Tuesday, May 31, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoLost: German mix, male, tip of one ear missing, micro chipped, last seen with blue collar and blue bone tag with name and house number. Call if found, 830-779-2512.

VideoLost: Tortoise, from S. Palo Alto Dr. in Estates of Eagle Creek on May 17. If you see him, please call 210-913-4558 or 830-393-4030.
lost dog in Eagle Creek. Name LUKA, although his tag says Amigo. He's a black Labrador retriever. Aprx 1 1/2yrs old. Missing since May 24th. Please call (210)389-9047.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Experienced dental assistant, requires 3+ years chair side assisting, open Monday-Thursday 8-5. Call Terry at 830-779-2727.
Experienced electrician needed. Call 210-885-4101, fax 830-393-0909, or email srallaelect@netzero.net.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
Richardson Chevrolet homeTNMCRE/MAX home
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Section A: General News


U.S.-Mexican border is not safe


U.S.-Mexican border is not safe
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety and former director of Texas Homeland Security


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Wilson County News
November 13, 2013
2,895 views
10 comments

Despite top national officials saying otherwise, violence along the U.S.-Mexican border is growing. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw spoke of “Protecting Our Ranches on the Border” June 28, during the annual convention of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas in Bastrop.

The former director of Texas Homeland Security who worked with the narcotics division in the late 1970s, McCraw served almost 20 years as a special agent with the FBI. As Drug Enforcement Agency/Caribbean division coordinator, he witnessed human trafficking and Mexican cartel activities in the 1980s. He has served with Texas Homeland Security for five years, and has seen the violence firsthand. He gave a report -- abandoning his prepared speech -- stating that the Texas border is not safe, despite what the Government Accountability Office and others want Texans and the nation to believe.

Weak borders

In 2001, after the 9-11 attacks in the United States, Texas adopted its first task force to track foreign terrorists, after the Canadian and the United States’ southwestern border were identified as the weakest areas regarding public safety and security.

Texas comprises 63 percent of the border between the United States and Mexico, and is a common gateway used by the cartels.

McCraw named six to eight cartels that not only smuggle drugs, such as cocaine, black tar heroin, and marijuana, but also are involved with human trafficking. The cartels target the border and retail cities across the nation.

Although many -- including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- say the border is safe, McCraw states the opposite, citing border crime statistics.

Crime statistics

The Government Accountability Office does not include border-related crimes, such as spillover crimes, in its reports.

“We don’t count trespassing, cutting fences, and vandalism” in the index crimes, McCraw said. Index crimes include murder, aggravated assault, forcible rape, theft, and arson.

Farmers and ranchers are in harm’s way, since the government does not include such cases, McCraw emphasized.

In 2008, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- the border patrol -- arrested and/or jailed approximately 150,000 individuals for non-immigration or non-gang or cartel-related violations, McCraw said. Records indicate for the same period, 500,000 crimes were reported for multiple cases, including larceny, trespassing, 2,000 murders, and 5,000 sexual-related crimes.

Today, the cartels are using military tactics, logistics power, and commando-style tactics against the United States. Law enforcement is needed for cities and rural areas as well, McCraw said.

Recruiting

Human trafficking and terrorist support cells have entered into the United States undetected, he said.

Cartels also have recruited children as drivers, using extortion and even kidnapping. Teens as young as 13 years old are being enticed to join a gang, membership that continues into their adulthood.

Mexico has “lost a generation of youth” due to drug cartels, McCraw said.

These same people are involved with human trafficking, as well.

McCraw spoke of an incident involving organized criminal activity when the drug lords took 76 shots at federals agents. To defend themselves, the Drug Enforcement Agency fired back, a maximum of 200 rounds. It was later found that the vehicle involved was stolen, and the cartels were defending drugs in their possession.

To avoid arrest, some “coyotes” -- people who smuggle illegal immigrants -- crash their vehicles and payload into fences. Some are captured by authorities, but others escape, to try later to enter the states again. (See Human trafficking below.)

This tactic has produced from 2,000 to 3,000 high-speed pursuits along the border that put the public at risk.

Combat

To combat the illegal traffic, McCraw said paramilitary-style techniques and equipment are needed, such as machine guns and other armament, helicopters, boats, and more manpower.

“We need to be proactive with technology,” McCraw said, including the use of aircraft, Ranger reconnaissance, and sniper rifles.

Approximately 21,000 border patrol officers defend this country, compared to 38,000 police officers to protect New York City, he said.

The U.S. government and state legislatures need to make border security a priority, McCraw said, concluding, with emphasis, “The border is not safe.”
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Facts only please  
TX  
November 18, 2013 7:55am
 
PRAIRIE: You do realize the National Guard operates under three different titles. State Active Duty, Title 32 and Title 10. So...maybe next time you and squawk should do your homework?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 18, 2013 6:28am
 
New Guy......And your point is ??????? Are you suggesting when the National Guard is activated for military service, that they are not subject to Title 10 ?

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
November 17, 2013 10:09pm
 
Squawk. The Posse act is for Title 10 Federal service. National Guard can do law enforcement.

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
November 14, 2013 2:45pm
 
Posse Comitatus Act 1878. If you can't normally use the military for law enforcement purposes, militarize law enforcement agencies. How's that for skirting the law.

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
November 14, 2013 1:46pm
 
Muse, now that was funny.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
November 14, 2013 1:38pm
 
Yeh, it was dumb to try to sniper the illegals from the helo. They should have used a rocket.

