White House Plan to Curb Border Violence

March 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Obama administration plans to send more agents and equipment to the southwestern border to fight Mexican drug cartels and keep violence from spilling over into the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the plans Tuesday during a briefing at the White House.

Many of the moves being announced are a continuation or expansion of programs that already existed under the Bush administration.

Violent turf battles among the cartels have wracked Mexico in recent years, and led to a spate of kidnappings and home invasions in some U.S. cities.

Authorities said they will increase the number of immigrations and customs agents, drug agents and anti-gun trafficking agents operating along the border.

Prosecutors say they will make a greater effort to go after those smuggling guns and drug profits from the U.S. into Mexico.

Officials said President Barack Obama is particularly concerned about killings in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, and wants to prevent such violence from spilling over into the United States.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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