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Not ‘A Mile’ of Border Secure, Texas Sheriff Says
CNSNews ^ | April 11, 2011` | Penny Starr

Posted on 04/11/2011 12:39:27 PM PDT by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) – Texas Sheriff Tomas Herrera said he does not agree with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assessment of security at the U.S.-Mexico border as being “better than it has ever been.”

Herrera, in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com, said that not “a mile” of the 85-mile stretch of border in Maverick County, Texas, which is separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande River, is secure and that the violence of Mexican drug cartels is spilling over into the United States as cartels come into Texas and kidnap teenagers for their smuggling operations.

“They come in and kidnap some of our citizens in this county and take them into Mexico,” Herrera told CNSNews.com. “We’re talking about young kids.”

“These are high school kiddos and junior high kids that are used by the cartels to smuggle drugs into the United States,” said Herrera, who has been in law enforcement for 37 years and sheriff of Maverick County for five.

Herrera, who was honored last week by the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition “in recognition of significant law enforcement leadership in protecting the State of Texas and its citizens,” said he could not provide details about any of the cases, as the investigation into the alleged crimes is ongoing.

But the local paper in Eagle Pass, Texas, The News Gram, published a story on March 31 about a press conference held by the Eagle Pass Police Department and an official from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional office.

“It is perhaps one of the dirtiest secrets in Eagle Pass,” the article stated. “Young men and women kidnapped in our area and taken across the border, held for ransom or simply made to disappear.

“The whispers echo in high school gymnasiums, restaurants and churches and they all tell a sobering story – it happens and it happens often,” the article stated.

The law enforcement officials warned parents to tell their children about the dangers of associating with drug cartel members. In one case, still under investigation, a 17-year-old boy was picked up “and held captive in Mexico while his family collected enough money to pay a ransom,” the article stated.

“Chief of Police Tony Castaneda has made it publicly known that area teenagers are being targeted for initiation by Mexican drug cartels in what is quickly becoming a losing battle in the US /Mexico Drug War,” stated the article. “The Eagle Pass Police Department is currently working on several drug cases involving minors – all recruited by drug cartels and all living in our area. Tuesday’s press conference stands as one of the first times local law enforcement has addressed the subject of kidnappings and it will certainly not be the last.”

Lt. Moses Pena of the Eagle Pass Police Department confirmed to CNSNews.com that there are “active cases” of young U.S. citizens being kidnapped by Mexican drug cartels and taken to Mexico.

“It’s not an isolated thing,” Pena said.

Pena said he could not comment on any specific cases, but he said these kinds of cases are usually handled by local, state, and federal agencies on joint task forces designed to fight these kinds of crimes.

An FBI spokesperson told CNSNews.com that if a U.S. citizen is kidnapped and transported across state lines or foreign borders, it becomes a federal crime under the federal kidnapping statute. Because the FBI does not have jurisdiction in Mexico, some cases have to be handled through legal attaches at U.S. embassies in that country.

Herrera said that his sheriff’s office only has 5 deputies per shift to patrol a county that is 1,249 square miles.

“And to try to secure 85 miles of river [along the border], you can’t do it,” Herrera said.

Herrera said that kidnappings aren’t the only violence that is spilling over from Mexico. He said ranchers and other residents feel constantly threatened by drug cartel activity in the county.

“The ranchers up here are afraid to be out there by themselves,” Herrera said. “They are all armed.”

“I know ranchers who have sold their property here in Maverick County,” Herrera said, adding that ranches in the county can be 8,000 to 9,000 acres in size.

Herrera said houses have been burglarized and even cattle stolen and transported across the river to Mexico.

Herrera said more manpower – “boots on the ground” – is needed to stem Mexican drug cartel violence, and if Napolitano comes to visit Maverick County he would show her what his department faces on a daily basis.

“We’re the first responders,” Herrera said. “When something happens out there, they don’t call border patrol, they don’t call DEA, they don’t call ICE, they don’t call the FBI, they don’t call the marshals.

“We’re the first ones to respond,” Herrera said. “They call the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.”

Herrera, who was born in Eagle Pass, said he used to visit Mexico regularly to eat at a favorite restaurant or to visit friends for hunting trips. Now, he says, it’s too dangerous.

“Since 2004, I have not been across that river,” Herrera said.

“When I was chief deputy here in the ‘80s we didn’t have so many problems like it is today,” Herrera said. “It’s getting worse and worse.”



