Sheriffs Meet to Discuss Border Security

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 5:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

Sheriffs from Texas and all the way to California are concerned about problems along the border. That’s why they’re meeting in South Padre Island to share ways to get more federal money to protect those living along the border.

In Cameron County, money is needed for more deputies. With the county being the 8th largest in the state, Sheriff Omar Lucio says his department is understaffed, and at least 50 deputies are needed to offer better protection for the 300,000+ residents.

“For us to keep up with the calls and services we give to people that's how many people we need.”

But México is also concerned about border violence and illegal activities.

“México is probably undergoing right now kind of a dual war if you may call it that.”

The Senior Advisor for México’s Attorney General says México’s biggest issue at the moment is the many drug cartels that are trying to take over. That is why México wants to work with the southwestern border towns and learn what each sheriff's department deals with on a daily basis.

The coalition is requesting $110 million. If approved, those millions will be dispersed from California to Texas to better equip our border.

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