Daily Border Bulletin- Tougher penalties would slow down the illicit gun trade to Mexico, Texas Senator supports local-federal partnerships to improve border crossings, Michigan governor launches initiative to attract immigrants

Mexico’s Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Congressman Adam Schiff of California cited statistics to instate firmer penalties against illegal gun traffickers and straw buyers at a forum hosted by NDN and the New Policy Institute, which got lots of national press atention. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas announced he would introduce legislation to allow local governments to pay for infrastructure and staffing at border crossings when the federal government doesn’t have or can’t accept funding. Governor Rick Snyder launched the Global Michigan Initiative to attract entrepreneurs and foreign talent to live, work, and invest in Michigan.

Tougher penalties would slow down the illicit gun trade to Mexico Mexico’s Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Congressman Adam Schiff of California cited statistics to instate firmer penalties against illegal gun traffickers and straw buyers at a forum hosted by NDN and the New Policy Institute, and got lots of national press atention.  Here are some excerpts of the press coverage for this event:

The Hill reported: “Beyond learning what happened in Fast and Furious, there’s a much larger task at hand, which is how do we prevent the volumes of guns coming across the border into Mexico … and feeding into the violence,” said.

Los Angeles Times reported: “While condemning the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation, Sarukhan turned the focus to how the United States and Mexico could work together to prevent transnational gun trafficking. For Mexico, that would mean adding manpower and resources into its customs inspections and facilities at the border, he said.

The Houston Chronicle reported: “Sarukhan praised the Obama administration for requiring border-state firearms dealers to report multiple sales of rifles to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
But he acknowledged that a beefed-up effort to stem gun trafficking likely would produce a “whack-a-mole” result in which cartels would get weapons from other sources.”
Nevertheless, “the number and volume of guns coming across the border from the U.S. into Mexico has been such that we need to put a dent into (the cartels’) ability to” traffic them, he said.

Texas Senator supports local-federal partnerships to improve border crossings U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas announced he would introduce legislation to allow local governments to pay for infrastructure and staffing at border crossings when the federal government doesn’t have or can’t accept funding.
“If passed, the bill would allow Pharr to pay Customs and Border Protection to extend hours at the city’s bridge or McAllen to fund extra inspection lanes at the Anzalduas International Bridge. Private groups would have similar options. Both would reduce wait times.”

Michigan governor launches initiative to attract  immigrants Governor Rick Snyder launched the Global Michigan Initiative to attract entrepreneurs and foreign talent to live, work, and invest in Michigan.
“As a former business leader, Snyder understands that the recruitment of a skilled workforce — across the labor market — is nothing without retention of that workforce. At a speech he gave at Chrysler headquarters, he said, ‘I think we need to go back to what made us a great country, which is encouraging people to stay in the U.S.’”

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