Texas Public Safety has a declassified document called Overview 2017 that for many not living in border states should be an eye-opener as to what those states have to deal with and how many kinds of threats are found along our unprotected border areas. Before those liberals “save the illegals” get on their high horses about having to build a wall (regardless of who has to pay for it), a few facts are in order.
A State Intelligence Estimate – January 2017
We access that the current terrorism threat to Texas is elevated.
We expect this heightened threat to persist over at least the next year, due in part to the relatively high number of recent terrorism-related arrests and thwarted plots inside the US, and the prevalence and effectiveness of ISIS’s online recruitment and incitement messaging, as the organization is slowly defeated on the battlefield.
We are especially concerned about the potential for terrorist infiltration across the US-Mexico border, particularly as foreign terrorist fighters depart Syria and Iraq and enter global migration flows.
We are concerned about the challenges associated with the security vetting of Syrian war refugees or asylum seekers who are resettled in Texas – namely, that derogatory security information about individuals is inaccessible or nonexistent.
We see a potential that these challenges may leave the state exposed to extremist actors who pose as authentic refugees, and who are determined to later commit violent acts.”
The many attacks and thwarted plots in France, Belgium and in Germany underscore the persistent threat posed by returning foreign fighters in general. But those high-casualty European attacks also relied, seemingly for the first time, on the use of illegal migration and human smuggling tactics by which ISIS infiltrated the returning fighters into Europe-bound migration flows, which may hold implications for the US-Mexico border.
We note that human smugglers, working along established Latin American routes, have long transported Syrians, Iraqis, and other immigrants from countries where terrorist groups operate to our land border with Mexico, where they often seek asylum too.
Our concern extends also to the issue of refugee resettlement and the thoroughness of vetting, given some past instances in which refugees from the Middle East region have been prosecuted inside the United States for terrorism.
We judge that the global threat of terrorism in Texas and the US has increased substantially over the past two years— attributable, in part, to ISIS’s June 2014 seizure of northern Iraq.
The number of violent crimes reported in Texas increased 3.7 percent from 2014 to 2015. For example, 1,314 murders were reported in 2015, as compared to 1,187 for 2014, a 10.7 percent increase. The index crime data does not currently account for other crimes typically committed by criminal organizations that also impact the security of Texas communities, such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, public corruption, and the exploitation of juveniles for criminal activity.
Criminal organizations – including Mexican cartels and transnational gangs – and individual criminals engage in a wide range of illicit activities in Texas.
Eight major cartels operate in the state, moving drugs and people into the US, and transporting cash, weapons, and stolen vehicles back to Mexico. These include the Gulf Cartel (CDG),Los Zetas, Juarez Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel, Knights Templar, La Familia Michoacana, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and the Beltran Leyva Organization. Of these, the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Juarez Cartel have the most extensive presence and influence throughout Texas. Cartel members and associates are involved in the cross-border smuggling of people, weapons, drugs, and currency. Their operations are either run directly by cartel members, or indirectly through affiliated criminal organizations that pay fees to transit across cartel territory.
All eight of the major Mexican cartels operate in Texas, and they have enlisted transnational and statewide gangs to support their drug and human smuggling and human trafficking operations on both sides of the border.
III. Drug, Human, and Labor Trafficking
Individual criminals and criminal organizations – including Mexican cartels and transnational gangs – engage in a wide range of illicit activity in Texas. Among the vilest of their crimes is the exploitation and trafficking of children and other vulnerable victims. Such crimes are also carried out and enabled by human smugglers, prostitution rings and buyers of commercial sex, manufacturers and viewers of child pornography, and sexual predators. Regardless of who perpetrates them or why, we regard this criminal activity as especially heinous, as it subjects children and vulnerable victims to violence, extortion, forced labor, sexual assault, and prostitution.
Mexican cartels directly supply illicit drugs to cities throughout the US and rely on US-based gangs to further distribute drugs.
Mexican drug traffickers have increased production of heroin significantly and have probably increased methamphetamine production for the US market, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. From 2006 to 2015, over twelve million pounds of drugs were seized with a street value of over $83 billion.
