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“That piece of paradise has been intruded on this month by the lawlessness seeping over from the Mexican border,” he said, noting that in two separate incidents, U.S. fishermen were robbed at gunpoint on the lake by Mexican pirates, who held AR-15 rifles to their heads.

On Thursday, a McAllen, Texas, man was fatally shot after being ambushed by six Mexican pirates in two boats on Falcon Lake. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez identified the victim as David Michael Hartley, 30, who was riding with his wife on personal watercraft on the lake.

Sheriff Gonzalez told reporters that Mr. Hartley’s wife tried circling back to pull him from the water, but she was forced to retreat after being fired at by the gunmen.

“What are these pirates doing on Falcon Lake?” asked Mr. Poe. “Are they moving drugs or people or worse across the water? We don’t know. In the 1800s, Thomas Jefferson sent the Navy to protect Americans from pirates in the Mediterranean. This administration is blissfully silent about the pirates on Falcon Lake.

“Meanwhile, the border war continues,” he said. “And that’s just the way it is.”