Not a "Mile" of Border Secure, Says Texas Sheriff

CNS NewsPenny Starr

( – Maverick County, Texas Sheriff Tomas Herrera said he does not agree with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assessment that security at the U.S.-Mexico border is “better than it has ever been.”

Herrera, in a telephone interview with, said that not “a mile” of the 85-mile stretch of border in Maverick County, Texas, which is separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande River, is secure. He said the violence generated by Mexican drug cartels is spilling into the United States as cartel members come into Texas to kidnap teenagers for their smuggling operations.

“They come in and kidnap some of our citizens in this county and take them into Mexico,” Herrera told “We’re talking about young kids.”

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