It’s hard to find anyone in Washington who knows border issues better than Alan Bersin. His unique perspective combines years of frontline law enforcement experience with academic knowledge and intellectual interest in the historical, economic and social forces that are at work at the borders of the United States, especially the U.S.-Mexico line. Bersin became U.S. attorney in San Diego in 1993 and subsequently spent almost five years as President Clinton’s “border czar,” overseeing a border-wide crackdown on illegal immigration and drug smuggling. During the Obama administration, he served in several key posts in the Department of Homeland Security, including as acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the force of 58,000 employees that includes the U.S. Border Patrol as well as CBP officers guarding air, land and sea ports of entry. He later served as assistant secretary for international affairs and chief diplomatic officer at DHS, a job he left last month.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the latest official to throw cold water on a report of ISIS camps near the United States-Mexico border. It is the latest in a line of conservative stories claiming that terrorists are crossing the border between the United States and Mexico despite denials by officials. Pearce wrote on his Facebook to address the “media reports.” Many continue to ask for updates about the media reports highlighting the existence of ISIS terrorist camps near Juarez, Mexico. The same day that Judicial Watch released their report, we received a classified briefing on the subject and have continued to monitor the situation.
A joint session of the New Mexico House and Senate convened this afternoon for an address by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, who called on legislators to avoid getting “lost in politics” and remain focused on the basic needs of constituents. [View the story “U.S. Rep. Pearce: “Everyday people want a fair shot”” on Storify]