TX border town bracing for cartel gun battle

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    Altho border issues are nothing new down here in the southwest, it’s really ratcheting up near El Paso / Juarez (esp small towns) and ain’t gonna get any better. Border towns may get a massive influx of Mexican refugees if this tinderbox explodes and officials along entire southern border are having to plan for spillover. (sigh) Our AZ Gov recently requested more Natl Guard to our border – at least this time they’ll get to carry weapons! (Years ago then-Gov [now DHS Secty] Janet Napolitano called up NG but no guns allowed. Freakin’ duh.) Below just FYI so you all can see whassup down south. Stay safe out there, j

    Texas Town on High Alert as Mexican Town Across Border Braces for Cartel Gun Battle (from FNC 31-Mar-2010)

    Residents of a small Mexican border town under siege by at least one of the country’s most notorious drug cartels are fleeing into a tiny Texas community, which is on high alert and preparing for a surge of illegal immigrants should a street battle break out with another cartel – or if gunmen begin carrying out a threat to start killing the town’s children.

    At least 30 residents of El Porvenir, located about four miles from the Texas border town of Fort Hancock, have crossed into the U.S. and asked for political asylum, telling authorities that they fear for their lives. Fort Hancock officials tell FoxNews.com that they consider the situation serious.

    “We just got word that the cartel has threatened to kill children in schools across the border unless parents paid $5000 pesos,” said Mike Doyle, chief deputy sheriff of Hudspeth County. And that time might come sooner than later. Schools Superintendent Jose Franco said word has spread that everyone in the Mexican town must stay indoors while members of rival cartels prepare for a shootout.

    “I may not be working in school that day. I may be working as a medic,” said Franco, who moonlights as an ambulance paramedic.

    Franco also confirmed the ransom demand for students across the border, adding that some of his students had already paid the money to be left alone.

    According to Doyle, the cartel posted signs in El Porvenir earlier in the month ordering people in the town of 10,000 “to get out or pay with blood.” He said he wasn’t sure of the deadline that was given. “We have heard anywhere from a week to 40 days,” he said.

    Since then, Fort Hancock, population 1700, has been in the grip of fear. The school district has seen a rise in the number of enrolled students as families in Mexico send their children to live with relatives on the other side of the border.

    The Fort Hancock high school, one secretary said, is preparing for more pupils and holding conferences with law enforcement on how to face the crisis. Franco says contingency plans are being drawn up in case the entire population of El Porvenir flees. “It is what we fear the most,” he said.

    rest of article at http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/31/texas-town-high-alert-mexican-town-border-braces-cartel-gun-battle/” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;

    another article from 29-Mar-2010 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100329/ap_on_re_us/us_drug_war_border_schools” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;

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