Op/Ed: Mexico – The New Syria

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Nothing is more wrenching then the plight of the children of war. Indelible images rush from the most recent Syrian migration: A toddler, dead, washed up on the Greek shore, a boy carrying his possessions across the desert, alone.

Even more recently, a boy, surviving one more day, pulled from a bomb raid, bloodied sitting in the back of the ambulance as the world's photographer's snap his picture, the next new face of Syria's violence.

And now, in our backyard, the ever growing voices of babies crying, children separated from their families, suddenly orphaned to a political system where humanity has no place in the decision making.

Now the new debate as the borders become bottlenecked with Mexico's downtrodden, the huddled masses yearning for freedom, for a better life. Are the numbers increasing to test the new government or escape the encroaching violence of Mexico's civil war?


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Is there legitimate grounds for political asylum for the current group of illegal immigrants caught up in the firestorm of Washington Politics?

Usually determined on a case by case basis, the current undeclared, at least by the government, civil war between the drug cartels and the law abiding citizens caught in the cross hairs of this social disease which threatens Mexico's platform of democracy, and the migration is a mirror of the early days of the Syrian exodus.

Juarez, Mexico, five miles from the U.S border hit a record 25,000 murders and the auspicious title of "the most dangerous city." Murders are an everyday occurrence; disappearances are expected, assassinations in broad daylight are so common politicians who declare a war on drugs and the cartels are killed within minutes of speaking those words.

Monterey, Mexico, the town of the vanishings. It's not a paranormal phenomenon or an extension of Area 51, it is the work of the Zetas Cartel, one of the four major cartels that grip the city. Sons, daughters, children, do an "errand" for the cartels and in lieu of payment simply vanish never to be seen again.

Mexico has the highest murder per capita for Journalists. While the killing of keepers of the fourth estate usually brings harsh rebukes, by May of 2017 eight journalists had been gunned down for exposing the drug cartels, the bases of operations and harsh rebukes of the government's failure to enforce drug policies.

Police officers are also hunted. When investigating any crime and especially the extraordinarily high murder rate police do not leave enter the crime scene without a face mask. If their faces are exposed it is sure death.

Americans, if asked, name three cities Chicago, Los Angeles and New York as the cities with the highest murder or gun related crimes statistics. Chicago, in 2017, 2936 shot and wounded, 625 shot and killed total 3561. Juarez, Mexico murder rate is 25,000 over eight times the statistics of Chicago. Los Angeles, in 2017, had 282 homicides. New York the lowest of all with less than 300 gun realted homicides.

Politicians have declared "War" on drugs and drug cartels. Have invested millions in Border Patrols, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and other agency's who work together with foreign governments in drug raids, in the extradition of prisoners and high profile cartel leaders.

In most civil wars, Syria the most recent example, the United States provided the five surrounding nations federal monies to support Refugee Camps to house and share the burden of the civil war of which the United States had no direct day-to-day involvement other than to support humanity and arm the Syrian Resistance.

In Mexico, the Border Patrol, DEA and law enforcement teams put their lives on the line every day as cartels have no concern for the law and employ all forms of violent tactics to send messages, to main, kill, and scare.

The United States in its response to the daily violence in Mexico has decided the policy for this burgeoning "immigration" issue is first to attack the democrats who want the United States to be "infested" with all forms of life and especially those who may be enemies of the state, wolves in sheep clothing.

No American wants to repeat mistakes that allowed terrorists, of any nation, any nationality, any ethnicity, freedom to kill American citizens in a mass shooting, by a stray bullet, through a terrorist attack or by any means.

What needs to be done is to review the procedures for political asylum as the war against the private citizen in Mexico is spilling over and a mass exodus, not unlike our allies in Europe experienced in 2016, where citizens of Syria, who determined living in Syria was impossible and the dangers of the exodus outweighed the dangers they faced in their homeland.


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Surviving one day in Juarez or Monterey or even the tourist destinations in Jalisco does not mean that one will survive the next.

If history informs decisions what is the right response? Separating families? How will we look at our allies during the next migration, if we don't act now? Is the cost of allowing an examination of histories, backgrounds, at least making the attempt to find a reason to aid the desperate cries from the sea of voices fleeing the increasing violence as the Drug Cartels continue to expand their networks taking what they want and killing those who resist.

It sounds like the Taliban, the Islamic State, Bashar al-Assad, and every other dictatorial regime in the world. Simply as it is one step over the United States border does not erase the facts that during this time, this season, Political Asylum, fleeing persecution may be the response not examined or the right road, the one less traveled.

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