Courtesy Lesley Lopez,
Also with federal officials and local sheriffs
WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Henry Cuellar, TX-28, met with Congressmen Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) and Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) to rally federal, state and local resources in assisting Mexican officials in the search for David Hartley.
As the Hartley’s representative in Congress and as Chairman of the Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, Congressman Cuellar personally reached out to all the federal agencies involved during the past week.
Today, he called on them to meet face to face to discuss progress with Mexican counterparts. The meeting was a chance to ask questions to the agencies and officials directly, in one place.
“We cannot be quick to judge this situation. What is in everyone’s best interest is cooperation between all who are involved and that is why we gathered here today,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Clearly, this situation is complicated. It allegedly occurred in international waters under Mexico’s jurisdictional authority. But mechanisms are already exist for cross-border cooperation and we need to maximize their potential to get answers.”
“I offer my most sincere condolences to the family of David Hartley. Today’s briefing brought U.S. and Mexican officials together to discuss the on-going efforts in the search of David Hartley’s body. We will continue to work with our counterparts in Mexico to bring closure to this tragic situation,” said Congressman Ortiz.
“I join my border colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathy to the Hartley family and want to ensure them that we will continue to provide whatever support is necessary to assist the ongoing bi-national investigation of this horrible crime that occurred near Arroyo Salado in Mexican waters,” said Congressman Hinojosa. “I am pleased that President Calderon has also committed additional resources to bring those involved to justice.”