Agents patrolling the Rio Grande River near Fronton, Texas, came under fire by unknown attackers early this morning, according to a press release issued by Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office.
“Early this morning, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station Marine Unit patrolling near Fronton, Texas, reported they were fired upon from the Mexican riverbank. Agents saw four subjects with automatic weapons who shot over 50 rounds at them. The boat was hit several times but no one on board was injured.”
Thankfully, no agents were hurt, but this lays bare that the border crisis is much bigger than a domestic immigration policy issue. There is a national security threat from the cartels, requiring military strategy and rules of engagement to counter it.
Prior to the press release, two agents working in the Rio Grande Valley, who must remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed with CR that CBP issued internal information that the incident occurred during the early hours of the morning and that the gunfire came from across the large island in the river south of Fronton.
That island, which is one of the biggest in the river, is owned by Mexico, which means it’s a prime spot for the cartels to use as staging ground for smuggling dangerous criminals, cartel leaders, and contraband.
According to a CBP spokesman in the RGV, the boat that sustained enemy fire is a 21 Foot RSDV Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel.
The bullet holes are visible in the Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)
The bullet holes shows "they were definitely being deliberately fired upon." (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)
The bullet holes show the constant danger that Border Patrol agents face. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)
I reached out to Jaeson Jones, who used to direct counter-cartel missions in this very area as a captain with Texas’ Department of Public Safety, for comment. He told me that “if agents found bullet holes in the actual boat, it tells me they were definitely being deliberately fired upon.”