: Recently a lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrolman from a Mexican national was dismissed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. One wonders what precedents occurred in U.S. history that led to the protection of law enforcement in the U.S.

Each country develops an absolute power and right to regulate its internal affairs without foreign interference thus giving itself sovereignty. This sovereignty helps define the separation of Mexico and United States in the Rio Grande border.

US Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez
US Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez

Recently the United States averted a threat to its sovereignty from an international organization. With the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 13-2 decision affirmed the protection of law enforcement in the United States. The case reported by El Paso Times (2018) states that a Juarez, Mexico teenager was killed in a cross-border shooting during a rock-throwing incident along the Rio Grande near the Paso Del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas. The lawsuit against the Border Patrolman was dismissed by Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones of El Paso.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Use of Force Statistics

The United States Customs and Border Protection is expected to enforce the nation’s laws while expected to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of every individual with whom they interact. The enforcement means the use of lethal force when needed while bearing the burden of accountability.

CBP reports that in El Paso, Texas, CBP used force 10 times in 2017 and in 2018, force was used 1 time. Assaults against CBP law enforcement personnel in 2017, in the entire nation, was 413, while 230 assaults have been reported to date in 2018. Working in the border area can be dangerous when attempting to stop illegal drugs, illegal entry, and illegal human trafficking. These are important reasons why border patrol agents must be careful when executing their border work among individuals who may want to commit harm to them.

Monitoring the U.S. Border is complex

US Border Patrol El Paso
US Border Patrol El Paso

Border patrol agents not only have to apprehend illegal aliens, terrorist, smugglers of aliens, but also respond to electronic sensor television systems, aircraft sightings, follow tracks and other physical evidence. If that is not enough, Border Patrol agents are expected to conduct traffic check, traffic observation, city patrol, transportation check, administrative, intelligence, and anti-smuggling activities. These are reasons why CBP needs more agents. CBP staffing indicates that in 2017, there were approximately 19,437 agents nationwide, while 16,605 were assigned to the southwest. Approximately 2,482 were assigned to El Paso, Texas. Still, the current administration feels that the National Guard should be assigned to the southwest border to add extra protection against illegal entry.

Protecting the Sovereignty goes both ways

Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers

Texas history shows that Mexico’s sovereignty was violated numerous times by the Texas Rangers as they attempted to arrest criminal violators who would cross into Mexico (without permission) for safety. In 1916, the U.S. military conducted the last violation of Mexico’s sovereignty when three cavalry regiments, two infantry regiments, and a contingent of artillery crossed into Mexico in two columns. The operation was triggered by Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico. The expedition ended eleven months later without success in capturing Pancho Villa and disruption of the revolutionaries’ lines of supply and communication. Since then, law enforcement and military has ceased crossing the border without the assistance and/or notification of Mexican authorities.

Protecting U.S. Sovereignty

George Soros
George Soros

George Soros states

“sovereignty belongs to the people, who in turn delegate it to their governments. If governments abuse the authority entrusted to them and citizens have no opportunity to correct such abuses, outside interference is justified.”

That means that he would welcome outside international governments to penetrate U.S. borders to protect the rights of citizens. That concept violates the U.S. Constitution concept and most likely be negatively welcome by most government officials, citizens, and the court of law.

So who is truly responsible for the protection of U.S. sovereignty? “We the People…” are responsible. The United States being an independent nation, governed by “We the People…” controls it’s own affairs. “We the People…” elect representatives to make laws that will protect and defend national borders for the benefit of American citizens. This sovereignty concept is supported by the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed” and not from outside international governments.

John Jay, explained in the Federalist Papers No. 2, Concerning dangers from Foreign Force and Influence, that the American citizen “should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties” as long as the citizen preserve and perpetuate the “sense of the value and blessings of union.” Thus, citizens must vote into Congress the best person that will honor and execute the Constitution to retain control over the country’s internal affairs, which in turn will create trust in the citizen’s view of the elected person.

What is being done to protect our sovereignty?

Part of the country believes that the U.S. immigration system is broken, affecting “dreamers,” and wanting a border wall to be built to solve the problem. Such thinking leads to a belief that the United States

“sovereignty imperiled by global forces that threaten U.S. security, endanger the U.S. economy, and undermine U.S. national identity.”

John Jay
John Jay

This growing concern has led the current administration to increase border security to regain control and protect its sovereignty. John Jay believed that Congress should address the immigration problem to give its citizen a “sense of the value and blessings of union.” Congress concerning immigration should decide what laws and how to apply them plus how and who is to protect its sovereign borders.

Meanwhile, American citizens are asked to rely on CBP for border protection war, while being under staff, underfunded, and ill-equipped. It takes special people to work in the desert, meet armed smugglers, face danger daily while expected to show compassion to those who threaten the border protectors. Perhaps we should take a lesson from Thomas Aquinas who stated, “In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.” Most of El Paso citizens view Border Patrol as warriors who defend the country’s never-ending unpopular war against United States sovereignty.


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