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Lethal U.S.-Mexico Border

Lethal U.S.-Mexico Border

OCTOBER 18, 2006

Middle Eastern terrorists, violent Mexican drug cartels and sophisticated human smugglers regularly use the Southwest border to illegally enter the United States. In fact, the U.S.-Texas border is infested with violent crimes carried out by organized syndicates that smuggle drugs, humans, weapons and money across the U.S.-Mexico border on a daily basis.

An investigative committee of the Department of Homeland Security released a 40-page report outlining the alarming rise in the level of violence and criminal activity along the nation’s 2,000-mile border with Mexico, which includes California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It also reveals findings from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation that documents how members of Hezbollah and other deadly Middle Eastern terrorist groups have entered the U.S. through the Mexican border.

The report is the result of a lengthy department investigation and features informative charts, photos and graphs detailing how severe the situation has become at the border and how overwhelmed federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are by the rise in organized crimes.

The statistics include the number of human apprehensions and millions of pounds of drugs confiscated by US authorities in 2005 alone. Border Patrol apprehended 1.2 million illegal aliens and 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico. Of those non Mexicans, about 650 were from countries that have been designated by intelligence agencies as countries that export terrorism to the United States.

A chart breaks down the figures on the millions of pounds of illegal drugs that were seized entering the country through Mexico last year alone. Seizures include more than a million pounds of cocaine, nearly 7 million pounds of marijuana and almost 17,000 pounds of methamphetamine. Authorities say these deadly Mexican drug cartels work with lethal U.S.-based gangs and use military style weapons to outgun US authorities.

The report is a must read for those illegal immigrant advocates who say that only humble, poverty-stricken civilians desperately searching for a better life cross the U.S. border illegally.

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