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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon met with President Obama in Washington today.
The two leaders discussed everything from a trucking dispute that has hurt trade to the increasing violence near and around the U.S./Mexico border.
Relations between the two countries are worse than they have been in a long time. Drug gangs rule the streets in many Mexican border towns, and violence is soaring. Since 2006, the year Calderon took office, 34,000 Mexicans have died in drug-related killings.
Three weeks ago, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another agent was injured when their SUV was ambushed on a Mexican highway. It was the first time a U.S. agent had been killed in the line of duty in Mexico in 25 years. Investigators believe that the killers were members of the Zetas, one of Mexico's most dangerous drug cartels.
And the violence continuously spills over the border into the United States.
Authorities in Chandler, Arizona, now say a man who was stabbed and beheaded last fall outside Phoenix was killed for stealing drugs from a Mexican drug gang.
The United States is the market for the drugs... and our government refuses to seal our border with Mexico.
The twin issues of immigration and border security are all but ignored by our federal government which is charged by our constitution with providing for our national security. It's an absolute disgrace.
Here’s my question to you: What's the answer to worsening relations between the U.S. and Mexico?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jack, the answer is to close the border once and for all and then enforce it. Look at the success Israel has had with its security fence. Once we finally do this, we can stop the shipment of arms to Mexico, the shipment of drugs to the U.S. and the flow of illegals into this country. What is the real reason that the U.S. government refuses to do this? It can be done, but clearly they don't want to.
Richard in Malvern, Pennsylvania:
It's time to bring home our troops from the Middle East and post them on our southern border with Mexico. We’ll save tons of money and finally protect our people from incursions by illegals and the cartels.
There are only problems with a few of their exports: people and drugs. Most everything else is reasonably good.
Greg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania:
There is a war going on at the border with Mexico and we are the ones supplying them with the money and guns. Our war on drugs is to blame. If the leaders of our government could do one intelligent thing, it would be to end prohibition of marijuana. Prohibition of alcohol tore our nation apart decades ago just as prohibition of marijuana is today.
Simon in Orlando, Florida:
An electrified border fence.
Joe in Binghamton, New York:
As long as US employers are free to act without genuine fear of prosecution for hiring illegal workers, and U.S. big business promotes cheaper wages, less rights, and non-unions, then we have no answer for worsening relations with Mexico. All U.S. actions are based solely to satisfy big business interests and have no solution for the poor immigrants or the poor Americans.
Tom in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania:
This is easy, Jack. Legalize drugs!
Mexico is greedy, backwards, egotistical, and defiant. Individuals who are like this I like to punch in the mouth from time to time. When dealing with a nation, I'm at a loss as to what to do. The answer to the question though, is, either we kiss their butts or continue on a course of "worsening relations". I prefer the latter, as diplomacy, for now.
Necessity is the mother of invention!
We have been compromising our borders and our standard of living to corruption, and bleeding heart liberals for 50 years and it has amounted to nothing but these same influences coming into our Cities and States to infect us with the same low morals that breed in Mexico!
Shut the border down completely! If people want to travel back and forth they should take a commercial airline, or ship like most of the rest of the civilized world has to do to visit the USA!
Make it necessary for Mexicans to clean up their own mess or get nothing from us!
Don't care about Mexico's opinion. We have enough problems of our own.
Someone with a backbone to make a stand.
It's obvious, Jack. Just make Mexico our 51st state. That way, the entire population of Mexico won't have to come here to actually be here.
Give each Mexican state statehood! This would cut down the number of illegals, as all Mexicans would be legal, it would raise the standard of living for Mexico's poor, it would provide LEGAL cheap labor for American industry, and maybe even improve the quality and taste of the food served in Taco Bell. With all the new Mexican States a part of the united States, we could have a design our new flag contest for elementary school children. A new sense of national unity, we could assimilate the Mexican national debt and never pay off our own national debt. Actually, Mexico is mad because President Obama said he would return all the illegals to Mexico.
jack, the answer is to close the border once and for all and then enforce it. look at the success isreal has had with it's security fence. once we finally do this we can stop the shipment of arms to mexico, the shipment of drugs to the u.s. and the flow of illegals into this country.
i'll ask you and your colleagues in the media this question. what is the real reason that the u.s. government refuses to do this? it can be done, but clearly they don't want to. i'll take a wild guess at the answer...money.
