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The Front Line
Drug Cartels Will Challenge Energy Investors
As Mexico opens its energy sector to private investors after 76 years of government monopoly, one of the biggest hurdles for foreign companies coming here isn’t geology, regulation or finding skilled workers. It’s the vicious drug cartels that virtually control the parts of northern Mexico where experts say there are big deposits of shale oil and gas.
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News Reports in Central America Encourage Trek North
McALLEN - Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States. A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, "go to America with your child, you won't be turned away."
Border Tour
As illegal crossings from Mexico into the U.S through South Texas continue to rise, Commissioner Staples hosted a bipartisan delegation of agriculture leaders from eight states to share a firsthand glimpse into the realities of life along the Texas/Mexico border.
A Grisly Scene for Commuters in El Paso
A Grisly Scene for Commuters in El Paso
A mannequin showed up on I-10 West under a billboard that read "Plata O Plomo" or "Silver or Lead.” This phrase is used by Cartel members, and it means accept a bribe or face assassination. Clearly, this is sending a very loud message that spillover crime is indeed occurring north of the border.
Mexican Drug Cartels Extending Violent Reach
Ruthless criminal organizations behind mass murders, assassinations and kidnappings are setting up shop in the area, right under property owners' noses.
 
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