Coahuila Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme initially claimed that cartel gunmen entered sovereign United States territory in Texas before backtracking and claiming that, because the region largely consists of desert, there is no way of determining whether they entered Texas.

Initially reported by Mexican newspaper El Norte, Riquelme first claimed that the 150 gunmen his forces detained crossed into the United States before murdering 22 in Mexico. He claimed, in Spanish, that the cartel gunmen “crossed into the United States” before committing the acts of violence.

After the story began to raise eyebrows internationally, Riquelme retracted his original statement, claiming to clarify that “What I said was that our territory is vast in our borders with Texas, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, a part where there is nothing but desert, where it is unknown whose limits they are,” and that “It doesn’t mean that they crossed the river or that they entered the U.S.”

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