Recognizing that without another enabling amendment, the U.S. Constitution doesn't give the federal government any authority to prohibit the use of drugs would go a long way toward ending one form of strife between our two countries. The other major strife, that of illegal immigration could be solved along with solving our own insolvency by abandoning the idea that health care can be funded by the FED's money tree. Of course, neither of those solutions will be tried.
Have Hillary Clinton go to Mexico City and get tough. When she puts her foot down people pay attention. just ask Bill.
Gary in Scottsdale, AZ
If we continue to take measures to protect our own safety and our interests, I don't know that there are any simple solutions. Bottom line is the Mexican government and Mexican authorities are responsible for controlling the drug cartels and creating a better economy at home which will improve the job situation and livng conditions in Mexico rather than these people seeking to come to the U.S. The Mexican government is not doing it's job so we have to be proactive in protecting our safety and our interests. Problem is, we buy so much from mexico and greedy capitalists have their sweat shops and slave labor there to produce cheap goods that we haven't d one much. Also, we import a great deal of oil from mexico. So, go figure.
We should have declared war on Mexico instead of Iraq or Afghanistan, we could have won that one. Mexico has been a very real threat because of their instability, criminal empires, corruption and lack of any ability or desire to improve living conditions for their own people. The never ending immigration problem illustrates this very clearly, and painfully. Our country is being invaded in a very real way, even if it is in a non-military fashion. We're just entirely too wimpy to even protect ourselves, our borders or our own national identity.
The answer is to treat mexico like we treat iran, venezuela, and libya. Iran venezuela, and libya give us oil and mexico gives us nothing but illegals. The more illegals we take in the worse our relations with mexico become. The latest poll is that only 13% of mexicans like america. Time to issue sanctions against mexico, get the 16 million illegals out of america by any means necessary, and prevent a million more from coming in every year to take jobs away from americans, create gangs, sell drugs, and drain our state education and health care resources.
That's easy Jack, Let's get serious about gun sales that are arming the cartells, stop villianizing the Mexican people and give more assistance to the Mexican government in their war with the cartells.
If Mexico was the source of weapons that were killing thousands of Americans, we'd demand they start showing some responsible behavior. Don't do unto others what you wouldn't have them do unto you.
An electrified border fence.
Mexico could start by cleaning its own house first before they criticize anybody else.
There is a war going on at the border with Mexico and we are the ones supplying them with the money and guns. Our war on drugs is to blame. If the leaders of our government could do one intelligent thing, it would be to end prohibition of marijuana. Prohibition of alcohol tore our nation apart decades ago just as prohibition of marijuana is today. We need to regulate it, commercialize it, and tax the heck out of it. Besides, it's time our government quit telling my 85 year old father how to live his life and let him light up a swag-free, quality doobie in his living room if he wants to without fear of the man breaking down his door. And, by the way, throw employers into the county slammer for a couple of days per each occasion of knowingly hiring illegal aliens and watch that problem solve itself.
tampa, fl just send mexico a bill for all of our tax dollars our politicians so freely give to their "misplaced" citizens in the form of welfare, education, health care, etc. . They will build their own wall.
As long as US employers are free to act without genuine fear of prosecution for hiring illegal workers, and US BIG BUSINESS promotes cheaper wages, less rights, and non-unions, then we have no answer for worsening relations with Mexico.
ALL US actions are based solely to satisfy big business interests and have no solution for the poor immigrants or the poor Americans. But then again, the ignorant American voter continues to vote for the same type representation which ignores human and workers rights.
Joe , Binghamton, NY
There are only problems with a few of their exports.....People and Drugs...most everything else is reasonably good....
Well, we could pull everyone home from Iraq and Afghanistan (and all the other countries we have a military presence in) and just invade Mexico. After a bit we could just take over. So many Mexican people and people from all parts of S.America are already here, what would be the difference?
Once we have taken over we could legalize drugs. Apparently drugs are a huge cash business in mexico, and if we TAXED it we could probably balance the budget in a year or two, then start building up a HUGE surplus!
