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U.S. to Redirect Resources to Southern Border to Stop Spillover Violence From Mexico

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posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 09:52 AM

U.S. to Redirect Resources to Southern Border to Stop Spillover Violence From Mexico< br />

The White House is announcing a $700 million plan for securing the southern border with Mexico, including "redeploying" existing personnel to the border -- taking from immigration enforcement, work site enforcement and possibly even customs enforcement to help prevent spillover violence.

President Obama is concerned about the increased level of violence, particularly in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, and the impact that it is having on the communities on both sides of the border, U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden.

"He believes that the United States must continue to monitor the situation and guard against spillover into the United States. And the president is firmly committed to ensuring our borders are secure and we are doing all we can to reduce illegal flows in both direction across the border," Ogden said.

Working with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security has announced eight components to fighting back against violence along the border, including doubling DHS presence in certain areas along the border; tripling intelligence analysts along border, likely centered in El Paso, Texas; and increasing Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel at the attache office in Mexico from 24 to 36 officials.

DHS is also going to double the violent criminal section -- from 50 agents along border to 100 and quadrupling border liaison officers. It is also increasing its technology and south-bound rail screening to look for guns going from the U.S. to Mexico. DHS will also increase its outreach to state and local law enforcement and grant programs aimed at law enforcement.

The Justice Department is going to be treating the Mexican cartels like they treated criminal organizations such as the Italian mob -- using certain laws to target them.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will add 16 new agents to its 11 offices along the southwest border region, and the Justice Department will create four new "mobile enforcement teams" in Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix and El Paso.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is creating 37 new positions for "Project Gunrunner" to keep guns from going to Mexico. ATF has helped bring in 1,500 defendants on charges involving 12,000 weapons.

U.S. Marshals are going to Mexico to help authorities pick up and bring back cartel leaders to prosecute and the Justice Department is going to create a Southwest intelligence group located in El Paso to focus on public corruption and kidnapping.

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posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 09:52 AM
This is a good step.

But, I don't think we should be helping Mexico with their problem. I think we should be guarding our border to contain the problem within Mexico.

These problems have spread all the way to Atlanta and points north with no signs of stopping. This is Mexico's problem and we need to stop it from spilling into the US by closing the freaking border.< br /> (visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 10:32 AM
I agree we need to close the borders. But we have to hit the cells that have established themselves across in the major cities in the US. Cutting off the drug supplies, that will help. But the violence will increase as they seek to take over the gangbangers that are dealing drugs in the cities. We have to hit them hard, fast, and in a coordinated strike across the country.

posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 10:39 AM
reply to post by kettlebellysmith

Sending US assets into Mexico is not going to help with the problems we are having in our cities here.

Just close the border and get this under control....if at all possible. There comes a time when open borders no longer work.

posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 10:47 AM
Violence is what he is targeting here.

How about outside of the violence going on in boarder towns, the issue of illegals coming into this country, taking out resources, and jobs?

This is a sad post in my opinion.

There have been issues for years, and to suddenly do something about it, because there is violence, is a cop out, in my opinion.

As to the drug wars? That will always exist. If drug dealers in Mexico, can't go over the boarder by land, they will just find alternate routes, via sea and air, or even underground by way of tunnels.

What's Obama going to do about that?

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