Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:36 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 10:22 PM
WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley resident said reports of diminishing violence in Mexican border towns are false.
The man, Raul, lived in a Mexican border town across from the Valley much of his life. He had to flee north after a drug cartel took his family's businesses.
"The agricultural part of it is suffering. The tourist part of it is suffering. Americans don't go to Mexico anymore," Raul said.
Raul's family farmed the lands along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The family also owned a restaurant they opened in the 1930s.
He said criminals took everything.
"They just take it. They just tell you, ‘get out, this is mine now,'" he said.
"How far is it gong to go," Raul said.
Still, he continues to go back to Mexico regularly.
"If it happens to me, it happens to me. I don't live my life thinking I'm going to be kidnapped or killed. I go across to Mexico and I work, live my life. I don't live my life like that," he said.
Raul said the violence along the border is far from over.
"They'll come to you and they'll tell you, ‘I'll kill your family, I'll kill your kids.' So they're afraid to speak out," Raul said.