Serial No. 110-135: Merida Initiative: Assessing Plans to Step Up Our Security Cooperation with Mexico and Central America, Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2007 [open pdf - 532KB]
This hearing covers enhancing U.S. security cooperation with Mexico and Central America. "President Bush announced the Merida Initiative on October 22nd. Developed as a plan of increased cooperation between our two nations to fight the threat of drug trafficking and transnational crime in our Western Hemisphere, the Merida Initiative rightly aims to defeat the perilous threats endangering the youth and prosperity of our Nation today." Main points discussed include violence associated with the drug trade, criminal gangs, the administration's policy, law enforcement and border security, the division of aid programs, corruption in the Mexican police apparatus, assistance in combating drugs, training, Plan Colombia, and FY 2009 budget. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas A. Shannon, David T. Johnson, Rube´n Hinojosa, Eliot L. Engel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Poe, and Gene Green.
Serial No. 110-135
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