Secretary Napolitano Highlights Border Security Accomplishments on One Year Anniversary of Southwest Border Initiative [March 26, 2010]   [open pdf - 304KB]

"Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today highlighted the United States' significant progress in securing the U.S.-Mexico border one year after the Obama administration announced the Southwest Border Initiative--a series of unprecedented steps to crack down on Mexican drug cartels by deploying additional personnel and technology, increasing information sharing, working closely with the Mexican government, and improving federal coordination with state, local and tribal law enforcement authorities. 'Last March, this administration took decisive action to combat transnational crime and drugrelated violence along the Southwest border to help ensure the security of both the United States and Mexico,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'Over the past year, our unprecedented cooperation with the Mexican government and sustained security efforts along the border have resulted in major progress in combating the ruthless cartels that threaten the safety of both our nations.' Since last March, DHS has doubled the number of personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces; tripled the number of ICE intelligence analysts working along the U.S.- Mexico border; quadrupled deployments of Border Liaison Officers; and begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs and cash--for the first time ever."

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