Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Spills into USA

Drug War Crisis

Mexico has been a producer and transit route for drugs for generations and the drug gang with their violence is at an all time high. American has some responsibility in its high demand for cocaine. The drug lords wouldn’t be millionaires without Americans buying their products. At the same time the drug cartels are buying assault rifles from America illegally. The violence in Mexico really heated up in 2006 when President Felipe Calderon launched an assault on the drug gangs with tens of thousands of soldiers. The violence has continued to grow and is now pushing into the US, primarily Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

While visiting Mexico, Secretary Clinton and stated, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” While we know that is true, it sounds like the US is again apologizing to another country who could care less if illegal aliens cross the border to the US. Mrs. Clinton also made a pledge that the administration would seek $80 million from Congress to provide Mexican authorities with 2 Black Hawk helicopters to help the police track drug runners. But wait a second; the US gave Mexico $197 million to battle the cartels in December, 2008, as 4000 had been murdered that year. Mexico has also been given 8 helicopters, not one of them has been seen patrolling the border. The White House announced Tuesday that they would deploy 450 more law enforcement officials to the border, which is the first move they have made to help secure the border as the border patrol agents are too few in number. Napolitano cancelled the building of the border fence in March as the contractor apparently couldn’t seem to get the camera and monitoring devices to work. It sounds like they might have hired the wrong company, but illegal aliens have been quite capable of climbing over the fence anyway.

US Border Fence in Arizona

Raising Mexican Flag over US Flag

The protesters put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upside down at Monteb Calatesello High. Photo courtesy of Leo Jarzomb/Staff photo)
The protesters put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upside down at Monteb Calatesello High. Photo courtesy of Leo Jarzomb/Staff photo)

US Gives More Money to Mexico

The Merida Initiative will provide equipment and training in support of law enforcement and was initiated under President Bush with the transfer of $1.5 billion in aid to Mexico to fight the war on drugs.  The bulk of that amount came in the form of military hardware, like helicopters and CASA patrol planes but only about 1/5th of the money went to anti-corruptions and training programs in Mexico.  The Obama administration has been delighted to continue this program with another $310 million promised for 2011.  Doesn’t he know we have a deficit that is obscene?  China has quit loaning us money.  Do we just keep printing the bills without anything to back them up?  Where does this end?  Mexico obviously could care less about protecting their northern border because it isn’t like anyone is sneaking across in their direction other than gun runners.

Mexican Economy Growing

Mexico gives the impression that they are so poor, but that is really not true. Their economy is better than we have been led to believe. They have oil, although the output has declined some over the past 3 years with PEMEX having exclusive rights. Since the Mexican government treats PEMEX as a major source of revenue, the company does not have enough money to continue to develop new and more expensive resources on its own, and they cannot take on foreign partners. There are other oil fields available, like the Chicontepec Field, containing 40% or their remaining resource but as it is under impermeable rock they need advance technology to reach the oil. The government seems unable to sort their priorities in a logical fashion. However, Mexican unemployment is at 4.9% (CEPAL statistics of 2008), lower than 150 other countries and certainly lower than the US. Mexico is ranked #13 in GDP, higher than 172 other countries. Mexico has more billionaires than Germany. Mexico was upset with Forbes Magazine for listing the Mexican drug lord, Joaquín Gusmán, El Chapo, on its richest people, but he is a billionaire! Mexico has a huge manufacturing base, in electronics and there is a Border Assembly Corporation in San Diego that has helped more than 70 American and international manufacturing firms start up and operate successfully. There are many other large manufacturing companies including Leviton, 3M, Rheem and many others. The manufacturing base continues to grow steadily. Plus, their agriculture products include corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products. Since Mexico has all these new companies, and plenty of agricultural work, why don’t the immigrants move south to the cities of Mexico rather than enter the US illegally?

