They came to make Texas safer, they leave patting themselves on the back, what was accomplished??? Where s the immigration talk, and the creating a secureMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2008View Source
They came to make Texas safer, they leave patting themselves on the back, what was accomplished???
Where's the immigration talk, and the creating a secure identification????
They talked about gangs and violence, but put forth no future solutions, just happy talk about what a good job their doing???
And they all - also agreed - that the presence of the Mexican Military on the border, made their job easier, yet they didn't invite them to the conference??? What was this all about, what did they accomplish??? Besides happy talk???
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Al Soto (c) 07/10/08
Feds laud teamwork in fighting border crimeArticle Launched: 07/10/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT
Federal, state and local agencies' working together has helped deter crime in the border region, several federal officials said Wednesday.
"Each brings something different to the table when we're talking about gang investigations or drug investigations," FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson said of the partnership.
Representatives of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies met Wednesday to talk about ways to make Texas safer.
"Here in El Paso, we drew a tremendous cooperative law enforcement community, which is already working together to slow the flow of narcotics across our border and to combat effects of violent gangs," Cuthbertson said.
The crackdown on the leadership of the Barrio Azteca gang, he said, was one example of how the different levels of law enforcement worked together.
"Although they were not responsible for the majority of drug sales in El Paso, they controlled various areas of the city and collected a quota or a tax from anyone selling drugs in their turf," he said. "If this quota was not paid, violent acts would then occur to enforce the system."
Local police, he said, contribute information about gang members from their arrests andfederal agencies contribute sophisticated tech niques to combat violent gang organizations and drug trafficking.
Officials also said that organized crime in Juárez has not affected El Paso and that they didn't anticipate that it would.
John "Jack" Riley, head of the El Paso office of the DEA, said his agency was being vigilant and working with Mexican authorities.
The presence of Mexican military, he said, may be a help in stopping the violence in Juárez from spilling into El Paso.
"I think it may be making a difference in not having violence creep into El Paso," Riley said. "I also think the outstanding law enforcement agencies here in the city and the county are second to none.
"By them sitting down and working with all of the agencies, we are sharing information."
Stephanie Sanchez may be reached at ssanchez@...; 546-6137.
Lawmakers in El Paso today to strengthen border securityArticle Launched: 07/09/2008 12:00:00 AM MDTAUSTIN -- State lawmakers1. looking to make Texas saferwill be in El Paso today to learn about1. border security,2. illegal immigration3. and efforts to create secure identification.
"Border communities such as El Paso have the most to win or lose by the right or wrong approach to border security," said state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, a member of the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security.
The committee will meet at 8 a.m. at the El Paso Public Library. The focus will be on
1. developing a combined approach to
a. border security in Texas, said Steven Polunsky,
spokesman for the committee chairman, state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas.
Local, state and national experts on border security and immigration will talk about
1. how current state-led efforts are working
2. and what more the state can do.
3. Lawmakers will also hear about challenges the state faces in implementing federal REAL ID requirements.
Last year, Texas lawmakers set aside more than $110 million for border security.
Richard Wiles, former El Paso police chief and a current candidate for county sheriff, said
1. the operations have worked well. He plans to urge lawmakers to
2. increase funding for departments on the border
3. but refrain from tying the dollars to immigration enforcement.
Some lawmakers last year proposed requiring local officers to get training in federal immigration enforcement in order to receive grant money for border security.
Wiles and other police chiefs opposed the effort because they said their departments didn't have the resources to take on that responsibility.
"That should be left up to the federal government," he said.
The committee will also
1. discuss how Texas can develop secure identification cards and driver licenses that meet federal guidelines under the REAL ID Act.
Every state, including Texas, requested and received extensions of the initial May deadline to meet the requirements. State officials are concerned about the cost of the project and potential security risks.
But eventually residents of states that don't meet the requirements could be unable to use their state-issued ID to board a plane or enter other secure federal buildings.
The extension is good until at least December 2009.
The Texas Department of Public Safety estimates that implementing REAL ID could cost about $129 million the first two years and an additional $51 million each year after.
"The federal government is mandating a federal identity card," Shapleigh said, "but has appropriated no money to pay for it."
Brandi Grissom may be reached at bgrissom@...; 512-479-6606.
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Once conterfeitors know what the latest ID looks like, they'll concentrate on defeating it...there is no such thing as a secure ID.
So we're going to lose even more "rights to freedom and the pursuit of happiness ...and pay taxes without representation." cause they won't let us in federal buildings, or on airplanes...
think about it...who really loses...???
Al Soto (c) 07/09/08