On the Border and in the Line of Fire: U.S. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Drug Cartel Violence, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 11, 2011   [open pdf - 711KB]

From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "Today, we examine the U.S. side of the border. It is necessary to provide a realistic security assessment as determined by local and State law enforcement, and accurately measure the level of crime in our border communities related to cartel activities. In March, our Secretary of Homeland Security said that the border is better now than it has ever been. Many officials who are directly in the line of fire, such as Captain Bob Bullock of the Texas Rangers, disagree with the Secretary. We heard last week from Sheriff Dever in Arizona, stating he disagreed. Of course there is violence along the border. There is a spillover of crime and intimidation. Since January 2010, the Texas Department of Public Safety has identified at least 22 murders, 24 assaults, 15 shootings, five kidnappings directly related to this spillover. This past Sunday, there was a gun battle between Mexican marines and drug smugglers on Falcon Lake, which straddles the border, killing 13 people." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael T. McCaul, William R. Keating, Bennie G. Thompson, Grayling G. Williams, Amy E. Pope, Steven C. McCraw, Thomas C. Horne, Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr., and Victor Rodriguez.

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