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Talking Points: 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill

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When you call, tell them that you are a constituent and that you are concerned about the assistance to Mexico included in the Iraq supplemental appropriations bill

Talking points:

  •  Any and all assistance directed to Mexican security forces must include meaningful human rights safeguards—which we are concerned may be left out of the supplemental bill.
  • U.S. assistance should not encourage or fund a role for the Mexican armed forces in domestic law enforcement.
  • The United States can best help Mexico not by blindly praising the Mexican government’s efforts, but by speaking honestly to the Mexican government about changes that must be made to improve respect for human rights and the rule of law.
  • The United States can best help by cleaning up our own house, including dedication of serious resources to expand high-quality drug treatment and evidence-based prevention programs in the United States, and to expand and improve measures to control the “iron river” of arms and ammunition flowing across our borders to the drug cartels.