Drug cartel-armed men cross the border to commit murder in Texas, authorities claim. Statements by Texas Department of Public Safety officials directly clash with lengthy claims by local police chiefs who routinely say border towns are safe.
“These criminal organizations are invading Mexico to the United States and they are killing individuals. They are killing individuals,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lieutenant Chris Olivarez told Sara Carter with Fox News. “We have had several incidents that have taken place along the border using professional weapons on which they carry out these killings, very professionally, very methodically.”
The statements from Olivarez come at a time when both the DPS and the Texas National Guard increased their law enforcement presence along the border in response to record-breaking human and drug smuggling carried out by criminal organizations such as the Golf Cartel and the Cartel Del Noreste faction in Los Zetas.
The statements by Olivarez clash with the long-standing narrative of several politicians, local police chiefs and sheriffs claiming border towns are safe. These allegations are usually supported by statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report. But as Breitbart Texas has reported, the UCR only looks at seven specific crimes and does not take into account criminal activity specific to border towns, such as kidnappings, extortion, drug trafficking, human trafficking and human trafficking.
In addition, the terminology used by police departments for the UCR report allows them to conceal the seriousness of certain crimes. An example that is specific to border towns deals with home invasions, where teams of armed men storm into a house looking for drugs or cash. As Breitbart Texas has reported, home invasions are reported in the UCR report only as robberies.
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