This is what the ridiculous drug war hath wrought. Remind anyone of that Prohibition thing back in the ’20s and the fallout from that? I can understand why my fellow conservatives may want to prevent access to recreational drugs, but anyone who understands economics can see how making these drugs illegal has inflated the profit margin on them so high that people are willing to kill innocent bystanders.
If we legalized drugs in the US, this would rapidly dissipate. This is our fault.
Fox News tells of the tiny Mexican border town of El Porvenir, which is being besieged by drug cartels:
Residents of a small Mexican border town under siege by at least one of the country’s most notorious drug cartels are fleeing into a tiny Texas community, which is on high alert and preparing for a surge of illegal immigrants should a street battle break out with another cartel – or if gunmen begin carrying out a threat to start killing the town’s children.
At least 30 residents of El Porvenir, located about four miles from the Texas border town of Fort Hancock, have crossed into the U.S. and asked for political asylum, telling authorities that they fear for their lives. Fort Hancock officials tell FoxNews.com that they consider the situation serious.
“We just got word that the cartel has threatened to kill children in schools across the border unless parents paid $5000 pesos,” said Mike Doyle, chief deputy sheriff of Hudspeth County. And that time might come sooner than later. Schools Superintendent Jose Franco said word has spread that everyone in the Mexican town must stay indoors while members of rival cartels prepare for a shootout.
According to Doyle, the cartel posted signs in El Porvenir earlier in the month ordering people in the town of 10,000 “to get out or pay with blood.” He said he wasn’t sure of the deadline that was given. “We have heard anywhere from a week to 40 days,” he said.
Things are so bad in Mexico right now that they are literally seeking political asylum in the US. Don’t get me wrong – I’m very against illegal immigration. But these people should be legally granted asylum and permitted to stay in the US.
In recent days the situation in the impoverished, dusty border town has grown worse. According to Jose Franco, the superintendent of schools in Fort Hancock, the cartels have threatened to execute children in school unless parents pay 5000 pesos in protection money.
And on Wednesday night, according to Doyle, several houses in El Porvenir were set on fire, and there were reports of cars loaded with furniture leaving the town.
Authorities fear that an incident might spark a mass exodus by the residents of El Porvenir that might cause them all to surge across the border at once.
Doyle says there are no plans yet to set up camps for an influx of refugees. “There is just no way to plan for that,” he said. “We are waiting to see what happens. We will use the standard natural disaster procedures if it happens — the Red Cross and housing at the schools, and if it gets worse, the state and the federal government will have to step in.”
If political asylum is granted and made available to a large section of the Mexican population, immigration experts say, it could have implications far beyond El Porvenir. They say it could open the floodgates for a new wave of immigration from Mexico, much as allowing Chinese to seek political asylum because of China’s one-child policy created a huge migration when it happened. After that ruling, tens of thousands of Chinese boarded boats and planes and told immigration officials they were seeking asylum because they were allowed to have only one child. Most were granted immigration papers and allowed to stay. Even those who made spurious claims were granted a hearing and often simply disappeared.
This should not be treated as an illegal immigration issue. Facilities need to be set up to process these people properly (and legally) and allow them to find safety. And the Border Patrol should be mobilized in the area in the event that the violence in Mexico spills over.
There is no reason we should not welcome these people with open arms.
Maybe instead of renaming airports after politicians who voted for Obamacare, we could use some of that stimulus money to hire the officials needed to process these people. Just sayin’