On the southern border of the United States lies country we are expected to respect. But Mexico is a monumentally messed up place.
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico -- The job offer was tempting.
It was printed on a 16-foot-wide banner and strung above one of the busiest roads here, calling out to any "soldier or ex-soldier."
"We're offering you a good salary, food and medical care for your families," it said in block letters.
But there was a catch: The employer was Los Zetas, a notorious Gulf cartel hit squad formed by elite Mexican army deserters. The group even included a phone number for job seekers that linked to a voice mailbox.
Our elites resist creating a formidable border barrier to stop illegal entries from this country.
The article reports that Mexico's military has suffered over 100,000 desertions in the last 8 years. Some of those deserters who signed up with the cartels were trained at Fort Benning Georgia.
WASHINGTON — As many as 200 U.S.-trained Mexican security personnel have defected to drug cartels to carry out killings on both sides of the border and as far north as Dallas, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, told Congress on Wednesday.
The renegade members of Mexico's elite counter-narcotics teams trained at Fort Benning, Ga., have switched sides, contributing to a wave of violence that has claimed some 6,000 victims over the past 30 months, including prominent law enforcement leaders, the Houston-area Republican told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Your tax dollars help to raise the level of professionalism in the private drug armies. When those forces cross over into the United States on protection details or other operations they operate more efficiently and competently because the US Army trained them.
MEXICO CITY — With the U.S. Congress debating whether to send hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Mexico's crackdown on drug cartels, American officials said Wednesday that three Mexican police chiefs have sought asylum north of the border in fear for their lives.
Jayson Ahern, the deputy commissioner for Customs and Border Enforcement, told the Associated Press that the officials had sought asylum "in the past few months."
Citing privacy issues, Ahern did not identify the police. A senior Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the asylum requests to the Houston Chronicle but provided no details. "They're basically abandoned by their police officers or police departments in many cases," Ahern said in Washington.
The police chief in Puerto Palomas, a town bordering Columbus, N.M., west of El Paso, requested asylum in March when his entire force quit after receiving death threats from drug traffickers, reports show. Seven men were killed gangland-style in Palomas early Sunday in attacks attributed to local smugglers.
Mexico is so dangerous for police that Mexican police chiefs (at least those not owned by organized crime organizations) can make a very credible claim when they seek asylum to escape death. The BBC notes how unusual it is that government officials seek asylum to get away from non-government actors.
Seeking political asylum is, of course, usually associated with individuals fleeing persecution from governments and their forces of law and order, but in Mexico it seems it is the forces of law and order that are being persecuted.
In recent weeks, at least six senior police chiefs have been murdered.
The most prominent murder was that of Mr Millan, the acting head of Mexico's Federal Police Force (PFP).
You can drive from the United States over a border into a country with massive government corruption, private armies, and where top law enforcement officials are getting assassinated and police chiefs are crossing over to ask for asylum after their staffs abandon their posts. Congress resists protecting us from all of this.
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