Morning Security Brief: Cartel Collaboration, Secure Communities, Border Security, and More
By Carlton Purvis
► A piece from The Mercury News examines the connections being forged between Mexican cartels, prison gangs, and Southwestern street gangs, saying cartels and American gangs are sharing tactical information and techniques to avoid detection. Law enforcement agencies say the beginnings of a spillover of violence from the cartels into the U.S. are an indicator of increased cooperation between street gangs and the cartels -- in addition to more sophisticated, collaborative techniques being used by both sides like wiring money, fronting drugs to gangs, and countersurveillance.
► Federal authorities have revamped the Secure Communities program to offer greater protection to victims and witnesses of crimes. The program provides fingerprints of people arrested locally to federal authorities to allow them to check for immigration violations. Immigration organizations are concerned the program will silence victims and witnesses who are reluctant to report crimes "for fear being swept up arrests and tagged for deportation," but ICE says the new rules will allow for greater prosecutorial discretion, The Washington Post reports.
► President Barack Obama extended the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops along the Southwest border an additional 90 days to act as a “critical bridge” while federal law enforcement build up personnel, The Houston Chronicle reports. The deployment was originally scheduled to end June 30.
A bill (S. 1145) that would expand the government’s ability to prosecute U.S. contractors that commit criminal acts in other countries has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full Senate.