On top of the traditional economic reasons, a growing number of Mexicans feel unsafe in their own country, particularly wealthier citizens who are targets of kidnap gangs and other forms of crime.
Surveys have shown over the past decade that the main motivation for immigration by Latino populations is overwhelmingly economic, followed by family reunification. But the violence raging across the country, where more than 13,000 have been killed in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderón took office in late 2006 and dispatched the military to fight drug gangs, is also pushing people across the border.
The Mexicans ought to stay in their country and fight for it against the criminals.
A big barrier built over the entire length of the US-Mexico border combined with a bigger push to capture ocean-going smugglers is needed. Even the efforts made in recent years to make illegal border crossings riskier have been enough to shift some smugglers toward using ocean routes. Smugglers are shifting toward using sailboats and other boats to smuggle both drugs and people from Mexico to the California coast.
"We've seen a huge spike in smuggling by water," said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Diego, California. "It's become very, very risky and difficult to cross by land. Smugglers try to jump where they think we're not looking."
It is a waste to use less than sufficient power and force to stop smuggling. If the US made a much bigger effort to stop smuggling from Mexico then the lawlessness caused by drug gangs would go way down as the money for the gangs dried up. We can help both the United States and Mexico by taking control of our borders to stop smuggling.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2009 September 26 11:46 PM Mexico|