US Border Security All Drugs and a Gang
Quite honestly, and shame on me, I rarely thought about border security, but after heading to South Padre Island, Texas for the 4th of July holiday, I quickly realized the importance of this aspect of security.
Excited to be heading toward Mexico not only to practice my Spanish and enjoy the cuisine, but also to venture into Matamoros, a border town in Mexico, my excitement was quickly squished as I was advised by several people not to go across the border.
Having been an exchange student in Saltillo, Mexico during college, I thought, “I understand and speak Spanish, so what’s the big deal?” But, I didn’t know what the locals knew.
While relaxing in the resort-style swimming pool at Isla Grand, I learned from a local husband and wife duo that the Mexican drug cartel gang, Los Zetas, basically operates the borders of Mexico and the United States. It is so bad, in fact, that about 22 miles away in Brownsville, Texas, most of the restaurants there are operated by LEGAL immigrants, yet supported by Los Zetas, so these restaurants are basically filters for drug money to float in and out of the borders…legally!
Well, needless to say, I did NOT cross the border into Mexico. In fact, while traveling home on July 7th, I ran across an article by the Washington Times, “Ruthless Mexican Drug Cartel Recruiting in the US.” Wow, really? Oh, and guess who the gang is that’s mentioned – Los Zetas!
In the article, based on an FBI bulletin, the FBI has “moderate confidence” that the gang will pose a higher national security threat to the U.S. based on “violence, killings of U.S. citizens, increased kidnappings of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border and continued participation in drug trade.”
“Los Zetas will continue to increase its recruitment efforts and establish pacts with non-military trained, nontraditional associates to maintain their drug-trafficking and support operations, which may increase violence along the Southwest border, posing a threat to U.S. national security,” stated the bulletin.
Seriously, how are we, as a nation, going to get a handle on this?
I welcome all comments and opinions, and I look forward to discussing this with you.
Posted by Ginger Hill on Jul 10, 2013