A few notes on a topic that interests me, though we don't much cover it here:
Border Violence Alarms Chertoff. "There has been an over-100 percent increase in the last fiscal year in border violence aimed at our Border Patrol agents..."
Border Patrol Agents See Violence As 'Challenge'. "...Agents face a whole slew of threats on a daily basis, everything ranging from spiders, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, ticks and chiggers to stumbling across people in desperate need of medical attention, drug and human smugglers, drowning, being shot at and getting physically assaulted. To complicate an already tense and dangerous job, the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 gang, was reportedly hired to assassinate agents to clear a path for traffickers."
Patrol Records Show Mexican Military Strays Across Border. "...Heavily armed personnel in a military-style Humvee helped drug smugglers fleeing police to escape back into Mexico, according to authorities. An internal Border Patrol summary of the incident said the Humvee was equipped with a .50-caliber machine gun..."
Guns and Money: US-Mexico Border Besieged by Crime, Terror. "Following separate raids on Jan. 12, 26 and 27, U.S. authorities announced they had seized two homemade bombs, materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bulletproof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics and cash.... Homeland Security sent a confidential memo in January to Border Patrol agents warning that they could be the targets of assassins hired by alien smugglers."
The Frontier seems to be getting wild again.