Lt. Governor Concerned About Spillover Violence
A Texas state leader used a visit to the Gateway City as a chance to speak out on the violence across the border. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst tells our Annette Garcia that more needs to be done to secure the border.
Three high-ranking Tamaulipas state law enforcement officials are dead. Killed in Nuevo Laredo as a drug war rages across the border. The murders come days after a large prison escape in Piedras Negras across from Eagle Pass.
A vicious drug war that has the Lt. Governor of Texas concerned.
"I'm concerned about the porousness on our border."
At an unrelated press conference, the Lt. Governor said the violence in Mexico could put Texans in danger.
Texas had 1,200 of the 2,000 mile border with Mexico.
" We've got dangerous fighting on northern Mexico and I hate to see that spill over into the united states into Texas."
"The Lt. Governor says keeping violence from Mexico out of the Unites States will take a bigger effort."
"I believe the number is triple the size of our border patrol."
Three times the agents, he says will ensure safety, keeping dangerous drug and human smugglers and gang members out.
He says there's something Americans can also do to help.
"Obviously I wish there was less consumption of drugs in the United States because that stops the importation."
But until that day comes, the violence, he says remains a threat.
Dewhurst says law enforcement officials here do what they can, but successfully securing the border is going to take a big effort on a national level.