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No Arms For Agents In Mexico

President Obama rejected the notion of American law enforcement officials carrying firearms in Mexico during a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

ATF gun trace mechanism works fine as is

Bad news for WA CeaseFire: ATF trace mechanism works fine as is

Yesterday’s arrest of three men in connection with the purchase of a gun in Texas that was used in the slaying of a federal agent in Mexico two weeks ago demonstrated that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ gun trace mechanism works just fine as is.

That probably won’t square well with Washington CeaseFire, which has long advocated removing protections that prevent agenda-driven politicians from accessing sensitive gun trace date for their own purposes.

Illegal Immigrants Charged with Gunrunning

Two illegal immigrants have been charged with being in possession of firearms. Jose Beltran-Bermudez and Yazmin Arvayo-Palafox were arrested in connection with an effort to smuggle 222 rifles and five pistols into Mexico.

House to Vote on Defunding Arizona Lawsuit and Cutting Foreign Workers

There will be some important Amendment votes to help stop illegal immigration and the flood of foreign workers, as well as other votes that will cut enforcement tonight or tomorrow morning. It is imperative that you let your congressman know where you stand.

Tell them to Vote Yes On:

* Amendment No. 199 by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) to defund the Justice frivolous lawsuit against Arizona. This sends an important message that we stand with Arizona and against the Obama administration’s attempt to undermine our immigration laws.

ICE Agents Attacked In Mexico

Two Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents were attacked in Mexico, leaving one dead and another injured. The two agents, assigned to the agency's Mexico City office, were between Mexico City to Monterey.

Mexican Official Criticizes US Comments on Illegal Drug Violence

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said remarks by a top U.S. Army official this week were "totally unacceptable" and do not reflect the cooperation both governments had been building during the past years.

Espinosa was referring to a statement made by U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal on Monday that compared Mexico’s drug war to an "insurgency" and suggested that the United States might send troops to Mexico to keep organized crime from taking over the government.

Remarks retracted

Army Official Calls Mexico Drug War "Insurgency"

Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal described the situation in Mexico as being an insurgency, echoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments in September, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Saying Mexico could face "potentially, a takeover of a government by individuals who are corrupt," Westphal described Mexico and Latin America as a "blind spot" in American foreign policy.

Legislation to Allow Arizona Governor to Call Up National Guard Pending

SB 1495, which would free up Governor Brewer to activate the Arizona State Guard, has been introduced in the Senate of the Arizona Legislature:

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/sb...

If SB 1495 passes, then the Governor would have to do nothing more than to sign the order that would create, fund, and deploy the Arizona State Guard, as authorized under Title 32 of the USC.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode32/usc_sec_32_00000109----0...

CBP Air and Marine Media Release

Video by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs - Visual Communications Division