March 14th, 2009 05:48 PM
Homeland Security Chief Seeks to Stem Flow of Cash, Guns
Interestingly enough, the comments on the article were strongly 2A, strongly border control and security, and strongly against Napolitano.
Napolitano Targets Border Violence
Homeland Security Chief Seeks to Stem Flow of Cash, Guns to Mexican Gangs
By CAM SIMPSON
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the Obama administration would soon unveil a plan for dealing with rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including more resources to stem the flow of dollars and guns to warring drug gangs.
Mexico-U.S.: A Violent Border
The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about the risks that rising violence in northern Mexico could spill over into U.S.
"I think there will be some announcements with some specifics that either I or the president will be making in the coming weeks," Ms. Napolitano said Friday during an interview.
Ms. Napolitano said the plan would include more resources aimed at stopping U.S.-acquired firearms and cash earned from illicit drug sales flowing back across the border. Money and guns are fueling the escalating violence in Mexico that is spilling into U.S. communities, including in Arizona. Ms. Napolitano was the state's governor before joining the Obama cabinet.
Ms. Napolitano revealed few specifics of the new effort, but said special task forces run by DHS -- uniting federal, state and local law enforcement -- would get greater attention. Those task forces are aimed specifically at the Mexican cartels' guns and cash, but currently have no designated funding.
Ms. Napolitano indicated there would be more so-called outbound enforcement: checking people and vehicles leaving the U.S. to see if they are carrying contraband. She said those efforts wouldn't hamper the job of stopping illegal immigration into the U.S.
"We can do significant things," she said. "And you know we're not -- let me be very, very clear -- we are not removing border-protection agents who are between the ports of entry guarding our border. We are not doing that. We need those people....We need those boots on the ground on illegal immigration."
Mexican drug gangs are warring over lucrative trade routes into the U.S. At the same time, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has mobilized his military in a two-year crackdown on drug trafficking. An estimated 7,000 people have died in drug-related homicides since 2008.
Ms. Napolitano on Friday cited stepped-up planning by the Obama administration on the issue, as more public attention is directed toward Mexico's violence and its potential to spill over the border.
"I can say that there are several cabinet- and security-level departments that are working with us now and looking at what can be done," she said, "not only to protect the U.S. side of the border and Americans on the U.S. side, but also to work with President Calderon, because it is in our joint interest that these drug cartels be demolished." She didn't give details.
Susan Ginsburg, who heads the security program at the Migration Policy Institute, a centrist think tank in Washington, said the administration should create a plan that joins foreign and domestic policy, as well as domestic agencies that can often clash over turf.
"There hasn't been a coordinated plan," Ms. Ginsburg said. "There haven't been enough resources. And the agencies involved don't always play too well together."
Although there has been no new funding announced, Ms. Napolitano has asked U.S. border agents to work harder. On Friday, two of the four top issues trumpeted on the DHS Web site were gun seizures and cash seizures.
"We already are beginning to increase our operation of looking at guns and cash going southbound, because it's those guns and cash that are fueling the battle against Calderon and...the very, very violent battle in Mexico," Ms. Napolitano said.
She is expected to appear before the Senate Homeland Security Committee to address the issue on March 25.
Glad to see that from the WSJ.
March 14th, 2009 06:39 PM
While some of the guns going into Mexico may come through America that does not mean that your average gun store or gun owner is involved. Increasing control of people that all ready follow the law won't solve this problem. However, our border with Mexico has needed attention for years.
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March 14th, 2009 10:22 PM
Ya know...there's this great material out on the market now called BARBED WIRE.
Perhaps someone should send some to the new DHC chief. Seems like they've never heard of it before. Then we could send them instructions on how to string this new fangled stuff between poles that are set a certain distance apart. Shoot..I bet they could even sting multiple runs on those pole things...just as many as their heats desire. Then...oh..I don't know...perhaps this new invention could be given a snappy name...blockage...no....wire enclosure...no too long. OH...I know...they could call it a FENCE. Yea....that just might help stop things from crossing over a given area...perhaps even something like a border.
I know...that's just crazy talk...but ya never know...it just might work
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March 14th, 2009 10:59 PM
If I had my way it'd be concertina, poisonous snakes, claymores, and 1,000 yard field of fire. Build a bunch of retirement homes about a 1,000 yards apart, and teach the occupants how to shoot and outfit them with nice bolt actions and good scopes.
Rent discounts for the best shots and largest bags counts. Monthly and weekly contests on different criteria........longest shot, shortest shot........ya'll get the picture.
Actually, I believe the USA is trying to placate Mexico for "feel good" liberals. The fact is, the weapons flows are probably from far away countries with illicit arms traders, drugs for guns. Not that will fix it, but short of some political willpower, it's probably the best we'll get.
March 14th, 2009 11:04 PM
Wouldn't surprise me if we had something like the old contra affair, where we are actually the ones arming the BG's.
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March 15th, 2009 12:36 AM
Secure our borders and secure them now! Screw the politically correct policy!
March 15th, 2009 12:42 AM
I get the feeling that this whole thing, meaning our country, is circling the bowl at an ever faster rate day by day. This is just another example.
When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.
March 15th, 2009 01:08 AM
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
March 15th, 2009 02:32 AM
But I thought we were at no risk of violence from south of the border spilling over?
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March 15th, 2009 10:26 AM
I see Napalitano's comments as pure rhetoric.
Remember, when Napolitano was governor, she constantly clashed with Sheriff Joe.
And now, the DOJ (Eric Holder) is investigating Sheriff Joe.
The libs talk a good talk, but it's just that.....Just Words.
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March 15th, 2009 10:39 AM
This would solve the entire problem...immediately!
Originally Posted by sharpetop
...and they could accomplish this (almost) overnight.
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March 15th, 2009 01:27 PM
The border would be a great place to send some of our troops coming home since jobs will be scarce and It would be a great way to beef up the Border Patrol.
March 15th, 2009 02:13 PM
+1. Good idea.
Originally Posted by Tom G
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
March 15th, 2009 02:28 PM
This is pure rhetoric! This from the same administration that is investigating a certain Sheriff in the southwest that is enforcing immigration laws.....
They don't care about illegals coming into the country....while claiming that guns from the US are leaving the country.........
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March 15th, 2009 11:24 PM
Blah, blah, blah. Nothing will be done about the border problem, but the situation may be used to crap on the rights of law-abiding US citizens.
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