Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stepped Up Border Security Effort Announced

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today several southwest border initiatives designed to crack down on Mexican drug cartels through enhanced border security. The plan calls for additional personnel, increased intelligence capability and better coordination with state, local and Mexican law enforcement authorities.

“This issue requires immediate action,” Napolitano said. “We are guided by two very clear objectives. First, we are going to do everything we can to prevent the violence in Mexico from spilling over across the border. And second, we will do all in our power to help President Calderón crack down on these drug cartels in Mexico.”

The announcement comes as the drug war in Mexico spills over into the United States. There are kidnappings in Phoenix and there's been gun play in Atlanta. Three illegal Mexican immigrants just pleaded guilty yesterday to drug-related federal kidnapping charges in Atlanta Federal Court.

The announcement reflects an emphasis on information sharing and integration with state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as an effort to further engage Mexican authorities. With violence escalating across the border, Napolitano is pledging to increase personnel and improve screening and technology to help Mexico target illegal guns, drugs and cash.

In addition, DHS will initiate strategic redeployments totaling more than 360 additional officers and agents at the border and in Mexico.

They are paying for all this through what they are calling realigning and reprogramming. And that has some people concerned that other enforcement activities, like busting companies that hire illegal aliens, may now be underfunded.

One of those who is concerned about that is House Judiciary Committee ranking member Lamar Smith (R-TX). Smith says he supports the administration's efforts to address border violence. But is concerned about these details.

“While I support the administration’s plan to increase resources and personnel along the border, I am concerned that the redeployment may come at the expense of other critical law enforcement activities," he said.

"The administration appears to be using border violence as an excuse to reduce interior enforcement of our immigration laws and enact gun restrictions. With hundreds of federal law enforcement officers being relocated to the border, we must ensure that we do not undercut our national security and immigration enforcement responsibilities.”

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Anonymous said...

I guess that this is where the thin end of the wedge could begin to squeeze - when all the internal issues that need to be addressed could well be under-funded because so much has been spend on bailing out the banks.
It begs the question - do things have to reach a crisis point before something is done about funding them?

Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe's friend Jan Napolitano has no business serving as the HSS. This sounds like another bad reactionary short-term "solution" to a very broad long-term problem. If the goal really is stopping the spread of drug related gun violence, we need to fundamentally readdress our state and federal gun and drug laws. The current legislation is obviously not working.

Legally sold American guns are THE weapons being used in the violent Mexican drug wars.

Also, "illegal immigrant" or "illegal Mexican" (the term you somehow actually used in this piece) are disgusting buzzwords with bigoted connotations. A human is not "illegal" based on his geographical position at some given time. A person can be "undocumented," or "a border jumper" or "not-legally recognized by the state he is in"--but no person is inherently illegal. The term "illegal alien" is a xenophobic propagandizing invention akin to labeling a member of the pro-choice movement an "anti-lifer" or a "baby-iller."

Edgar Alverson

Anonymous said...

Secretary Napolitano also said that they would be putting forth efforts to "decrease demand".

Better plan might be to actually supply that demand, with grown-in-the-USA , taxed by the USA marijuana.

The Mexican drug cartels couldn't compete with that, thus losing what is estimated to be 85% of their income, which could actually put them out of business.

Not to mention the jobs and business entities which would be created. (I said not to mention that!)

Wayne Gallant

Gary Baumgarten said...

Calling them undocumented visitors or any other nicety doesn't change the fact that these guys were in here as part of a Mexican drug cartel and that they along with five other men who are still at large ambushed this guy at gunpoint, beat him, starved him and held him captive in someone's nice suburban neighborhood.

Oh and by the way. They were in the country illegally and acted in an unlawful manner.

nancy bas mo 3agram said...

I think that this problem should be addressed to. This "drug-war" is most likely another propaganda that our governments using to illustrate exactly the hate towards foreigners. However, we should accept Mexicans and other foriengers, but get a strict check on who's coming in and out of the country.

MIchelle said...

Edgar Alverson if you like it to not the term illegal alien is a proper term used ICE i am a legal IMMIGRANT not a legal documented worker..not all legals who come to the usa work..lol please do some research on the status of terms

Anonymous said...

It seems like the old adage, " not in my backyard " or the other defense, they aren't bothering me syndrome, or if you live in the affluent suburbs of VA near DC, no day laborers here, but I'll go ahead and hire that un-documented housekeeper, gardener, since I'm not up for re-election. The Mexican government themselves are at fault, and nothing will change till it itself changes direction.

Anonymous said...

Any of the various possible positions on the issue of mary jane not withstanding, Napolitano is just old hat in her approach to the problem of drugs, the cartels and the border. She is embracing symptom-level heroics instead of attacking the root causes because that causes too much rancor, political dissent and not enough by way of temporarily spectacular headlines. And all of this time, I thought that great big border fence would fix everything. We are silly and easily distracted.

Ivan Hentschel