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Mexico receives a long-awaited response from the United States on the war on drugs.
We begin with USA Today’s coverage of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
She outlines the $184 million dollar plan to move 360 federal agents to the border. It also calls for:“…X-ray machines on the border to scan some Mexico-bound vehicles for drugs, weapons and cash…The initiative aims to dampen drug-related violence that killed 6,300 Mexicans last year…. The agents will help local authorities and Mexican officials catch people smuggling guns, drugs and excessive cash into Mexico.”
In a presidential news conference covered by networks including CNN - Barack Obama credited President Felipe Calderon’s efforts fighting the drug war and talked about why the U.S. plan is critical for both countries…“So the steps that we have taken are designed to take sure that the border communities in the United States are protected and that we are not seeing spillover of violence and that we are helping the Mexican government deal with a very challenging situation”“We need to do more to make sure that illegal guns and cash aren’t following back to this cartels, that’s part of what is financing their operations, that is part of what is arming them that is what makes them so dangerous.”
But as the U.S. and Mexico implement new plans to attack the drug problem, The UK’s The Telegraph reports that drug cartels have found a new kind of weapon, child assassins.
“As guerrilla forces have discovered in Africa, 13 and 14-year-old children on the margins of society make fearless killers. In Juarez, now Mexico's drug addict capital, they are almost certain to be high on crack cocaine.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first visit to Mexico this week will focus on how the two countries can work together.
Has problem gotten so out of hand that any effort by Mexico or the US is not enough? How do you think Obama and Calderon should attack this problem?