Wednesday, April 15, 2009
SAN DIEGO The US Department of Homeland Security has assigned extra border security officials to San Diego and Imperial Counties and to Tijuana. The additional agents are part of the Obama Administration's effort to crack down on cross-border drug trafficking. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano laid out details of her plan to fight cross border drug trafficking during a visit to the border.
The Secretary did not stop in San Diego or Tijuana. Though, she announced more homeland security agents are already in place in both cities. Or, they're on the way.
Its unclear how many agents. She says the agents will focus on intelligence and working bi-nationally.
David Shirk directs the University of San Diego's Transborder Institute.
He says Napolitano's focus on investigation sets it apart from previous boots to the border policies, "We need to be thinking about not just intercepting things at the border. If weapons and bulk cash are getting to the border, it is already too late."
Napolitano also says more agents will work on removing undocumented immigrants who've committed multiple crimes.
Amy Isackson, KPBS news.