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Merida Initiative: Examining United States Efforts to Combat Transnational Criminal Organizations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representative, One Hundred and Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 5, 2008   [open pdf - 176KB]

From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez. The purpose of this hearing is to "examine the efforts, goals and the possible implementation of the Me´rida Initiative and its role in reducing crime and drug trafficking in Mexico and in Central America. […]Recently, the United States has seen a rise in the operations of sophisticated crime organizations that have little regard for law enforcement and for our border officials. […] With the increase of violence from drug cartels on the Mexican side of the border in places like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, it is appropriate to be concerned about how this is affecting our citizens here in the United States. Many drug cartels contract out to transnational gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street Gang to smuggle drugs and people into the United States and to smuggle weapons and ammunition out of the United States. […] The Me´rida Initiative proposal was developed to stop these operations by implementing comprehensive cross-border communication and collaboration. Interagency cooperation among and inclusion of all agencies that work on our borders and with foreign governments is essential for the success of this proposal. […] This committee would like to see a commitment from all involved agencies that communication and collaboration are and will continue to be on the forefront of this initiative." This hearing "The Merida Initiative: Examining United States Efforts to Combat Transnational Criminal Organizations, before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representative, One Hundred and Tenth Congress, Second Session on June 5, 2008 included statements from Loretta Sanchez, a Representative in Congress from California, and Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism and Mark E. Souder, a Representative in Congress from Indiana, and Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism.

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Serial No. 110-120
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2008
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Public Domain
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