Texas’ Office of Homeland Security would like to know.
Why would the Lone Star State’s chief executive issue a decree, reported today (Oct. 14), that forbids the NBA’s Texas trio from playing in Mexico ever again?
Is this political wrangling, or a serious warning that should be heeded?
Texas has spent $230 million dollars to ensure border safety, one recent political add claims, but the commercial was from 2006 according to reporter Brad Watson/WFAA-Dallas-Fort Worth.
Voters in Texas will choose the Governor of Texas on Tuesday, November 2. The winner will serve a four-year term scheduled to start on January 18, 2011.
In a stunning admonition from the State, a government appointee scowled the caution:
“Nobody should be going into Mexico at this point and time,” Steven C. McCraw said.
McCraw is Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
“The Mexican cartels are our enemies,” he added.
He is a native of El Paso, Texas.
He is also a former Texas Highway Patrol officer, a narcotics investigator, and a 21-year FBI man. He has been the DGOHS since 2004.
Mr. McCraw also noted that Texas’ law enforcement officers need to do more to stop guns from making into Mexico from the US.
His stern warning comes in the wake of reports that Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the commander of state investigators in Cidudad Miguel Aleman (Miguel Aleman City), was beheaded on Oct. 12.
Commander Flores was attempting to find evidence related to an American tourist’s recent murder on a border lake, according to the Associated Press.
According to CNN, his head was delivered Tuesday, in a suitcase, to a Mexican garrison.
Conflicting reports have surfaced today, that claim the murderers of David Hartley, who was shot in the head and killed while jet skiing on Falcon Lake last month, were cartel members.
The murder suspects were previously reported to be pirates. They could be both, or neither.
The reports claim that cartel members suspected Hartley to be a spy for a rival cartel.
There have been at least four travel advisories issued by the federal government since 2006 during the George W. Bush and Vicente Fox presidential administrations.
NBA Commissioner David Stern’s office, under pressure, insists that it and its contacts took every precaution to ensure the safety of the Spurs, the Clippers and their travelling parties.
No reported incidences have been revealed yet in relation to the game that was played in Mexico City near the soldier-guarded main airport.
In 2006, current President of Mexico, Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa, launched an ongoing offensive against the well-armed and awesomely feared drug cartels.
The dominant drug smuggling gangs are now infighting as well as combating belligerent rivals for control of the very lucrative US-Mexico border.
The majority of vacationers enjoy their visits to the Mexican interior, but some experience kidnappings, robberies and even death.
Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas are considered the safest and the most popular cities for some tourists, but even those two locales have now fallen victim to mass kidnappings for up to multi-million dollar ransoms.
Texans should steer clear of the country of Mexico fully and until further notice, and that includes NBA entourages, according to McCraw.
I, personally, would not chance taking my family there right now, but US citizens living or traveling to Mexico are advised to register with the US Embassy or the nearest consulate.
Registration can also be done through the US State Department’s travel registration website.
Or you may contact the Embassy by email or visit its website:
The US Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia, Cuahotemoc; telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000
Will you take heed to the Texas government’s warning, or do you have immediate plans to go to Mexico?