Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Border Hoppers in MARPAT Battle Dress Uniforms

Photo by Homeland Security
Hopping the fence or swimming the Rio Grande is so 20th Century. The latest techniques utilized by undocumented border crossers involved camouflaging themselves as Marines.   

Several news sources are reporting that 13 illegal immigrants tried to sneak into the U.S. wearing the Desert Digital and Woodland Digital MARPAT Uniforms worn by members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

It turns out they ran into the wrong border patrol which consisted of some ex-Marines that knew the right questions to ask, which any Marine would know including the birth date of the Corps. They also had some lovely altered plates and several other dead giveaways. However, I could see how someone not on top of their game might just let them pass. 

The vigilance of these border agents should be rewarded. While they are just doing their job, they passed an ultimate test in pegging these guys. People go to great lengths to sneak into this great country of ours and many lose their lives doing so by crossing dry hot deserts. 

Perhaps the argument could be made that this is the lazy route by trying to scoot a van across in just a matter of minutes. However, you must give some credit to these guys. Maybe they thought they would pass as Marines taking a jaunt to Tijuana for a few cervezas and a donkey exhibition. Don't google that if you are not in the know. Needless to say there will be a quick turnaround on their trip. 

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