Federal officials will send drones into the skies to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border to beef up surveillance of criminal trafficking along the Mexican border.
Among tactics the Obama administration announced Wednesday to crack down on border violations, officials also agreed to allow local police from non-border communities to deploy temporarily to border areas to enhance security, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to The Washington Post.
"Our Southwest border states have endured more than their share of challenges," the former Arizona governor said. "I share the frustration border communities feel."
During a speech at a Washington think tank, Napolitano argued that "border is as secure now as it has ever been" but said some "are looking to score political points" by depicting the border as far more dangerous than it really is, the Post reported.
"The numbers tell the story, and they do not lie," she said.
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