‘Representative’ violence

Our neighbor to the south is falling apart, as powerful drug syndicates field forces willing to take on the police and even the Mexican military. The violence has now claimed the lives of a U.S. consular officer and her husband–a correctional officer who worked in El Paso.

The Mexican police said Friday that they had arrested a gang leader who confessed to ordering some of the most horrifying killings in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, including the killing of a pregnant American consular employee and her husband.

Jesús Ernesto Chávez Castillo, 41, confessed that he ordered the murder of Lesley A. Enriquez at the command of La Linea, the enforcement arm of the Juárez drug cartel, the federal police said. The motive, he said, was revenge, because the consulate had issued visas to members of a rival gang.

The arrest of Mr. Chávez, nicknamed the Camel, came at the end of a particularly violent week in the border region. Twenty-one people died Thursday morning in a single fierce shootout between rival drug traffickers outside Nogales, which borders Arizona. Hours earlier, a Chihuahua State prosecutor was killed in Ciudad Juárez, across the Mexico-Texas border from El Paso.

More than 23,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to office vowing to stem the rising power of the drug trafficking organizations. The violence has spiked in recent months, according to tallies compiled by the Mexican news media, with the killing of a gubernatorial candidate in Tamaulipas on Monday provoking particular outrage.

It is NOT ‘racist’ to demand our borders be secure enough to reduce the opportunity for this kind of large-scale narco-violence to become the norm north of the border. Unless, of course, you agree with this guy:

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