Mexico Economy

Courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mexican_Economy.png
Courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mexican_Economy.png

Doing Business in Mexico

Fence Not Difficult to Climb

Federal Law re: Illegal Aliens

Since 1929, illegal entry into the US has been a federal crime and if you are caught you may receive up to 6 months in prison, caught a second time and you can get a 20 year sentence. Hiring illegal immigrants carries a maximum penalty under federal statue of 5 years in prison and a $250,000. Yet, hidden cameras along the Arizona border watched thousands of immigrants cross the border last month basically unimpeded. There are 22,761,397 illegal immigrants in our country; while 579,234 of them have other nationalities beside Mexican. What good is this law when it isn’t used? How can sanctuary cities be legal?

Our less than brilliant DHS Secretary Napolitano tells Congressional committee two days ago, “I know the border I think as well as anyone.” Well, you decide if she is doing her job. Arizona was at a desperate point when they enacted the new controversial bill, SB 1070. Drop houses, kidnappings and violence have escalated to unprecedented proportions and compromised the safety of the Arizona population.

Van Flips on Highway - 28 Illegal Aliens Jump Out

Mexican Law for Illegal Aliens

To see what type of law Mexico has in dealing with illegal aliens click on BPOP’s link listed below.  It is quite different than the US law.  Arizona officials have been given a little more leeway in dealing with the illegal problem with their new law.  The argument Obama used about the man taking his child for ice cream is ludicrous.  If indeed, their grandparents lived in Arizona before it became a state (1912), then their children were born here and thus citizens. 

Summary

Think of this also, how many times do you show your driver’s license? Certainly if stopped by the police for speeding you will show your license, insurance card and your car registration. Also, I showed my drivers license yesterday when I had lab drawn, when I went to a new doctor last week they wanted a picture of my insurance and drivers license, and quite often when shopping they will ask to see your license when you are using your credit card. I am delighted they do this as it cuts down on identity theft, and these are only a few examples.

The border is a major problem and the immigrants are coming in by the thousands each month, particularly given the crime rates have risen so rapidly and kidnapping, murders and Mexican violent gangs in many cities are part of the outcome. We need to secure our borders, and use the laws already written. As for San Francisco’s mayor wanting to boycott Arizona, I think all Americans should cancel any trips they have planned to San Francisco as it is a sanctuary city anyway. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

I'm begining to wonder if something deeper than the immigration crisis may be going on. First the coal mine explosion in my home state of West Virginia and the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the illegals demonstrating everywhere. It's like were being attacked on many different fronts all at once!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Tom T 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

Terrific article. I'll bet now the problems in AZ will move to CA. We'll see if the people of CA put up with what has been happening in AZ. My guess is that CA won't have the tomatoes to do what AZ has done... no matter how bad it gets.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I think something is happening too. Do not forget FT. Hood.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I have been wondering the same thing myself. I particularly wonder about that oil rig explosion. They say they will never know what caused it but it has never happened like this before and it certainly plays into the hands of the environmentalists. There won't be any new drilling. I watched a frightening video yesterday about the "New World Order" I hope it's not true, but I don't know. Thanks for your comments.

Tom T, I agree. I think CA won't do a thing. They also can't cut all ties with Arizona like some are calling for as Arizona would have to send all those Ca prisoners they house back to CA. It is a bad situation.

BJBenson, That is a good point and I wonder if he will even get the death penalty. There's no one in our government I trust. I wish we could throw everyone out and start completely over. Sure there are people of integrity willing to serve.


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

The Chinese built the Great Wall about 1800 years ago. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to do it. Obama said himself in 2005 that we are a country of laws, and illegals should be deported http://www.breitbart.tv/flashback-obama-argues-for...

Lebanese-Mexican, Carlos Slim, is now the wealthiest man in the world http://article.wn.com/view/2010/03/14/Carlos_Slim_... $53.5 bn


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Vrajavla, Thank you for your comments and the websites with the new information.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

This is a nasty thing. It seems that the time is coming soon when we might need to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan just to protect our southern border. Doesn't Mexico know that this is how manifest destiny happens?


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ecoggins, Mexico doesn't seem to have a clue. We may have to bring troops to the be on the border. Thanks for your comment.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Pamela - you asked, Why don't the immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally move south to the cities in Mexico instead where jobs are available? Simple. In Mexico they would not receive all the free hand-outs we charitably provide to them in the U.S. - free healthcare, free food stamps, free schooling for their children - the list goes on and on.

