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U.S., Mexico Police Unite To Fight Border Crime

Message -- Top Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that a little-known coalition of U.S. and Mexican police agencies has played a major part in cracking down on smuggling and illegal immigration along the Arizona-Mexico border.

The joint operation between the U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican federal police and about 60 U.S. state, federal, tribal and local police agencies has had a dramatic success in making drug seizures and arresting undocumented immigrants, said Alan Bersin, director of Customs and Border Protection.

David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, said collaborating more closely with Mexico to battle drug trafficking and human smuggling represents a welcome shift in the way the U.S. deals with border issues. (Full Story)

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