Everyone could have free health care, which would help the drug addicts. And citizens could move freely across the border, freeing up the ICE people to keep an eye on the terrorists entering our country at some of the places the 9-11 terrorists entered (I don't think a single one entered thru Mexico).
We would all have to learn to speak Spanish, but since we could pay off the money we owe China, we no longer would all have to learn Chinese, another saving!
The answer is the same as it has been for decades. We need to secure our southern border and return the millions of illegal (i.e. criminal) aliens to Mexico. We don’t need “friends” like that. Mexico doesn’t let South and Central Americans cross their southern border. The whole country is mooching off of us and we continue to be played for saps. But I’d like to know what our customs agents were doing in Mexico. Aren’t they supposed to be looking through everyone’s stuff at the border?
Wow, I think this is great news. Maybe our spineless government elects will finally stop the free hand outs and stop the illegal alien invasion that's taking over our soon to be third world country, the country we used to call the United States. In my opinion, the legal U.S. citizens are sick and tired of supporting these invaders and very tired of being the Door-Mat for Mexico. It's time for Mexico to take care of themselves, sink or swim, but if your an illegal alien invader, then just get out and don't come back.
Above and below the table, the U.S. is Mexico's Number One trading partner. American demand for illegal drugs fuels Mexican gang wars, American demand for cheap labor fuels illegal immigration. The answer to improving relations between our two countries is as simple (and as complicated) as turning the tables, and coming down like gang-busters on illegal demand.
You either have an enforceable border or you don't. You either enforce immigration laws or you don't. You can not have it both ways. Pretending your border is secure does not get it. Either legalize narcotics or make the penalties so harsh no one will take the risk to use or sell them cutting the cartels out of the equation. If you have no demand for dope it has no value. It is time to put up or shut up. America is tired of politicians dragging their feet. Make a damn decision once and for all or get the hell out of politics so someone else can.
These problems will not go away until the United States seals it's border with Mexico and stops illegal immigration.
Mexico needs to fix it's problems without placing the blame on the United States.
Legalize marijuana, for starters, and cut off the main source of revenue for the drug cartels. If there’s one thing we know for sure, without money there’s no power.
The U.S. should insist that Calderon step down. If he refuses, the the U.S. government should go ahead and seal the border with Mexico, and stop buying the produce they grow. And since people in the United States still insist on illegal drug use, maybe it's time to make drugs legal so people can grow them here.
legalize the stuff. Take the profit and mystique of drugs out of the equation. Jack, the percentage of people that are victims of substance abuse are going to use by hook or crook. Making it illegal does very little for those who want to use.
Just like the booz. You drink until to have just had enough. And the same holds true for heroin, cocaine, pot and the rest it.
And if they did legalize it the country will not go down the tubes as some suggest. The great majority of us will do just fine and without all the killing.
lets see jack
we import our oil from countries that oppress their people and freedom.
But we ignore the damage.
we import lumber at the cost of rain forests.
Again, we ignore the damage.
We supply our society with drugs which we clesrly enjoy.The cost of 34000 people a mere side effect.
Since when does our government , and its people, care how we get what we want.?
Mexico is no different.
The best thing we could do for mexico is decriminalize drugs in this country.Then legal agencies would eliminate the need for these crimes.
Remember the speak easies Jack? Prohibition didn't work either.
You are absolutely correct Jack - it's a disgrace. As a 34 year Arizona resident I've never seen the situation this bad. That Arizona has passed legislation to address the issue and then be sued by the federal government is pinning the tail on the wrong donkey. That donkey resides in the Oval Office. Obama and the Congress have have totally failed on this issue. You're right Jack, it's an absolute disgrace.
Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona
Today's question is far-reaching, and the answer is a long bullet list. Here's just one. If I were a senior Mexican politician, I'd be scratching my head and asking: "The Americans are shipping millions of tons of cotton and other raw materials (along with engineering plans to Asia,) and then re-purchasing all the finished goods. Why wouldn't they just cross the river and do it here?" The answers to this question are many, and include the schooling and education levels of potential employees, and the relative security risks. Mexico needs to 'man up!'
