Congressional hearing focuses on border security

Houston Chronicle, 9/19/11

A Colorado woman who says her husband was shot and killed by drug cartel gunmen while they were boating on a U.S.-Mexico border lake last year said Monday that she’s still waiting for the attackers to be brought to justice.

During a congressional field hearing on border security launched by Republican Rep. Ted Poe, Tiffany Hartley recounted how she and her husband, David Hartley, had visited a church on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake and how gunmen began shooting at them from a boat, hitting her husband in the head.

“It’s only by the grace of God that I’m here today,” Hartley said. Poe, whose district stretches north and east of Houston, called the hearing in the hopes it would send a message to Washington that the drug violence plaguing Mexico can bleed over into the U.S.

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