President Obama is finalizing plans to move federal agents, equipment, and other resources to the border with Mexico to support Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s campaign against violent drug cartels, reports the Washington post. In Obama’s first major domestic security initiative, officials are expected to announce a crackdown on the supply of weapons and cash moving from the U.S. into Mexico that helps sustain that country’s narco-traffickers.
The announcement sets the stage for Mexico City visits by three Cabinet members, beginning Wednesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and followed next week by Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She said the government is preparing plans to send more agents and intensify its investigation and prosecution of cartel-related activity in the United States. In addition, the government may expand efforts to trace the sources of guns that move from the U.S. into Mexico. To combat the southbound flow of guns, ammunition, and grenades at border checkpoints, the government may deploy equipment such as scales to weigh vehicles and automated license-plate readers linked to databases, as well as other surveillance technology.