The whole issue of illegal immigration from Mexico is an issue that goes much deeper into the problems that afflict Mexico.
Possibly the most general term one could use is "lawlessness" ... corruption in government, the power of drug gangs, the loss of faith of the citizens that their police can protect them from violence.
Several mayors here in northeastern Mexico now spend the night in the United States out of concern that the local police cannot protect them, state officials confirmed.It would also seem that in the highest levels of our own government, there is confusion over how to handle the problems in Mexico that spill over the border to endanger US citizens:Until now, Mr. Calderón’s main approach has been to draw on the military and the federal police, but the strategy has come under withering criticism for its human rights record. The State Department withheld funds from Mexico under an antidrug initiative for the first time this year partly because of abuses.
So, the mayor advocates being respectful to the drug gangs in order to preserve a citizen's safety? Survival is contingent upon earning the respect of thugs?Here in Santiago, the police force has dwindled to about 20 from 160 a year ago, with state and federal police filling the gap, according to the mayor, Bladimiro Montalvo. Residents like Gonzalo Almaguer, a 62-year-old retiree, say they hardly go out anymore, especially at night. “This was a peaceful town but now you don’t know who to trust; it is like the rest of the country,” said Mr. Almaguer, one of the few people in the central plaza last week.
Mayor Montalvo said he worried most about the 50 percent drop in tourism because of the swelling violence around his town, including shootings and kidnappings in nearby Monterrey that prompted the State Department to pull children of its workers out of the country.
“I don’t think so,” he said when asked if he worried for his safety. “Something can happen, but if you are orderly and respectful that is something they will respect,” he said of criminal organizations. He then dashed off, driven away in a sport utility vehicle by two bodyguards.
If there was ever reason to have great appreciation and respect for "an honest cop", Mexico surely gives us a good reason.
Is the only answer really to close that border? Let them fight it out & see what happens? Will the drug gangs win? It would appear that unless the govt cleans up its own act, the citizens don't have much choice between a corrupt govt or gangs of thugs.
Perhaps there is also a lesson here for the US ... when we turn our heads to corrupt govt officials we are asking for trouble. Is that how thugs came to control Mexico?