State obscures elite texas rangers’ border work
On 9/11/09 Texas Governor Rick Perry announced the addition of highly skilled Ranger recon teams will operate along the Mexican border. The Rangers will identify high-intensity smuggling routes in remote areas and conduct operations to reduce border-related crime in these corridors. He also repeated his call for Washington to approve the 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops he has been requesting since January. Additionally, the governor announced the award of $2 million in
state criminal justice funds to the Border Sheriff’s Coalition for
continued utilization of video surveillance technology along the border. With nearly 73 percent of Texas’ 1,254 mile border privately owned, landowners along the boundary often face extortion or threats from violent criminal organizations that smuggle drugs, people and weapons across the border. The Ranger Recon Teams will identify high-intensity smuggling routes in remote areas, and conduct operations to reduce border related crime in these corridors. These activities are also an essential element of a proactive strategy to deter spillover violence. In addition to drug and human smuggling, increasing violence in northern Mexico poses a significant threat to Texas communities. More than 5,700 homicides occurred in Mexico in 2008, with roughly 1,600 in Juárez alone, which borders El Paso on the southern side of the Rio Grande. Already in 2009, Juárez has seen more than 1,500 brutal homicides.