The answer is quite simple, legalize mariguana and regulate the comsumption, if we tax it we will even have another source of income for the U.S. There might be argument that its bad for people, for our kids etc. but let me tell you my parents raised me well i never once thought of abusing any type of drugs, people are responsible for their actions and we have the ability to control what we do and what we dont do so, take some dang responsibilty.
Build the fence. Send troops. Protect us.
How bad does it have to get?
Most Democrats gave the Mexican president a standing ovation when he badmouthed Arizona's SB 1070, and he now has a problem with us, you can't fix corruption!! We need to send a message!! Until we have somebody in the White House willing to do their job and protect us instead of protecting illegals, and suing states for having to do their job, our only hope is that the pro-enforcement Republicans and the few Democrats will do what Obama and most Democrats have refused to do, force DHS to do their job and enforce all immigration laws by putting the money and people, including our military, where they are needed and do Nationwide employment audits!!
This will send a message to Mexico, clean up your act, take care of your own people, then we can work together!
The answer to worsening relations with Mexico is to convince the Mexican government that their future is dependent on what they do themselves in their own country.Tthey have to destroy the drug cartels within their own borders. The United States, for its part must eliminate its appetite and market for these drugs here in the United States itself.Each nation cannot do it alone without cooperation from the other..the alternative is the continuation of killing and violence and destroyed lives by drug use.
How about we bring all our troops home from the mid east and line them up shoulder to shoulder on the Mexican border. You can't have poor relations with some one you've never met.
Seal off the borders except for legitimate use. Put the National Guard where it belongs, protecting our borders. Not in a logistical role but an active role,boots on the ground. We go half theway around the world to fight a war when we have one at home.
This is what the U.S should do about Mexico, should stop funding until Mexico seriously fixes their drug lord problem. Plus, the DEA is not completely inocent, those guys think that they are gods gift to humanity.
The United States should go right ahead and work on getting U.S. soldiers down to Mexico. They have had many experience from fighting thousands away from America. Calderon needs to realize he needs help fighting the drug cartels, or else, there's a possibility he may fail.
Legalize Marijuana, in some form or another, curbing violence as well as some illegal immigration
legalizing all drugs plus free trade between the two = happiness
If you want the violence at the border to stop it's simple. Legalize drugs.
Stop fueling the deadly drug war by taxing and regulating cannabis! Drug cartels derive 60% of their revenue from the illicit (untaxed!) sale of cannabis.
I am surprised this option has not been discussed more by our government and the media: joint military operations. End of story.
Make it the 51st state....that would also solve the immigration problem
Our troops are in the wrong countries. We should be invading Mexico, NOW!
Our American government needs to immediately seal the border.
It is one of their primary jobs to protect the American people – our President took an oath to do this. If he isn't going to live up to his oath of office, he should step aside.
We also need to stop sending tax payer dollars to the Mexican government.
Easy question Jack.
Obama will apoligize for the United States. That's all he seems to know how to do.
Don't you recall what Lou Dobbs used to say, "Secure the Borders"
Legalize drugs. That would pull the profit motive away from these cartels. Make drugs prescription and tax them And we could still keep them cheaper than the illegal ones. No profit–no drug cartels.
Legalize pot. Bring 50,000 troops back from Afghanistan and put them on the border.
I have two ideas to fix this mess with Mexico
1. We close the boarder build a wall and man it with US troops that need work.
2. We ban all travel to Mexico and crush their tourist income and drive them so much further in to fiscal hell that they fix whats wrong so that we return with or money.
Fr: Bala Cynwyd, PA
I know it's not de rigeur to talk about, but maybe American politicians, cultural and religious leaders and anyone else of importance should urge the American people – us – to consume less drugs. If we could make a significant dent in the amount of drugs consumed by the American people, there would be less to have a war about, or so it seems to me. Either that, or legalize drugs, tax it and helping to solve the budget deficit at the same time, and go from there. Whatever path we choose, the status quo is simply unacceptable.
Jack, when I bought my first house my grandfather took me to the side and offered this advice: "A stout fence makes good neighbors."
-Wading River, N.Y.
What's the answer to worsening relations between the U.S. and Mexico?
Let’s see if we can figure this one out. It will be tough.
