ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER

When Violence Hits Too Close to Home

Emerging from the port of entry’s administrative offices into a sunny San Diego morning, Special Agent Dean Giboney spoke in fluent Spanish with the man whose temporary U.S. visa he had just helped renew. The man was smiling, happy to be out of Mexico, even though he understood that being on U.S. soil was no guarantee of safety from the Tijuana drug cartel that has put a price on his head.

New Congressional Funding to Enhance Department of Justice Southwest Border Strategy

Today’s passage by Congress of the Border Security Appropriations Bill provides $196 million for the Department of Justice to surge federal law enforcement efforts in high crime areas in the Southwest Border region, announced Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler.

“I commend Congress for passing the Border Security Appropriations Bill to add important resources to bolster security on our Southwest Border,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. “These assets are critical to bringing additional capabilities to crack down on transnational criminal organizations and reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency, and weapons.

City of Calexico Offices to be Closed Every Friday

As of Wednesday, August 11, 2010, the Calexico City Council reached an agreement with all city labor unions to implement furlough days for staff. This was done in an effort to balance the City’s budget during a state of fiscal emergency. In order to implement the furlough days agreed to, City hours of operation will be affected. From August 13, 2010 through June 3, 2011, the following City offices will be closed every Friday: