In response to the murder of American teenagers Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez and Juan Carlos Echeverri, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement:

The border with Mexico is a lawless warzone controlled by violent drug cartels, said Poe. Despite the continued loss of American life, the United States government refuses to admit that there is a war on our border. This violence is a lethal cancer and it is spreading quickly into the United States. The narco-terrorists do not recognize international lines. This is a matter of national security and it is the responsibility of the federal government to protect our border. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the two teenage boys."

Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez and Juan Carlos Echeverri were shot to death in the city of Ciudad Juarezjust two miles from El Paso, Texas. Ciudad Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, experiencing a fierce turf war between drug cartels. More than three thousand people were killed in Juarez in 2010, and three triple homicides occurred this past weekend alone.

Rep. Ted Poe has introduced legislation that would require at the request of border governors to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops at the U.S-Mexico border. Congressman Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Border Security; Executive Member of the Immigration Reform Caucus; and recognized nationally as a leading advocate for border security. Prior to serving in Congress, Poe was a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas for 30 years.

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