Combating Border Violence: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Investigations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, July 16, 2009   [open pdf - 222KB]

From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "Today's hearing is crucial to securing our borders and further reducing the violence in Mexico that has resulted in over 6,200 drug-related deaths just in this past year. The weapons used in the drug violence in Mexico largely come from the United States, as does the demand for drugs that pays for those weapons. This hearing is, I think, a timely opportunity to discuss the growing security problem and the violence happening at the border. [...] Information sharing between the three agencies which are responsible for all the investigations of drug and weapons violations at the border is really central to our southwest border strategy. And in fact, that is why we are having this hearing, to make sure that you all are cooperating, talking to each other, enhancing what we really consider is a critical process. In the recent reports from the GAO [Government Accountability Office] office, before the MOUs [Memoranda of Understanding] were announced, of course, they had concerns about the types of communication and coordination, or lack of, that were happening between you all. [...] We want to know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, and want you all working together, because, quite frankly, we have limited resources--very scarce resources with respect to trying to do some of this. And these are very important issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mike Rogers, Bennie G. Thompson, Al Green, Ann Kirkpatrick, Sheila Jackson Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Michael T. McCaul, Kumar Kibble, Bill McMahon, Anthony Placido, and Mark Souder.

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