Officials Doing Things Right
America’s Amazing Border Sheriffs
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.
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.