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Update on Congressional Hearings for March 23, 2009

March 23, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

U.S./Mexico Border Violence: Violence on the U.S./Mexico Border has been in the news, and Congress has been conducting hearings on the issue.  On March 12, the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing, “Border Violence: An Examination of DHS Strategies and Resources.” Testimony from that hearing, in which there were government witnesses only, can be obtained on the Web site of the Homeland Security Committee.  Also on March 12, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing, “Money, Guns, and Drugs: Are U.S. Inputs Fueling Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border?”  The Chairman of that Committee, Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), noted that 90% of the guns confiscated from Mexican organized crime originated in the United States.  More information here.
The Forum’s Press Release on the issue is here

There is more to come: On March 25th, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will conduct a hearing, “Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities.”

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