President Obama has joked that Texas needs a moat and alligators to secure its border with Mexico. While the President makes light of our porous and dangerous border, however, gangs directly affiliated with Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating the streets of his hometown of Chicago.
a recent CBS News report, a federal agent says the daily turf wars between Chicago
gangs are turning parts of the city into a Mexican border town.
know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible
for,” said Jack Riley, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement
Administration Office in Chicago.
also may have seen the national headlines reporting shooting deaths in Chicago
are up 30 percent from last year.
alarming statistics reinforce the increasing calls from law enforcement across
the nation that it is time for the federal government to get serious about
securing the U.S./Mexico border, stopping the flow of drugs, and defeating the
drug cartels who are obviously taking root in American cities.
this recent news will finally hit home for the president and serve as a wake-up
call to Washington. Only time and action will tell.
watch the full CBS News report, visit ProtectYourTexasBorder.com.
There you can also view video testimonies about the real border war taking
place right on Texas farms and ranches and along the rural stretches of the
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The call for increased border protection continued in San Angelo this week where I spoke at an international narco-terrorism conference and using a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Texas in the Crosshairs,” I offered conference attendees overwhelming statistical data proving our border is not secure. The presentation also launched a new 16-part video series titled “Texas Traffic – True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling.”
The conference was proof positive that Washington’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude toward spillover Mexican drug cartel violence is not only out of touch with reality, but also out of line with the protections afforded by our Constitution. Ask many of the law enforcement agents attending the conference if our border is safer than ever, as President Obama and his staff have claimed, and the resounding answer is an emphatic, “No.”
If those in attendance haven’t already dodged a bullet or lived in fear of trespassers and violent invaders, they probably know someone who has. As long as our border remains porous, drug trafficking, human smuggling, murder and kidnapping will continue to be part of the rural Texas landscape. These criminal actions also will harm our food supply as they force farmers and ranchers to sell their property and abandon their operations in order to keep their families out of harm’s way.
The united call for increased federal assistance was loud and clear today in San Angelo. It’s a call that goes out daily from rural Texans who live and work in the face of danger. To hear their voices and testimony, tune into “Texas Traffic – True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling.” The series is available at www.ProtectYourTexasBorder.com. You can also find a copy of my presentation to the conference on this site.
Friday, August 17, 2012
In a move that makes sense for U.S. taxpayers, surplus military equipment returning home from overseas could soon be making its way to South Texas where it will be used to monitor and patrol our border with Mexico. I’ve been requesting this type of action for quite some time, so I am happy to see it finally take flight.
According to the Wall Street Journal, miniature surveillance blimps that previously covered our troops on foreign battlefields are being tested for effectiveness in the fight against illegal drug traffickers, human smugglers and others illegally crossing our border. Equipped with highly sensitive cameras and detection equipment, these blimps could allow enforcement agents to keep a close eye on foot traffic in and around the Rio Grande River and surrounding rural areas.
Considering these blimps are paid for by taxpayers and are no longer utilized overseas, I’d rather see them protecting U.S. soil and citizens from the air than being mothballed in some military facility. Our rural farmers, ranchers and other citizens deserve nothing less.
To read the full Wall Street Journal article, go here.
Posted by Texas Department of Agriculture at 8:12 AM