Texas border security focus of US House hearing

Texas border security focus of US House hearing
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 2:44am

Drug cartel violence along the Texas-Mexico border is the focus of a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill.

Three Texas law enforcement officials Wednesday were invited to the homeland security hearing. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin, who will chair the hearing, says data on spillover crime and violence is "deceiving and underreported."

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McGraw is scheduled to testify. So is McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez and Zapata County Sheriff Sigfedo Gonzales.

Zapata County is where an American tourist raced to shore last year after she said Mexican pirates ambushed she and her husband on Falcon Lake. Her husband's body wasn't found.

Officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and Arizona's attorney general office are also set to testify.

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