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Let's look at two of the largest Mexican border
towns to see our future. These towns are developed, have even
half a dozen TV stations each, are each populated by a million
people and are success stories.
dusty, romantic Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, Texas, offers
us secrets we would rather not know. The "undocumented migrants"
of that community have slaughtered as many as 400
young girls over the last few years just for sport. The bodies
are dumped along the border in shallow graves and some of the
bodies have only been found when their mummified fingers started
sticking up out of the sand.
Is there more going on in Ciudad Juarez? Yes.
Mexican troops have surrounded it
and the hamlet of Nuevo Laredo and have brought in M-60 Army tanks
to quell the violence. The 400 dead girls are seemingly just somebody's
hobby, there's serious violence going too.
In the case of Tijuana, the actual murder rate
is more than about 500 per year (San Diego, California has a murder
rate of less than 100 per year). Of course, this is not the total
body count. This is the number of people discovered on the street,
in cars, in houses, or mysteriously plopped at Tijuana’s
The city of Tijuana actually has a higher murder
body count than all of Western Europe combined, but such excitement
and spice make a quick visit south just that much more interesting.
While “Chief of Police” and “thirty
six years in prison” make an odd combination, they do go
together quite well when they describe Police Chief Antonio Hermenegildo
Carmona and the 36 years he received for aiding Tijuana’s
Arellano Felix drug cartel.