Mexico provides the United States with the largest supply of marijuana and is the second largest source for heroin. When the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon came to office and began to take on organized crime by arresting cartel leaders, was when the government and cartels began their battle. There is a war also between the five leading rival cartels for the production and smuggling of drugs. Violence has reached the point of beheading, murdering and hiding of dead bodies, and even the dissolving of human parts in acid. Kidnapping rates have also escaladed in Mexico to where an average of 70 people are abducted each month.
The Gulf Cartel The Gulf Cartel is an organized crime unit that operates out of Mexico, primarily distributing drugs throughout the United States. The Gulf Cartel has several rivals, with the Sinaloa Cartel at the head of the pack. This particular type of organized crime unit (Mexican drug cartels) began making an impact in the early ‘80s and has grown stronger and more violent over the years. The structures of the many drug cartels have been referred to as being run like a “business,” but with violent consequences and the Gulf Cartel is no exception. The increase in power within the drug cartels makes the future of organized crime seem bleak regarding society, but positive for the OC units themselves.
The Zetas traffic cocaine, marijuana and heroin to the U.S. They are considered to be the most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and violent cartel. On the other hand the Sinaloa Cartel smuggles cocaine from Colombia into Guatemala. They are associated with the Herrera organization: an organization that operates in Guatemala to bring cocaine to the U.S. The issue of drug trafficking has become a national problem, affecting the whole
Richard Lopez Mrs. Chaffin English.60A Nov. 15, 2013 “Air Pollution in Mexico” Being a nation with over one hundred million residents, Mexico has come into spotlight with the recent concerns over the pollution and all the problems it causes. The mass of amount of pollution being spewed out in the metropolitan areas of Mexico has had profound repercussions on the well-being of its citizens. With many smokestacks throughout Mexico, many residents have found themselves indoors a lot more now than ever. The exhaust smog being released through the cars is the leading reason behind symptoms such as headaches, runny noses and the leading contributor to emphysema. Finally, Mexico having many attractions as it does, tourists are now being deterred because of the pollution problem.
The Effects of Border Security on the US and Mexico The Effects of Border Security on the US and Mexico Unquestionably, one of our primary focuses that have caused discontent amongst Americans is that of border security. Research shows that drug trafficking-related violence between the drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s) has increased tremendously and deaths in Mexico surpassed 50,000 between December 2006 through the end of 2011. This is an illicit business that profits more yearly in revenue than a majority of our multinational companies. (Painter, 2013) This in itself explains why people, especially in poverty stricken areas of Mexico want to link together with DTO’s. Unless we fight the war on drugs and reinforce the ports of entry, the major threat to the US will eventually extend beyond our ports and crime will continue to rise.
Drug trafficking, in years past, have been very present in countries like Cuba, where drug lords attempted to run the country. Through drug cartels, as mentioned earlier, groups of people try to sell these illegal drugs in attempt to gain money and power. However, these type of cartels are very dangerous as the affect the lives of individuals. More recently, Mexico has been heavily hit by the drug trafficking epidemic, and this has caused an ongoing war that seems almost impossible to end. Living the United States, one can easily forget how great a right it is to practice free speech.
The extent of gangs/drugs A proliferation in gangs will also mean a growth in drug and violence in our community’s and threatening society in general. There are more than 731,000 active gang members in the United States, most of which are active with drug distribution. Gangs will and have shown themselves notorious and without regard to society and family. Street gangs employ violence to control drug activities and even targeting local businesses with extortion. Violence ensures that members adhere to the gang’s code of conduct.
In 1924, The Border Patrol was founded and the immigration status of the Mexicans changed instantly. It was from that point on that the category of “illegal” was born and continues to mark the Mexicans today1. The Ku Klux Klan made it a point to express their negative opinions toward the Mexicans and was responsible for lynching many Mexican Americans between 1848 and 19282. Additionally, newspapers in the 1940s exposed Mexicans as murderers, Zoot suiters, and disloyal foreigners3. Despite the fact that approximately 300,000 Mexican Americans served in the US armed forces during World War II, they continued to be discriminated upon by denying medical services on their return to the
:D Illegal Immigration The population of the United States is roughly 300 million people; of those people, 11.2 million are illegal. Illegal immigrants (mostly Mexicans) bring with them crime, drugs, and cost the American government billions of dollars yearly. This can greatly decrease the value of a country’s economy. Legal immigrants are a key step to help any nation’s economy thrive and grow (mostly the white ones), but illegal immigrants hinder and dismantle it (mostly the black, brown, and yellow ones). Most illegal immigrants that cross into the U.S. come from Mexico (shocker).