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March 25, 2009

Napolitano Testimony

Filed under: Border Security,International HLS — by Philip J. Palin on March 25, 2009

In formal testimony filed this morning with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Secretary Napolitano highlighted the following:

The US should recognize that the border violence is the outcome of necessary actions being taken by the Mexican government against the drug cartels.

DHS and the federal government as a whole is being proactive in supporting the Mexican government and minimizing threats to the United States from an overflow of violence.

State and local law enforcement in the border states are essential to the effort and a focus of DHS support.

Supporting Mexican law enforcement is another crucial feature of DHS support.

Stopping arms smuggling across the border from the US to Mexico is a priority.

DHS is working with DOD and other federal agencies to be prepared for unlikely but worst case scenarios.

The complete prepared testimony is available from the DHS website.  I could not attend the hearing.  A friend had agreed to monitor the webcast, but this hearing evidently was not webcast.  Anyone who was there, please add your report using the comment function.

Looks like Eileen Sullivan may have filed her AP story from the hearing room.  In any case, it is the first coverage I can find.  Shortly before 3:00 pm CNN posted its coverage of the hearing.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 25, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

So if the violence is the necessary outcome of Mexican government efforts then to the extent those efforts become even more effective there will be even more violence? Or am I missing something. What are the incidents of death of Mexican soldiers, police and officials (actual numbers) vis a vis deaths of or from cartel battles for control?

Something does not seem to jive here? Is tourism to Mexico and economic impact on both countries enormous yes? What is the benefit costs of this “WAR”? By the way what is level of FDI by US each year into Mexico and has this violence impacted that flow? How much “flight” capital from Mexico makes it into US each year? Do we give foreign assistance to Mexico? What is leading American University and/or thinktank analyzing US-Mexican relations and is there a blog run by that organization? I would like to be reading a daily posting on US-Mexican relationships! Is there such a thing? I note that STATE Dept is issuing travel warnings on travel to Mexico? Bottom line is this another arena where US pretends it is doing something but not really doing much but pretending there is no major problem? Hey a fool can ask more questions than a wise-man (woman) can answer!

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