Friday, October 12, 2012

Operation Drawbridge Doubles Border Security Effort

This week in San Antonio, I was proud to see Texans step up boldly and continue our relentless efforts to provide increased protection from deadly Mexican drug cartels and the dangers of human trafficking.

Joined by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Sen. Craig Estes and other state and federal leaders, I was honored to present a $225,000 grant to double the scope of Texas’ Operation Drawbridge.

Led by the Department of Public Safety, border sheriffs and the U.S. Border Patrol, Operation Drawbridge is a surveillance initiative that partners with farmers and ranchers who voluntarily agree to place motion-detecting remote surveillance cameras on properties in the Texas border region.

Since the beginning of this year, Operation Drawbridge has resulted in the apprehension of approximately 4,000 individuals and more than 10 tons of narcotics attempting to make their way through the porous border with Mexico. In other words, Operation Drawbridge offers photographic proof that our border is unsafe, unsecure and a serious threat to the domestic food supply, safety and national sovereignty enjoyed by all Americans.

The president and his administration can joke about alligators and moats, but the violence and criminal activity taking place on our border is no laughing matter to the victims of cartel criminals and the men and women in uniform who risk their lives to patrol and protect this dangerous region.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Operation Drawbridge should get Washington’s attention. For more details and photos from Operation Drawbridge, click here.

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