The government shutdown is taking a financial toll on border patrol agents required to report for duty as they are considered essential workers, but are not getting paid due to the logjam in Washington.
Many agents “live paycheck to paycheck,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union.
Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating up to a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.
The Mexican government said on Monday it captured the brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel in an early-morning raid, marking the biggest victory for President Enrique Pena Nieto in his fight against gang violence.
Senior Obama administration officials downplayed concerns the newly installed Mexican government is moving away from its cooperation with the United States on security matters and efforts to combat narcotics trafficking.
Recently released Marine Jon Hammar was threatened with beheading while imprisoned in a Mexican prison, according to Military.com.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) and 68 of her fellow members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging them to take diplomatic action to ensure the safety and homecoming of Jon Hammar, a U.S. citizen and Marine veteran being held in a Mexican prison.
The number of U.S. guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes is far lower than originally claimed by the Obama administration and spiked shortly after the conclusion of Operation Fast and Furious, according to data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Thursday.
An ATF document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveals 19,600 guns were recovered from crime scenes in Mexico and traced back to the U.S. between 2006 and 2010. Of those, 15,995 had a “time-to-crime” of three or more years, with an average of 15. The lengthy interval between guns being registered and recovered suggests that the Obama Administration’s claims that illegally purchased American guns are fueling violence in Mexico’s drug war are overblown.
The world’s richest man quietly slipped into Washington, D.C., this week for a series of powwows with top Obama administration officials – but you would not know it if you read the New York Times. Slim is worth an estimated $63 billion, and owns more than seven percent of the New York Times Company – though the eponymous newspaper of record didn’t deem it necessary to report on its partial owners’ D.C. trip.