2009 September 26 Saturday
Some Mexicans Leaving Mexico To Escape Violence

Mexico's rising violence by drug gangs and kidnap gangs has started a trend where wealthier Mexicans have begun immigrating to escape the danger.

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


Comments
Mthson said at September 27, 2009 6:09 AM:

Legalize pot and cut off a vital source of funding for Mexican gangs, both in Mexico and here in the US.

Medicinal pot shops have pot drinks and pot food items, which don't have the health costs to society of smoked pot, so we could tax pot intended for smoking the way we tax tobacco intended for smoking.

Engineer-Poet said at September 27, 2009 9:46 AM:

Of course, removing the smuggling profits would force the gangs to turn to robbery and kidnapping as their only sources of revenue, making the problem worse for a while until attrition made it better.

not anon or anonymous said at September 27, 2009 11:40 AM:

"Of course, removing the smuggling profits would force the gangs to turn to robbery and kidnapping as their only sources of revenue, making the problem worse for a while until attrition made it better."

Not really. True, some established organizations would turn to other kinds of illegal activity. But since robbery and kidnapping are not nearly as profitable as drug smuggling, most would simply shed members, disband altogether, or turn into quasi-legal organizations (this has been known to happen; gangs often play a social-identification role).

Eric Johnson said at September 27, 2009 1:35 PM:

Smuggling cocaine must be 50 zillion times more profitable per liter or per pound, than smuggling peasants. So the latter is probably much easier to stop than the former. The demand for moving peasants is probably more elastic too.


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