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    Exclamation Mexican drug cartel violence has spilled over into Texas

    Violence from Mexican drug cartels has spilled over into Texas, state Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw said Monday.

    "Yes, absolutely it has occurred; there's no question about it," McCraw said after a hearing before the House Committee on Border and International Affairs.

    McCraw answered lawmakers' questions about Gov. Rick Perry's request for another $135 million for border security operations on the same day Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked lawmakers for a new tool to help bring down transnational gangs that threaten border communities.

    During the border committee meeting, state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, asked McCraw whether some incidents that have been reported in the El Paso area would be considered elements of spillover violence from Mexican drug cartels.

    Moody asked, among other things, if threats against American citizens, individuals seeking treatment at U.S. hospital for injuries sustained in Juárez and Mexican nationals seeking asylum would be evidence of spillover.

    McCraw said yes.

    "Anything that involves cartel activity that impacts Texans on this side of the border is, by definition, spillover violence," he said after the meeting.

    McCraw told lawmakers, though, that Texas has a contingency plan to deal with large-scale violence and that local, state and federal agencies are working to prevent that from happening.

    Earlier Monday, state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and state Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, filed a bill they said they hoped would make doing business in Texas harder for drug cartels.

    Along with Abbott, the legislators urged their colleagues to approve a bill that would give the attorney general expanded authority to seize guns, drugs and cash that are the lifeblood of human and drug smugglers.

    "This bill is going to give us the ability to put these kinds of criminals out of business by taking the very thing they are trying to make," Abbott said.

    Though such seizures can currently be made in criminal cases, the legislation would allow the attorney general to pursue seizures in civil court, where the burden of proof is less stringent, Abbott said.

    Williams said the measure would help ensure that violence from the cartels stays south of the Rio Grande.

    "The body count is stacking up along the border," he said, "and we don't want this to spill over into our state anymore."
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    Quote Originally Posted by festus View Post
    AUSTIN -- Violence from Mexican drug cartels has spilled over into Texas, state Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw said Monday.

    "Yes, absolutely it has occurred; there's no question about it," McCraw said after a hearing before the House Committee on Border and International Affairs.
    Good thing they've finally noticed that after the last 40 years or so. Better late than never.
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    Exclamation A little worried, here.

    I have no issue with the law as it is. If you are caught in an illegal act and money, drugs, and guns are confiscated, it must be proven in criminal court. Mkae it a civil issue and you will have, not only the state, but even private groups or individuals trying to grab guns. Warning: you heard it here first!

    Let's just put up a big concrete wall like Israel did, and plop a manned watchtower every five miles. With a two person watch team, three shifts, that is 336 man hours per tower, per week. With 2,000 miles of border, that is 400 towers, although it would probably be a bit less because of the existing crossing checkpoints. That is 8.4 men per tower, full time employees (the .4 guy is just really small).

    That would equal 3,360 full time employees, in addition to the current group of border guards. Let's say we pay each one of those people $50,000 per year. That would equal $168,000,000 per year. 168 million dollars. Sound like a lot? Let's look at some of the stimulus package priorities:

    A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

    $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

    $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.

    $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.

    $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    $75 million to construct a "security training" facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.

    $21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration.

    $2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

    $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.

    $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The bill allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group currently under federal investigation for vote fraud. Another $750 million would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN – meaning cities and states are barred from receiving that money. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., charges the money could appear to be a “payoff” for the partisan political activities community groups in the last election cycle.

    and the list goes on and on and on and.......

    "But, wait a minute" you might say "I am a believer in the socialization of the country. I don't have a problem with these expenditures. If you want these guys, then you have to save money elsewhere!"

    Okay, let's take a look at the savings if we were to seriously reduce the amount of illegal "immigration" occurring via our southern border.

    An average of 10,000 illegal aliens cross the border every day - over 3 million per year. A third will be caught and many of them immediately will try again. About half of those remaining will become permanent U.S. residents (3,500 per day). (2005 numbers)

    80% of cocaine and 50% of heroin in the U.S. is smuggled across the border by Mexican nationals. Drug cartels spend a half-billion dollars per year bribing Mexico's corrupt generals and police officials, and armed confrontations between the Mexican army and U.S. Border Patrol agents are a real threat. There have been 118 documented incursions by the Mexican military over the last five years.

    Illegal aliens have cost billions of taxpayer-funded dollars for medical services. Dozens of hospitals in Texas, New Mexico Arizona, and California, have been forced to close or face bankruptcy because of federally-mandated programs requiring free emergency room services to illegal aliens. Taxpayers pay half-a-billion dollars per year incarcerating illegal alien criminals.

    The total K-12 school expenditure for illegal immigrants costs the states $7.4 billion annually—enough to buy a computer for every junior high student nationwide.

    In a recent year in Colorado, the state's emergency Medicaid program paid an estimated $30 million in hospital and physician delivery costs for about 6,000 illegal immigrant mothers - average of $5,000 per baby. Those 6,000 births to illegal aliens represent 40% of the births paid for by Medicaid in Colorado. Those 6,000 babies immediately became U.S. citizens and qualified for full Medicaid services, with a cost yet to be tabulated.

    $60 billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year. One of Mexico's largest revenue streams (after exports and oil sales) consists of money sent home by legal immigrants and illegal aliens working in the U.S. Economists say this will help Mexico reduce its $17.8 billion defecit and may bolster the peso. $10 billion dollars (as of 2003) are sent back to Mexico annually, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, reported in an Associated Press article, up $800 million from the previous year. ($9 billion dollars were previously sent back annually, according to a September 25, 2002 NPR report). That figure equals what Mexico earns annually from tourism. This is a massive transfer of wealth from America - essentially from America's displaced working poor - to Mexico.

    and on and on and on.......

    Need I say more?
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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