The delegation took images that by now most of us on the border have become familiar with, bullet riddled vehicles, high powered weapons and plenty of blood shed, and other photos too graphic for television. This week it all served as evidence of the violence across the border. This evidence accompanied Mayor Raul Salinas and members of City Council on their latest trip to Washington. Salinas and council members met with one of President Obamas' highest White House aids. They showed David Agnew a packet of pictures about the drug war that's dragged on for several years now. Salinas says, "They understand the escalation of the violence on the border. We had three mayors killed. If that doesn't open their eyes nothing will. The ball is in their court." Although Obama's Administration is aware of the violence, the Mayor says the government has done little to help Laredo law enforcement. In a recent visit to Laredo, Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano announced that 17 million dollars would be granted to border cities. "We got nothing! It was all for federal," the mayor said. Of the 17 million, Laredo Police will receive $700,000. This is an alarming fact for Assistant Laredo Police Chief Jesus Torres. "It is alarming for Nuevo Laredo and alarming for Laredo. We not only react to operations but we put out investigations related to cartels and the violence there crosses with the violence here." When asked if local law enforcement needs as much support as federal agencies, Torres says, "The ultimate responsibility for safety ls on local police department." Members of Council who visited Washington last week were the Mayor, Councilwoman Cindy Liendo and Councilman Juan Narvaez along with the City Manager. Meanwhile Salinas says that up until now Laredo has remained a safe place to live, but funding is needed to help keep it that way.