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Killing of US agent in Mexico could raise pressure on Mexico

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A tough US response?

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the United States is working closely with officials on the Mexican-led investigation to ensure the perpetrators are captured as quickly as possible.

“Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel ... is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety,” Ms. Napolitano said.

The strongly worded statement, along with a history of swift justice against the few traffickers who have killed or threatened US agents, portend a major crackdown against drug groups found responsible.

“You start killing US officials and that really turns up the heat,” says George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. “There’s going to be great pressure on the Mexican government to find out who was behind this killing, enormous pressure.”

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