US Citizens in Laredo called 911 after hearing gunfire and explosions just across the border. Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza deflected the concerns of citizens with what I see as utter contempt. He said there was no spillover violence onto the US side and "We were getting reports from people who live on the river's edge that they could hear gunfire and explosions from the Mexico side," Baeza said, "We didn't have any incidents on the American side. It's hard for people to understand who don't live here ... They're not Vikings, they're not going to invade us, it doesn't work that way."
This was said just a day before the reported breaking news on the ranches being taken above.
Baeza, who grew up in Laredo and saw the city expand over more than 20 years, says the reports from Washington and from communities away from the border, are sensationalizing reports of the violence in Mexico and its spillover into the U.S. “Some years ago,” he says, “the press exaggerated the story of how many undocumented Mexicans were crossing into the U.S. through this same border, and taking Americans’ jobs.” The headline of the day has gone from one “hot potato” issue to the next — both involving Mexico and its inability to control itself.