Posted: Jun 3, 2014 7:07 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 7:50 AM
BROOKS COUNTY - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) is urging the Mexican government to establish its own border patrol.
Cuellar said it would help stop the increasing flow of illegal immigrants from Central America.
Many of those illegal immigrants from Central America end up in Brooks County. Some die in the brush. More than 200 bodies were pulled out of the brush since 2012.
Cuellar said he is helping Mexico establish its own border patrol. He is in Mexico helping officials work on the early stages of the plan.
He doesn't know when the Mexican border patrol will be ready for action. He said they will likely be stationed in southern Mexico, near the border with Guatemala.
"A lot of those people coming across, not all go up to the United States. Some are being recruited into the drug cartels and are becoming gang members," Cuellar said.
"It's in Mexico's best interest, and our best interest that we work together to stop the influx from the border they have with Guatemala," Cuellar said.
Cuellar said the United States spends more than $18 billion on immigration control, but the system is overwhelmed.
A Mexican border patrol could help stop the rush of immigrants before they reach the United States, he said.