Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 6, 2009 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "I want to commend your competent leadership during the current threat of a flu pandemic. The response has been very good, and especially not only here in the United States, but in the coordination with the World Health Organization, and I think it gives people a lot of sense of confidence in the efforts throughout the administration. And I would note, if I might, sort of a personal thing, the State of Vermont is home to several DHS [Department of Homeland Security] operations. We have the USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] Service Center. We have the Law Enforcement Support Center, a Fusion Center, among others. The Law Enforcement Support Center, I remember being there late one evening when a call came in from a sheriff in Arizona who was checking on somebody they had picked up, and they got an answer right away.[...]. I commend your early attention to our interests in working closely with Mexico in its struggle against drug trafficking and against the violent cartels and gangs that pose serious threats to the people and communities, and I actually think they pose a serious threat to the Government of Mexico itself. Mexico is our neighbor, and finding appropriate ways to help it prevail against these lawless influences in their own country is going to help. The Merida Initiative is a first step, but we need a comprehensive strategy that addresses the underlying causes that have enabled this drug-related culture to grow up in Mexico." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles E. Grassley, Patrick J. Leahy, Jeff Sessions, and Janet Napolitano.
S. Hrg. 111-504; Senate Hearing 111-504; Serial No. J-111-20
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