There is a reason President Trump wants to build a wall.
Regularly we learn about trouble brought to us through Mexico. We often write about the numerous drug cartels, human traffickers, and terrorists that sneak across the border.
Our Southern border is being used by very dangerous people. Criminal aliens have entered the United States, bringing drugs and violence to every corner of the country.
That’s not to mention the economic burden caused by millions of illegals taking jobs and using government services. Services they do not pay for with taxes.
But the problems only get worse over the border. There is a reason so many people are fleeing Mexico for the greener grasses of the United States. Yet the media ignores the realities and the Mexican government does nothing.
And it is a problem that is only getting worse.
It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines.
As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.
“This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,” said John Chipman, chief executive and director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which issued its annual survey of armed conflict on Tuesday.
“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan claimed 17,000 and 16,000 lives respectively in 2016, although in lethality they were surpassed by conflicts in Mexico and Central America, which have received much less attention from the media and the international community,” said Anastasia Voronkova, the editor of the survey.
You know it’s bad when the only country with more death, is in a civil war. The criminal activity in Mexico has cost so many lives last year, that it topped every other country, next to Syria.
And that number is rising year over year. In 2014, there were 15,000 conflict deaths. In 2015, it there were 17,000. Obviously the aggressive behavior of the drug cartels is costing more and more lives. Yet the Mexican government is not pulling out all the stops to end it.
“It is noteworthy that the largest rises in fatalities were registered in states that were key battlegrounds for control between competing, increasingly fragmented cartels,” she said.
“The violence grew worse as the cartels expanded the territorial reach of their campaigns, seeking to ‘cleanse’ areas of rivals in their efforts to secure a monopoly on drug-trafficking routes and other criminal assets.”
Don’t believe that cartels could cause so much violence? Then check out this shocking video detailing some of the worst atrocities cartels have committed against its own people.
The violence occurring between warring cartels shows how little the police are involved. The drug cartels are free to grow and expand, leading to territorial fighting. The government is doing so very little, the cartels are ballooning to terrible sizes.
Can you imagine being an illegal immigrant in America right now? To consider the possibility of having to return to such a destructive, violent country, knowing that Obama has only made things worse? That “free trade deals” like NAFTA has not make Mexico more free and safe?
So when will the Mexican government actually step up to confront this issue? How many more lives must be lost before they actually work to take down these cartels?
And why should America sit by as this violence spills over into our country? Until Mexico gets its act together, we must use every resource available to protect ourselves.
Maybe that will be enough to wake Mexico up.