Three guardsmen on the southern border have been arrested
in connection with an illegal alian smuggling ring near Laredo, Texas.
Pfc. Jose Rodrigo Torres, 26, and Sgt. Julio Cesar Pacheco, 25, both of Laredo, and Sgt. Clarence Hodge Jr., 36, of Fort Worth, were arrested near Laredo.
A Border Patrol agent found 24 illegal immigrants inside a van Torres was driving along Interstate 35 near Cotulla, Texas, about 68 miles north of the border, prosecutors said. Torres was in uniform at the time of his arrest Thursday.
The van was leased by the National Guard, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
I have only one opinion regarding these guys if they are guilty: that they need to be made into examples (real examples). That's not going to happen in a civilian court. The Texas National Guard is still determining whether they will press their own charges. I say go for it! The more the better and especially from a court of military justice.