Mexican Army Guards U.S. Border After Agents Fired

August 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Mexican Army took over customs operations on Sunday on border crossings with the U.S., after an unprecedented firing of thousands of border agents by federal authorities. The removal of customs agents came in the wake of a massive corruption probe, linking agents with the smuggling of contraband.

A Mexican Interior Ministry official said customs agents would be fired and replaced at all U.S. border crossings. Mexican authorities have declared war on organized crime and drug cartels and are concerned about the smuggling of U.S. weapons into the country, fueling the violence.

President Obama visited Mexico last week pledging about 1.6 billion dollars to aid in the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico, as part of the Merida Initiative and praised President Felipe Calderon for his efforts in stemming the flow of drugs into the U.S.

The U.S. is one of the world’s leading consumers of illegal drugs and cocaine. Once new customs agents are hired, the Mexican Army will withdraw from U.S. border crossings.

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