Congressmen want investigation of Border Patrol/Mexican info sharing

Sara Carter, the Daily Bulletin reporter who broke the story, follows up:

Congressional leaders Thursday called on the Department of Homeland Security to investigate reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has given information to the Mexican government about the locations of U.S. civilian border watch groups.

California Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, and Darryl Issa, R-Vista, along with Texas Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, sent a formal letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff asking for a full investigation into all circumstances and events related to civilian border observation groups and the Mexican government.

Republicans all, you’ll note.

Carter also notes the stupidity of DHS’s spin about what international law requires:

[DHS spokesman Kristi] Clemens said the United States gives information to Mexican officials under the the rules of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, which provides foreign nationals being detained by a government the right to consular access…

Mexican consulates, however, went beyond the boundaries of the Vienna Convention, asking U.S. Border Patrol officials to provide them with information on “vigilantes” operating along the U.S. border, according to the August report.

Chris Simcox, head of the Minutemen, held a presser today in D.C. in which he called for Congressional investigations into the matter. Looking for video now; will post it here when I find it.

In the meantime, Local 2544 of the Border Patrol union has posted a statement about the Mexican government on its website. Click and enjoy. Think Bush will talk about this on Monday night?

Update: The latest news along the border: the feds might be ready to stop prosecuting drug mules who smuggle less than 500 pounds of marijuana across. They simply don’t have the resources.

The estimated street value of 500 pounds of weed is $250,000.