Drug Violence Along the Southwest Border: Another American Punitive Expedition?
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Since 2005, the drug-related violence along the border with Mexico has steadily increased. The increasing crossover violence from the border is threatening our national security. The main variable associated with this increase in violence is the recent involvement of paramilitary organizations within organized crime and the drug cartels in Mexico. Many of these organizations are led by former Mexican Army officers with special operations and counter drugterrorism training. In an effort to curb the growing border violence and its threat to our national security, President Obama announced in May 2010 that 1,200 National Guard troops would be sent to the southwest border to support the border patrol and other law enforcement agencies. Although the U.S. military does not have the primary responsibility to secure our borders, the armed forces generally provide support to law enforcement and immigration authorities through the Posse Comitatus Act PCA. The continued escalation in violence along the southwest border and its crossover into the United States will require an expanded role of our military mission on the southwest border. This mission may eventually expand as part of a coalition force to confront the forces of the drug cartel organizations.
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