Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunny Acapulco

The tourist attraction has become a battleground for a gang war.
Acapulco's latest wave of killings began April 24, when bursts of gunfire broke out along the coastal boulevard. It was the first time such sustained shooting had been seen there since the darkest days of 2012, when the murder rate in this city of 800,000 hit 146 per 100,000 inhabitants. It has since fallen to about 112 per 100,000, but that remains far higher than nationwide levels and appears to be on the rise again. 
Mexico's response is to set up temporary martial law but troops get moved to the next hotspot as soon as there's another emergency.

You can certainly sympathize with the people who want to escape this. You can also see that along with those people, others who are causing the violence will also want to follow to expand their territories of influence.

The best thing we can do for Mexico isn't allowing unfettered illegal immigration, it's to stop our war on drugs that fuels the power these drug cartels have.

More on Mexico's crime problem here.

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