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IMPACT ON US LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS The current violence and drug traffic in Mexico poses a twofold problem in regards to domestic law enforcement in the United States. Not only are US law enforcement authorities required to fight the massive influx of illicit drugs from Mexico, they are also expected to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, but many fleeing the dire conditions in their home country, and to exacerbate anxieties of cartel violence spilling over our largely unsecured southern boundary. This has led to a fundamental shift in domestic the law enforcement strategies in the USA as well as a heightened US law enforcement presence in Mexico itself. Local and State law enforcement agencies are increasingly being asked to do tasks traditionally relegated to federal law enforcement agencies. State and local law enforcement personnel, especially in border regions, are being asked to make a partnership with federal law enforcement in regards to enforcing federal law such as verification of immigration status. Additional national law enforcement agencies are operating in Mexican sovereign territory, a task traditionally reserved for diplomatic or military personnel. Currently, there are dozens of national law enforcement representatives, from a myriad of different agencies who are currently operating inside Mexico in cooperation with Mexican authorities. Fears of the violence currently being endured from Mexico spilling over in the neighboring United States is a well-founded worry. The destruction and death now occurring in Mexico isn't caused by phenomena exclusive to Mexico and may well, given the ideal circumstances, take root in many areas of the United States. Given our big, and primarily unsecured so...