By By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville HeraldTexas Attorney General Gregg Abbott has penned a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he take action following the recent Mexican Drug Cartel violence happening in Texas.
The letter cites the recent cartel related incidents that have occurred in the Rio Grande Valley within the past couple of weeks, including the arrest of three cartel leaders in the Valley. It also mentions other incidents that occurred in El Paso and Fort Hancock.
Abbott writes "Their presence in our country is more evidence that the cartels increasingly view the porous border as no more than a line on a map. And if your adminstration continues to fail to secure the border against this threat, it is only a matter of time before American lives are lost."
Earlier this week, a Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded as deputies executed a warrant at a residence. Authorities allege the shooter was one of two gang members sanctioned by cartel ranking members to recover a stolen load of drugs from suspected drug dealers.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said it was the first reported spillover violence in his county.
"I implore you to aggressively confront this escalating threat. The safety and security of the Americans you have pledged to defend is at risk because of the cartel battles spilling our border. To protect American lives, your adminstration must immediately dedicate more manpower to border security," Abbott states.
It is not immediately known if the White House has received a copy of Abbott's letter.