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Texas Department of Agriculture Launches Border Vigilante Website

Texas Department of Agriculture Launches Border Vigilante Website

Cindy Casares over at Guanabee reported on a website launched last week by the Texas Department of Agriculture for border ranchers and farmers. The site, ProtectYourTexasBorder.com, aims to “document the true stories of those who supply our food under the constant danger of criminals who have crossed our border illegally.” In the “About” section, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples elaborates on the impetus behind the new project:

Through this website, I implore the federal government to enforce our laws and secure our nation’s borders. We are at war and our federal government must answer its call of duty to protect its citizens and our national security.

Until Washington stands beside us, Texas is prepared to take matters into its own hands to the fullest extent possible. Texas will fight and protect to the best of our ability, but a successful campaign to stop border violence will require Washington to acknowledge this threat as a national security issue and assign the appropriate resources to combat and defeat our enemies. I can assure you a threat to our citizens and food supply is a threat to our national security.

The website also includes a message board where users can register and post their proposed solutions. As Julian Aguilar of the Texas Tribune points out, proposals include calls for violence. “The most well known fighters of our Revolutionary war were not trained, they used hide and shot tactics that would work great today… If we — Americans — start shooting the bad guys, they will get the message!,” wrote one user — jcarrott. Other comments range from “Killem all!!!! They are destroying or great country,” to suggestions that the U.S. deploy “watch groups, community patrols, land mines, tiger traps and roving packs of rabid [weasels]” at the border.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), who referred to the site as a “propaganda campaign,” noted that the anecdotal information it contains doesn’t reflect actual crime statistics at the border. “The website leaves the impression that Texas border communities are dangerous, when, in fact, cities such as El Paso, McAllen, and Brownsville are safer than most other cities in Texas, including Austin,” he said. “Our state is facing a $27 billion budget crisis, and our state leaders are wasting scarce tax dollars to support a platform that portrays rural Texas like rural Afghanistan.”

Counties along the southwest border have some of the lowest rates of violent crime per capita in the nation and those rates have dropped by more than 30 percent since the 1990s while immigration has soared. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with a coalition of border city mayors, recently called on politicians to stop exaggerating the levels of violence occurring on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico.

Meanwhile, there is some speculation that Staples may have his sights on higher office in 2014.

This article was originally published by the Wonk Room.

 

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5:59AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

We need to enforce our borders with a combination of all available resources. I am so sick of Janet Napolitano telling us that our borders are secure. If they are secure than why the two american cititizens shot and killed at a border crossing in California the other day?. Why the Arizona rancher murdered? Why the US waterskier murdered on a lake at the border in Texas? Muders of US citizens are happening daily on the US Mexican border. Mexican Drug cartells mudered 35,000 people last year in Mexico. Many executed on the spot for not agreeing to join the cartell. They control the border and will kill anybody, anytime for any reason. It's time we realize that we must secure the border with a combination of measures including a fence, more border patrol, camera's, drone flights, and vigilante internet surveillance. Sadly, the ignorant republicans voted to cut funding for more border patrol officers. The hypocritical republican liars, who criticize Obama and the democrats for being weak on border enforcement, are they themselves reponsible for weak border enforcement because they cut funding. The corporate owned republicans care more about the cheap illegal immigrant labor that they can exploit rather than protecting our border.

8:18AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Lin Moy: "Give us your tired, hungry, and poor..."

That's what the Republican agenda is: to make us all tired, hungry and poor.

We used to say we worked for "slave wages." Now they want the majority of us to work for slave wages.

12:06AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

The Federal government should do it's job of protecting the citizens by sealing the borders.

11:58AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Reading all these racist tirades is really depressing and draining. I feel sorry for all the miserable people out there looking to blame someone for their country's systemic economic problems, why don't you ask George w how he changed billions of dollars of surplus into a huge deficit? Or better yet ask his oil cronies how much richer they got off American soldiers' blood?

9:21AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Something needs to be done to secure the border, as well as something being done to reel in the politicans. Buisness needs to be stifeled form lobying and doing political adds so Politicans listen to the public and not the all mighty dollar.

5:48AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Gracias!

3:31AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

This is the USA imploding with utter madness. God help you all.

2:55AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

The federal government is failing to enforce the immigration laws against illegal aliens and those who stand to gain by exploiting the cheap labor provided by illegals. This is in-your-face immoral, illegal and unethical covert slavery. But for the double-speak of the concept "political correctness" and the resulting brainwashing of our society, this massive influx of millions of people from cultures that are alien to ours would never happen. The destruction of our culture and infrastructure and the subsequent increase in gang activity and violent crime goes unnoticed by our legislators, judges, and law enforcement personnel so that businesses can benefit from cheap illegal labor and American citizens suffer greatly from job loss and the increased tax burden resulting from this. I don't know about you, but it really makes me angry at those who are supposed to be protecting us instead of profiting from this criminal activity. Let's start cracking down on greedy and corrupt business owners who benefit from this.

9:09PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

good grief

6:49PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Here in Texas, the state's constitution is constantly disregarded, and amended to suit the interests of the powerful; so folks don't be surprised about the disregard of the US Constitution from here. W. Bush gave a prime example of this, remember!

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