IN FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW, TEXAS TV STATION CAPTURES FIRSTHAND FOOTAGE OF POROUS U.S. BORDER
AUSTIN — Following up on a Texas Department of Agriculture video interview with Hidalgo County rancher Fred Cappadona, KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley unexpectedly captured firsthand footage of the very real national security breach Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has been imploring federal officials to help prevent. As cameras rolled, several individuals crossing over from Mexico onto American soil were detained and questioned by law enforcement officials who have become all too familiar with the smuggling of drugs, humans and violent tactics that strike daily fear into the hearts of Texans living in the region.
“This news story provides powerful evidence that our border is porous and easily infiltrated by those who openly traffic drugs, humans and other contraband across Texas soil,” Commissioner Staples said. “Within minutes of dispatching a news crew to follow up on our interview with Mr. Cappadona, KGRV-TV suddenly had an entirely new perspective on the intended story. As the news cameras clearly illustrated, our farmers and ranchers are finding human remains, drugs and cut fences in their fields. Clearly, this is a national security breach that demands sufficient federal resources to restore safety and security to our fellow Texans who live in fear of cartel violence, trespassing and other illegal activity literally taking place in their own backyards.”
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“I am hopeful President Obama and his administration will utilize his second term in office to heed the calls of Texas citizens living in fear,” Commissioner Staples said. “Now is the time to focus on our national security problem. Now is the time to reconsider his administration’s repeated claims that the border is somehow safer than it has ever been.”
ProtectYourTexasBorder.com was established by Commissioner Staples to allow Texans to share testimonials in the hopes of convincing Washington that additional federal resources are needed to combat the growing problems of illegal immigration and drug cartel crime. Earlier this year, Commissioner Staples launched a 16-part series titled “Texas Traffic – True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling.” The true stories are a testament to the reality that violence initiated by Mexican drug cartels is flowing into the United States and extending northward into other areas of the nation. The series is available at ProtectYourTexasBorder.com.
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