Mexican Drug War Essay

516 words - 3 pages

Kendall Beddell
Per.4
2/28/13
English 12 CP

Mexico’s Long Drug War!

The Mexican drug war has been an ongoing problem for citizens all throughout Mexico. Violence along the border has risen dramatically towards military and civilian’s deaths rates are sky rocketing. Although Mexico has been a producer and transit route for illegal drugs for generations, the country now finds itself in a pitched battle with powerful and well-financed cartels. The Mexican drug war has largely been defined by violence along the border is intensifying in interior and southern areas of the carnage, broadening to analysts and new government data.
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Mexican drug cartels operating in cities in the U.S. are buying up legitimate businesses to launder money. “The Tijuana-based Felix drug cartel and the Juarez-based Fuentes cartel began buying legitimate business in small towns in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s,” he writes in his new book published by WND Books. Tancredo, the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, now a powerful force within Congress for opposing amnesty plans for illegal aliens and for promoting tougher border security measures, points, as an example, to the L.A. County city of Bell Gardens – where corrupt elected officials under the influence of drug lords actually tried to shut down the police department.
The Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict between rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control and against the Mexican government forces. Drug-related killings in 2011 were up 11% compared with the same period in 2010, the federal attorney general’s office said, noting it was a slower rise than in previous years. Drug-related killings rose 70 percent in 2009-2010, 63% in 2008-9 and 110% in 2007-8, a statement said. Drug violence killed 15,273 people in 2010, the deadliest year since the launch of the crackdown according to official figures, though it was still unclear if last year’s statistics would surpass that toll. The Attorney General’s Office said 12,903 people were killed between January and September 2011, including 1,206 in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez and almost 800 in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco. Rights groups have long fought to help innocent victims caught up in the violence and denounced a rise in abuses by security forces under the crackdown.

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