Jesus Navarro Montes was arrested Jan. 22 in northern Mexico in connection with the death of Luis Aguilar, 32, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was assigned to the Yuma, Arizona, station. A Mexican judge has released the suspected killer leaving U.S. officials “shocked and appalled,” according to a statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean was arrested April 10 by Mexican police on a US warrant for the murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who had accused him of rape. North Carolina officials say it could be 1 or 2 years before he is extradited back to the United States. All bets are off if Laurean has the opportunity to go before the same judge as Montes did.
What Mexico understands and Americans don't understand is our government just doesn't take murder all that serious. Murder someone here and all you have to do is cross the border into Mexico, it is like seeking sanctuary in the Catholic church. If you are a Mexican citizen or in the Laurean case have a dual citizenship you may or may not be extradited, ever.
The only thing this does is send a message to everyone around the world that America is weak when it comes to Mexico. We are so afraid of offending the Mexican government that we will allow them to harbor murderers of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, our military by other active military members, our police and other citizens. American cities and our citizens are fair game to any criminal if he has money to bribe the Mexican officials or he is a Mexican citizen.
Laurean wasn't captured, he walked up to a Mexican check point and gave them his real name. He knew there was a warrant out for him and he knew exactly what would happen after identifying himself. Spend a little time in jail until the heat simmers down then he will be released, another Montes.
My heart goes out to the men and women of the Border Patrol. Having personal knowledge of the harsh training they have endured to become Agents and the daily dangers they face trying to protect our country, they have all my respect and sympathy for the way their government has treated them.
Having served in the Marines I cannot understand how the country can turn the other cheek and allow Mexico to harbor a deserter wanted for murdering a fellow Marine. There was a time when no country would dare harbor murderers of American citizens, out of fear or respect we need to return to those times.