Washington DC—Today, Rep. Duncan Hunter received a written response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), stating that since January 1, 2004, there have been a total of 300 documented incursions by Mexican military and law enforcement authorities. DHS also states that 152 of these incidents involved a total of 525 armed subjects.

“In light of the incarceration of Andrew Tahmooressi, who is still in Mexican custody, I asked DHS to provide data specifically on Mexican military and law enforcement incursions,” said Rep. Hunter. “DHS states that the number of incursions is ‘relatively few,’ but that is a misrepresentation of the frequency of these occurrences, which Mexico invites through its activities along the international border. Also, there is a clear lack of consistency among DHS in handling these incidents, especially in cases of unauthorized incursions with armed authorities.

“In Andrew’s case, Mexico has shown its intolerance for the same action that its police and military initiated hundreds of times in the last several years alone. It’s time for the U.S. to reconsider its treatment of the incidents and send a direct message to Mexico that incursions won’t be tolerated along the international border."

According to DHS:

• “There have been a total of 300 documented incursions since January 1, 2004;”

• “Of the 300 documented incidents, there were 152 incidents involving armed subjects (totaling approximately 525 subjects);”

• “Of the 152 incidents involving armed subjects, verbal or physical contact was made with the armed subjects in 81 incidents (approximately 322 armed subjects in total). An encounter with one of these Mexican Government Law Enforcement or Military entities does not always equal a standoff or confrontation. It depends on a case-by-case basis where one would have to read the narrative completed on the Significant Incident Report for the specific incursion;”

• “Of the 81 armed encounters, a total of 131 subjects were detained. While the number of unauthorized incursions by Mexican authorities is relatively few, it is imperative for our officer safety to handle each situation assertively but with sensitivity and professionalism.”