Criminal drug cartels control large areas of Mexico
Our neighbors to the south, we are told, are just hardworking, decent people who will make great contributions to the USA. And despite illegally entering our country, they are worthy of amnesty, and eventually, citizenship.
Reuter’s reports on a much different scenario, including blood baths and wholesale slaughter connected to the lucrative drug trade that attracts young Mexicans.
The U.S. Department of State has issued an updated risk report stating that violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to numerous areas within Mexico. The warnings range from Level 2 (Exercise Extreme Caution) and Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) to the blunt Level 4 warning (Do Not Travel).
Violence is a central issue ahead of the presidential election in July. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party is trailing in third place in recent polls.
According to the report, “More than 25,000 murders were recorded last year as rival drug gangs increasingly splintered into smaller, more blood-thirsty groups after more than a decade of a military-led campaign to battle the cartels. The murder rate rivals war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.”