SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
Outraged that the federal government continues ignoring the escalating violence along the Mexican border, the governor of Texas is sending special teams of rangers to deal with the crisis that has terrorized residents along the 1,245-mile stretch that affects his state.
Amid the unprecedented violence of heavily armed Mexican drug cartels and human smugglers, Texas Governor Rick Perry has repeatedly asked the Department of Homeland Security to deploy much-needed National Guard troops to confront the problem. However, the feds keep blowing Perry off even though the crisis has been well documented.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations have for years represented the greatest crime threat to the United States, according to a report published by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, which has determined that the influence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations is unrivaled in the U.S. and that the vast majority of cocaine is smuggled into the country through the southern border.
Earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported an increase of 64% in drug seizures along the southern border during the first three quarters of this year compared to the same period in 2008. The agency seized an unprecedented 3.3 million pounds of drugs during the period, including 2.6 million pounds of marijuana, 60,411 pounds of cocaine, 4,384 pounds of methamphetamines and 1,446 pounds of heroin.
A separate U.S. government intelligence report revealed that the same Mexican drug cartels that violently smuggle their goods through the United States’ porous southern border are buying arms from radical Islamic terrorists and teaming up with them to distribute narcotics in Europe and the Middle East.
Affected border states like Texas are tired of waiting for the feds to take action so Perry is sending in officers from an elite investigative unit of the state’s Department of Public Safety known as the Texas Rangers. They will focus on remote areas where farmers and ranchers have complained of being overrun by Mexican gangs and smugglers.
The operation will cost the state $110 million but ignoring the problem will put Texas and the nation at risk from international terrorists, organized crime cartels and transnational gangs, the governor says. Until the federal government fulfills its responsibility of securing the U.S. border, Perry will fill in the gaps by putting more boots on the ground.
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