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WASHINGTON—A top Homeland Security official told a House panel Thursday that Mexican drug cartels are the biggest organized crime threat to the United States.
Since 2008, about 7,000 people have been killed in the Mexican drug wars, and violence is spilling into some U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Phoenix and Birmingham, Ala.
Homeland Security official Roger Rufe said a department plan to respond to escalating violence on the southwest border includes deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if homeland security agencies become overwhelmed.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
Further, the Homeland Security Department's attache to Mexico said the violence in Mexico is not as dangerous to U.S. tourists as has been portrayed.
Alonzo Pena said the violence is in isolated areas of the country and only affects the people involved in criminal activity. He said the violence is not affecting U.S. citizens visiting Mexico and Americans should not cancel their vacations in the country.
Earlier this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives warned college students on spring breaks not to travel to parts of northern Mexico because it was too dangerous.
In February, the State Department advised travelers to avoid areas of prostitution and drug-dealing in Mexico.
Originally posted by Moonsouljah
So first of all DHS has the role of border patrol?
And they have the role of deploying troops domestically?
And nations thousands of miles away from the North Atlantic can be in NATO?
And the Underfunded Border Patrol fits in where?
And NAFTA is still on the Table?
If we're borrowing so much money from China can we just borrow that big wall they for awhile. I suppose the US is like Homer Simpson- we borrow all of nice neighbor's stuff and mess it up or never return it.
But seriously--justice in this scenario is capital punishment- Why are drug wars from a neighbor spilling into our country? Keep them out and if they raise dust over here- let THEM be on the ground when it clears.
La Raza can go straight to HE**.
Camp Harmony was the unofficial name of the Puyallup Assembly Center, a temporary facility within the system of internment camps set up for Japanese Americans during World War II. Approximately 7,390 Americans of Japanese descent in Washington state were sent to the camp before being sent to the Minidoka relocation center near Twin Falls, Idaho.
The deployments are part of President Barack Obama's first moves to boost federal security sources on the U.S. side of the border
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office said it had not received official notice of the reassignment of federal agents and could not comment.
Mexican officials say the violence spawned by warring drug cartels killed 6,290 people last year and more than 1,000 so far this year, mostly south of the border.