Border governors head to Mexico as violence rises
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Governors from both sides of the
U.S.-Mexico border are in Mexico City to push for more
crime-fighting and border security amid unprecedented violence in
The governors of California, Texas and New Mexico planned to
offer support today to Mexican President Felipe Calderon's
crackdown on the drug trade. Calderon has deployed more than 20,000
federal troops across Mexico.
Cartels have responded with increasingly bold attacks against
police and other security officials. On Tuesday, seven federal
officers were killed in a shootout at a suspected drug safe house.
Beyond policy talks, it's not clear what the U.S. governors and
the governors of the six Mexican states will be able to accomplish
because many of the actions they are seeking require congressional
The coalition made a similar anti-crime appeal to President Bush
in February, but progress has been slow. Still, California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration says the partnership and
continued pressure already have produced results.