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
November 13, 2013 2:37pm
 
Billy...if the driver who was shot hit head on a school bus with 30 kids onboard would that change your mind on shooting vehicles from a helo? Read the lawing from the judge....this is why the DPS stopped this practice. It ... More ›

 
Billy Bob  
Texas  
November 13, 2013 2:33pm
 
@New Guy.... The troopers had every right to stop the criminals before they killed innocent LEGAL citizens with their reckless driving. If they are too stupid to STOP with an officer behind them. In TEXAS protecting innocent ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
November 13, 2013 1:40pm
 
This guy is crazy...read up on his opinion about shooting at people from a helo..."We're Really Not Apologetic": DPS Director Steve McCraw and Texas' Airborne Snipers Source: http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14074/we ... More ›

 
Billy Bob  
Texas  
November 13, 2013 1:20pm
 
Is it still safe to go to Boy's Town?

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Section A: General News Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. American Legion ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Annexation for fire services will be on November ballot (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts to honor fallen heroes (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Camino Real plans Open House events (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chief Hull resigns from Poth police (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. County sets sights on new tax (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Grim choices have put America in a grave situation (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: On the other side of politics in a world of digital divide (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fire, EMS services — Who’s got you covered? (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s okay to take control (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Free ride over hard work … a no-brainer! (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Housing Foundation expresses gratitude (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Mainstream media ‘brainwashing’ Hispanic/Latino voters (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Wilson County Memorial Hospital District (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Memorial Day office closures (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. One viewpoint: Making Floresville marketable with recreational facilities (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Parish plans Cemetery Ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police arrest man in case of burned body (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police ticket six for violating cell phone ban (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Post 539 service (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Poth electric vehicle users could be in for a 'shock' (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Poth High School students earn awards (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Severe storms shred Wilson County (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SSCA ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Teacher salaries, student lunch prices on the rise (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tejano music to fill the air during Labor Day event (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Turner: New businesses coming to Floresville (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Berger earns Ph.D. from Columbia University (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Brahma Happenings (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Burning body spurs murder investigation (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Can I negotiate? (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Narrow views promote intellectual, moral dry rot (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: The political climate in America goes from bad to worse (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Falls City ISD’s new K-12 building almost complete (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville parks master plan would relocate ball fields (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville parks plan wins council approval (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Foundation awards $9K in grants (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Foundation opens health grant process (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Graco recalls booster seats (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grass fires on the rise (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: An open letter to Congress (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Illegal immigration: Who will laugh last? (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: What Hispanic vote? (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lone Star Greys to meet (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: La Vernia City Council (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Poth ISD (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police recover one of two stolen trucks (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for free watercolor lesson (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale campus to get upgrade soon (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale City Council approves electronic payment processing (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TAMU-SA matches student scholarships (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Time to make plans to attend Jubilee (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Want fire protection? Attend May 19 hearing (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Acme Gold Buyers marks fifth year in Floresville (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. All Veterans Job Fair (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cemetery group to meet (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Children’s Alliance enhances care services (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. China Grove mayor, police chief trade barbs at meeting (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Commissioners lukewarm toward hot coffee at library (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Competency and integrity (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Coy to get Ranger Cross (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cub Scout Roundup (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Donate blood in May (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editor: Trump’s candidacy sets in motion affliction in future elections (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: The voters have spoken — well, some of them have! (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Former Sutherland Springs VFD considered as a substation (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free caregivers class starts May 26 (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Information sought in Walmart theft (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lack of super majority vote keeps Clean Water Rule flowing (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Leetter: The government is a terrible investor (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Injection well site is near river, creeks (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Stop being negative (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. LV youths win new wheels at Bike Rodeo (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: La Vernia ISD (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mineral rights workshop set (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Miss LV Pageant, Bluebonnet Parade, graduation fill La Vernia calendar (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. New Wilson County justice center nears completion (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Personalized brick for Veterans Memorial (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Precinct 3 primary runoff is May 24 (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rangers to honor Lorenz (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rohrs takes over Floresville athletics (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tanneberger qualifies for Executive Club membership (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Voters respond: One bond passes, another fails (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wednesday morning crash injures nine (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AACOG plans public meeting (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Accident injures two drivers (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AgriLife offers tips to protect from Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Behind the lens: Solitary stillness (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Celebration Mass June 12 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cemetery association meeting (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Condos are fine, but do your research (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Crime Stoppers aids police anonymously (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. DA, DPS bust nets 86 charges (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Debate over citizens comments dominates Floresville council (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dwellings At Home offers lodge, ranch furnishings, more (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Overbearing city council threatens boards’ independence (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Taking personal responsibility will bring possibilities (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Trump is the same old song with one more verse (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FEDC tables recommendation of master parks plan (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FELPS tornado repair continues as FEMA help stalls (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville Chamber Luncheon May 18 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hall of Fame inductees: Joe Kotwig, Malcolm and Beverly Talley (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Alamo Colleges: A bust for Floresville (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Local nursing homes plan Senior Olympics May 9-13 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Look twice for motorcycle riders (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lyssy’s vault earns gold, sets records! (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Medicaid, CHIP application assistance (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Wilson County Commissioners Court (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. National Day of Prayer May 5 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ramirez promoted to colonel (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Reserve a seat for SA Tea Party (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tanneberger tops in sales (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Treviño prepares to take reins of East Central athletics (May 4, 2016)