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Column: U.S. Consulate Deaths in Mexico Reminder We Have No Permanent Leadership at DEA, ATF, Border Protection

Chris Battle, a former Congressional aide, also worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Homeland Secuirty,  chief of staff  for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and  Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the DEA.  He is currently vice president of the Adfero Group.

Chris Battle

Chris Battle

By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — I’ve written previously on the surge of drug violence in Mexico, especially along its border with the United States in cities like Juarez City. This week the latest atrocity occurred, this time on employees of the U.S. Government. Three people were gunned down in Juarez City, one of which was a pregnant woman and federal employee of the United States.

The Administration issued the standard boilerplate statement about being “saddened and outraged” over these murders. The president also vowed to “work tirelessly to bring their killers to justice.”

I wish these weren’t hollow clichés. Work tirelessly. Saddened and outraged. Bring to justice. We’ve heard it all before; it’s the standard response.

However, if this Administration were truly outraged and truly planned on working to bring justice to the border violence, it is doing so in an odd way: Practically the entire border security infrastructure of this Administration is leaderless.

More than a year into this Administration’s tenure, the President has failed to install permanent leadership at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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