Coming soon…Grassroots America’s Executive Director JoAnn Fleming will report on her trip to the Texas-Mexico border. She’s seen it for herself – the wide-open, unsecured Texas border. For three days and two nights, she joined Breitbart Texas investigative reporters, border patrol agents, and a small group of TEA party leaders to tour the Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley Sectors. The goal was to determine the difference between what state and federal officials are saying about the situation and what law enforcement actually experiences every single day.
As she suspected, JoAnn says there’s a gulf of difference and that the American people have been betrayed in the worst and most dangerous way by politicians who care more about political correctness and their next election than protecting American citizens. She says bureaucratic rules and a government afraid of being sued by a foreign country or the ACLU representing illegals hamstring law enforcement. She has seen firsthand that federal border patrol agents are not properly equipped to do their jobs. It’s also clear that 1,000 National Guard members (troops or paper pushers) aren’t nearly enough to secure what remains a wide-open border.
A video of the investigation is in production. In the meantime, it is absolutely essential that you become familiar with the following DPS reports in light of our wide open border. Please note: One map outlines where gang activity is most concentrated. Smith, Gregg, and Harrison counties are all considered areas of high gang activity.
Texas Department of Public Safety Unclassified Reports
What Texans Need to Know About Organized Foreign National Crime Groups at Work across Texas…
From the 2013 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview:
The majority of the crimes committed in Texas by the Mexican cartels and transnational and state-wide gangs go unreported, and include crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, public corruption, money laundering, and the recruitment and use of children in criminal operations. If there were a national organized crime index in the Uniform Crime Report, Texas would most likely lead the nation as a direct result of Mexican cartel and gang activity along the border and throughout the state.
The Mexican cartels are the most significant organized crime threat to Texas, with six of the eight cartels having command and control networks operating in the state and using it as a transshipment center for the movement of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and people into and throughout Texas and the nation, and transporting bulk cash, weapons, and stolen vehicles back to Mexico.
The second most significant organized crime threat in Texas is the existence of statewide prison gangs, many of whom now work directly with the Mexican cartels, gaining substantial profits from drug and human trafficking, including prostitution. Prison gangs operate within and outside of prison and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime. With access to the large profits from drug and human trafficking, they are less dependent upon robberies, burglaries, and larcenies as a source of income. Click here for the full report.
From the April 2014 DPS Texas Gang Threat Assessment:
We are also concerned about juveniles associated with transnational and Texas-based gangs who, in some cases, have familial connections to Mexican cartels, which facilitates their access to wholesale quantities of illegal drugs and exposes them to violent crime. This activity is especially concerning when it involves school-age children for the potential impact it could have on Texas schools. Click here for the full report.