Decriminalize drugs in the US.
Then Mexico is saved as a nation. The gangs go away. The killing stops. Cocaine is not sent to Africa where it is traded for heroine. This would stop the Afghan Taliban and the war lords in Africa. It would drop US prison populations saving states and the fed billions and billions of dollars.
We should address the issue of demand for drugs. Americans are buying these drugs. The drugs are going to find their way here one way or another. The media, including CNN, should stop glorifying drug users like Charlie Sheen by ending the non-stop coverage of his downfall.
1. Legalize marijuana
2. Renew assault weapons ban legislation
You said it all when you said "The United States is the market for the drugs". Our drug use has, to a large extent, created the drug cartels. Anyone who believes that recreational illegal drug use hurts no one but themselves and has no impact on the violence that happens along our borders and in mexico in general, is fooling themselves.
First off. Obama has sent more security and arrested more people than any President before him. Did you ever consider Jack, that the reason people are getting murdered is a result of law enforcement breathing down their neck? When you behead people it's a message to scare off those very people...
Take the profit out of the crime by legalizing drugs and the violence will drop!
Don't blame Mexico. The are two sides to any transaction. US users and trafficers are to blame.
Better border control. It's simple. Keep folks (and their illegal goods and services) where they belong and conduct busines as we would with any legitimate, neighboring country. We don't have these problrms with Canada. They say better fences make better neighbors.
As long as gangs and drug cartels run the government of Mexico, then things will remain the same. America needs to lock down it's borders to unauthorized Mexicans. This will cause the Mexican citizens to change their situation from the inside out.
legalize drugs, use the military to patrol the border and change the trade policy that puts the small mom and pop mexican farmers out of business
The keys to fixing relations between U.S. and Mexico are : Legalize and regulate all illegal drugs, remove all social programs for everyone except the disabled, establish open immigration through an Ellis island setup.
Regarding drug violence-It's time to realize the failure of the war on drugs.Legalize,control,educate and if necessary,rehabilitate.Think of the lives in Mexico that will be saved.It can be done,the same way educating young people about cigarette smoking.
Tax,offer clean safe-injection sites.Drugs will never be eradicated and it's time to face the facts.Prohibition of alcohol was a failure and we are witnessing the exact same thing with the war on drugs.
The power will no longer be in the hands of the cartels and dealers.The billions will be made from taxation,diseases from dirty needles will be reduced abnd therefore health costs will be reduced.It time to examine the issue from a totally different viewpoint.And it will improve realtions between the USA and Mexico.
If the problem is caused by drugs – why not give drug DEALERS life inprisonment or the death penalty? This would help cut of the supply better than anything I know of.
Years ago someone I knew well told me the head of security at his high school was a drug dealer. They are everywhere and easy for addicts to find. Get tough on these scumbags and we might get to the root of the problem.
JACK! You can't really believe that sealing the border is the answer right? I mean the irony in that is who the heck do you think we Americans will hire to do the job? I don't think locking Mexicans out of America that way is smart. Besides I always thought of Mexican people as Native Americans that speak Spanish. So who are we to be locking them out of there native land? The border should be open. We need to focus on fixing our drug appetite. Then they will sell us something else.
Jack, everyone who is opposed to legalizing marijuanna in the U.S. is on the same side as the Mexican drug warlords.
Once we legalize marijuanna in the U.S., the drug warlords will have no one to sell their marijuanna crops to and they will simply go bankrupt.
The US has consistently ignored that its own "War on Drugs" has failed spectacularly. A more comprehensive analysis of public policy regarding combating demand in the States should be enacted and listened to. Public policy should reflect what works not what is popular. And yes that means considering legalization of marijuana. Our drug problem is a health problem not a criminal justice problem. Understanding that one critical point, I believe, is the one pivotal point in this debate.
