May 25, 2011
Florida Republican Congressman Connie Mack, chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, called for greater cooperation with Mexico to combat the flow of illegal drugs and to stem the number of Mexicans illegally entering the United States.
Mack received a good deal of attention last year when he opposed the Arizona immigration law, even comparing it to policies enacted by Nazi Germany. The congressman, who had contemplated entering the Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, joined fellow Sunshine State Republican former Gov. Jeb Bush to oppose efforts to bring a similar law to Florida.
Over the weekend, as he wrapped up leading a congressional delegation visiting the region, Mack met with key leaders in Mexico City and Juarez City — including Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Attorney General Marisela Morales. While Mack praised the Calderon administrationâ€™s efforts to combat drug lords in Mexico, he added that more needed to be done. After meeting with the Mexican officials, the Florida congressman headed north to Laredo, Texas, where he met with border-patrol officials and observed their operations used to secure the border.