“Our border law enforcement personnel are under assault. Powerful Mexican drug cartels threaten the safety of our communities and the law enforcement officials who protect us. . . Border violence places a financial burden on the taxpayers with law enforcement struggling to meet the personnel and the equipment needed to keep up with the combat against drugs. Our local police are outnumbered outgunned and do not have the financial resources to match the cartel’s unlimited financial budget.
--U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison