Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

PIRATES OF THE LAKE

May 19 2010

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Mr. Speaker, Falcon Lake in Zapata County, Texas, is one of the best bass fishing spots in the United States. The lake is an international boundary between Texas and Mexico. That piece of paradise has been intruded on this month by the lawlessness seeping over from the Mexican border.

In two separate incidents, U.S. fishermen have been robbed at gunpoint on Falcon Lake by Mexican pirates who held AR-15 rifles to their heads. In one holdup, an American fisherman was robbed of all of his money. In the other pirate raid, fishermen were robbed of their boat, their money and left naked on the Mexican shore. The pirates were in a commercial fishing boat, dressed in black paramilitary garb carrying automatic weapons.

What are these pirates doing on Falcon Lake? Are they moving drugs or people or worse across the water? We don't know. In the 1800s, Thomas Jefferson sent the Navy to protect Americans from pirates in the Mediterranean. This administration is blissfully silent about the pirates on Falcon Lake. Meanwhile, the border war continues.

And that's just the way it is.

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