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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 16, 2019 10:05 AM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Urging Governor Wolf to Send National Guard Troops to Assist in the Humanitarian and National Security Crisis’ on the Southern Border.
 
On December 1st, only miles away from the U.S. border, Mexican drug cartels engaged in a violent attack against government facilities. This type of activity has become regular and the norm in Mexico as cartels continue to attack the Mexican government. The result of these activities has been a significant increase in crime and murder.

Unfortunately, the violence has not been contained within Mexico as nine American citizens, six of whom were children, were violently gunned down on November 4th by cartel members in Northern Mexico. Violence against American citizens by the cartels is not limited to Mexico as every year the cartels engage in violence and murder American citizens on American soil.

Mexican drug cartels are not only directly involved in the deaths of American citizens on American soil, the criminal activity of the cartels has indirectly killed thousands of Americans by flooding our communities with narcotics including heroin. The crimes committed by the cartels are not limited to murder or drug trafficking as they also engage in crimes against humanity by trafficking people into either labor or sexual servitude. In light of this criminal activity and violence, President Trump has pledged to designate the cartels as international terrorist organizations.

This summer, I had the opportunity to receive a briefing from the United States Border Patrol (USBP), Texas National Guard and Texas Highway Patrol. In fact, on the day prior to my arrival on site USBP had given the same briefing to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. During my visit to the border, USBP explained in great depth how the criminal activities of the cartel both at the border and in their home country not only impacted our national security but has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis on the border as well.

While I toured the border and border facilities, it became abundantly clear from a national security and humanitarian perspective there were not enough resources to address the problem. In order to assist with the problems facing the country, I plan to introduce a resolution which will urge Governor Wolf to send Pennsylvania National Guard units to assist our fellow states and the federal government on our southern border. Sending the National Guard will free up current resources to address the national security and humanitarian concerns on the southern border.

The resolution will also urge Congress to find a bipartisan solution to address the problems on the Southern Border. The problems which have plagued the country in national security and humanitarian terms are not new and stretch back decades. Unfortunately, the failure of Congress to address this problem has affected Pennsylvanians and their failure has forced states such as ours to consider deploying our resources to address the problem.

Please join me and co-sponsor this legislation to urge Governor Wolf to send assistance to the Southern Border and urge Congress to address the problem in a bipartisan fashion rather than let it worsen.

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Introduced as HR678