Jenny EriksonViolence in Mexico is in the news again. Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake, which borders Texas and Mexico, murdered David Hartley, who was enjoying the day with his wife on the water. Patients at Mexican drug rehabilitation centers have been murdered in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico City, and Tijuana, just to name a few.
It's looking pretty bad for a country supposedly on a crackdown against illegal drugs. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared a war on drugs nearly four years ago, 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related incidents.
Of course, President Calderon puts the blame for those killings squarely on the United State's shoulders. According to that paragon of virtue and leadership, the U.S. should be doing more to reduce the demand for the drugs that is fueling the violence in Mexico.
Apparently Mexicans don't do drugs. Also, American potheads are forcing the scary drug lords to grow some weed so they can get their fix.
Calderon also likes to point the finger at the United States for supplying the drug cartels with their weapons. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went along with this myth, declaring that 90% of illegal guns in Mexico can be traced to the United States. This is so blatantly false that it's amazing she still has a job. Only 17% of those firearms are traced back to us, which means that Mexican criminals are getting 83% of those weapons elsewhere.
It should also be mentioned that police corruption in Mexico is rampant. Crime in Mexico cannot be tied to the U.S., no matter how hard the Mexican government and our government try to insist upon it. Mexico is full of real people being dominated and killed by a corrupt government and police force alternatively in cahoots with -- or fighting against -- the powerful drug cartels.
It's no wonder we have so many illegal immigrants seeking refuge in the United States.
We need to give law-abiding Mexicans a chance to come to America and raise their families in our well-ordered society. It's not fair that only those immigrants willing to break the law and sneak across the border can live here.
It's nearly impossible to become a citizen legally these days, and for those hoping to escape the violence of their homeland and make a better life in America, there's only despair or acting illegally. Many choose to act illegally, and many kind-hearted people turn a blind eye. The problem with this lax border security is that it also allows the bad guys in.
It's not our job to fix Mexico, and I don't think there's any way we can. But we can fix our immigration system. Let's put up a big, heavily armed fence to keep the bad guys out, and let's get rid of quotas and let as many of the good guys in that want to come live in the best country on Earth.
Don't you think most illegal immigrants would rather be citizens? Let's not make it impossible for them to do that.
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