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darrels joy 05-02-2010 11:57 AM

Hearings revive border violence debate as lawmakers ask for troops
Hearings revive border violence debate as lawmakers ask for troops

By Jordy Yager - 05/02/10 01:50 PM ET

The ongoing drug violence in Mexico is expected to get a renewed focus in the Senate this week as a bevy of House members from the southwest region push to send more troops to the border.

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control takes the lead on Wednesday as it holds a long-awaited hearing on the drug trafficking violence in Mexico and the immediate implications for the U.S.

At the same time, the Senate Homeland Security Committee is set to examine the government’s crackdown on gun smuggling operations between the U.S. and Mexico during its Wednesday hearing on terrorists and guns.

The renewed attention from the upper chamber comes as a bipartisan group of 17 House lawmakers from the southwest region sent a letter last week to President Barack Obama calling on him to deploy National Guard troops to their home states as part of the “swift and decisive” action needed to combat the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, which “continues to increase at an alarming rate.”

The recent slayings of a U.S. consulate worker in Mexico and an Arizona border rancher added to the 79 American citizens killed last year in the violent city of Juarez, Mexico, the lawmakers said.

The continued threat to Americans in towns and cities along the border has been cited by proponents of the Arizona law passed last week that requires local and state law enforcement officials to question people about their immigration status if they suspect them of being in the U.S. illegally.

Critics of the law, however, say that it amounts to racial profiling.

The move has thrust the highly controversial immigration debate back into the spotlight and has reignited talks in Congress to change the nation’s immigration laws and provide a path to citizenship for the country’s illegal immigrants.

But the revitalized talks have the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), concerned that Americans won’t be able to foot the bill. Thompson is advocating a comprehensive approach to the border issues that both stems the increasing violence and addresses the problem of illegal immigration.

“When the immigration debate takes off it will include border security, interior enforcement, as well as what equipment and manpower is necessary to support that,” he said in an interview last week. “And this is going to come at a tremendous price tag. I think fighting wars abroad and putting immigration on top of all that, it will be a real challenge.”

“If you’re looking at a comprehensive piece of legislation you’re looking at an expensive piece of legislation,” he said, adding that “immigration is still a federal responsibility. We can’t step away from it. If we do then some other state is going to try and do what Arizona did. We can’t neglect our established responsibility.”

The debate over what is a “comprehensive” approach took off in the Senate last week after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – a longtime advocate of including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants as part of immigration reform – emphasized that border security must be the top priority in trying to address illegal immigration concerns.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was quick to call McCain’s plan short-sighted, saying that the Democratic plan was more “comprehensive” because it “both increases border security and prevents employers from hiring illegal immigrants.”

In a recent interview, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) – who has been thrust in the spotlight after calling for a boycott of his state’s newly passed immigration law – told The Hill that while the issue of border violence needs to be addressed in the immigration debate, it also needs to be looked at as a unique issue outside of it.

“[The border violence] complicates it because it becomes a prevalent excuse for people to say let’s not do anything until we stop the violence along the border,” said Grijalva. “But I think that’s just short-sighted and that unless we deal with something that’s comprehensive, these instances are going to continue.”

“The violence has to be looked at through its own prism and that prism is security and what more we need to do,” he said. “Do we need to devote more resources from our side to deal with the gun running? Do we have to have tougher regulations to deal with the money that these cartels are laundering? The level of the organizations we’re fighting is immense. This is not just some guy with 100 pounds of heroin. This is serious. It’s clouded the issue and some people want to use it as some excuse. I don’t want it to be an either or, but you’ve got to deal with the violence.”

About 18,000 people have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took power in 2006 and began an all-out war against drug cartels in his country.

Calderon has deployed 45,000 army soldiers to dangerous cities and regions throughout Mexico – including 7,000 to Juarez, where more than 4,500 people have been killed in the past two years -- but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said last week that the troops have not helped thwart the violence a great deal.

darrels joy 05-02-2010 12:01 PM

Subject: Fw: Photos of a Mexican Drug Lord's home after being Raided....
Home of a Mexican Drug Lord being raided<O:p</O:p

Yes, That is cash piled on that table in the background!<O:p</O:p

Just a small collection of guns - these people are not really dangerous at all.....<O:p</O:p

Yes, that is real gold on these guns!<O:p</O:p

Gold and Titanium 45 Caliber semi automatic pistols - they found 16 like this<O:p</O:p

Go and kill in the name of the Lord my son! There was a matched pair of these found.<O:p</O:p

357 Magnum semi automatic with solid gold grips.<O:p</O:p

This guy had a better gun collection that most legitimate museums do<O:p</O:p

Just a quaint ittle villa in the hills - Drug money bought it all!<O:p</O:p

Man made cave and hot tub inside the home<O:p</O:p

A collection of exotic animals - which were cared for in the grandest fashion by the way<O:p</O:p

7 Lions were on the property<O:p</O:p

A very rare Tiger<O:p</O:p

The back yard pool<O:p</O:p

Exotic art collection - some of which was illegal to own - some stolen<O:p</O:p

They just burned it all down!<O:p</O:p

More guns than you could ever imagine!

This pile of cash before it was counted was estimated to be approimately 18 Million Dollars!
After it was counted it turned out to be a little more than 22 Million Dollars!<O:p</O:p

From another angle

Guns were hidden all over the house along with ample Ammo just in case of trouble.<O:p</O:p

Stacks of cash were found in every nook and cranny<O:p</O:p

This case is filled with 100 dollar Bills estimated to be 1/2 a million dollars and no
doubt headed out to make another drug by perhaps from the columbians<O:p</O:p

18 plastic bins filled with 100 dollar bills were found<O:p</O:p

Another cabinet stack tight with cash - all 100's<O:p</O:p

More 100's<O:p</O:p

Each of these stacks of 100's holds 250,00 (a quarter of a million dollars)!<O:p</O:p

They also had millions in Columbian money and Mexican Pesosalthough they preferred
American dollars for the most part.
There was even some stacks of Chinese Yen found in one closet.

More Gold machine guns and pistols - most were never fired, just held for collection value

The money and valuables found in this one house alone, would be enough to pay for health insurance for every man woman and child<O:p</O:p
in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com /...ry-region alt=</st1:country-region>U.S.A. for 12 years! There are believed to be approximately 27 more of these houses in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><ST1:pMexico </st1:country-region>alone not to mention the ones in other<O:p</O:p
countries who are enriching themselves in the drug trade. These people have so much money, they make the Arab oil shieks look like welfare recipients.

Their money can buy the best politicians, the best cops, the best judges, whatever they need they just throw down stacks of cash and it is theirs!
This is why the drug problem is so difficult to fight.
Photos are posted here...
Weapons and equipment.

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