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Horne to Congress: lack of federal presence at border means increased criminal activity

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said during his inaugural speech Monday, Jan. 3 that he will defend Arizona's controversial new immigration law. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne told U.S. House members Wednesday that federal law enforcement resources need to be significantly increased to address the growing menace of Mexican drug cartel violence in the U.S. and Mexico.

Horne testified before a Homeland Security subcommittee that people in the U.S. and Mexico live in fear because of the nation’s appetite for drugs.

In remarks released by his office, Horne called for the continued presence of National Guard troops along the border, more border fencing and the establishment of forward operating bases every 12 miles.

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