Mexico sends troops to border city in bid to control drug violence
The buildup in Ciudad Juárez, an entry point for drug smuggling on the US border, is meant to stop vicious fighting between drug cartels.
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"Ciudad Juarez worries us deeply," [Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora] told Reuters in an interview....
However, he played down fears that Mexico is losing its war against a sprawling network of traffickers armed with guns often imported from the United States and showing unprecedented power just inches from U.S. soil.
"We think the Mexican state has much a greater power than any criminal group or any combination of criminal groups," Medina Mora said.
Reuters adds that, despite assurances from the Mexican government, "Texan Governor Rick Perry has suggested deploying 1,000 US troops or border patrol guards on his state's southern border."
Texas and the southern US region are not the only ones worried about Mexico's drug violence. Canadian police are also "drawing a direct link between a surge in gang violence in Canada and the bloody drug cartel wars in Mexico," according to Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail.
The United States is also trying to stamp out Mexican cartel operations within its borders.
These enforcement measures are curtailing the supply of cocaine, and that's bringing out the guns in Canada.
[The Royal Canadian Mounted Police] says the fight for a piece of the shrinking pie results in turf wars in places such as Vancouver.
Almost all the cocaine in Canada comes from Mexico, either directly or through the cartel's distributors in the United States. A spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says Canadian gangs often trade ecstasy and marijuana for the cocaine.
As the violence continues, the Los Angeles Times reports that the drug violence in Mexico is creating a surge of applicants for asylum in the US.
A new breed of would-be refugees – business owners, law enforcement officers, journalists and other professionals – [is] on the run from Mexico's vicious drug wars. Increasingly, they are seeking safe haven in the U.S. by filing for asylum.
The number of asylum requests filed at U.S. border entries by Mexican nationals nearly doubled to almost 200 in the last fiscal year, and the pace has increased this year. Seventy Mexican asylum-seekers filed petitions in the first quarter, most of them in El Paso and San Diego. The figures are small compared with the vast scale of illegal immigration, but many fear explosive growth if the bloodshed worsens.