Earlier this year, President Trump sent over 3,000 active duty soldiers to the Mexican border, with more expected to be sent gradually over the rest of the year. This increased presence has put soldiers on both sides of the border on high alert. This resulted in two United States soldiers being disarmed by five Mexican military soldiers on U.S. soil earlier this month.
The United States military acknowledged the incident by releasing a statement detailing what happened.
“On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked (Customs and Border Protection) vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas,” the statement read.
“An inquiry by (Customs and Border Patrol) and (the Department of Defense) revealed that the Mexican military members believed that the US Army soldiers were south of the border.” According to CNN, the U.S. soldiers were sitting in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection Chevrolet Tahoe south of the border fence but still on the U.S. side.
The five Mexican soldiers took the two U.S. soldiers by surprise, which resulted in the two soldiers being disarmed by the Mexican soldiers. Several U.S. officials stated the soldiers allowed the five Mexican soldiers “to disarm them in an attempt to de-escalate a potential volatile situation.”
John Cornelio, who is Deputy Director of Public Affairs for NORAD, told Newsweek: “After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area. The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.”
According to Breitbart, the reason for this confusion is that the border fence was built some miles inward towards the United States side. The area separating the two borders is overgrown with little to no foot traffic.
President Trump is expected to send additional troops to the border once they determine how many can be spared by the Department of Homeland Security.