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The Border Czar

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2009

The importance of the Mexican border is growing in the White House, and one day before President Barack Obamas official visit to Mexico, a "czar" has been named to lead policy efforts for the border area.

Yesterdays appointment of an old border hand like Alan Bersin to cover the region is not as straightforward as it appears. Bersin held a similar post for the southwest border in 1995 under President Clinton, as the man responsible for Operation Gatekeeper. The strategy was successful in reducing undocumented immigration to California, but forced immigrants to cross through the Arizona desert where hundreds met their death.

This tough background on border issues gives Bersin the profile sought by the Obama administration, which is interested in demonstrating firm border security as one of the pillars for comprehensive immigration reform.

At the same time, Bersins experience on the border dates back more than a decade. Since then he has been removed from the immigration issue, holding various positions in education, both at the local level in San Diego and at the state level in Sacramento.

During this time, the border challenge has become dramatically more complicated.

On top of the illegal entry of undocumented immigrants, there are the activities of Mexican drug cartels sending their products north while importing arms and money to maintain their operations. This will be one of the main topics in todays meeting between the United States and Mexican leaders.

There is no doubt that the border needs security, and for the first time there is public agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding each partys responsibilities in the drug trafficking problem. We hope Bersins pragmatism comes in handy in taking advantage of this situation for both the areas security and the immigration debate in Washington.

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