Federal officials have confirmed that border security in the southwestern part of the country has been increased to address the problem of drug crimes along the Mexican frontier. The Obama Administration is keen on its aim to discourage drug trafficking in border communities and the government is expanding their counternarcotics strategy by sending more federal agents to strengthen security along the borders.
In a report from the Arizona Central, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Homeland Security, says that despite continued violence on the south side of the border, the government has somehow improved their operations against criminals sending out a strong message to the Mexican government that no one can get away with border crimes and that the consequences will be great for those who go against the law.
According to Napolitano, the use of new technology to combat illegal activities has been proven to bring the numbers down in terms of drugs and weapons smuggling. During a press conference at the US Border Patrol Office in Nogales, Napolitano says that the President is very committed to sustaining border patrol efforts
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske states that the immediate goal of the Obama Administration is to prevent drug use
and treat drug addicts which have been emphasized on a national scale. "Next week, when President Obama's National Drug Control Strategy is released, it will again emphasize that - not just for along the border, but throughout the nation," Kerlikowske added.
The office of Sen. John McCain released a statement that the senator’s belief is in line with the administration; that drug use prevention
is important and that border security should remain a priority.
The number of Border Patrol agents has dramatically increased from 10,000 in 2004 to 20,700 at present. This is why crimes along the Arizona border are going down.