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
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?
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.
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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