Border security

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Arizona (Mrs. Kirkpatrick) for 5 minutes. <br /> <br /> Mrs. KIRKPATRICK of Arizona. Madam Speaker, for too many years the Mexican drug cartels have taken advantage of our unsecured borders, smuggling drugs and people into our country in exchange for the illegal weapons and cash they use to keep their supply routes open. <br /> <br /> For too many years, failed policies from the Federal Government allowed these violent gangs to grow and thrive. Politicians in Washington fought each other rather than dealing with the problem. As a result, crime is spilling over into Arizona and throughout the entire Southwest. <br /> <br /> While our State, local, and tribal law enforcement do a great job with the resources they have, they cannot do this job alone. Securing our borders is the responsibility of the Federal Government, and the Federal Government has to live up to that responsibility. This government has begun to give this danger the attention it deserves, but there is so much more that has to be done to make up for years of neglect. <br /> <br /> I am fighting for the folks in my district who have to live with the consequences of Washington's mistakes, and I am continuing to push for the support that our border agents need. I will not let up. As a part of my efforts, I am happy to announce that I will be touring the Arizona-Mexico border <br /> <br />[Page: H1175] GPO's PDF <br /> <br />later this week. I will be visiting with our border agents on duty, accompanying them on the job and hearing directly from them about how I can help to address the challenges they face. I am ready and eager for this opportunity to make sure that the voice of our law enforcement on the front lines is heard and not the voice of politicians playing games in Washington. <br />
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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