Texas Border Sheriff To Local Farmers: “Arm Yourselves”


Fears are growing along the Mexican border that the escalating drug violence in Mexico will spill into the U.S., says National Public Radio. Last month, a well-known rancher was murdered in southeastern Arizona. Authorities suspect an illegal immigrant did it. The murder prompted governors in New Mexico and Texas to send forces to the border. This week, the Mexican government sent dozens of police and soldiers to the Juarez Valley to restore order. For many on both sides of the border, the fear is very real.

Last week, residents held a town-hall meeting in Fort Hancock, Tx., an hour southeast of El Paso. Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said: “You farmers, I’m telling you right now, arm yourselves. As they say the old story is, it’s better to be tried by 12 than carried by six. Damn it, I don’t want to see six people carrying you.”

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