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Testimony: Next Steps for the Mérida Initiative

On May 27th I testified at a joint hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism and the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere on "U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation: Next Steps for the Merida Initiative.”

June 1, 2010

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border patrolOn May 27th, in light of  President Obama’s announcement to dispatch 1,200 more National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, I testified at a joint hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism and the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere on "U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation: Next Steps for the Mérida Initiative.”

The two panels also featured testimonies by Roberta S. Jacobson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State; Mariko Silver, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of International Affairs at DHS; Alonzo R. Pena, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS; Allen Gina, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at DHS; Bill McDonald, a rancher in Cochise County in Arizona; and John D.  Negroponte, Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates.

My testimony is available here and a video of the hearing can be viewed here.

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