U.S. Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Tuesday, Nov. 5, to expect more cartel violence as border security improves.
Judd said the Mexican cartels are lashing out at U.S. citizens after six American children and three adults from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community were killed in a cartel shootout on Monday. The incident occurred near Bavispe, in Sonora, roughly 100 miles south of Arizona and Mexico border.
Mexico’s top security official Alfonso Durazo had confirmed the six deaths, stating that an additional six American children were wounded in the shootout, according to a Fox report. Five of the children had been taken to hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.
The women and their children all held dual Mexican and U.S. citizenships. Family members said the victims, with ties in Utah, were ambushed as they were on their way back to the United States.
Durazo stated that the gunmen might have mistaken the SUV convoy for rival gangs.
Judd who was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” by hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, stated, “This is speculation right now because this is on going,” adding that U.S. law enforcement currently does not have a lot of information.
The National Border Patrol Council chief painted a grim picture of the scenario. “This is where drug smuggling comes into the United States. This is where criminal aliens come in the United States,” said Judd.
“What you have to consider is as we continue to do a better job on the border, we can expect to see more violence,” Judd said during the interview with “Friends” hosts.
Judd’s cautionary advice for politicians and policymakers is the Mexican drug cartels are “extremely dangerous.” They “don’t care about life and they’re operating in the United States,” said Judd.
“It’s rare that cartels lash out at American citizens unless we’re cutting into their profits, which is what’s happening right now with the policies that are taking place,” Judd told Fox “Friends” hosts.
But “with the Mexican government becoming a true border security partner, you can expect to see more violence,” said Judd.
This is “because we have politicized border security instead of standing up and saying, ‘We need to get this situation under control,’ said Judd.
“We continue to use it on the left and the right as talking points instead of saying, ‘We’ve got to safeguard American citizens here in the United States,'” added Judd.
Judd’s suggestion for the Trump administration is to take a similar approach with Mexico as with Columbia in which the U.S. government signed the 2012 trade pact that benefited both countries.
The U.S. patrol chief remains optimistic with the Trump administration. “President Trump has been able to work with the Mexican government to come up with policies that have been very beneficial to both Mexico and to the United States,” said Judd.
Judd added that President Trump “is going to get this under control, but we have to have Congress step up to the plate and do their job as well.”
Includes reporting from Fox News