Here is an excerpt from Sebastian Rotella's article in the Los Angeles Times:
"President Obama has nominated the administration's point man on Southwest border strategy to be the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, the White House announced Tuesday. Alan Bersin, a veteran of federal border enforcement and a former San Diego schools superintendent, has served since April as assistant secretary for international affairs at the Homeland Security Department. Bersin, 62, is the department's special representative for border affairs, working with Mexican leaders and U.S. border-area agencies on challenges such as drugs and immigration... Bersin will continue to advise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on issues related to Mexico and the border, although he will relinquish the title of special representative, officials said." Link to Full Article
Analysis: I don't really have too much commentary about this story, except to wonder who will replace Bersin as the SW border "czar." I don't know that there will be a huge rush to do so, since the story says Bersin will continue to advise Napolitano on SW border issues. I know folks who have heard Bersin speak at various events and California, and although his speeches have been non-specific, he did come across as a hard-charger. I haven't had a chance to speak to any of my contacts at CBP or USBP about the nomination. If there are any CBP or USBP readers who would like to anonymously comment on the appointment, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pass on your thoughts.