In a recent interview with The Epoch Times, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham discussed the complex situation at Fronton Island, a small but notorious piece of the Rio Grande River land. Fronton Island, which belongs to Texas, has gained notoriety as a hotspot for drug and human trafficking, as well as dangerous cartel activities over the past several months.
Fronton Island’s Troubled Past
Fronton Island’s violent reputation prompted Commissioner Buckingham to describe it as “possibly the most violent part” of the Texas-Mexico border.
A Cartel Haven
Buckingham further elaborated, characterizing Fronton Island as a “law enforcement-free refuge” favored by cartels when they needed shelter from the law.
Law Enforcement’s Authorization
On September 7, 2023, Commissioner Buckingham issued a letter granting the Texas Department of Public Safety the authority to access the 170-acre island.
Law Enforcement’s Arrival
Law enforcement personnel set foot on Fronton Island for the first time on October 2, marking a significant development in the battle to reclaim the territory.
Elite Texas Rangers Reclaim Fronton Island
Though Buckingham couldn’t provide operational details, she stated that an elite force of Texas Rangers played a pivotal role in retaking the island, unearthing weapons caches and undisclosed evidence.
Victory Against Illegal Activities
With the Texas flag now planted on the island, Buckingham considers this operation a victory against illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.
A Border Crisis
While Fronton Island’s situation is dire, Commissioner Buckingham emphasizes that the issue extends far beyond this single location.
The Texas Border Inundated
Buckingham highlighted that Texas is inundated with illegal immigrants, with millions crossing the border, which far exceeds the situation in many other parts of the country.
A Staggering Comparison
She made a stark comparison, stating that the numbers of migrants flooding into Eagle Pass, Texas, equate to the weekly arrival of 2.7 million people in New York City.
Notably, many of these migrants are young, military-aged males.
Buckingham pointed out that recent surges of illegal immigrants have set new records, with videos circulating online showing thousands storming across the border, likening it to an invasion.
For those processed by Border Patrol to enter the country, Buckingham revealed that their earliest court date for legal proceedings wouldn’t be until 2027, leading to concerns that many will simply vanish.
A Disturbing Reality
Buckingham shared a troubling revelation that nearly every individual crossing the border wears a wristband, signifying their affiliation with a specific cartel.
This indicates that the cartels control who crosses the border, effectively fostering a form of modern-day slavery.
Buckingham highlighted the dire issue of fentanyl flooding across the border, enough to kill every person in the United States. She stressed that it’s crucial to stop this flow.
Texas is taking various measures, including creating criminal records for those who break the law upon entry, aiming to improve the identification of repeat offenders.
The Role of Government
Buckingham called on voters to carefully consider their choices for congressional and presidential representatives, emphasizing the need for leaders who will enforce policies that combat illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.
The alarming statistics from September 2023 indicate a record-breaking 269,735 encounters with migrants at the border, with over 218,763 attempting illegal entry.
The Dangers We Know About
Furthermore, 169 individuals on the terror watch list were apprehended, and a staggering 25,500 pounds of fentanyl were seized at the border.
No Word from the White House
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security did not comment on these pressing issues, leaving the situation at the Texas-Mexico border in dire need of resolution.
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