State Representative Hughes visits Rio Grande River to assess border security
POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:29am
Mineola, TX (KETK) — On Saturday, Mineola's District 5 Representative, Bryan Hughes, traveled to the Rio Grande River. Here, Hughes met with state officials to assess the situation on securing the border.
KETK spoke with Bryan Hughes, who said, "We went first to the DPS command center and we got to meet with the heads of border patrol, immigration and custom enforcement, and we learned a lot about what's really happening down there". They observed unaccompanied minors making their way across the border from countries other than Mexico. Hughes said, "So how are these children making a 1,400 mile trek across Mexico from El Salvador, from Honduras, and Guatemala"?
Officials found this is because of drug cartels. Hughes explained, "The drug cartels basically are using them as human shields. So they bring all these children to the border, take them across, and then those children overwhelm the system".
So Hughes believes the solution to this issue, is the DPS surge, "We're putting an extra 1.3 million dollars a week into law enforcement right there on the river, right on the border". Hoping this will increase the estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants caught crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Officials say the goal is to completely disrupt what the drug cartels are doing.
Officials will not share when the surge will begin because they do not want the information leaking to the wrong people, but they have heavily armed the border and even have marine tactical units in the water prepared to take action.