What Obama Said
Obama's remarks in El Paso were shown to be flatly ludicrous in light of what the three Texas law enforcement authorities offered in their testimony. The President declared, "we have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible.
Then they wanted a fence.… The fence is now basically complete....
So, here’s the point. I want everybody to listen carefully to this. We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done.
Napolitano made similar claims before a leftist confabulation in Washington, D.C. not a week after an expert for the Government Accountability Office said the border is totally out of control. She asserted much the same thing in testimony before the Senate.
The Real Story
On May 11, the day after Obama spoke in El Paso, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul (pictured above), the Republican representing the 10th district of Texas, held a hearing of his subcommittee on Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management. McCaul invited three top lawmen from border communities to testify: McAllen, Texas Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales, Jr., and Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
None of them shared the administration's rosy view of the border as a peaceful place.
Chief Rodriguez described to the committee the savage brutality Mexicans face every day, noting that it has reached unprecedented levels. "Horrific acts of violence, gruesome killings, mass murder and countless atrocities typify the violence in Mexico today," he said.
Whereas we tend to believe that this lawlessness occurs only in the border region of Mexico, there appears to be no part of Mexico that has been spared by such violence....
Whereas we tend to believe that the reach of the drug trafficking cartels' activities, whether such be drug trafficking or drug related violence, is limited to our border communities, there is no corner of our country that has been immune from the effects of that reach.
We know that people in Mexico live in constant fear, not just for their safety, but for their lives, the lives of their children and for their personal property.
Their stories are pure HORROR.[Emphasis in original.]
Rodriguez said his department and other law enforcement agencies "seize thousands and thousands of tons of drugs."
Every ounce of those drugs was unlawfully introduced into our country. In every case,[d]rug [t]rafficking [o]rganizations trampled on our borders.
Today, multi-ton seizures are not uncommon.
There are landowners today that fear working their lands because of these constant incursions.
To this end, we have built walls, virtual fences and added thousands of boots on the ground. It is obvious that doing less on this front is not acceptable.
The violence in Mexico does affect us. There are acts of crime that reach beyond Mexico.
Sheriff Gonzalez detailed the danger to American citizens living near the border. Three examples from his testimony show how dangerous the border has become.
"In Zapata County, Texas, during one operation," he testfied, "deputy sheriffs seized several rounds of .50 caliber cartridges during a traffic stop. The ammunition was seized from individuals that were working for the Zeta Cartel. On December 16, 2010, a reported gang member was arrested in Zapata County after 30 hand grenades were discovered hidden under the spare tire of the vehicle he was driving.