When will the Obomination group in DC wake up?


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Teddletonmr 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Pamela, What to do, what to do? Obama shure will not fix the Illegal Aliens problem or any other for that matter. Why treat Mexico any differently than the other parts of the world that means us harm? Great Hub, a big two thumbs up.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pamela, This thing just keeps getting scarier and scarier, What about the OIL Rig explosion, oh yea right like it just happened. This vicious circle oh please let it stop! Greed is the root of all evil, money for drugs, oil, politics and on and on. Pamela, YOUR a brave soul to do all this research and updates for us. I appreciate it tremendously. THANKS and please keep spreading the word! PEACE COME TO ALL, i hope!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

drbj, Thanks for your comment and I think you might be right in your assessment.

Teddletonmr, You're right. Obama won't fix it is right. Thanks for your comment.

Katiem, I was thinking the same thing about the oil rig; it was a big explosion and happened at night. How about a small plane flying under the radar? It is a scary time for so many reasons. The roots of all evil have done awful things through the years. Thanks for your comment.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

terrific review of this tragic and absurd situation. We already have Federal laws that were supposed to protect us from the onslaught of illegal immigrants bringing violence and drugs to our streets and burdens to our services like hospitals, etc. Mexico doesn't tolerate this kind of thing, why so we? Well, the Dems will tolerate it because they view these people as potential votes pure and simple.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Yes, I am so aware of what you have written, and written so well. Excellent hub and an important issue going on right now! I lived in a really wonderful area, then low income apartments surrounded us in the past 10 years, during the summer is all you here are gun shots. I have called the police and said, "Gee, is this Iraq?" We are all scared for what is happening here in this drug ridden culture. Thumbs up


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Pop and Darlene, Thank you so much for your comments.

Darlene, I am sorry to hear about your home situation. Be observant and careful at all times. God Bless


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Wow, I know this is happening but I learned a lot more, and your points are valid, like those papers, license etc, they are protocols. Maita


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Excellent article Pamela. Very well written and full of interesting information I wasn't actually aware of, so thanks.

Regarding the topic, you know, I think Mexico's problems are Mexico's problem at this point. We've done what we can through multiple means such as the ones you described in your article, we've tried to help their citizens access to jobs and improve their economy, and standard of living through NAFTA (not that I'm a proponent of NAFTA BTW). So the onus is on you, Mexico, to get it right at this point.

If you fail. If your problems bleed onto my soil. If your inaction, or your inability to act affects my citizens quality of life, or wreaks havoc on my own system, it will not be tolerated. You will be dealt with accordingly.

It's a hard line, but one we have to draw. Right now the drug cartels, and the Mexican people themselves see the United States as soft on the issue of drugs and immigration. We need to adjust their thinking and fast, and use whatever means necessary.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

best seller hub your right great reading thank


partisan patriot 6 years ago

pamela

It's like reading a Superman Bizarro World Comic Book. These tin horn dictators like Calderon take our money then thumb their noses at us. The, our beloved leader of this regime rushes in to apologize for our arrogance.

Those little thugs that raised the Mexican Flag above the American Flag should be buggy whipped then marched back across the Mexican Border where they can remain and reap the benefits of living in dear old Mexico pronounced

Mec-he-co~!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Miata, I'm glad you found the hub helpful. Thank you for your comment.

Springboard, Thank you for your assessment of the situation. They will keep pushing until we draw a line in the sand.

The voice, Thank you for your comment.

Patriot, That is exactly what Calderon is doing. Obama's doing nothing as usual except speak out against Arizona. Boycotting Arizona ticks me off. Thanks as always for your comments.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Time and again, you do such an excellent job of a field reporter Pamela. And no, I'm not giving you lip service either. I really do like how you composed each and every expose to the fullest. Awesome extensive work. Thanks again.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

dohn, Thank you for the compliment. It is much appreciated. I am glad you're back.


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Bail Up ! 6 years ago

Quality work Pamela. We need to stand together if we want to save what's left of our country. Drugs, Violence, Illegal immigration cannot be tolerated any further from any country. Our system already suffers way too much and the suffering has spilled over to our lifelong working citizens and way of life.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It is certainly a bizarre concept that illegals should feel free to make trouble in somebody elses country.

