Criminal Activity and Violence along the Southern Border: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 16, 2006. [open pdf - 1MB]
This hearing before the Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, on August 16, 2006, discusses criminal activity and violence along the southern border. From the text: "Now today we will examine the expanding crisis of violence and criminal activity on America's border with Mexico. We will hear what I expect to be sobering testimony from Federal, State and local government officials and law enforcement, as well as the victims of violence committed by those in our Nation illegally. […].The violence our border patrol and local law enforcement encounter continues to increase at an alarming rate, and the organized criminal element on Mexico's side of our southern border is heavily armed and very dangerous. From 2004 to 2005, violent incidents against border patrol agents on the southern border increased more than 100 percent. Since October of last year there have been 630 violent incidents against our border patrol agents. In January 2006, the Department of Homeland Security sent a confidential memo to border patrol agents warning that they could be the targets of assassins hired by alien smugglers. The point is, America's border with Mexico is a violent and dangerous place today, and this is largely due to the drug trafficking along our southern unsecured border."
Serial No. 109-96
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