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Donald asks…

Question about Juarez, Mexico situation. Is no one going to help?

Well people i dont know if anyone has heard of what is going on in a city down in Mexico. The City is Ciudad Juarez, its a border town thats adjacent with El Paso TX. I live here in El Paso, and for the last couple of months a horrible situation has been growing in Juarez. Whats been going on is that rival Mexican Cartels have begun to move in on Juarez. A recent downfall of the former cartel that was in control of Juarez caused a major power struggle in the area. Different Drug Lords moved in on Juarez and a Drug War soon resulted. For months now, the cartels have been killing each other, police, and innocent civilians. The government has little to no control of the situation. As most might know, the Mexican Government is extremely corrupted as it is. Now, the city of Juarez is being torn apart. On average, there is 10 or more deaths a day in Juarez. Many police officers have died in the resulting battle against the drug lords. Innocent people who try to live a simple life, are caught in the crossfire and murdered. Buisinesses are closing, due in part to the murders of the owners. People are too scared to walk out of there homes. Recently, many threats have been made against the local schools. Children in prekinder are being threatend with death! Parents are horrified and dont know whether to allow their children to go to school. The situtation is bleaker everyday. With an overwhelmed government, Juarez is slowly turning into a war zone. The Mexican Government sent Federal Troops into the area when the troubles began, but the soldiers are inefective. The soldiers themselves are being killed every other day. Many would say “oh well…thats sad and all, but its in a different country, Mexico has to deal with its own problems.” Many people dont feel the pain that many of us here in El Paso feel. We have family members and close friends who live in Juarez. We see extreme footage from Juarez being broadcasted from Juarez news stations. We are the ones who fear for our loved ones. But no one is doing anything. Few in El Paso dare to go to Juarez anymore, for they are too fearful of what will happen. Those who have to cross the border everyday to work are scared they may not come back. The most recent act of violence was of a man being murdered. They decapitated him. Hung his body near the border fence, and layed his head next to the body. These acts are becoming more and more common. Dismemberments, shootings, mass murders even are taking place at a disturbing high rate. Im asking, is there nothing anyone can do? Cant we help? Our government? How long before a El Paso’s siter city is consumed by the drug lords of Mexico?
to the contrary, what happens in mexico is very well our problem. If druglords do take over a huuge influx of drugs is going to start pouring into the U.S. You think our drug problem is bad now? Just wait till a major border city like juarez is taken over by a cartel. First city to go up in flames will be mine, El Paso. Next, the whole country is gonna be fooded with drugs and drug dealers.
people its not as if the mexican government is encouraging the mexican people to cross illegally. and how do you expect them to stay and live in mexico when its as dangerous and corrupted as it is? they are just people trying to make a better life for themselves. you would all do the same thing they are doing

Tijuana answers:

As Americans went to the polls last week, Juan Camilo Mourino, Mexico’s interior secretary, was falling to Earth over the capital in a fiery crash that killed him and 13 others.

Investigators are trying to determine why the helicopter carrying Mexico’s second-highest official failed, but many think it was the work of drug cartels that Mexico has been at war with since 2006.

If traffickers were indeed responsible, they have sent a signal that they’re coming for the government and can take down Mexico’s leaders anywhere, anytime. If it was an accident, there’s the disturbing implication that Mexico’s aircraft are deficient even for its leaders. Either way, the U.S. Ought to do more to help.

Some 4,400 Mexicans have been killed in the drug war this year alone — including a record 58 in one day last week. Grisly killings of honest cops, officials, innocent bystanders, kidnap victims and other traffickers engulf border towns like Juarez and Tijuana.

But the carnage is spreading even to formerly placid vacation spots such as Rosarito Beach on the west coast. The tourists, of course, are gone, U.S. State Department travel advisories are up, and local economies are withering.

Mexico has also become the kidnapping capital of the world, not only in numbers but in viciousness. Victims are often killed even after a ransom is paid. And they’re no longer confined to the wealthy.

