The Trend of Violence From Mexico is Intensifying

Violence in Mexico, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border, seems to now be happening daily. For example:

• Juarez, Mexico, adjacent to El Paso, Texas, has recently been labeled the most violent city in the world.
• On March 13 several U.S. citizens were murdered in Juarez. The victims worked for the U. S. government in Mexico. Victims included spouses and children.
• On March 16 Texas Governor Rick Perry activated a State plan intended to address the spillover of violence from Mexico. The plan includes intensified ground, air and marine surveillance.
• At the same time, Perry called upon the Obama administration to provide additional resources to control the Texas-Mexico border, noting he some time ago requested 1,000 National Guardsmen to assist local law enforcement to deal with spill-over crime and violence.
• Also on March 16 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (a former Governor of Arizona) announced that work was being suspended on the electronic fence border security project because the technology being installed was plagued with failures.
• Robert Krentz, a rancher in Arizona whose family has owned the Krentz Ranch for over 100 years, was found on March 20 shot to death on his property after he called the ranch headquarters saying he had found a man who appeared to need help at a water hole on the ranch and that he was going to offer help. His dog, also shot dead, was near him.
• On March 25 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Mexico and met with Mexico’s President Calderon and announced a $ 331 million plan to bolster Mexican civilian law enforcement agencies.
• At the same time Jeffrey Self, acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol acknowledged that many Border Patrol agents report instances of intelligence that was shared with Mexican law enforcement being fed to drug traffickers enabling them to get away or set up ambushes.
• On March 28 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano expressed opposition to legislation pending in Arizona that would categorize the presence of an illegal immigrant as trespassing. She noted that when she was Arizona Governor she vetoed similar bills.

The media has reported that our federal government is rotating employees out of Mexico for their safety. U.S. citizens are being advised to limit travels into Mexico because of the violence and increasing targeting of civilians, especially U.S. citizens.

One must ask – where is this train going, and how bad does it have to get before the United States starts to act unilaterally? Perhaps that time is approaching. Or is it already too late?

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