Two state police officers were killed across the Texas border city of Nuevo Laredo just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited the city of Laredo. While some media and critics tried to downplay the dangers on the Mexican-U.S. border, Trump highlighted the issues.
On Saturday, nine people were killed who were attacking police on the border town of Rio Bravo, said Tamaulipas state police spokesperson Ivon Melendez said today. Breitbart is reporting bodies were found in Santa Polonia, a rural community near Rio Bravo. The area is across the Rio Grande River from McAllen, Donna, and Weslaco, Texas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
The Zetas and Gulf drug cartels control much of these areas along the border and have significant influence on the U.S. side. Groups within the Zetas have been fighting for dominance near Laredo for some time, according to Border Patrol Agents assigned to that sector. The Gulf Cartel controls the Reynosa-Rio Bravo region.
The two state police officers killed where driving to Laredo for shopping while off duty when men in two different vehicles began shooting at them. Another officer survived the gunfire.
Border Patrol agents stationed along the border say these killings should reinforce what citizens keep emphasizing. They were disappointed when Trump’s visit last Thursday received a thumbs down from their Washington D.C. based union leaders by suddenly cancelling the meeting during his visit to Laredo.
“We were excited and anticipating the visit from Trump and were told we had to back off and not meet with him,” said one of several south Texas agents who contacted the Examiner Thursday. “Hell, we were the ones who invited him to Laredo. He didn’t approach us first. We asked him because he is the only one who is bringing the attention to the trouble. We wanted him to see with his own eyes what is going on here.”
“Inviting him to Laredo was not our endorsement,” a second agent elaborated. “It was only our chance to get more media and press people here to ride along and report the actual conditions without interference from the usual politics. But I guess the politics won out again.”
“(President) Obama is certainly not doing anything to help and those of us who work in the field each day say we are basically ignored,” the first agent added. “When money and more agents were approved, they went to the other sectors on the border. They didn’t come here. Are we being punished?”
As recently as April, Chris Cabrera, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Local 3307, testified before a Senate panel to reveal striking information. Cabrera swore to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that Americans were being misled by the Obama administration’s manipulation of border security information.
“Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution,” Cabrera affirmed. “Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”
When the National Border Patrol Council 2455 released the statement they were “to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump” the presidential candidate’s team responded saying the group that had invited him were “silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border.”
“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council at the National level,” the local council decided to cancel the meeting.
“We all know they were forced to halt the conference with Trump,” said the second agent, with the others nodding their heads in agreement.
“They’re afraid of saying what’s happening,” Trump stated in his Laredo press conference. They were told ‘silencio’. If I win, believe me, we’ll get things straightened out.”