Urbin Report

Monday, May 12, 2008

No wonder Mexicans are fleeing to the United States

There is a massive Drug War going on in Mexico.

Drug cartels seeking to keep control over huge swathes of Mexico have been on a rampage. In the past two weeks alone, at least 10 police officials have been murdered -- including the chief of Mexico's federal police, Edgar Millan.

Millan was gunned down outside his home Thursday morning. On Friday, the killings continued with the the shooting death of Esteban Robles Espinosa, commander of Mexico City's police detectives. His body was riddled with eight bullets.

President Felipe Calderon began taking on the cartels last year, deploying the nation's military to bolster police activities. So far, estimates say more than 3,000 Mexicans have been killed, with almost 1,000 deaths this year alone in a brutal struggle by the civilian government to reassert authority.
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The Bush administration has psuhed Congress for the Merida Initiative -- a $500 million emergency aid package to help Mexico's beleuguered effort to fight the cartels.

But the aid bill is getting resistance from Congressional Democrats who hav complained about the lack of focus on social improvements in Mexico. Last week two unions, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers, came out against the aid bill, citing Mexico's human rights abused.