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National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy, 2011

Published July 7, 2011

This national strategy document was released on July 7, 2011. The director's message states,

"The 2009 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy focused primarily on what the U.S. Government could do to prevent the trafficking of illicit drugs across the border with Mexico, as well as the illegal outbound movement of weapons and bulk currency from the United States. Since then, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has continued his courageous campaign to break the power of the criminal organizations operating in his country. Through the Mérida Initiative and other programs, the United States is supporting Mexico’s efforts in a wide range of law enforcement and judicial areas, and I am pleased to see our cooperation continue to improve. These efforts have resulted in the capture or death of numerous leaders as well as disruptions in their operations. However, Mexico continues to face high levels of violence, and our Nation—especially the four border states—continues to face significant drug- and border-related challenges, making this updated National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy an important part of our comprehensive national response.

As a result of the changing situation on the border, the 2011 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy has expanded its focus beyond stemming the flow of illegal drugs, weapons, and bulk currency between the U.S. and Mexico. It also includes a “Strong Communities” chapter that directs Federal agencies to provide border communities with enhanced prevention and drug treatment assistance in this region that has borne the brunt of the consequences of the drug trade.

The Strategy is the result of an expanded consultation process which included visits to U.S. border areas, as well as to Mexico, to ensure thorough coordination with Congressional, state, local, and tribal authorities, as well as the Government of Mexico. I would like to thank the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Deputy Attorney General for the leadership role they played as Executive Agents in the development of this Strategy. Along with the Mérida Initiative, the Administration’s Southwest Border security bill, and our national effort to reduce the demand for illegal drugs at home, the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy is a key component of our response to the threat along the border. I thank the Congress for its efforts on this issue and ask that it continue to support this critical endeavor."

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