U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a high alert to its agents about potential explosive threats at the U.S.-Mexico border. An internal officer safety alert, dated December 13th, was shared with FOX Business Network, highlighting the seizure of 10 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by the Mexican military.
The discovery of these IEDs occurred following a gunfight observed by the Tucson border patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a related incident, a Tucson supervisory border patrol agent apprehended an armed individual on the U.S. side, who was found in possession of a loaded AK-47 rifle, additional ammunition, and a handgun.
In light of these events, CBP is advising agents to “exercise extreme caution and should report any possible armed subjects approaching the border with possible explosive devices.” This memo underscores the escalating dangers at the border.
According to a source from FOX Business, the gunfight, believed to be a clash between cartels, broke out near a gap in the border fence at a ranch commonly used for drug smuggling. This location has now become a hot spot for human smuggling as well, with gangs vying for control over this strategic point.
This alert from CBP coincides with ongoing debates in Washington, where Republicans are advocating for stronger border security measures. These proposals are being pushed as part of President Biden’s significant $106 billion aid package intended for Israel and Ukraine.
Amid these developments, Fox News has reported another day of intense activity at the border, with officials encountering over 10,000 migrants in just a single day, further illustrating the urgency and complexity of the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.