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; bordersecurity; dhs; illegals; kidnappings; mexico; napolitand; napolitano; obama; texas
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Seems like another problem Janet Napolitano missed, er ignored!
1 posted on 04/11/2011 12:39:31 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Another something Zero can be proud of.


2 posted on 04/11/2011 12:42:42 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: jazusamo

Obama needs more voters.


3 posted on 04/11/2011 12:42:42 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

4 posted on 04/11/2011 12:44:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Lt. Moses Pena of the Eagle Pass Police Department confirmed to CNSNews.com that there are “active cases” of young U.S. citizens being kidnapped by Mexican drug cartels and taken to Mexico.

“It’s not an isolated thing,” Pena said.

It is time to send U.S. military special warfare types into Mexico to rescue U.S. citizens and kill kidnappers. If Presidente Calderon and his rotten gobermnet don’t like it, too effing bad.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 12:47:01 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Jim 0216

Initially that makes total sense but then why did Bush do next to nothing about border security either?


6 posted on 04/11/2011 12:47:48 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: jazusamo
This is just starting.

Soon this side of the border will look like Ciudad Juarez.

7 posted on 04/11/2011 12:50:46 PM PDT by Gritty (If Democrats have their way, there will be "two Americas"... two Latin Americas - Ann Coulter)
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To: jazusamo

No wonder Boy Zer0 gets 73% approval from Hispanics.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2703089/posts


8 posted on 04/11/2011 12:52:32 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: MeganC

Zero is proud that the situation is falling apart.


9 posted on 04/11/2011 12:52:45 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Bush: did some things right, a lot of things wrong. I have no idea. His dad thought the “New World Order” was a good idea. W seemed to be a chip off the old block.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 12:52:57 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: forgotten man

Yes, that might be effective if done but when Obama and his lapdog Napolitano won’t protect our citizens by providing a secure border in the first place I doubt there’s any way in the world he’d send them in.


11 posted on 04/11/2011 12:54:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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It is time to send U.S. military special warfare types into Mexico to rescue U.S. citizens and kill kidnappers.

Unfortunately, it won't happen. Too much fear.

12 posted on 04/11/2011 12:54:38 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: jazusamo

I understand the English are cutting back on their Gurkha regiments.

If we offered citizenship to a few of those troops and stationed them along the border, I think we might be able to deal with our illegal immigration problems.

And make life very difficult for the drug smugglers.

And they might be well accepted here by most Texans.

hee hee hee

13 posted on 04/11/2011 12:55:42 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Jim 0216

Thanks for your reply! It might be that most of these politicians are a chip off the same old block.


14 posted on 04/11/2011 12:57:25 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Gritty

I’ve no doubt you’re correct. The feds and enemedia have sure done a job of keeping these kidnappings under wraps, makes you wonder what else is going on they’re not talking about.


15 posted on 04/11/2011 12:57:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Texas Fossil
Not a bad idea. I'd bet the hit men for the cartels might do some hard thinking if we put Gurkha's along the border.
16 posted on 04/11/2011 1:02:08 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Jeez..South Koreans sleep tight on their border with the Norks...thanks to American Cash, Fences and GI’s. Why can’t Texans, New Mexicans and Arizonans?


17 posted on 04/11/2011 1:03:52 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: jazusamo

If we are going to have immigration, why not import someone we need?

“Gurkhas threatened by armed forces cuts”

By Jack Sommers April 11, 2011

http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2090967_gurkhas_threatened_by_armed_forces_cuts


18 posted on 04/11/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I know the Dems think of illegal aliens as potential liberal/Socialist power boosters. I wonder how many voted for Obama in 2008.


19 posted on 04/11/2011 1:06:10 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Jim 0216
Obama needs more voters.

Illegals are already illegally voting. The more here, the more democrat voters!

Mexico's illegals laws tougher than Arizonas

Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

Illegal aliens fraudulently cast ballots in New Mexico

Earlier this week, New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran (pictured, left) announced that her office has made a disturbing discovery. After a two-day-long probe into possible fraud in the voter registration rolls, Duran and her team reported that their investigation revealed that at least 117 names of foreign nationals appeared in that database.

What’s more troubling is that every one of those 117 individuals used a social security number that did not match their name. The final result of this cross-checking of files revealed that 37 of those foreigners who illegally registered to vote actually did cast ballots in New Mexico elections.

Senators who voted to allow illegal aliens to collect social security benefits

20 posted on 04/11/2011 1:08:48 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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