28-year-old Javier Jimenez-Barragan, a Mexican national in the illegally in the United States, was arrested after he shot at a random woman’s vehicle with a BB gun.
The incident occurred on Highway 213 in Oregon, according to OregonLive. Barragan was driving a silver Ford when he pointed his BB gun at a car belonging to a 21-year-old female. The female and a male passenger were driving at the time. After the passenger shouted “Gun!” Barragan fired at the car and hit the side of it.
Barragan subsequently almost rear-ended the female as she exited the highway to pull over. The female driver immediately called state police to the scene.
Eventually, officers tracked down and stopped Barragan on the side of the highway. When asked to provide identification, Barragan allegedly showed officers a Mexico license containing a fake name and birth date. Police then searched his car and reportedly found the BB gun, five grams of heroin and over $6,500 in cash.
After Barragan was taken into custody, police claimed he was in the U.S. illegally and had previously been on felony probation related to heroin and was deported. The Mexican national admitted to authorities that he re-entered the country illegally one month ago.
Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart Texas that situations like this do not receive adequate media attention.
“It is this type of behavior on the part of illegal aliens that must be addressed aggressively and immediately,” he said. “From my point of view, the most unusual part of this story was that it was reported at all. The press nationwide is suppressing this type of information from their reporting.”
He added, “Another significant point is that Barragan was on probation. An illegal alien inside the United States that has been convicted of a felony should not be allowed probation and it promotes the continuation of the violation of law concerning their unlawful presence.”
Illegal re-entry into the U.S. continues to be a problem along the Mexican border. Simultaneously, however, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering curbing deportation policies for aliens who have committed re-entry crimes, according to the Associated Press. A proposal drawn up by John Sandweg, the former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, suggests that only immigrants who “pose a danger to national security or public safety who’ve been convicted of crimes” be on the deportation “priority list.” Illegal aliens guilty of re-entry crimes, under Sandweg’s plan, would be off the list completely.
Breitbart Texas continues to shed light on under-reported cases, particularly those in the Lone Star State, involving undocumented citizens.
Earlier this week, Breitbart Texas reported on a gun smuggling ring in Texas with ties to Mexico. An indictment alleged that seven Houston men regularly exported illegally-obtained firearms from the U.S. to Mexico. 39-year-old Javier Resendez, a previously-convicted felon, was identified in court documents as the “leader” of the firearm smuggling ring.
Like the incident involving Barragan, the firearm smuggling ring bust received very little attention in the mainstream media.
Sylvia Longmire, Breitbart Texas contributing editor and border security expert, said information provided to the public on illegal immigrants’ crimes is not an accurate reflection of what is actually taking place.
“News reports about major drug seizures, chases of immigrants and drug smugglers, and confrontations between smugglers and officers rarely make it out of the local stations.”
Taylor argued that by ignoring cases that cast illegal immigrants in a negative light, the mainstream media purposefully limits the effectiveness of border control.
“This media campaign is an intentional weakening of America’s defenses through political deception,” Taylor said. “Those supporting this campaign are working to destroy America.”
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