A week ago, the 5-year-old son of impoverished street merchants was taken and then, when a ransom wasn’t paid, killed with an injection of acid into his heart. This week, 27 farm laborers were kidnapped. Twenty-six Americans have also been abducted in Mexico, and there are signs that it’s spreading north of the border. A few weeks ago, 8-year-old Cole Puffenberger of Las Vegas was taken because a relative owed debts to drug cartels.

Two years ago, when Mexico went on the offensive against the drugs, every analyst dismissed the idea of Mexico becoming “another Colombia.” No one believed that the impact of the drug trade could ever be as pervasive as in that South American country.

There, drug lords aligned with Marxist terrorists, burned down the Supreme Court, won seats in Congress and fought pitched battles with weapons more advanced than those used by the Colombian military. By 1998, they had nearly toppled the government.

The country was saved by a U.S. Infusion of $6 billion in training and equipment that gave the country the tools it needed to fight back. That aid, combined with strong Colombian leadership, has worked wonders. Today, Colombia is a growing country with safe cities and victory in sight.

The U.S. Still spends $600 million to train drug-fighters in Colombia, but that’s $200 million more than we give Mexico for the same purpose. All of this pales in comparison with the $3 billion a year we send to Israel and the $1 billion sent to Georgia for reconstruction after the Russian attack, not to mention the $10 billion a month that goes to defending and rebuilding Iraq.

Yet we have a long, unguarded border with Mexico, where the drug war claimed more victims last year than the U.S. Has suffered in fatalities since the war in Iraq began in 2003.

This is a bad skewing of priorities, and not just because of Mexico’s proximity to the U.S., its capacity to ship millions of illegal immigrants and its status as America’s second-largest trading partner.

The war Mexico is fighting is fueled by drug consumption north of the border, reason enough for the U.S. To share responsibility, as Mexico has asked. Mexico’s war also has more potential to spread here than any other, and its insidious violence has a capacity to corrupt institutions and create insecurity. It should not fight this alone.

Michael asks…

Is Mexico City safe for Americans now?

I want to go on an alternative spring break trip to Mexico City. It is a service project that my school organizes. My parents will not let me go unless I can find information that says Mexico City is safe. My parents keep hearing things on the news about drug raids and violence but is it really safe?
Are there any websites I could show to my parents to convince them?

Tijuana answers:

Mexico is a large country. The drug violence is mostly confided to a small areas, and they are far from Mexico City.

The drug violence takes place in locations where the drug cartels are fighting each other and the army over routes to transport drugs to the US. These are mostly border towns, such as Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo and Tijuana.

The drug gangs do not target tourist; they target each other and those trying to stop them. Just as in the US, innocent people can get caught by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why I would not be willing to go to drug centers for any reason.

When there were riots in Los Angeles, not only were people in Denver, Omaha or Tampa safe, but also those in most of Los Angeles. Mexico is a large country and Mexico City is far from the border areas where the violence is taking place.

I know of cases when people in Europe called relatives here in California to find out if they are okay after seeing news of a tornado in the Mid West. If you know the US, you know the two areas are very far apart. Someone who is not knowledgeable about Mexico can make the same kind of error.

Like any large city, there are areas of Mexico city that should be avoided, especially at night.

There should be no reason for you to visit any of these areas.

I spent a month in Mexico City two years ago and quickly found it to be safe. I like to explore a city and wander around. I knew what areas to avoid be referring to my guide book:

Only one of those areas had anything that I might have been interested in. It’s a huge city that provides so much to see and do, so skipping that one sight (an old monastery) was no problem.

I just retired and will be moving to Mexico later this year. I hope to spend two weeks to a month every year in Mexico City. There is so much there. Its dining choices, museums, monuments, architecture, interesting neighborhoods, transportation system and more make it one of the world’s most interesting destination.

David asks…

Have you ever been to mexico?

If so, where? Please don’t say it’s dangerous and all. The news has to make things look bad to attract viewers.

I’m from canada and wanna go. I just wanna hear from others.

Tijuana answers:

Yes,, I have been to Cancun and Tijuana

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