Violent crime along the U.S.-Mexico border, which has long plagued the scrubby, often desolate stretch, is increasingly spilling northward into the cities of the American Southwest.
In Phoenix, deputies are working the unsolved case of 13 border crossers who were kidnapped and executed in the desert. In Dallas, nearly two dozen high school students have died in the last two years from overdoses of a $2-a-hit Mexican fad drug called "cheese heroin."
The crime surge, most acute in Texas and Arizona, is fueled by a gritty drug war in Mexico that includes hostages being held in stash houses, daylight gun battles claiming innocent lives, and teenage hit men for the Mexican cartels. Shipments of narcotics and vans carrying illegal workers on U.S. highways are being hijacked by rival cartels fighting over the lucrative smuggling routes. Fires are being set in national forests to divert police. [Border violence pushes north, Los Angeles Times 8/19/07]
What? The crime spreading north from Mexico is a result of continued open borders and the cartels working to increase their market share. The spillover from the war among the cartels is a just a part of worsening violence from foreigners in the Southwest. Many of the examples cited in the article are just more of the same Mexican crime tsunami flowing into America because of Bush's refusal to enforce the borders as required by the Constitution.
As reported in here, Mexicans at home are fighting over which gang of thugs will contol the multi-billion-dollar drug trade in certain regions, particularly the future NAFTA highway following Route 35. ("Drug traffickers kill for I-35." )
As I've written before, you don't have to believe Mexico is a crime-friendly culture to understand that upwardly mobile professional criminals want to operate where they can maximize profits. The low-rent boonies of Mexico look pretty unappealing compared to the bright lights and big money of the United States: drug smugglers have an American Dream of success too.
But such harch realities of diversity must be smoothed over by la Times with warm and cuddly reminders of how lucky we are to be invaded by Mexico. Remarkably, the LA Times can't miss an opportunity to celebrate diversity and denigrate sovereignty even while the paper describes worsening crime.
Nestor Rodriguez, a University of Houston sociologist, said people on both sides of the Rio Grande viewed themselves as one community.
"People say, 'The river doesn't divide us; it unites us,' " he said. "When you're at ground zero at the border, you see yourselves as one community — for good or bad."
Meanwhile, the growing violence in Mexico is spreading to areas that were once thought immune. Calderon's crackdown doesn't appear to be very effective.
The violence has spread to the affluent business city of Monterrey, the beach resort of Acapulco and beyond. In remote towns like Juchitan on the Pacific coast, wealthy local families have fled a wave of kidnappings by drug gangs. [...]
"They are professionals. Their infrastructure is more powerful than the police. The authorities don't have the resources to face up to a phenomenon like this," said a drug expert within the Veracruz state government.
"This isn't finished, I think it's only just beginning," said the expert, who asked not to be named. [Once quiet towns engulfed by Mexico drugs war Reuters 7/18/07]