Aug 8, 2011

U.S.-Mexico border more secure than ever, officials say

From the New Mexico Independent - By Nicolas Mendoza - The U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than it’s ever been, according to current and former top border officials who appeared at a panel hosted by the Center for American Progress on Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin defended the results of an unprecedented escalation and intensification of border security that began in the 1990s and accelerated under Presidents Bush and Obama. “The specific theory of action,” Bersin explained, “was to push people out of easy urban places to cross the border, to push them out of the situation where you could simply walk across the border, get into the transportation network and then move anywhere into the interior of the United States.” He pointed out that in 1993 there were 3,000 border agents; today, there are over 21,000 Read more

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