Recent car bombing fires up concerns of spillover

Congressman Henry Cuellar

A car bomb, that left eight Nuevo Laredo officers wounded just four miles from the U.S. border, has one valley lawmaker calling for action saying this war isn't just Mexico's --it effects everyone. Congressman Henry Cuellar said if we don't help Mexico now, their problems could soon become ours.

Car bombings are apparently a new tactic for the drug cartel.

There have been four reported since the height of the drug war just south of the border.

Congressman Cuellar said the recent bombing of a police dormitory in Nuevo Laredo is just another indication that the cartels are taking their operations to a very dangerous and deadly level.

One he fears could eventually pose a threat to those living in the U.S. along the border.

"This is why I'm a firm believer in working with the Mexican government to try and help them, said the congressman. Mexico should be seen as a friend and not an enemy, as some people see it. There are problems there and they won't go away. This is a 2,000 mile border we have with Mexico and we have to do everything we can to stop the violence over there or we will have more problems on the U.S. side."

Reports show that the Mexican cartel have already moved into the United States, making a home in over 250 cities.

McAllen, Laredo, Rio Grande City and San Antonio just to name a few.

Congressman Cuellar said while their violence appears to be contained here, things could change at any moment and the U.S. law enforcement needs to be prepared for that.

Tamaulipas state officials believe the Zetas cartel, one of Mexico's two most powerful criminal organizations, carried out this recent attack, saying it is one of the most elaborate they've seen.