This happened right in front of the border wall we just built. While I was documenting the construction of our wall, I spoke with a Border Patrol agent who said he had been “rocked” over 20 times in 11 years, and that most agents have rocks thrown at them at least once during their careers. This attack comes on the heels of four Mexican nationals firing automatic weapons at a Border Patrol marine unit.
The El Paso Times is reporting:
“U.S. Border Patrol agents fired pepper ball shots at swimmers in the Rio Grande during a confrontation Sunday evening on the El Paso-Juárez border.
A Border Patrol spokesman said agents fired the non-lethal rounds after a security guard from the International Boundary and Water Commission was allegedly assaulted by a group throwing rocks.
Juárez families regularly use that portion of the Rio Grande for recreational swimming in summers when the river is flowing with water.
The confrontation occurred as dozens of Mexican families with children were playing in the river across the border near the old Asarco site in El Paso.
A cellphone video showed at least a half-dozen Border Patrol agents on U.S. soil confronting more than a dozen swimmers in the water on the U.S. edge of the river.
The video was shared on the YouTube page of La Polaka, a tabloid news website.”
El Mexicano newspaper reported that a confrontation began when a guard told swimmers not to be crossing the middle of the river to the U.S. side. Swimmers were trying to dive from the U.S. side into the river.
Agents responded to a report by a guard for the International Boundary and Water Commission saying that he had been assaulted, Border Patrol spokesman Agent Ramiro Cordero said.
The six-minute video shows Border Patrol SUVs rushing to the scene and agents standing on land while the swimmers remain in the water. The tall metal border fence is visible a few yards behind the agents.
A Border Patrol statement said that agents encountered a large group throwing rocks and refusing to leave. When the group refused to stop, agents fired pepper balls to disperse them.
El Mexicano reported that the Border Patrol fired “rubber bullets” but the Border Patrol said that agents actually fired pepper balls.
— Jeff Rainforth (@Bring_Back_Phil) August 14, 2019
The Border Patrol is equipped with modified paintball guns, named the Pepperball Launching Systems, that shoot balls containing pepper-spray powder.
“When they (projectiles) hit the floor or a person, it opens up and release the power and it irritates you and you leave or stop coming forward,” Cordero said.
It is unknown how many people may have been struck by pepper ball pellets, Cordero said. There were no reported injuries.
The video was filmed from a distance on the Mexico side and it is difficult to see if it filmed agents firing or anyone throwing rocks.
The swimmers dispersed and returned to the Mexican side, which is near the Casa de Adobe museum along the riverbank where Texas, Mexico and New Mexico meet.
The riverbank on that portion of the Rio Grande on the U.S. side is blocked off by tall, metal border fencing but the Mexico side include parkland accessible to the public.”
Here’s a short video of our wall being constructed.
Here's a montage of a few of the videos I shot of Airman Brian Kolfage's border wall being constructed. You can also view it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHHmJBq-awI. More to come… 🇺🇸
Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc.
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