Fine post!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Bail up, I agree with completely. Thank you for your comments.

Carolina, Yes, it is bizarre. Thanks for hour comment.


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Scary but true.Something needs to done,but what? Thanks for a very informative hub.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pamela, I'm just dropping back in to follow the conversation and feedback of Mexican Drug Cartel and how it Spills into the USA, great debate and stimulating thoughts. Thanks again Pamela for raising awareness. Peace :)


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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

Wow, what more can I say. I agree with everything. Is the handwriting on the wall?

The only good thing is that it is getting the 'silent majority' to stand up and be counted. I just hope the 'silent' is still a majority.

It would be nice to live in a nice world, but since we don't, we need to be aware.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a great hub. The situation getter more and more serious.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Entertainmentplus, I wish I knew what needed to be done. Thank you for your comment.

Katiem, Drop by anytime. I appreciate your input. I think everyone is very concerned and doesn't really know how the problem can be solved.

HealthyHanna, I agree with you that the silent majority is speaking out finally. It would be nice to live in a world without violence. Thank you for your comment.

Hello, Yes, it is getting more serious. The governor signed a new bill or an addition to the new law that will help prevent racial profiling, so maybe people will calm down. Sad that a deputy got shot in the stomach last night with 5 illegals smuggling pot over the border. It is a terrible situation. Thanks for your comment.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Hi Pamela - another great hub on this issue. The part that makes me mad is that the Mexican president always gets mad at us when we try to do something to deter illegal aliens - as if we don't have the right to do something about it! If they were really concerned about the drug situation they should be doing more to help us put a stop to it.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Like your disclaimer there at the end ;)

Really that is no surprise it's all spilling over into the US. I am not one to be on the conspiracy wagon but something just is not right. Powerful hub and I felt your passion about this in your words.


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Pam, This is great Hub. It's thought provoking and well written. I have up rated.


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FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

As usual, Great Hub, and one I have mixed thoughts on.

The ‘seek to understand’ part of me says, the situation in Mexico is tough, folks are dying to the drug wars, so folks are seeking a better place. Where better than the US? Here illegal immigrants can soon expected to be granted amnesty and can then become eligible for (do I dare say entitled to?) welfare and health care and all the other social programs we have in place. Where are the jobs they will need to support themselves? Can we afford this?

The ‘equal justice’ part of me says; this isn’t fair to folks who worked hard to come here legally, who have every expectation of becoming productive citizens. They did not get a free ride (or walk), but worked for the opportunity to be here. They get to see that all they worked for is being given freely to others. How does that encourage a work ethic?

The ‘government is out of control’ part of me says, why in the world does a state have to pass a law that says ‘if the feds won’t enforce the law, we will?’ If we all don’t want it to be a federal law, then repeal it and get it off the books, otherwise, fund it and enforce it, or allow the states to enforce it. An approach of not funding it, not enforcing it, and not allowing the states to enforce it either seems to me to show nothing less than disdain for the law we’re supposed to uphold. Vote the nuts out.

Are we being invaded by ‘walk-ins’?


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I am very impressed by your research. Especially appreciate the information about Mexico's economy. And what I was thinking as I read is, we've given them so much money and it has only gotten worse in the US, much worse. It seems we've paid to be invaded. And of course, as according to Hillary, it's all our fault! Grrr.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cari, I don't like the way Calderon gets mad when we've given him billions and they don't use it the way they've promised. Thanks for the comment.

Janny, I always appreciate your comments.

Jack, Thank you for the compliment.

Jim, I appreciate your comments and I understand your mixed feelings. I feel compassion for those people being pushed out of their homes by the drug cartels and for all the people being murdered. The military in Mexico should be in those towns waging an all out war with the cartels. I don't think the US can take thousands of new illegals a month, More people have been killed on the border than in the Iraq was. Why don't they head south to the manufacturing area, or another agricultural area instead on coming here illegally.

