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Texas Rangers Deployed at Mexico-Texas Border

By KJ Mullins     Sep 11, 2009 in Crime
The Texas-Mexico border is a hotbed for criminal activity. Special teams of the Texas Rangers were deployed on Thursday to back up the customs agents and provide more security for the state of Texas.
The forces dubbed "Ranger recon" are just the latest wave of forces for what Texas Governor Rick Perry says is a failure of the federal government to secure the international border with Mexico.
The deployment is an effect to protect the state from the violence coming on just across the border due to the Mexican drug wars. Texas has seen an increase of violence in the border towns, El Paso being one of the hardest hit.
MSNBC reports:
"They'll be deployed to high-traffic, high-crime areas along the border," he said. "They'll give us boots on the ground, put people in these hot spots no matter what or where they may exist."
There are already 200 Texas National Guard troops in place. They are already integrating operations with the Rangers.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is running for governor, has said that Perry's announcement is an empty election promise.
The Statesman
reports:
“With his signature border initiative failing to produce any results, Texans need a governor they can trust to actually improve our security,” Pounder said.
Border town Laredo's Mayor Raul Salinas said that he was not notified prior to the announcement about the Texas Ranger deployment.
The Chronicle
reports that Salinas welcomes the help of the Texas Rangers but he would:“appreciate coordination and cooperation with local authorities, because we can be of assistance. … We're the first responders in combating the drug cartels.”
Police Chief Oscar Ontiveros of Penitas, Texas stated to KRGV that his force was recently passed over for requested federal funds to deal with the violence.
On Wednesday an El Paso man was found in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with his arms severed. The man's arms had been posed in a cross and placed on his check. The man, Sergio Saucedo had been kidnapped from his home in El Paso last Thursday.
Saucedo is said to have been involved in the drug business. The FBI is telling residents that unless they have links to illegal activity they have nothing to fear from the Mexican drug wars just miles away.
KVIA reports:
"For the average El Paso citizen to be worried about being kidnapped off the streets of El Paso, it's just an unfounded fear," said David Cuthbertson, FBI special agent in charge of El Paso.
El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles hopes that is the cause. He doesn't believe his town will see the level of violence of Juanez, Mexico, reports KFox.
"Our belief is that the targets are people who are connected to the drug trade. We don't have reason to believe that innocent people are being targeted here," said Wiles. "I just don't want the public to think that the drug cartel is coming over here just targeting innocent people."
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