Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Senators Meet in El Paso to Discuss Border Violence

Senators Meet in El Paso to Discuss Border Violence; KDBCNews

In the last week Homeland Security Secretary Janet Nopolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Mexico to have a better look at what is happening.

U.S. Senators from across the nation have gathered here in El Paso to get a better understanding of the border violence by speaking to people who live it everyday.

Wyoming Senator John Barrosso landed in the borderland Sunday afternoon for the senate hearing. He's a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Barrasso took a tour of the area to see exactly for himself what is happening right next door he says they have a very specific agenda.

"The concerns of drugs, and people that are being transported across. What can we do as a nation with the growing, the crossing and to stop the distribution" said Barrasso.

Even though the U.S. has stepped in to help Mexican President Felipe Calderon, people who live in the violent city of Juarez want to know what their own government is doing for them.

"I'm more concerned with what the Mexican government is doing that's what I'm concerned with...we need to work on our side of the border" said Jorge Villalobos, a Juarez resident.

The violence in Mexico is no longer just a border problem.

"The concerns, the crimes, the cartels, have passed way beyond the border" said Barrasso.

The meeting will be held Monday at 8 a.m. at the UTEP Union and is open to the public.

Comment: Keep your eye on this issue, it has the hallmark of complete ineptitude.

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