Sunday, May 09, 2010
Texas senators stress need to stop Mexican violence from spreading to U.S.
Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison pressed for more federal action Wednesday in securing the Mexican border and preventing violence from spilling over into the United States. "We need to change the mindset here in Washington, D.C., that somehow we've done everything we need to do in terms of border security," Cornyn said. The call for help came during a Senate hearing that gave a devastating rundown of the fallout from Mexico's brutal drug war. More than 22,000 drug-related murders in Mexico since 2007. Rising reports of home invasions and cross-border kidnappings. And the growing threat of spillover into Texas and other border states. "We are in an emergency," Hutchison said. "We need manpower. We need help."...more