Increasingly in the news is the fact that there are signs of great upheaval on both sides of the United States – Mexico border due to illegal immigration and the violence perpetrated by drug cartels.
According to wikipedia.org, the United States – Mexico border has a total length of 1,969 miles (3,169 km), a figure that wikipedia attributes to the International Boundary and Water Commission. It is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with about 250 million people crossings every year.
While controversy regarding the issue of illegal immigration is heating up on the United States side of the border, Mexico is facing its share of crises with a number of killings of police officers having taken place in the past two days.
In an Associated Press article updated on 4/24/10, the headline read: ‘7 Mexican police officers killed in Ciudad Juarez.’ The first line of the article summarized the event: ‘Gunmen ambushed two police vehicles at a busy intersection in this drug- and violence-plagued city, killing seven officers and a 17-year-old boy who was passing by, authorities said.’ Read the article for complete details.
Slideshow from Ciudad Juarez (graphic images)
Foxnews.com posted a slideshow on 4/24/10 showing 9 images along with a warning that these are graphic images. The slideshow is entitled: ‘Police Officers Killed in Mexico Street Ambush.’
Killings near the city of Monterrey
An Associated Press story released on foxnews.com on 4/24/10 was entitled: ‘Mexican army kills five attackers in northern town.’
This article stated that Mexican army soldiers killed five men in a shootout when the soldiers came under fire near the city of Monterrey. The article cites allegations of police involvement in the attacks on the army soldiers, and that 6 police officers had been detained on suspicion of such involvement. It also stated that drug cartels are known to operate in the area, and many members of local police forces are suspected of aiding the gangs.
Cartels turning attacks on authorities
In an Associated Press articled updated on 4/25/10 and posted on foxnews.com, the headline was this: ‘Mexico says cartels turning attacks on authorities.’
This article states: “In the last few weeks the dynamics of the violence have changed. The criminals have decided to directly confront and attack the authorities,” [Interior Secretary] Gomez-Mont said.
According to the article, Gomez-Mont further further stated: “They (the United States) contribute very important components in the dynamic of violence,” Gomez-Mont said. “We need the Americans to step up and recognize the fact that it is their money, their drug demand, that foments and encourages the violence in Mexico. We need the Americans to assume their responsibility,” he said.
Texas students recalled from Mexico
Citing escalating drug violence in at least seven northern Mexico states, the University of Texas system is reported to be ordering all students, faculty and staff in the affected regions to return home. No further details were included in the article entitled: ‘University of Texas System Recalls Students From Mexico’ which appeared on foxnews.com on 4/24/10.
The problems existing on both sides of the United States – Mexico border are becoming of larger concern since violence is increasingly escalating to murder. This will no doubt be a major issue in the upcoming election debates that will take place this fall.
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