Saturday, April 17, 2010



By Alan Caruba
Canada Free Press Sunday, April 4, 2010

It is amazing how little national coverage there is of the vicious
drug wars next door in Mexico that are driving Mexicans across the Texas,
Arizona and New Mexico borders to seek asylum under the threat of death
for themselves and their families.
It is a war that now includes the murder of U.S. consulate staff and
an American rancher. There are other casualties who have already fallen
victim to murder and rape about whom the national media make little or no
On April 1, The Washington Times published an excellent and extensive
report on the border violence, written by Ben Conery and Jerry Seper.
"For more than two years, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement
officials have been warning that the dramatic rise in violence along the
southwestern border could eventually target U.S. citizens and spread into
this country."
The U.S. shares a 1,951-mile border with Mexico. It is so porous
that millions of Mexicans and others from South America and the Caribbean
have simply walked across while others are busy exporting drugs into the
nation. Estimates of how many illegal aliens reside in the U.S. range
between 12 and 20 million.
The rumors in Washington, D.C. are that the Obama administration
wants to pass an amnesty bill granting instant citizenship to people who
have illegally entered and live in the United States. A previous such
effort during the last administration met with intense resistance that
stopped the effort. The Obama administration, however, has demonstrated
that it can and will ignore such resistance.
Why is this a very bad idea? On Sunday, April 4, William Booth of
the Washington Post, writing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, reported that "A
cross-border drug gang born in the prison cells of Texas has evolved into
a sophisticated paramilitary killing machine that U.S. and Mexican
officials suspect is responsible for thousands of assassinations here,
including the recent ambush and slaying of three people linked to the
U.S. consulate."
The gang, Barrio Azteca, "may have been involved in as many as half
of the 2,660 killings in the city in the past year. Ciudad Juarez is just
across the border from El Paso, Texas. There are other such gangs
employed by rival drug lords.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has said that the rising violence
demonstrates the "abject failure of the U.S. Congress and President Obama
to adequately provide public safety along our national border with
Texas Governor Rick Perry has instituted a "spillover violence
contingency plan" that includes increased border surveillance,
intelligence sharing, and ground, air and maritime patrols. An effort by
Gov. Perry to secure help from the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet
Napolitano (the former Arizona Governor), has met with failure.
It's not just the border. The Washington Times report noted that in
2009, the Justice Department "identified more than 200 U.S. cities in
which Mexican drug cartels 'maintain drug distribution networks or supply
drugs to distributors'-up from 100 three years earlier."
The Times further reported that the 2010 drug threat assessment by
the National Drug Intelligence Center described the cartels as "the
single greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States." Not only
established in our cities, it is expanding into more rural and suburban
The immediate question facing the U.S. government is whether to grant
asylum to Mexicans streaming across the border. Given the millions of
illegal aliens in the nation, this could potentially add hundreds of
thousands more.
So the war next door will soon impact America in ways no one really
wants to think about, at least at the White House level that is widely
believed to see every illegal alien as a potential new Democrat.
This is not a problem that will go away. It is not a problem that is
being vigorously addressed by the Obama administration. It will, as in
the case of Ciudad Juarez, turn the streets of our cities into killing
grounds, far worse than the barely contained mayhem that drugs presently
The war next door has arrived.
--Alan Caruba has a daily blog called Warning Signs. His latest book is
"Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy".


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