Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano reports that cooperation efforts between federal, state, local, tribal and Mexican partners and the Department of Homeland Security has led to progress in cracking down on border-related crime and smuggling while facilitating legitimate travel and commerce over the past 18 months.
“We are committed to further bolstering our cooperation with our state, local and tribal law enforcement partners as we continue to implement strong, smart and effective enforcement strategies along our borders and throughout the nation,” she said.
With that backbone in place, Napolitano named a new set of actions aimed at supporting law-enforcement efforts throughout the country.
Key to this process will be a new partnership between DHS and the Major Cities Chiefs Association to create a “Southwest Border Law Enforcement Compact.”
The plan would allow non-border states and local law-enforcement agencies to send officers to state and local law-enforcement agencies to support enforcement of the Southwest border.
Other ideas include new partnerships with state and local law enforcement; enhanced information-sharing capabilities between law-enforcement partners; better technology to combat smuggling; more tools to enforce U.S. immigration laws while prioritizing the arrest and removal of criminal aliens; and increased cooperation with Mexico.
Napolitano noted President Obama’s desire for $500 million to strengthen law-enforcement efforts at the Southwest border, and his decision top ramp-up National Guard levels to assist the ongoing efforts to secure the border and stop drug cartels.