Mexican drug gangs blowing holes in border

Lost in the unending fight in the United States over illegal immigration is an awareness that Mexico is looking more and more like an ungovernable country in danger of falling under the control of rival drug gangs.

The deaths of 72 people this week to a criminal organization known as the Zetas gang in the town of San Fernando, about 100 miles south of the U.S. border at Brownsville, Texas, illustrate Mexico’s fatal fecklessness.

The 72 people, all of them apparently from Ecuador and points south and bound for the United States via Mexico, ran afoul of the Zetas gang. Apparently they were unable to pay the extortion money demanded by the Zetas and were summarily executed.

If that’s not disturbing enough, it turns out that Zetas are former special forces soldiers in the Mexican army. Many familiar with the Zetas fear turning them in for fear that the police already are allied with the Zetas.

We can debate the issues surrounding illegal immigration endlessly, but it’s clear that the United States isn’t alone in being unable to control its southern border. It’s also clear that Mexico is incapable of assuring the safety of the human traffic passing through it lands, a form of traffic it has done nothing to discourage.

The kind of blood thirst on display in Mexico won’t be contained by a national border.

That’s all the more reason for the federal governments north and south of the borders to work together to control immigration and rein in lawlessness.


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