The Tier 1 gangs (most significant) in Texas for 2016 are Tango Blast and Tango cliques, Latin Kings, Texas Mexican
Mafia, and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). These groups pose the greatest gang threat to Texas due to their relationships with Mexican cartels, high levels of transnational criminal activity, high levels of violence, and overall statewide presence. Tier 2 include ten well-known gangs. Tier 3 another six up-and-coming gangs. Law enforcement agencies in Texas have identified thousands of individual gangs statewide, though it is unknown how many are active.
Gang activity remains widespread throughout all areas of Texas.
While the greatest concentrations of gang activity tend to be in the larger metropolitan areas, gang members are also present in the surrounding suburban and rural areas. Gang activity is especially prevalent in the counties adjacent to Mexico and along key smuggling corridors, since many Texas-based gangs are involved in cross-border smuggling and trafficking. Many transnational gangs operating in Texas, such as Barrio Azteca and MS-13, engage in criminal activity in Mexico and elsewhere.
According to DHS status indicators, over 207,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and November 30, 2016. During their criminal careers, these criminal aliens were charged with more than 553,752 criminal offenses. Those arrests include 1,118 homicide charges; 65,965 assault charges; 16,186 burglary charges; 65,506 drug charges; 674 kidnapping charges; 39,354 theft charges; 43,309 obstructing police charges; 3,646 robbery charges; 5,827 sexual assault charges; and 8,283 weapons charges. Of the total criminal aliens arrested in that timeframe, over 138,000 or 66% were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest.
According to DPS criminal history records, those criminal charges have thus far resulted in over 248,000 convictions including 462 homicide convictions; 24,680 assault convictions; 7,859 burglary convictions; 32,457 drug convictions; 226 kidnapping convictions; 17,833 theft convictions; 21,280 obstructing police convictions; 1,841 robbery convictions; 2,644 sexual assault convictions; and 3,456 weapons convictions. Of the convictions associated with criminal alien arrests, over 165,000 or 66% are associated with aliens who were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest.
Countless agencies contributed to the production of this assessment and work together on an ongoing and regular basis.
This collaboration underscores the commitment among agencies to share information in order to enhance public safety. Ultimately nearly two hundred different agencies located around the country and/or operating in the border area have jointly been attempting to control or maintain some degree of security. The last eight years have seen problems, cutbacks, and curtailment of functionality which have allowed these issues to continue to mount and become serious threats.
Not even mentioned in this post is the cybersecurity, infrastructure, and many other high level concerns that all states face. So before people and media get on their high horse and continue biatching about “who” pays for the wall…consider that our dollars are being sucked down a rabbit hole already.
If putting up a wall and all the different security measures being planned in coordination with that wall hems these thugs and lowlife arses in and prevents a few more getting through then will it not have paid for itself? If 20 million pounds of drugs are stopped from destroying our children because of heightened border control can any parents look at their own families and say the money was not well spent? If one big supporter of these perfidies is thrown in prison NO MATTER how high up in the social strata or government ladder is stopped, will that not justify the use of all means necessary to prevent another generation from being destroyed?
Both Texas-specific and overall taxpayer funds have been pouring into the region. Certainly enough to have built Trumps wall and provide heightened safety but nothing is making a definite headway. In fact, Obama and his administration’s actions not only stopped more than minimal token curbing but has encouraged (and in some instances like Holder’s Fast and Furious) outright assisted in the continued escalation.
Trump has a huge war on his hands in border states and around the country to remove cartels and gangs. Something on the order of the FBI versus Mafia from the 1930’s may end up being the result. Those running cartels pay off politicians and many enforcement and local organizations to keep operations running. Those people receiving the payments are not going to want to be brought to light and made to answer for their part in this horror show. Just as those in the gangs and cartels will not go easily into the abyss as we see constantly throughout the Baja and border areas on both sides of the Mexican border.
Make no mistake this is NOT just a border state problem. It goes all the way up the ladder to the highest government positions and the wealthiest elites.
START THINKING IN REALITY TERMS.
This is our present and our future generations at stake.