A Mexican military helicopter travelled across the U.S. border on Thursday, firing at U.S. Border Patrol agents.
According to KVOA, the incident occurred west of the San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O’Odham Nation. Although shots were fired in the direction of the agents, no one was injured during the attack. The helicopter then retreated back into Mexican airspace.
The United States-Mexico border has been a topic of increasing contention among public figures. For the past few weeks, the U.S. has been faced with the unfortunate humanitarian crisis of dealing with hundreds of children who crossed the border illegally and are currently being held in a detention facility in Arizona.
The issue of immigration reform in Congress has also been discussed as “dead” by many pundits, following the surprising upset of House Majority leader Eric Cantor in the primary race to a largely anti-immigration tea party activist.
While immigration remains an important issue that has raised more questions than the U.S. government has been able to answer, the incident with the Mexican military helicopter appears to have been accidental.
The Mexican government has reportedly issued an apology to the United States. Andy Adame, spokesperson for the U.S. Border Patrol, claimed that the helicopter was on a standard patrol mission.
"Early this morning, a Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed approximately 100 yards north into Arizona nearly 8 miles southwest of the Village of San Miguel on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation while on a drug interdiction operation near the border," Adame said in a statement, according to The Blaze. "Two shots were fired from the helicopter but no injuries or damage to US property were reported. The incident is currently under investigation."