The administration's new 'border czar' Alan Bersin is charged with improving security and quelling drug violence along the Mexican border. Analysts assess his biggest challenges.
By PBS NewsHour
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named former federal prosecutor Alan Bersin as the next "border czar" to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a Wednesday news conference in El Paso, Texas.
In other news, stocks rose on a Commerce Department report that orders for durable goods increased in February and news that new homes sales rose 4.5 percent.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced plans Tuesday for bolstering security along the country's southwest border in an effort to curb spillover from Mexico's deadly drug war. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
In the day's other news, reports showing increased home sales helped fuel a rally on Wall Street and the Mexican government announced it will offer $2 million each for the arrest of 24 top drug lords in its latest effort…
In the day's other news headlines, the Treasury Department approved a $5 billion aid infusion for auto parts suppliers and jobless claims rose less drastically than expected.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano outlines her agency's plan to trim spending and reacts to concerns over the rising tide of drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Independent Television News correspondent Bill Neely reports on the growing violence and carnage of Mexico's ongoing drug war.
President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Monday, emphasizing the importance of strong U.S.-Mexico relations. Analysts discuss how Mr. Obama may handle the ties in light of Mexico's drug war and the global economic downturn.
Just south of the U.S. in Mexico, a ruthless drug war is taking a heavy toll on residents' lives on both sides of the border. Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on the increasingly unmanageable conflict.
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