Gonzales added that cartel members are going to police officers homes in the United States to intimidate them and that deputy sheriffs are being shot at while cartel members are bringing drug loads through U.S. neighborhoods.
“In almost 10 years we have seen nothing but broken promises when it comes to protecting our nation,” Gonzales said. “There cannot be homeland security without border security.”
It is important to note that the federal government doesn’t respond to 911 calls. Sheriffs on the border are the first responders doing the job of the federal government without the help or cooperation from Homeland Security or Mexican authorities who are ridden with corruption.
So who are law enforcement agents really dealing with?
Since 2006, 34,000 people have been killed as cartel members freely assassinate innocent bystanders, journalists and high profile politicians within Mexico. They do it to send a message to law enforcement: Don’t question or try to control us because we will kill you.
“With the barbarism, Al Qaeda has nothing on these cartels,” Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Col. Steven McCraw said.
“We have seen armed individuals coming into our country,” Gonzales said. “We see individuals coming into our country escorted by men armed with machine guns.”
And those armed men aren’t carrying their machine guns for show. According to the FBI, Cartel king pins have ordered gang members to confront U.S. law enforcement, armed with bullet proof vests, semi-automatic weapons and hand grenades in an organized crime ring that goes beyond drug running to include extortion, kidnappings and murder. Those orders are now being carried out.
In December 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed in a part of Arizona run by drug cartels while confronting a group of bandits. Bandits are illegal immigrants who steal drugs from other illegal immigrants in the desert and then profit off of the stolen loads.
A few short months later, I.C.E. Agent Jaime Zapata was killed in northern Mexico while returning to the United States after a meeting in Mexico City when his vehicle was ambushed by unarmed by men wielding AK-47s. In September 2010, Mexican drug cartel pirates on Falcon Lake, which separates Texas and Mexico, killed American David Hartley. In October 2010, the Phoenix area experienced it’s first beheading. The list goes on.
“It’s getting more violent and more brazen, cartels are giving orders to confront us,” Gonzales said.
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. McCail have called on Congress to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations so law enforcement can track finances more easily, which would give them the ability to cut off the flow of illegal money that fuels cartel operations. Williams refused to back calls to name cartels terrorist organizations but Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Sheriff Gonzales and Col. McCraw endorsed the designation.
But just because Mexican drug cartels aren’t categorized as terrorist organizations doesn’t mean members aren’t working with known terrorist groups in Mexico.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) noted Hezbollah has been blending in and setting up shop within drug organizations in Mexico for 15 to 20 years.
“We have a known terrorist organization operating in Mexico,” Duncan said.
One obvious indication of Hezbollah presence in Mexico are the advanced tunneling systems found regularly along the southern border; Hezbollah is a master at tunneling.
“This administration is not giving the American people a complete picture of security on our border with Mexico. It is not 'better now than it has ever been' and the data on spillover crimes and violence is deceiving and under-reported. Our state and local law enforcement on the front lines need help. Their firsthand accounts tell the real story of how we are outmanned, overpowered, and in danger of losing control of our own communities to narco-terrorists,” said McCaul. “We have failed the states, the federal government has.”
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