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by U.S. Congressman Ted Poe

The United States is intending to send $1.4 billion in taxpayer money to Mexico to fight the cartel drug criminals on the border. This may sound good on the surface, but there are problems with sending money south of the border. It's an unfortunate reality that border corruption exists between Mexican law enforcement and the drug cartels. America has no assurance that some of that money or equipment won't end up in the very hands of the people we're trying to stop.

This $1.4 billion would be better spent if it stayed in America. It should go to the Border Sheriffs Coalition. These are hard-nosed lawmen from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, that operate on a shoestring budget, and they know better how to stop the drug smugglers and coyotes from entering their counties. I have met with them numerous times along our southern border. These border lawmen are amazing crime fighters and protectors of America.

The 18 Texas border sheriffs unanimously believe that, ``the culture of corruption and smuggling both in narcotics and humans and the threat of terrorism on the border will increase'' if this money is sent to Mexico.

Let's help out our first responders and give them the tools to fight crime on the border and keep the money in America.

About Congressman Poe

Congressman Poe first made a name for himself in Texas as a straight-talking, no-nonsense chief felony prosecutor. As an assistant district attorney for eight years, Poe tried hundreds of cases, even those seeking the death penalty, and never lost a jury trial. When Poe became a judge in 1981 he continued his dedication to justice and became one of the youngest judges in the State of Texas, serving as a Harris County felony court judge for 22 years.


Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition



Hon. Tomas S. Herrera

Maverick County Sheriff

Eagle Pass, TX 

First Vice Chair
Hon. Rick Flores
Webb County Sheriff
Laredo, TX

Second Vice Chair
Hon. Arvin West
Hudspeth County Sheriff
Sierra Blanca, TX

Secretary / Treasurer
Hon. Michael Sample
Dimmit County Sheriff
Carrizo Springs, TX

Sergeant at Arms
Hon. William C. McDonald
Terrell County Sheriff/Tax Assessor Collector
Sanderson, TX

Hon. Guadalupe Trevino, Jr.
Hidalgo County Sheriff
Edinburg, TX