Border Violence: An Examination of DHS Strategies and Resources: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 12, 2009 [open pdf - 254KB]
From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "With the Mexican government engaged in a violent struggle against well armed drug cartels that frequently resemble advanced military units, the United States and this Congress cannot ignore our role in assisting our neighbor and ally in this fight, and preventing this violence from spreading across our border. [...] In developing a strategy to assist and deal with the drug cartel war in Mexico there are several key issues that must be addressed: How will we as a nation address the fact that 90 percent of guns found in Mexico come from our streets and stores? What role do we have in training, preparing and providing assistance to the Mexican government? How will we ensure that our shared trade and commerce routes that supply our country with many essentials products are safe from disruption in Mexico? And, how can we ensure that a variety of U.S. Departments and agencies work together efficiently and effectively to respond to this threat? [...] With those concerns in mind, it is essential that the Department of Homeland Security, along with other relevant Departments, continue to pursue a contingency plan to address 'spillover' violence along our border." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Bennie G. Thompson, Roger T. Rufe, Jr., Alonzo R. Pena, John Leech, Salvador Nieto, and Kumar C. Kibble.
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