"The insatiable demand for illegal drugs in the United States keeps the Mexican drug cartels in business every day," said Sen. Dick Durbin while Sen. Arlen Specter highlighted the “enormous threat” of violence spilling over from Mexico.
During the hearing, the head of Northern Command explained the possibility of militarizing the border. “I think the best response is an integrated approach and we're working toward that aggressively," (Air Force Gen. Gene) Renuart said over the drafting of comprehensive plans by U.S. officials.
According to an “anonymous source” to the AP, the border plan would involve increased deployment of offciers:
Thirty-seven agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are being deployed to the region. An official familiar with the plan said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is considering reassignment of at least 90 officers to the border…Assuming that information is true, it will be interesting to see if this will significantly affect migrants trying to illegally cross the border. Will certain areas be crossed less often? Could the numbers of arrests along the border change significantly? Might the move decrease drug and/or human smuggling?
The deployments are part of President Barack Obama's first moves to boost federal security sources on the U.S. side of the border.
The additional immigration agents would double the size of an ongoing ICE task force that has been working with other federal agencies to fight the criminal organizations contributing to the border violence.
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