Sen. Cornyn Unveils Drug Violence Bill in El Paso

POSTED: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 6:22am

El Paso - Senator John Cornyn visited El Paso for a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement. 

Senator Cornyn unveiled a proposed bill planned to combat drug-related violence along the border.

It's called the Southern Border Security Assistance Act and if the bill passes, it would give another $300 million to state and local law enforcement to help fight the violence caused by the cartel wars in Mexico. 

Senator Cornyn acknowledged the lack of federal help.  "Let me make it clear that I think the federal government has dropped the ball when it comes to providing the resources necessary to protecting the American people here along the border," Senator Cornyn said.  " We know that border security is a federal government responsibility."

Cornyn also met with FBI and DEA agents before the roundtable in a classified meeting.

The bill would also authorize the appointment of more federal judges for drug prosecution.

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