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 February 11, 2014  Posted by on February 11, 2014 Pure Politics, US Domestic Policy, US Foreign Policy, US National Security Policy Tagged with: , , ,  Add comments

What would you do if you lived somewhere that every day you might wake up to find a friend or neighbor kidnapped or murdered by a gang?  What would you do if the authorities were complicit in that gang’s activities, if not condoning them then at a minimum turning a blind eye?

What would you do if even the federal authorities wouldn’t help?Mexican drug cartel beheadings

Imagine a situation where you and your neighbors decided that since local and federal authorities would not even try to control the gang’s activities, you folks would form a self-protection group…A group that some might characterize as “vigilantes” but that in reality is just a group of neighbors trying to protect themselves and their families…And then the same government that would not try to control the gang cracks down on you and your neighbors for trying to protect yourselves.

If that happened to you, what would you do?

I know what I’d do.  I’d take my family and get the hell away from such a place.  I’d do whatever it took to both support my family and keep them safe.

If I were a Mexican I’d probably get my ass to the United Stats.

Whether it was legal or not probably wouldn’t enter my mind, but if it did it wouldn’t matter.  I would do WHATEVER…I…HAD…TO to get my family the hell out of Mexico (and away from the government supported drug cartels that are currently destroying Mexico and randomly killing so many Mexicans.

WHATEVER…I…HAD…TO.

Does this mean I’m for “comprehensive immigration reform” and amnesty?  No…it means I understand what would drive someone to risk their lives to walk across a desert in the middle of the summer with no water, trying to come to the United States.

That doesn’t change the fact that any immigration reform absolutely must be predicated on first securing our borders and second on getting serious about mandating that employers check the legal status of employees and punishing severely employers that employ illegal aliens.

Frankly, the Mexicans ought to be really pissed at us.

After all, our government plays a huge part in supporting those same drug cartels that have made large parts of Mexico more dangerous than a war zone.  How?

An investigation by El Universal (website is in Spanish) proved that the US government, in the form of the Drug Enforcement Administration, made a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel.  Between 2000 and 2012 the government had an “arrangement” with the Sinaloa Cartel that allowed the cartel to smuggle billions of dollars worth of drugs into the US in exchange for information on other cartels.

From SFGate.com

Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.

There have long been allegations that Guzman, considered to be “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” coordinates with American authorities.

But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.

From the testimony to the Chicago court by DEA agent Manuel Castanon:

On March 17, 2009, I met for approximately 30 minutes in a hotel room in Mexico City with Vincente Zambada-Niebla and two other individuals — DEA agent David Herrod and a cooperating source [Sinaloa lawyer Loya Castro] with whom I had worked since 2005. … I did all of the talking on behalf of [the] DEA.

Now like I said, our immigrtion policy must include effectively securing our borders…effectively securing them…but you have to admit, when we allow our government to destroy Mexicans’ homes by actually assisting a drug cartel, by facilitating and actually encouraging a drug cartel (Fast and Furious) in making innocent Mexicans’ homeland a war zone, we really need to have a little sympathy for those who come here to escape that violence, wouldn’t you think?

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Semi-retired North Georgia writer, blogger, boiled peanut salesman, fisherman, politician – baiter…and the best damn cook you know who doesn’t make a living at it.

Which do I enjoy the most? It’s a toss up between fishin’ and baiting politicians.

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