Is it any wonder our cities are overrun by illegals, gangs, and drugs? Maybe this guy's name will give us a clue:
"I've said it before and I'll say it again," Carlos X. Carrillo, Border Patrol chief of Laredo, Texas, told guests at a town-hall meeting Thursday. "The Border Patrol's job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop narcotics. ... The Border Patrol's mission is not to stop criminals.
"The Border Patrol's mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country."
The important point here is that Laredo is one of the most dangerous crossings on the border:
Law-enforcement agencies consider Laredo to be one of the Southwest's most dangerous border crossings. It is the sister city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which is controlled by one of that country's most ruthless drug-smuggling rings.
Here is a little background on Nuevo Laredo and the "Saint of Death":
Along the streets of Ciudad Ju rez, statues of La Santa Muerte - The Saint of Death - can be found at almost any local shop. The robed skeleton with a sickle clutched in its bony fingers is worshiped by many drug runners in Mexico and the United States.
The empty-eyed deity is particularly haunting in a city known for the brutal murders of nearly 500 women since 1995. Many Mexican and U.S. law-enforcement officials have attributed the murders to drug traffickers, some of whom have been arrested. But the murders continue, and women still live in fear.
"Women shouldn't be on the street after dark," said Lalo, 81, who sat with his wife at their empty shop in downtown Ciudad Ju rez.
Danger signs are everywhere. Billboards follow passers-by like shadows, warning women to be vigilant. Every man begins to look like a predator.
"There is so much death," Lalo sighed. "I'm beginning to think the saint is real."
In cities all along the U.S.-Mexico border, the popularity of the death deity is growing. From Tijuana to the violent sister city of Laredo, Texas - Nuevo Laredo - La Santa Muerte is found in statues, stickers and trinkets.
In Nuevo Laredo, the saint haunts cemeteries where worshipers have left offerings of food. The deity also is seen on the back of bulletproof SUVs driven by narco-traffickers who cruise through the city, and even in graffiti along the city's walls.
Now the saint is gaining popularity in Laredo. Eerie evidence of ritualistic ceremonies performed by illegal immigrants in stash houses was discovered by Webb County sheriff's deputies after one raid. Pictures of members of a Mexican military unit lay in a bowl of blood, sprinkled with herbs and roots.
"This really spooked us," said Webb County sheriff's spokesman Tom Sanchez as he sifted through the photographs taken by the deputies who conducted the raid. "I mean, there was an altar filled with everything you can imagine to this Santisima Muerte. It's a culture of death."
Chilling. But apparently of no concern to the Border Patrol chief of Laredo, Texas. Rep. Tom Tancredo has called for Carrillo's resignation. He should be fired:
Law-enforcement officials testified before Congress last year that the Border Patrol needs to focus on Nuevo Laredo because it is Mexico's largest inland port and is a major point of origin for truck traffic into the United States.
Here is Carrillo's picture. I know looks can be deceiving, but he looks a little sinister to me:
We've got some major problems at the border, this man is just one of them. It's time to get serious about our security.
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