Photo: U.S. Southwest Border with Mexico
Yesterday the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled an updated U.S.-Mexico border strategy that wholly consists of increased coordination and resource sharing between all enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
The strategy, Napolitano said, is designed to “strengthen our coordinating efforts to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and organized crime.”
The updated strategy is part of the requirement of the extensive National Southwest Border Counternarctocis Strategy. An update is required every two years to effectively patrol 1,969 miles of border from Texas to California. Many critics, especially Republicans are expected to view this ‘updated’ strategy as limited and not enough.
The new strategy would make the US drug czar head of the new coordinated effort along with the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security. There is no new funding, manpower or strategies noted in this new border initiative. Nonetheless, the $600 million budgeted last year to beef up the border remains in place and the 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents and new customs agents that come with it.