Daily Border Bulletin – Simon on American guns in Mexico, more on Bush era “gunwalking,” Hispanic students in AL not coming back

Simon in Politico on Guns and Violence in border region: “The ongoing congressional investigations into ATF’s Fast and Furious gun program provides a welcome moment to take a broader look at our government’s overall approach to our border with Mexico and the security threat posed by the powerful Mexican drug cartels. By almost any measure this administration’s approach to these challenges has been successful so far. With greater resources, better strategies and unprecedented cooperation with our Mexican neighbors.” For Simon’s full post please click here.

New details on Bush era “gunwalking” program:  Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, has given new details about working on Operation Wide Receiver in 2006: The President Bush-era operation, known as Wide Receiver, reportedly lost about 400 guns in a manner similar to that of the scandalous Operation Fast and Furious. In both operations, the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureau allowed drug cartel suspects to purchase weapons in Arizona gun stores, then allowed the guns to “walk” — the idea being that they would later be tracked and provide intelligence that could lead to the bust of drug kingpins. Hundreds of guns were “walked” under the Fast and Furious program, and some of them are now turning at crime scenes in Arizona, Mexico and elsewhere. Last December, two of the guns were linked to the slaying of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, leading to a political firestorm aimed at the Obama administration.”

In Alabama evidence that Hispanic students are not coming back: After Alabama passed its anti-immigration law Hispanic students left public schools in droves. The Alabama Department of Education says they may never come back.On Monday, a whopping 1,807 Hispanics in the state didn’t show up to school (in Alabama,) according to the number of student absences provided to POLITICO by the Alabama Department of Education. This is about 800 more than what was considered a normal absentee count among Hispanic youth before parts of the state’s immigration law were approved at the end of September. On Tuesday, the number was 1,540.”

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