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Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Commends Mexican Government for Capturing Former Governor Tomas Yarrington

April 10, 2017
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Commends Mexican Government for Capturing Former Governor Tomas Yarrington

Brownsville, TX—Today Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) released the following statement on the arrest of former governor Tomas Yarrington:

“The Mexican government should be commended for the capture of the fugitive governor Tomas Yarrington in Italy. Yarrington’s detention is an important milestone in efforts to prevent corrupt government officials from facilitating the conduct of cartel traffickers. The prosecution of corruption by high ranking government officials, even years after the crimes were committed, is critical to disrupting cartel trafficking and the violence with which it is associated. 

Since his indictment, I have supported federal government efforts to secure extradition of Tomas Yarrington.  As the senior Democrat on the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, I worked with Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to seek the capture of fugitives so they can stand trial for crimes they are alleged to have committed in the U.S. 

The capture and prosecution of Tomas Yarrington will help restore peace to Tamaulipas. I am hopeful that law enforcement officials from the United States and Mexico will marshal all of their diplomatic resources to ensure that Yarrington is extradited to the United States and that the federal criminal process be allowed to take its course.”

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