Calling it a national security breach, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says violent crime is bleeding across the Texas/Mexican border and accuses Washington of turning its back on a growing problem that threatens the security of the nation and the safety of every Texan.

Staples delivered the keynote address at the Angelo State University Narco-Terrorism Conference Aug. 21 and introduced a 16-part video series focusing on what he termed a growing problem of narco-terrorists expanding armed and violet incursions into Texas.

“Federal officials in Washington can no longer deny violence in Mexico is flowing into the United States,” Staples told participants at the conference. “These brazen transnational criminal organizations are using terrorism to smuggle drugs and people through our Texas farms and ranches. The violence is not only taking place along the Rio Grande River, but also on property 50 or 60 miles north of the border.”

Staples said Mexican drug cartels have chosen Texas as a primary point of entry to illegally smuggle drugs and humans into the U.S. and he says such incursions often involve violent crimes against foreign citizens who pay cartel “coyotes” to bring them into the United States, and he also charges the cartels with crimes against rural Americans.

“Our citizens are finding human remains in their fields along with drugs and cut fences,” Staples told the group. “There also have been incidents where fearful U.S. citizens have sold their property or had to hold intruders at gunpoint in order to protect their families. Clearly, this is a national security breach that demands sufficient federal resources to combat the cartels and restore safety and security to Texas soil.”