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

Tuesday, October 25, 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 Chief of Police Liaison, Several Central American Governments and California State 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 today 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


Alejandro Lares Valladares, Chief of Police Liaison, Tijuana

Consul General Walter Duran Martinez, Consul General of El Salvador

Consul General Pablo Cesar Garcia Saenz, Consul General of Guatemala

Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Captain David Myers, San Diego County Sheriff's Department

John Marsh, Bureau of Firearms, California Department of Justice

Chief Steven Beeuwsaert, Southern Division, California Highway Patrol

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.