A deputy was shot in the stomach by an AK-47 last night on a routine patrol and it took his fellow policeman an hour to find him. There were 5 illegals bringing in bails of marijuana and they had 2 assault rifles. They haven't been located yet as far as I know. The people that live in states on the border need to feel safe. I know there is no easy solution but we have a Federal law that is not being enforced.

Sheila, I thought I would take a look at their economy because the impression is there are no jobs there, etc. Now we've given them billions also and it is maddeneing! Thanks for your comments.


Roberta 6 years ago

GREAT GREAT HUB. Hurrah for Arizona. Their illegal aliens have caused a horrible problem. Wonder sometimes what is happening to our wonderful country. Really makes you wonder.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, I fully agree with you. Thank you for your comment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I found good news from this hub. Actually this is too complicated. But you serve it well and very good to understand about the situation nowadays. For the past years also a little afraid heard about Drug Cartel. It looks like a mafia in the movie. But I hope it not influence the economic condition and the security of a country. Thank you so much for showing me about this topic. Good work, Pamela. You always come with complete hub. That's why I am glad to be your fans. See you again..

Prasetio


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Thanks for composing such an important hub, that informs us of a very serious issue. Theirs not much I can say to add with out getting all fired up! I just really hope things start getting better, unfortunately I am very doubtful.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Prasetio, The situation is complicated and it would seem to me both countries should be dealing with the problem but that is not happening and the people suffer. The drug cartel does act like the mafia but with many more murders. Thanks for your comment.

rpalulis, Thanks for your comments and it is easy to get fired up over this situation. I have no idea how it can get better either.


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FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I had some scary thoughts after going back and reading this again, to reconsider the question 'could something else be going on?'.

What if the intended 'redistribution of wealth' is not confined to US citizens or US borders? Or ... what if we have a deal with Mexico that says 'send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses', we'll pay you for their votes?

That's just too far out to stand a possibility of being real, I hope.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jim, That's a scary thought but it is possible. I saw a scary video the other day talking about the new world order in which North America would be one big country. Then, I've also heard many want one world currency with this redistribution of wealth. If that were to happen would they devalue the dollar and how could we protect ourselves? I have not been a conspiracy theorist but I don't want to bury my head in the sand either. I also hope this isn't real.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Pamela this is just some powerful stuff you have written here. As one who lives by the border I can tell you that gang murder happens alot down in the southern part of San Diego , where in fact many of those high up on the foodchain of the cartels reside. And as the issue with Arizona escalates I can understand where the Zonies are coming from with a 70% approval rating. But at the same time I can understand why so many Mexicans want to come here as they want to get them and their famalies to a safe environment. And Mexico is anything but safe for its citizens. So I do feel for the Mexican people as they have an al queda of their own the drug cartels.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tony, It is hard not to have compassion for the Mexican people where the drug cartels are murdering people all the time. I don't know if the US can continue to take in thousands a month but I don't have a good solution either. It is a very difficult problem since apparently Mexico's Calderon is not going to send sufficient troops to stop the cartels.


Ghost32 6 years ago

Pamela, my wife (also a Pamela) and I live in Arizona about a mile from the border. This a.m., early, before either of us was out and about but (barely) after daylight, the Border Patrol chopper was flying whoop-te-do's above our place in a crazy-8 non-pattern for quite some time. Good time for the two of us to lie low, stay inside, locked and loaded (of course).

For the remainder of the day, and to this moment as I'm typing, I packed heat as I moved around the place--doing some work on the house I'm building, handling camp chores, etc. Not alarmed, just logically figuring that the covey of border-crossing quail the BP had obviously flushed...well, they might have missed one or two that were still hanging out under a mesquite tree on or near the property, so like the Boy Scout motto says, "Be Prepared".

Just before dark, I decided to scout the area. Found where the northbound group of illegals had obviously been surprised by the BP helicopter and, from the tracks, our two local horse mounted officers as well. That was maybe 400 yards from our residence. It looked like maybe 20 to 30 of 'em, milling around in confusion, then splitting up and running in at least 4 different directions.

One trail led north past our place on the east side at a distance of roughly 120 yards. To the west, two runners made tracks as close as 80 feet to the back side of our house.

