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Old 03-28-2008, 02:36 PM   #15
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Situation doesn't seem to be getting any better regarding the 'drug wars'. In the San Antone paper today (& Dallas paper yesterday), it was reported that Mexico's president ordered 2,500 troops to Juarez (border with El Paso). The murder rate and drug killings have become so numerous and local police so corrupt that the military had to be called in. In a small town just west of Juarez, the drug gangs were so violent that the local police quit and the Mexican police chief came to the US seeking political asylum - he was next on their list. The violence has on occasion, crossed over the border.

The local city-county hospital in El Paso recently treated the police chief of Juarez, who had been shot in an attempted assaination by one of the drug cartels. The hospital was under armed guard and everyone was forced to enter the hospital at the emergency room after passing through metal detectors and security while the chief recuperated (I'm thinking it was for just less than a week). This was in El Paso, Texas, folks! Newspaper said he had dual citizenship which is why he was being treated in a US hospital.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:24 PM   #16
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Another update with some border newspaper links. Seems recently, the drug dealers in Mexico are doing some of what has been happening in the middle east - beheadings. Newpaper reporters (who report on the drug trade/crime) and police officers are the recent targets. The El Paso paper compared the drug wars in Mexico to the war in Iraq. A bit over the top I'd say, but not by much.

Here are some links to several newspapers.

News - El Paso Times - El Paso
San Antonio News, Weather, Sports : MySA.com | Express-News | KENS 5 - San Antonio
Laredo Morning Times - News - Top Stories - Laredo
Brownsville Herald - Brownsville
TheMonitor.com - McAllen
Corpus Christi Caller-Times : News, Business, Sports, Entertainment & More! - Corpus Christi

I would strongly suggest that anyone who is thinking of taking a trip down south-of-the-border, please review these for several weeks before going. Also, check with the state dept. for any travel advisories. I'm aware of the aura of "old Mexico" but the times, they are a'changing...

Having lived in Mexico City for 10 years, I can tell you these events are escalating rapidly and starting to spill over to the US side. It's really a sad thing as the people of Mexico and their country are beautiful. Only they have to live it.
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