Daily Border Bulletin – Congressional Hearing on Flawed Border Report Tommorow, Boycotts on Alabama Immigration Law, Holder Suponea Egregious

Friday, the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing, A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism’s Threat to the Southern U.S. Border. The subject of the hearing is a flawed report entitled Texas Border Security:A Strategic Military Assesment. NDN-NPI and others have written extensively on the serious problems with this report, below please find some of our work on this, a letter from Congressman Silvestre Reyes to Governor Perry urging him to tone down his rhetoric on the border, as well as your usual clips from your daily border bulletin.

Friday, the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing, A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism’s Threat to the Southern U.S. Border. The subject of the hearing is a flawed report entitled Texas Border Security:A Strategic Military Assessment. The Administration has made the border safer, the immigration system better. NDN-NPI and others have written extensively on the serious problems with this report, below please find some of our work on this, a letter from Congressman Silvestre Reyes to Governor Perry urging him to tone down his rhetoric on the border, as well as your usual clips from your daily border bulletin.

Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment

Congressman Silvestre Reyes – Letter to Governor Rick Perry on Calming Border Rhetoric 10/3/11

In this letter Congressman Reyes urges governor Perry to tone down his rhetoric on drug violence along the southwest border.

San Antonio Express News – Opinion – Staples Manufactures Border Fears 10/7/11

Article pushes back on an erroneous report on border violence noting: “USA Today recently did an analysis of border violence, drawing on ‘more than a decade of detailed crime data reported by more than 1,600 local law enforcement agencies in four states, federal crime statistics and interviews along the border from California to Texas.’

Veracity of Texas Border Report Called Into Question by Kristian Ramos 10/4/11

Jeremy Schwartz, of the Austin American-Statesmen noted: “During a news conference after the report was released, McCaffrey raised eyebrows when he spoke of “hundreds of people murdered on our side of the frontier,” a statistic that far exceeded the 22 killings between January 2010 and May 2011 identified by the Department of Public Safety as being related to drug cartels. When asked about the number, McCaffrey pointed to statements from a Brooks County rancher, who told reporters that hundreds of bodies had been found in the county in recent years.” When asked to substantiate these findings the authors of the report deferred to a veterinarian appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Animal Health Commission, Michael Vickers. Vickers, on top of being a veterinarian,  chairs the Texas Border Volunteers, “a group that conducts patrols of private property and reports illegal immigration to the border patrol.”

Focus on Texas Ag Border Report Erroneous Statement: Mexico’s Drug Violence is Spilling Over Into The United States - by Kristian Ramos 10/11/11

Despite incessant claims to the contrary there is little to no evidence of spillover violence from Mexico. NDN and The New Policy Institute has refuted such allegations many times. While the report never cites claims about spillover, it references a study by the Congressional Research Service that addresses spillover violence. Ironically, the COLGEN report blatantly ignored the main conclusion of the report it cites: “Currently, no comprehensive, publicly available data exist that can definitively answer the question of whether there has been a significant spillover of drug trafficking-related violence into the United States. {…] anecdotal reports have been mixed”

Alabama Immigration Law

The Birmingham News -Boycotts protest Alabama’s immigration law  -

Hundreds of Hispanic students were missing from classrooms in the Birmingham area on Wednesday, some Mexican restaurants were closed and workers did not show up at other businesses as Hispanics stayed home to protest the toughest immigration law in the country.

Eric Holder and Fast and The Furious subpoena

The Huffington Post – Republican Attack on Eric Holder – Let’s Stick to the Facts –

“Republican congressional leaders know that this is not the first time this type of ATF gun-tracking program has gone wrong. A similar program with similar problems began under the George W. Bush administration. As CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson reported, “Operation Wide Receiver” was implemented in 2007 during the tenure of then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. A source told Attkisson that during this program, hundreds of guns “walked” across the Mexican border. “

The Border Bulletin is a daily roundup of stories from the region. If there is anything that you would like to see feel free to to shoot us an email at (kramos@ndn.org)

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