Maybe some clear thinking would help instead of the same old political rhetoric. Since overdose deaths from prescription drugs are equal to or greater than from illegal drugs, perhaps we should consider legalizing drugs. It would not only eliminate the crime associated with them but look what it could do for our deficit if we no longer needed the huge number of people and equipment in this so called war. More people are dying from the drug war in Mexico than are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq. Has everyone forgotten about prioritizing?
jack I work in the construction industry I am one of the millions of tradesman that have been talking about job loss for years .I watch the news of drug wars on the news every night I watched as they moved in and virtually took over new Orleans after Katrina and watched the standard of living erode and I have seen your own Lou dobs preach this for years to fall on deaf ears what do i think I'm all for it
If it crosses the border from Mexico but not at a border crossing, capture them in any manner possible. Don't put them in our prisons. Don't send them back to Mexico only to have them return again after night fall. If they do not resist, ship them to Lybia. If they resist, shoot them. Game over.
Bring some of our troops home and in a joint effort with the Mexican government declare war on the drug cartels. The borders are not controled now as far as illegal imigration is concerned let alone dealing with the more dangerous drug traffic. If military personel from either side are attacked don't ask questions, this is a war, eliminate the problem.
I think the answer to worsening relations between Mexico and the US is to keep the administration we have in office now, the answer to improving those relations would be for Wolfe Blitzer to run for President and have Jack Cafferty as his running mate, That would get 2 thumbs up from me and my vote.
The American Federal Government does not care about the Mexican problem, why? because of it 's piecemeal , unjust policy In Florida they allow Cubans to stay in America once they set foot on American soil , because of their disdain for Castro, while Haitians are unceremoniously returned to their country.
Up state new york I am tired of calling the Police begging them to remove the hoards of Mexicans that stand outside my business place daily looking for work, spitting, peeing, littering, vomiting, and all kinds of unsanitary acts that are destroying our community ,my customers are refusing to push past them to get into my store, yet nothing is done, they have even damaged my car because of the reports I have made, may God help us.
The answer is so frigen simple! Ask yourself why is there so much violence over drugs? Answer, because their illegal! Take the money out of th equation an you'll also take the violence out of it. Legalize
marijuana, which accounts for half of all the drugs being smuggeled and killed over and you'll at the very least cut the problem in half, probably more.
Dave from NH.
I believe as long as the US is making big money supplying guns to Mexico you will find it very hard to close the drug trade. if the drugs did'nt get into your country the Mexicans would'nt have the money for you guns.
Simple, Jack. Legalize the drugs. The violence and bloodshed between police and drug lords is no different that the violence prohibition caused between police and gangsters in the 20's. How many trillions of dollars in taxes have been paid since 1933? How many trillions could be earned if we made Marijuana and cocaine legal?
Our government needs to get a spine Jack. There is any number of excuses politicians use not to secure our borders but there is not one legitimate reason not to get it done. All this Homeland security crap is worthless if a terrorist can just walk across the border undetected any time and any place. This illusion of security is a joke. We have no clue who comes and goes out of this country every day of the week.
Right on Jack, you hit this one right on the nail. We need to do something, California may as well be Mexico. We have more Mexicans than American Citizens in this state.
Don't get me wrong , I have nothing against documented workers or immigrants its those that are not dropping babies as fast as insects lay eggs at 13.
The jobs these people are taking are crucial to those documented Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and any other race of American. Our Mayor in Los Angeles mayor villaraigosa instructed all the LAPD never to ask any Mexican for citizenship, nor are they allowed to question them about why they are here.
We are allowing our schools to be overwhelmed, our hospitals, social services to collapse by people from Mexico and their children who only ship 100 million US Dollars per day back to Mexico western union, or money gram to their families back in Mexico.
We must let Mexico know we are serious about following the laws of our nation. Mexico thinks they own us, all they have to do is throw a fit, march or demonstrate and we will provide what they want. Politicians vying for the Mexican voting block as we pay for their citizens way and children schools, allow them to have babies for citizenship, has put Mexicans above Americans. We need to get our country back, change laws and show our strength. We are America not Mexico.
As much as we all want secure Southern (and Northern) borders and a crime-free society, the singing swan of easy profits in our capitalist free-market society rules out such a panacea. When we're ready to do the right thing – and that means nearly unanimously – our borders shall be secure and the wall will go up.
Do we really want the wall? Be prepared to pay triple for our food and most other consumers goods will at least double.
There goes our economic recovery.
End the Prohibition (Drug War) – it's just like 1920's but worse – violence, corruption, gangs and guns – the currency of a prohibition.
