Department of Homeland Security Appropriations for 2010, Part 5: Department of Homeland Security: Confronting the Cartel: Addressing U.S.-Mexico Border Security, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, November 19, 2009   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of David Price: "In March, this subcommittee examined the rise of violent Mexican drug cartels and other organized criminal groups and their impact on communities along the U.S.- Mexican border. Addressing this threat is one of the top priorities of the Obama administration and of this subcommittee. So today we will revisit this topic to determine how far that effort has progressed and where it must go from here. Last week, our subcommittee staff visited Mexico City and the Texas and Arizona border regions to take stock of the administration's progress implementing its Southwest Border Initiative. The initiative's goals include securing the U.S.-Mexican border, working with Mexican law enforcement and military personnel to combat cross-border smuggling of illegal drugs, weapons and money, and reducing the violence associated with this criminal activity. To date, progress can be cited, but the overall results are mixed." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Harold Rogers, John R. Carter, John Abney Culberson, Mark Steven Kirk, Ken Calvert, Ciro Rodriguez, Alan B. Mollohan, Nita M. Lowey, Sam Farr, Seven R. Rothman, Mariko Silver, Jayson Ahern, and John Morton.

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