USA: Congress Is Finally Recognizing Border Violence Needs Attention
Ok – I may be unpopular with my fellow American’s regarding my view on the USA and its armies all over the world. My opinion is that the USA should withdraw out of all occupied countries asap and leave them to sort themselves out. We all know that Afghanistan is a lost cause. America will continue to help this god-forsaken country; pump money in; and soldiers will be killed and for what? The country will return to a hell-hole within months of USA withdrawal. Iraq has had enough help. They’ve also had enough blood spilled for their cause. America needs to butt out of other countries and look after their own. Why are they not patrolling their Mexican border and sorting that country out? If the drug cartels continue unabated then the USA will be housing most of that population as they flee northwards. Come on America – stop being the world watchdog and look after your own problems.
REP. HENRY CUELLAR (D-TEXAS), whose district sits along the U.S.-Mexico border and who is on the Homeland Security Committee, has set up committee hearings to address the murders and violence on the U.S. border due to powerful Mexican gangs that traffic in drugs and illegal immigrants.
Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took over in 2006, there have been 18,000 murders as a result of his efforts to fight criminal gangs in Mexico. These include the recent shootings of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from Texas in Mexico. In that town alone, some 4,500 Mexicans have been killed, according to recent reports.
Specifically, Cuellar wants to look at new ways for the United States to help stop the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into the country.
So far, Washington has handed out nearly $2 billion in cash and military supplies directly to Mexico in an effort to bolster Mexican law enforcement. The funds and weapons have largely gone to the 45,000 troops Calderon has deployed to take on the drug cartels.
However, these soldiers have done little to stop the increasing numbers of killings that are taking place in Mexico and have been making their way into the United States. In fact, some experts contend that the Mexican law enforcement and military are so corrupt that they have been using U.S. aid to actually help the gangs.
At this time, Cuellar appears to be only intent on handing over more money and guns to Mexico.
“The Mexican drug cartels are not waiting there and saying, ‘OK, law enforcement guys, we’re going to wait until the Americans give you this or that, so we can be more fair in our fight,’” Cuellar recently told a Capitol Hill newspaper. “They’re not waiting for us.”