from Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico along with four governors,
mayors and others from Mexico pledged March 27 to work toward a
cross-border security network in a time of terrorism, The Associated
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed an agreement with Oklahoma
Gov. Brad Henry allowing cross-deputization of state law enforcement
officials. It gives officers from New Mexico authority to enter
Oklahoma at that state's request and vice versa. Richardson said
he's already signed a similar agreement with Arizona and is working
on one with Texas.
Richardson said many Mexican government representatives have complained
that traffic along the border has been disrupted to a "highly uncomfortable"
extent since the war with Iraq began.
He said U.S. officials heard suggestions from Mexican officials
on how to get the border flow back to normal.
The New Mexico governor said John Denko, director of public safety,
would soon arrange a meeting with law enforcement officials from
other border states to improve the dialogue on the U.S. side.
U.S. State Department and Homeland Security officials also attended
Richardson said those departments and the White House recognized
"that we've got to have a dialogue along the border in light of
the war with Iraq."