Official TX Website Describes Border Violence; Feds Are Dubious


A Texas Department of Agriculture website,, publicizes assertions by farmers and others that violence from Mexico’s drug war has spilled over the border, reports the New York Times. It has a more political mission as well: to challenge the Obama administration, which has called the belief that the border is overrun by violence from Mexican drug cartels “a widespread misperception.”

The Texas site paints a frightening portrait of life along the 1,254-mile border that Texas shares with Mexico. One man talks about quitting the farming business for fear for his family's safety. There are police reports and news accounts of a ranch foreman getting injured by shattered glass after drug-smuggling suspects shot at his truck, vehicles being pursued by law enforcement crashing through farm fences, and workers clearing trees being told to stop what they were doing or else. “We need to be careful not to overstate it, but similarly we need to be careful not to understate this problem,” said Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “The Mexican cartels are the most significant organized crime threat in Texas. This is not a political issue. This is a crime issue.”

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