The Texas Border is a war zone. Despite sarcastic jokes and comments from some in Washington, thousands of people are being killed. Kidnapping, rape and assaults are commonplace throughout the region. While the violence is mostly contained south of the border, the war zone is impacting the lives of residents and ranchers who live and work in South Texas as well as other residents of Texas and the United States.
Texas has become critical terrain and operational ground zero in the drug cartel’s effort to expand into the United States. Texas has an expansive border with drug cartels controlling multiple shipping lanes into the state. Texas’ location allows for easier distribution of drugs and people. In effect, the fight for control of the border counties along the Rio Grande has become the operational center of gravity for the cartels and federal, state and local forces that oppose them.
Because of the seriousness of the situation, The Texas State Network embarked on a project with the Texas Department of Agriculture to bring awareness to the plight of south Texas farmers and ranchers. Our call to action was to encourage citizens to bring the information to the attention of their elected representatives. Our reports were broadcast on the Texas State Network, posted on the Internet and distributed by TDA as part of their educational programs.
Story by: Tony Purcell KRDL/Texas State Network
Posted by John Walton