The Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas has urged the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to increase security along the Texas-Mexico border. Due to increased drug smuggling and Mexican drug cartel infighting, many border area ranchers are subject to increasing danger as they care for their livestock and work on their ranches. In their letter to the Secretary, the ICA requested more attention be taken to secure the private properties that are along the border. “When ranchers have to arm themselves with assault rifles prior to venturing onto their own ranches, it is time for action to be taken by Homeland Security,” said ICA’s executive director. “The recent murder of a rancher along the Arizona-Mexico border exemplifies the need for increased security for our Texas landowners.”