Reverse Immigration - Senate Hearing Focuses on Massive Arms Flow to Mexico

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy Community Meeting

California’s Gun and Ammo Pipeline to the Mexican Drug Cartels

Understanding and Stemming U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico and Central America

Featuring Testimony from Tijuana Police Chief, Several Central American Governments and State, Federal and Local Law Enforcement

(Los Angeles, CA) – As head of the California State Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy, Senator Kevin de León is convening a community meeting to examine California’s role as a pipeline for guns and ammunition to the Mexican drug cartels and how to improve efforts to stem such gun and ammunition trafficking.

Mexican and Central American representatives will testify on the flood of weapons and ammunition into their cities and countries and on the violence and bloodshed that result from the trafficking of those deadly weapons.  State, federal and local law enforcement officials will discuss their efforts to intercept weapons flowing into Latin America and what’s necessary to step up and expand those efforts.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ronald Reagan State Building (Auditorium)

300 South Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

PANELISTS (Partial List)

Alberto Capella Ibarra, Secretary of Public Safety, Tijuana

Consul General Walter Duran Martinez, Consul General of El Salvador

Consul General Pablo Cesar Garcia Saenz, Consul General of Guatemala

Assistant Commissioner Warren Stanley, California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Captain David Myers, San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Special Agent John A. Torres, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)-Los Angeles Division


Mexican drug trafficking organizations have been terrorizing citizens in both the United States and Mexico, and thousands of families have lost loved ones to gun violence.  These tragedies are being fueled by the flow of illegal weapons and ammunition across the border.

*Senator De León is available for interviews Monday or Tuesday before the meeting as well as after the meeting.