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Hurd on the Hill: Stopping Drug Cartels and Human Smugglers

There’s no question that our South and West Texas communities are bearing the brunt of the immigration crisis. When crisscrossing the 23rd District of Texas I consistently hear that folks I represent are concerned about the influx of migrants and subsequent releases by the Customs and Border Protection.

It doesn’t help that while the hardworking men and women of our Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health and Human Services and others on the front lines of the border crisis are working overtime to do their jobs, dangerous drug cartels and human smugglers are benefiting from the crisis.

They operate vast networks that transcend our nation, Mexico and Central America and bring in $29 billion each year – more than Starbucks ($24.71 billion) and McDonalds ($22.9 billion). All while innocent lives suffer.

The root causes of our border crisis are violence, extreme poverty and lack of economic opportunity in the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – together known as the Northern Triangle. When these people decide to make the perilous, over 1,500-mile-long journey to the United States, they often need the help of these vast networks to make it happen. These smugglers earn nearly $2.3 billion in revenue each year.

They’re making the crisis worse by transporting people into our country illegally, while putting innocent lives at risk in the process.

We must make dismantling the infrastructure created by these human smugglers a national security priority. In June, 104,000 people were detained at our border. Almost every one of them had a phone number of a smuggler, a license plate of a bus that brought them here or a pickup location in their home country. We should be collecting this information and then use it to stop future operations.

Understanding and disabling these smuggling and trafficking networks should be a national intelligence priority.

These individuals threaten the security of the United States and the entire Western Hemisphere, and when it comes to stopping this crisis we need all hands on deck. This should include the men and women of our intelligence community. We must make sure that they maximize the use of their intelligence capabilities to disrupt and dismantle these dangerous operations.

Understanding these networks must be a national intelligence priority, and I’m proud that my bipartisan effort to make this a reality was passed out of the House last week.

I was proud to join fellow former CIA officer Representative Abigail Spanberger from Virginia in a bipartisan effort to make sure that stopping these bad actors is a national priority of the intelligence community. Solving our immigration crisis is always going to be a multi-front effort.

Ensuring facilities like Carrizo Springs and Clint are well-equipped while also knocking down the trails left by human smugglers are two of those fronts I’ve taken action on recently. I’ll continue to do all that I can to fight for the South and West Texas communities that are bearing the brunt of this crisis.

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A former undercover CIA officer, entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert, Will Hurd is the U.S. Representative for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. In Washington, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness, and the House Committee on Appropriations, where he serves on the Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

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19 comments

  1. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    hardworking MEN AND WOMEN at the border patrol? what putting asylum seeking children inside cages as the border patrol men grope the women and beat up the teenagers. Maybe you Will Hurd should go join them and jump into the action. I sure hope you get primary in 2020, your luck is about to run out, you dodged defeat in 2018 and not by much.
    You are a Donald Trump LOYALIST! you are also afraid of Donald Trump, and it shows! you and congressmen
    Mark Meadow and Gym Gordan are Trump’s finest loyalist. Are you going to join Lindsey Graham and go play golf with Trump at Mar a Lago before Trump goes to prison in 2021?
    As for these so called hardworking men and women at the Border Patrol! ask them to serve you a glass of water from the toilet?

    • Hey azzhat, it was Obama that built those cages. You seemed ok with it then. Worthless doper

  2. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    You dumb ass BUTT BLAST Mad Mike! president Obama didn’t build any cages you worthless piece of SHIT from a SHIT HOLE State! F”’N LIAR! Opioid ADDICT! go back to where you came from ass hole.
    Stick all those burner phones up your ass hole PUNK!

    • Moron, Obama’s own head of CBP was on TV all month, letting people know that the photos shown of kids in chain-link “cages” were taken when Obama was president. You really are a friggin moron!

      • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

        OH GO SCREW YOURSELF! Mad Mike!
        as far as Donald Trump is concerned it’s going to be. SECOND TERM or PRISON TERM! I say the later.
        You freaking DOTARD!

        • For a loud mouth, you would think that you could at least know who built these facilities and used them, but like most loudmouths, you are just a moron.

    • Oh looky it’s paranoid schizo Alberto now afraid of burner phones. So funny. So paranoid he constantly watches his 6. Thinks the world is out to get him. Obvious guilt complex. Won’t get medical help or meds for his mental issues and TDS. In self denial.

      Alberto for prison 2019!

      • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

        Whats wrong with you Fero? you are posting like crazy! yes burner phones is what you are using. If you want to talk to me, then stop acting like a whiny BITCH! And just talk.
        I live inside your section 8 rent free cobweb mind! It’s pretty empty, there’s noting inside your skull. I don’t have to watch my 6, and I don’t have to fear you! you are not man enough.
        Not even half a man! You have this contagious disease called TRUMPIITIS! google it up? and see who’s in denial.
        Why don’t you call Mad Mike up and play Doctors, together!
        Who knows where that will take you both too, but you can pretend to be the wife, and you want to have a baby. Then you change partners!
        Whatever rocks your lilies,Fero

  3. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    Whats wrong with you Fero? you are posting like crazy! yes burner phones is what you are using. If you want to talk to me, then stop acting like a whiny BITCH! And just talk.
    I live inside your section 8 rent free cobweb mind! It’s pretty empty, there’s noting inside your skull. I don’t have to watch my 6, and I don’t have to fear you! you are not man enough.
    Not even half a man! You have this contagious disease called TRUMPIITIS! google it up? and see who’s in denial.
    Why don’t you call Mad Mike up and play Doctors, with him alone together!
    Who knows where that will take you both too, but you can pretend to be the wife,the one that’s on the bottom,and you want to have a baby. Then you trade places!
    Whatever rocks your lilies,Fero

  4. Based on your latest perverted rants I see some latent tendencies coming out in you Alberto. What part of LGBTQ are you? I would say the T and Q. GFY!

    BTW – CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Alberto for prison 2019.

    • When I told him he spent alot of time in San Francisco bath houses, he responded,so what if I did,it’s none of your business.

  5. STOMP OUT WHITE SUPREMACIST!

    No Fero, GFY and tell Original Maggot to GFHS then both of you take turns sucking each other’s ass holes.

    • Alberto the pervert. His posts are clearly sick and perverted. Alberto is a proud member of the LGBTQ community. BTW – Your burner phone is ringing. Probably one of your LGBTQ buddies looking for a good time with Alberto. LMAO.

      Alberto for prison 2019!

    • Alberto answer your burner phone. Your buddy Beto has been calling you for hours now. He wants you to “wax his ass and scrub his balls.” Beto supports the LGBTQ people. LOSERS!

      Alberto the pervert for prison 2019!

      • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

        The burner phone is you calling Fero! those phones have area codes from all over the country. Even the 512 Austin area code, it’s you calling since you deny and you hide. Not everyone is as stupid as you are Fero.
        You are a pedophile, you are a child molester, and you like young boys! or teenage boys.
        You know what you are! you don’t qualify to be in the LGBTQ community!
        They have better class than you do Fero!
        Seriously just admit that they kicked you out of NAMBLA!
        North American Man Boy Love Association is where you come from Fero.
        Tell Mad Mike to buy some KY lube and use it on you when you two take turns plowing each other Moscow Mitch McConnell Style!
        HA HA HA HA HA HA! PRICELESS!
        ANOTHER BEAT to Fero ass plow wipe !

        • Your post is hilarious Alberto. Clearly you are delusional as ever. You don’t need a burner phone to call some moron by the name of Alberto Velarde. Just his phone number. Crazy imagination due to your paranoid schizo condition. The person calling you from area code 512 – Austin is most likely some libtard like you. It’s not me moron. Like I said probably Beto wanting you to wax his ass and scrub his balls or vice versa. You seem to like those areas of the anatomy since you always post perverted stuff about it. I am not a LGBTQ so no problem for me. But obviously you are. You appear to have plenty of experience in perversion and queerness. Your posts are proof of that idiot. You can’t fix Alberto’s stupid. LMAO.

          Alberto for prison 2019!

          BTW – CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

            One of these days I’m going to find out who you are Fero!
            I’m your worst nightmare!
            I don’t care if you are homophobic and a racist bigot! after all you are a republican deplorable.
            And by all means it’s you with all those burner phones, You use them to scheme people out of their money.
            You are a total fraud, I know that you are Jerry!
            The thing I know most about you is that you CAN’T KICK MY ASS! you dumb PUNK ASS!
            And you use to live at the Ridgemar!
            You moved out…and went go back to live with grandpa!
            You are what you are Fero, a predator pedophile.
            When I called you out as a NAMBLA CREEP! You panicked!

        • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY! July 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm

          “One of these days I’m going to find out who you are Fero!”

          Hey dumbass you had your chance Saturday to meet me at Ft. Bliss to clear up who I am but you failed to show up. Big CHICKEN!!!!!!!!

          Sorry as I mentioned in the past I’ve never lived at section 8 Ridgemar as you falsely claim. I’ve never met you either. I am not Jerry. It’s all in your perverted imagination and hallucinations. BTW – Your buddy Beto O’Dork wants to talk to you. Answer your burner phone chicken. He wants to wash your ass and scrub your balls. Then begging for a campaign contribution. Beto loves the LGBTQ people like you. LMAO.

          You are your own worst nightmare. Nobody else is. Mental disease ridden but won’t get treatment for it. Plus pot burned out whatever brain cells you had left. You are truly pathetic.

          CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Alberto for prison 2019!

  6. I bet Alberto is a card toting member of NAMBLA since he knows so much about them. First hand knowledge due to experience. Plus only libtards/Democraps like Alberto are members of these perverted groups. Obviously the next step for the LGBTQ movement is to add sex with underage children claiming it is perfectly normal behavior and not deviant.

    Alberto the PERVERT for prison 2019!

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