Joint border plan to increase communication and coordination
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March 7 '06: American and Mexican officials have reached an agreement to curb violence and improve security along the two countries' borders according to an action plan released by the Department of Homeland Security.
In the agreement, a "Border Security and Public Safety Working Group" will be established by the governments which will cooperate to create common goals so that all agencies involved will be able to "ensure [that] coordination protocols are updated and consistent with law enforcement procedures and regulations on both sides of the border."Government Technology News reported Monday that the plan "lays out a commitment to ensure immediate communications and information sharing between responsible authorities during emergency situations that may have cross border communications." "In addition," GTN continued, "both nations will continued to coordinate border security efforts such as patrolling the border region, conducting regular exercises to ensure updated and consistent protocols and identifying common landmarks so that first responders can quickly arrive at the scene." During an event in Brownsville, Texas, Mexican Secretary of Governance Carlos Abascal said, "Being good neighbors starts at the border. With these agreements on border security and public safety we strengthen our bridges of understanding and cooperation." Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "Criminal networks operating at the border are increasingly emboldened and represent alarming risks to our national security and public safety. Their lawlessness is intolerable, and together we will confront them with the full force of the law."
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