I'll continue to keep weaponry within arm's reach for a while. Just another beautiful day in the neighborhood!

P.S. Napolitano was asked on TV just now if she could say WHY we in Arizona support SB 1070 so strongly. As usual, she responded in Obamaspeak and didn't answer the question in any way, shape or form.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank your for this very informational hub. So many things have been happening lately, it really is scary. All I can say is that I'm glad I don't live near the border.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Pamela,

such a scary, critical issue.

So nice to see original content with information people are unaware of and so well write.

This is what hubs should be

Thank you

kimberly


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ghost, That is a terrible way to have to live and there seems to be no end in sight. I have no respect for Napolitano. She seems to have no experience nor common sense to fulfill the duties of her position, but then Obama is not doing anything either. There are 80,000 troop in Ft. Stewart training for "civil unrest" situations. I would say this qualifies and they number of troops could man the border and provide some safety for you and other that live in your area. I hope you have a good shot gun as these drug runners are carrying AK-47s. I pray you and your wife will be safe and that some how this will end soon.

Nancy and Kimberly, Thank you for your comments. We do need to be aware of the facts.


Ghost32 6 years ago

Pamela, we don't see it as a terrible way to live...but do agree there could be improvement. Appreciate the prayers, but it's not going to end for a long, long time yet. As for the AK-47s, yes, but my belief is that our place is not one of the favored drug running corridors. Too populated (nearest neighbor a mere 1/4 mile away, which to me is severe congestion), too frequently patrolled by the Border Patrol. The hardcore boys tend to favor truly remote territory such as the ranch land on which rancher Robert Krentz was murdered.

Which doesn't mean the human-smuggling coyotes aren't packing, but they do have to be careful. Getting caught on the ground without a weapon just means deportation; getting caught packing heat could be a lot riskier for them.

(As to what we do or don't have for defensive weaponry, that's best left unsaid--but I will tell you that we have no concerns on that score and/or regarding our ability to survive.)

Now, about those 80,000 troops training for "civil unrest" situations: Sorry to possibly burst your bubble, but that sounds to me like those soldiers are undergoing conditioning so they can shoot US down if we dare get too rowdy. You know, like speak up about what's happening in the country, that sort of thing. Think giant S.W.A.T. team, and we're the flies.

Napolitano? Don't get me started.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ghost, I have had those same thought about the soldiers as I think we are rapidly being pushed in a direction we don't want to go. Napolitano - I have never seen her do one intelligent thing. I am glad to know you are armed and will be safe.


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jjmyles 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I believe that all the double talk by the Obama administration regarding the securing of the border Is to avoid actually doing anything to protect us from the tide of illegals. It all has to do with the one world government. They want to erradicate the borders and call us the North American Union. And that is just the begining.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jimyles, I have heard this several times over the last few days and it is such a scary thought. I have also heard talk of there being one world currency. Then, would our dollar be devalued in either case? How can we protect ourselves from the maniac president? Was the oil rig intentionally blown up? We are living in scary times. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Pamela99, this article is well researched and written. I did not know of the wealth in Mexico being in oil and agriculture. Yes, I heard about the agriculture, but not the oil, and I never thought of their agriculture being a source of wealth to them. I then feel, too, that they should try moving south to the cities of Mexico. I think they fear to stay in Mexico, period, no matter where it may be. They have been given enough money for the high tech needed to reach oil from other oil fields like Chicontepec Field. It raises a lot of questions, and it is obvious that something else is going on.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, Yes, I agree with you. Thanks for your comments.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Pamela99, this is an excellent piece that reflects your hard work and research! This illegal immigrant problem is spiraling out of control. IMO the protesters who are running to Arizona should be escorted to the border. They do not live there and do not care what happens to the citizens and legal immigrants who live in Arizona.


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Captain Jimmy 6 years ago from WV

Great Hub! The forces at work are bigger than any one nation!Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Matthew 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Nation against nation is self explanatory, kingdom against kingdom is the violence between cities. pestilences are big business for the big pharma companies until they come up with strain that they can't battle. Earthquakes devastating cities through out the world. I would say we are well beyond the beginning of sorrows!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Captain Jimmy, It sure looks like it is all coming to pass. Thank you for your comments. God Bless.


