Lawlessness in Mexico

Last October, we wished the best to Marisol Valles Garcia, the new police chief of the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico.

It turns out that our concerns for the new chief were well founded.

Fortunately, the indications are that the 20-year-old woman hailed as “the bravest woman in Mexico,” is alive and well. She is said by relatives to be seeking asylum in the United States.

Valles Garcia was a secretary in the town police department while studying criminology in nearby Ciudad Juarez when she was appointed.

Praxedis G. Guerrero, population 10,000, is across the border from the Fort Hancock area near El Paso, Texas.

Relatives told the AFP news service in Mexico that Valles Garcia had received death threats from a criminal group that wanted to recruit her.

A spokesman for the town said Valles Garcia took time off to deal with family matters, noting that she indeed had gone to the United States to seek treatment for her infant son’s lung ailment.

Town officials said she could be replaced if she doesn’t return on Monday.

Good luck with that.

Valles Garcia was appointed chief after two men dropped out of the running when the mayor and his son were killed.

We’re pleased that Valles Garcia appears to be safe and hopeful she made progress as chief against the lawless element that dominates the border area.


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