I’m betting most Americans have never heard about this Initiative and there is a reason. It is another secret, backdoor arrangement that President Bush and the Administration have taken part in with Mexico. This initiative is a funded project tucked into the 2008 supplemental budget to the tune of $1.4 billion dollars. What is this initiative exactly? It basically is a plan to help Mexico seal up their southern border with Central America to keep out drugs, gangs and crime. The first phase includes $550 million dollars in aid for inspection scanners, helicopters, surveillance tools and case management software. This was all implemented without any inpute from the Legislature. No Republican has stood up against this and only a few Democrats have opposed it.
President Bush on March 12, 2007 said in regards to the Merida Initiative: “Our countries are working together to fight transnational gangs. And the President (Berger) was right – I suggested we think about this issue regionally. You’ve got to understand that these gangs are able to move throughout Central America and up through Mexico into our own country, and therefore, we’ve got to think regionally and act regionally.” WHAT!? This Adminstration (and the rest of the government) refuse to do anything about our border with Mexico whether it be building a fence and adding to or funding the Border Patrol and yet they want to spend billions to seal up Mexico’s southern border. Is it any wonder that this is being kept a secret?
If you want to find out the details on this Initiative just Google, The Merida Initiative, and it will give you the State Departments website.