What is in this article?:
- Texas in crosshairs of drug terror
- True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling
- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says violent crime is bleeding across the Texas/Mexican border and accuses Washington of turning its back on a growing problem that threatens the security of the nation and the safety of every Texan.
True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling
The video series titled “Texas Traffic – True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling,” will be made available for public viewing on the web site www.ProtectYourTexasBorder.com in a series of 16 videos with a new video released each week for a four month period. The videos highlight live testimony and stories from property owners and law enforcement officials who have experience in dealing with narco-terrorism problems in Texas.
Among them is Dr. Mike Vickers, a veterinarian and property owner in Brooks County. Vickers, like Staples, testified before Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management last October. During that testimony he told committee members that property damage in Brook County alone has been staggering with damages including cut fences, extreme amounts of refuse, destroyed rural water sources, vandalized homes, and stolen vehicles, which he said were everyday occurrences. In addition, he testified that fires have also been set by smugglers, including one that resulted in the deaths of at least three illegal travelers and required many others to be air lifted to safety.
At the conference, Vickers compared the Texas border to a battleground and accused the federal government of downplaying the severity of the situation.
“The border is not secure,” Vickers says. “It’s dangerous. We are in a war zone. There’s absolutely no truth to what they [federal officials] are saying.”
Staples said the “Texas Traffic” video stories are a testament to the reality that violence initiated by Mexican drug cartels is flowing into the United States and extending northward into other areas of the nation, and he warned that statements from Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano that the U.S. border is more secure than ever before are simply untrue. Using a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Texas in the Crosshairs,” Staples offered conference attendees a barrage of statistics proving what he says Washington officials continue to deny.
“The ‘Texas Traffic’ testimonials prove the violence is here on the U.S. side of the border. The statistics also prove that the escalating violence in Mexico’s drug wars is overwhelmingly taking place along the Texas portion of our border. Texas is clearly in the crosshairs,” Staples concluded at the conference.