The Obama administration doesn’t take border security seriously. Obama has arbitrarily and unilaterally changed immigration laws to enact portions of the DREAM Act, an amnesty plan previously rejected by Congress, which only encourages more illegal immigration.
Not only has Obama encouraged more illegal immigration, through programs like the USDA advertising food stamps in Mexico, but they have all but halted most deportations, allowing criminals to walk free instead of being deported. The Obama administration has also lied about their actual deportation numbers, fluffing them up to make them appear bigger.
Rather than focus on protecting our southern border with Mexico, Obama seems more preoccupied with trying to seize land along Texas’ northern border with Oklahoma, or blame our Second Amendment and drug use demand for the violent problems the corrupt cartels have caused in Mexico, despite the fact that he himself helped arm those cartels through Operation Fast and Furious.
But even though Obama might be ignoring the security of our southern border, Texas is not. They have just wrapped up a three-week operation that effectively shut down the Rio Grande region of the border with Mexico. Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst granted an exclusive interview with Breitbart to discuss their efforts, and plans to continue the effort.
“In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more,” he explained. “Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.”
“The border issue is just about dollars and cents,” Dewhurst said. “This proves Texas can do the job the federal government has refused to do — to invest in the border and shut it down from illegal activities that are hurting Texans and other Americans.” He added: “Texas will protect our own citizens and other Americans from the criminal gangs that are destabilizing our state and our nation.”
Dewhurst said the plan was run through the Texas Department of Public Safety, and costs approximately $5 million per month. He is currently working on appropriating an additional $60 million for DPS to continue the program.
“We started appropriating money to plug the holes that exist in the border. We’ve allocated hundreds of millions, as a state, since 2008.” He added: “Nearly 796 million of state money, not a dime federal, has been allocated by the State of Texas to plug the holes in our border. This covers things like over-time for Sheriffs’ deputies, equipment, and Texas Rangers SWAT teams [referring to the elite Texas Rangers, an arm of the DPS].”
Texas has purchased a high-altitude spotter plane and six new helicopters for DPS, all with night-vision capabilities, as well as six new armored gunboats to patrol the Rio Grande.
“For six or seven years, I’ve been calling on our congressional delegation in D.C., we need to at least double, if not triple, the size of our Border Patrol,” said the Lt. Governor. “The federal government is not providing the resources. I’ve grown convinced over the last year that this administration has no intention of securing the border.”
“This is just unacceptable,” he said. “ We have a problem and everyone knows it except for the Obama administration and people in high levels of Border Patrol.” The Lt. Governor did not stop there: “Organized crime groups in Texas are contracting with Mexican cartels to be their enforcers. The cartels’ presence are in all of our major cities. Seven of the eight Mexican cartels operating in Texas are using our state as a staging area for their operations across the U.S.”
“Illegal immigration is one issue, and we all understand why people want to come here. I’m a strong believer in legal immigration, but not illegal immigration,” said the Lt. Governor. “We have young girls being trafficked as slaves for immoral purposes across our border and through our state. This cannot be allowed.”
“The bottom line is that we have just showed that we can shut down the border for ‘X’ number of dollars,” he said. “We need to find the $5 million per month to make these operations continuous and replicate what we have just accomplished.”
Dewhurst finished by saying that Texans, and all Americans, deserve better than the half-hearted effort on display in Washington DC. He said that until DC starts to get serious about the border, then Texas will take care of it themselves.
This is excellent news for Texans and all of America. The lax security on our porous border poses a national security threat, one that isn’t being taken seriously in DC. There is much more coming across our southern border than just illegal immigrants looking for work. The border needs to be secured and locked down tight.
Hopefully the other border states of Arizona, California and New Mexico will follow Texas’ lead and work towards securing their own section of the border, since the federal government doesn’t seem to want to do it.