Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst went to El Paso today, talked with state, local and federal police, took an aerial tour over the dangerous borderlands and pronounced that Mexico's drug war is a "very serious threat" to all Texans — a threat the feds aren't protecting you from.
In a press release not too dissimilar from the many Gov. Rick Perry has produced on the topic of border security, Dewhurst chastised the federal government for not securing the border, praised border law enforcement, touted Texas' security plans and vowed to spend more Lone Star taxpayer dollars to keep Mexico's violence from seeping north.
Dewhurst said he met with Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, folks from the El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriffs Department, the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition and the FBI and DEA. No thanks to the federal government, he said, those law enforcement officers are preventing the worst violence from spilling into Texas. "But our leaders in Washington must step up and meet their responsibility to provide the necessary resources to secure our borders, both north and south," he said.
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