Immigration Reform Caucus, 6/11/2009
Washington, D.C. — Acting to prevent the escalating violence in Mexico and Central America from permeating into the United States, Congressman Brian Bilbray today joined a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives in support of an initiative that will help Mexico and other Central American nations take aim at drug cartels.
“Either we can go after these cartels in Ensenada or we can fight them in Escondido,” said Bilbray. “I’d prefer that we move now and take care of this problem south of the border. The drug wars in Mexico and in other regions have grown horrendously violent and their destructive ways must be quashed.”
As approved by the House today (311-106), the Merida Initiative will authorize $1.6 billion for a whole litany of equipment, training, and other assistance. It will provide helicopters, surveillance equipment, computer infrastructure, expansion of intelligence databases, anti-corruption initiatives, human rights education and training, and anti-money laundering programs.