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Mr. Speaker, the border war continues, and there is no end in sight. This week President Calderon of Mexico is coming back to Washington, D.C. He's going to meet with our President. It will be interesting to see if he continues to blame America for his problems.
You remember the last time he was here, he stood here in the House floor and dressed us down as Members of the United States House of Representatives, blaming us for his problems, blaming us for the corruption, blaming us for the drugs that are in Mexico, blaming us for the violence in Mexico, blaming the folks in Arizona for trying to protect their own border. I wonder if he will continue the blame game.
The problem is the situation is worse, not only on the border, but in Mexico. Corruption along the border with Mexican law enforcement continues, even though the Mexican military is doing a fairly good job of reining in the drug cartels.
And he blames the United States for the guns that are in Mexico. You must remember, Mr. Speaker, just some of the guns that go to Mexico are from the United States. Guns from all over the world end up in Mexico. There are a lot of reasons for that. One ever those is Mexico doesn't protect its borders any better than we do.
People throughout the world know if you can get to Mexico by any means, whether you want to bring contraband, drugs, guns, or people, you can eventually get into the United States. Mexico, like the United States doesn't have operational control of the mutual border between the United States.
Even the general accounting office, who are the people who keep up with statistics, made this report recently, that on the United States border with Mexico, only 44 percent of the border is under the control of the United States and only 15 percent is airtight.
So who controls the other 56 percent of the United States border with Mexico? If it's not the United States, it's not Mexico, who controls it? We don't know. Probably the outlaws, the drug cartels. They are the one that is have operational control of both sides of the border because the situation on the border continues to get worse.
Mexico doesn't protect its border from people going into Mexico from any direction, and the United States doesn't protect its border adequately to keep drugs and violence from coming into the United States.
Unfortunately, this is continuing to get worse. Last year, 65 Americans were killed in Mexico, and to my knowledge none of those cases were solved. You see, Mexico has a terrible record of solving crimes not only against Americans but against Mexican nationals. Over 3,000 people were killed in Juarez last year. Thats more people than killed in Afghanistan last year. It is a serious violent situation.
And will it continues to come across the border? Some say, oh, it won't come to America. Let me give you one statistic. The 16 border counties in Texas that border Mexico, on any given day, about 35 percent to 40 percent of the people in their jails are foreign nationals charged with crimes in the United States. These are not immigration violations. These are crimes, some of them violent crimes--35 percent to 40 percent. So the crime is already pouring over because people can go back and forth across the United States-Mexican border at will because there are parts of the border that no one controls.
In fact, the situation is so bad this year that the Texas department of public safety today has made a statement telling young people about spring break. And here is what they say: Var