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Mid-term elections influencing U.S. policy: tough at border, strict with illegal aliens and softening support to Mexico´s war on drugs.

U.S.-Mexico relation: "friends to be better friends" depending on the midterm elections

In the last days, some political moves from the Obama Administration demonstrates its concern about the political situation in the southern states and its effects on the mid term elections. The Republicans could win a majority in Congress thanks to the southern states.  That could be one of the main reasons behind Obama´s “getting tough” in this region. Here are some of the latest news on the subject:

U.S.-Mexico Border : $600 million in additional federal spending and nearly 1,500 additional federal law enforcement personnel. – 

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1,500 additional federal law enforcement personnel – including 1,000 additional U.S. Border Patrol agents – will soon be heading to America’s borders thanks to $600 million in additional federal spending signed into law Friday by President Obama.

Obama signed the bipartisan legislation without comment in the Oval Office with only Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano standing behind him.

The administration and both parties in Congress cooperated on the get-tough law despite ongoing partisan bickering over immigration policy, drug trafficking and alleged spillover violence from the Mexican drug wars. The Senate returned from its summer vacation on Thursday to give the election-year measure final approval.

The spending package includes $176 million for 1,000 new U.S. Border Patrol agents – a 5 percent boost from the current 20,000 officers – to form a rapid deployment force at trouble spots, $89 million to pay for 500 additional customs and immigration personnel officers and $32 million to provide fro two additional unmanned aerial surveillance drones.

The Justice Department also is due to get $196 million to boost the number of U.S. marshals and agents from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along the border.

Obama earlier ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border at federal expense in May. Roughly one-third of the deployments have been completed

Texas stands to receive 286 National Guard troops.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry had urged Obama in a letter delivered to top White House aide Valerie Jarrett during the president’s visit to Texas on Monday to take additional steps to secure the U.S. border. Obama had nothing to say Friday about the stepped- up enforcement efforts.

But in a statement issued on Thursday after the Senate action, the president said that he had made border security “a top priority,” dedicating “unprecedented resources and personnel to combating the transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs, weapons, and money, and smuggle people across the border with Mexico.”

‘An important difference’

Obama said the additional funding for border security “answers my call to bolster the essential work of federal law enforcement officials,” adding that the measures “will make an important difference as my administration continues to work with Congress toward bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders, and restore responsibility and accountability to our broken immigration system.”

The administration’s effort to underscore a law-and-order approach along the border follows the Justice Department filing suit to block implementation of a new state law in Arizona authorizing local law enforcement personnel to question suspects about their immigration status and requiring immigrants to carry their documents.

A federal judge has suspended implementation of key portions of the law…READ MORE HERE.

The U.S. is turning away from Mexico’s failing drug war.

Preventing the sort of cartel takeover that Mr. Calderón warned of is a vital interest of the United States — which is why the Obama administration and Congress could benefit from their own truth-telling session about Mexico. Congress has appropriated $1.3 billion since 2008 to help Mexico fight drug trafficking, but because of poor implementation and bureaucratic delays, only a fraction of the money has been spent. Mexican forces are still waiting for badly needed U.S. helicopters, surveillance planes and drones as well as training programs in areas such as money laundering.

Worse, the Obama administration has shrunk from the duty of cracking down on the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico, including improper sales by many of the 7,000 gun shops along the border. During his last visit to the United States, in May, Mr. Calderón pleaded with the White House and Congress to reinstate the ban on sales of assault weapons. As so often when it comes to the needs of this important neighbor, there has been no response. READ MORE HERE.

Tea party activists rally on Arizona-Mexico border.

HEREFORD, Ariz. — Tea party activists are gathering along a remote stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border about 70 miles west of Nogales.

They’re rallying Sunday on a private ranch in support of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. A judge has put much of the law on hold.

The rally is being held near a stretch of the wall made of 15-foot steel posts set closely together to prevent people from crossing the border. People have attached flags with messages about curbing illegal immigration to the posts.

A sound system had not yet been set up Sunday morning. U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging John McCain in the Republican primary, was…READ MORE HERE