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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.