CNN is reporting that President Barack Obama is poised to announce his plan to send more agents and equipment to the U.S.-Mexican border to fight violent trafficking in drugs, guns and money, government sources said. According to the report, the plan has been expected for several days and could be put off again. A White House official said an announcement on the issue would be made this week, and one source said tentative plans called for Obama to make it today, a day before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves on a trip to Mexico. The plan represents a growing emphasis by the Obama administration on fighting weapons smuggling to the Mexican drug cartels, which helped fuel deadly turf wars and battles with authorities that killed 6,000 people last year.
Read more about the latest developments in travel to Mexico in Joe Pike's cover story: Mexico: Despite Violence, Still Safe.