A former Justice Department official who led a 1990s crackdown on illegal border crossings was named to the new U.S. post of “border czar” Wednesday to oversee efforts to end drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and to slow the tide of illegal immigration.
Alan Bersin, a former U.S. attorney who also once served as California’s education secretary, was named to the job by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The new assistant Homeland Security secretary for international affairs also rejected calls by state officials and others to place troops on the U.S. side of the Mexican border.
“The posse comitatus have served this country well,” he said, referring to laws that prevent the U.S. military from operating as law enforcement within the U.S.
via – The Associated Press “Ex-prosecutor picked for new US ‘border czar’ post“
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