How Mexico and the U.S. Hope to Control Border Violence

August 14, 2010 06:29

It is worthwhile to compare and contrast what the Obama administration and the Mexican government are doing to try and stop the drug culture violence that plagues the U.S. – Mexican border.

From The Americano


“In one of those “only in America” moments, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and by voice vote, unanimously passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

Everybody looks good. Democrats and Republicans together at last approving unanimously a bill to fund border security. Everybody was happy.”

“That’s right the United States approved $600 million to improve security for the whole border while the Mexican cabinet was approving $270 million to try and curb the violence in the city of Juárez, right across the border from El Paso, Texas.”

“The runaway drug violence has brought 10,000 Mexican soldiers and federal police officers to Juarez, but the influx has not resulted in security or a decline in the death toll. That has forced Mexican leaders and their U.S. advisers to try a new strategy to stop the killing in a city that once seemed like a model for U.S.- Mexico economic integration.

Now compare that with the 1,200 members of the National Guard the federal government is sending to guard the U.S. side of the border. It is ridiculous! If the violence has not spread its ugly tentacles into the United States with the same ruthlessness evident in Mexico is because Americans have been lucky, so far.”

FULL STORY at The Americano

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