NoAmnesty 6 years ago

At least one of the judges who are hearing Arizona's appeal has basically said that the Feds argument against requiring police officers to check the immigration status of those they arrest has no merit. One of the other judges was almost deported themselves so no doubt they will lean over backward to support the illegals (unbiased my foot!). Anyway at least the anit-illegal immigration supporters have taken control of the house and have enough numbers in the senate to prevent the supporters of illegals from getting a majority. Maybe there is hope yet!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

NoAmnesty, Yes! It is a good day. I definitely think taking this to court is awful since the feds are not doing the job and there is so much crime. Thank for your comment.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

There are also unintended consequences. A major hospital here in Phoenix is closing its birthing center because, as it cited, it is losing money. What the hospital did not say is that most of that loss is due to delivering anchor babies for illegal aliens. God help the hospital if the Latino community finds that out!

An RN very close to me is about to lose her job and she was the nurse who translated Spanish to English.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Will Starr, This is such a major problem and Obama doesn't seem interested in dealing with the problem. Something needs to be done to secure our borders. Thanks for the information and I appreciate the comment.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"..Obama doesn't seem interested in dealing with the problem."

True, but I don't remember any president who has tried to stop it since World War Two!

It's a national disgrace.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Will, I agree and it is a disgrace. Thanks for the comment.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

It's a deep subject. Thank you Pamela.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Mickey Dee, So true, with no simple solutions. Thanks for the comment.


Terence 5 years ago

Ok, so like Will said, "I dont rememebr any president who has tried to stop it since World WarII"

What I've learned so far in college, (Im researching a paper on the Mexican American population since Mexi-American War up until today), is that basically America is a business country. Remember, during World War 2 America opened many jobs for Mexicans to work for them and as soon as their time was over they wd send them back to Mexico. And this cycle has continued many times over. Of course America won't be so concerned with illegal immigrants crossing the border to much if they are the ones doing business with drug cartels and supplying them with guns. Am I making sense anyone? Pamela, thank you for posting this article. If its possible I would like to reference your information if that is ok...


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Terrence, I also agree with Will. I'm not so sure I understand your remark about anyone crossing the border to sell drugs or guns. However, you may reference my hub. Thanks you for your comments.


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X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

I don't know about illegal aliens getting only six months for illegal entry into the U.S. Maybe that's state law. I did 8 years in federal prison (which I extensively write about in my hubs), and the mandatory sentence for illegal entry was 24-36 months. Second time offenders got 5 years, and so on.

I do agree with you about the problems of drug and gun running between the U.S. and Mexico. However, I think the amount the drug cartels earn is more in the billions rather than the million. It is so cheap for them to make cocaine in Mexico. It costs nearly nothing to manufacture it.

When I was selling cocaine, you could buy kilos of pure cocaine in Mexico for $2,000 and sell each one in the U.S. for over $16,000!

Feel free to check out one of my hubs and leave a comment. I would really appreciate it!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

xcon, I appreciate the updated information as I wrote this hub quite a long time ago and relied on internet research. I imagine you are right about the drug cartels are making billions. Thanks for your comments.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Pamela,

I am so glad that we got to enjoy some of the border towns in Mexico and a vacation to Acapulco many years ago. I would be afraid to visit there now, unfortunately. The violence of drugs being smuggled and of course the illegal aliens has not gotten any better since you first authored this hub. Sad state of affairs! Up votes and sharing so that people do not forget this major problem in this election year!!! Good work!


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rlbert00 4 years ago from USA

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and as the problems you highlighted here when you originally wrote this have only gotten worse, if one could imagine such a thing, it is certainly an ideal time to present it again. I enjoyed the fact that you clearly put a lot of work into researching this topic, it could have been very easy to have mailed this one in but you didn't and I commend you for that. Nicely done.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I was fortunate enough to visit Mexico a few times as my father worked there while an oil refinery was being built back in the 70's. I loved it at that time, but I would be afraid to visit now. Things have gotten worse since I wrote this hub. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

rlbert, It is a shame that things have gotten worse with no end in sight. I appreciate your comments.

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