Quite simply, cooperation. It takes transparency on both ends. It's time U.S and Mexico stopped the finger pointed and got down to a real and practical agreement.
1 – bilaterally legalize marijuana ONLY through the same legal framework and regulatory groups as alcohol
2 – use the military, but avoid posse comitatus conflicts by creating a shared neutral zone strip of property between mexican and united states territory
3 – appreciate that mexico is an emergent economy with large potential returns on investments, where its mutually beneficial to help develop their economy and stem illegal work migrations
Mexico is a fail state, The people in Mexico are ill housed,ill clad, ill nourished, uneducated,poverity is their great enemy.Time to tax the catholic church.
Our relationship with Mexico is excellent. The only problem that I see is that many of us cannot tell the difference between Terrorists and undocumented Mexican workers who're only looking for work. As for the violence in Mexico, they simply need our help with their war against their drug cartels. We also need to do more about keeping our weapons on our side of the border. Actually, what we really need to do is to make it unprofitable for the drug cartels to even exist by legalizing the illegal drugs that Americans love to use. That fence that cost us billions to construct is completely useless and we need to reconsider what have done.
The answer is to seal the border and enforce existing law. Then guns, drugs, and criminals don't move from one country to the other and back again. That should benefit both countries. But it won't necessarily improve relations, since Calderon objects to a closed border that inhibits Mexican "migration."
The most optimal plan of action would be to legalize and regulate the drug trade in our country. Sealing off the border is not a viable option because the United States will continue to have a drug market and therefor will attract drug trade from other places. Trying to shut out or ignore a problem wont solve it.
Jack I think it's time to send U.S. Special Forces across the border into Mexico and start taking the fight to the Cartels. Mexico has to much corruption and political disorganization to deal with this problem themselves and it's only a matter of time before this Drug War hits the streets of America full time.
Los Angeles, Ca
Drugs are 90% of the problem. I can no longer believe they are illegal to protect us from them because that isn’t working any better than prohibition in the 1920s. How about legalizing the stuff and make it a prescribed commodity for the addicted and dispensed in free clinics like England did with heroine decades ago. Take the profit out of the entire process and diminish recruitment of new users. I wonder how many people in this country and possibly our government are profiting from the sale of these drugs. They are available, for a price, anywhere you look. Sealing our borders won’t keep them out. It’s time to follow the money and eliminate the profit factor. The current addicts aren’t just going to go away.
Well Jack the answer goes like this:
A) The Mexican Government should stop placing a blind eye to the big drug dealers or Capos of the big cartels that introduce drugs into the U.S
B)The U.S. should do its part by controlling the sale of weapons specially in Texas
C)As long as the use of drugs in the U.S. does not stop. Supply and violence will always be there.
If these big issues are not dealt with relations will keep worsening.
Charly. San Diego. Ca
It's way past time for America and the World to realize that the so-called war on drugs has been lost. Many experts believe it's a public health issue. I believe if we took a fraction on the money spent on fighting this lost war and put it into education, treatment and rehabilitation, a much greater good can be served. That's right, legalize it all, with controls of course, like booze and cigarettes .Then you could just put everything over the counter and take the play and the money away from the cartels. Probably reduce the crime rate and the incarceration rate by half at least.
Legalization of all illicit drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Drug prohibition is over 100 years old, isn't that enough?
You can't just "seal" a border. It's too long and the terrain too rough. What are you going to do, fence the Big Bend? Ever been there? No, the problem of drugs and the economics of jobs are too complex for that. It seems to me that law enforcement has been involved in the drug trade in both Mexico and the U.S. for a long time. The party I attended in the 70's with the most drugs present was a county probation department party (in CA). There are so many problems right now, so many sides claiming to possess the truth. I think people tend to panic because it's difficult to see who is on our side-the regular, singular people. We feel we don't have power. We are manipulated by political parties, corporations, special interests, and all aspects of government.
Sealing the 1,500 mile boarder with Mexico, particularly against drug traffic is as useless an endeavor as attempting to shoot the incoming nuclear "bullets" in the form of ballistic warheads with bullets (missiles) fired from our nation.
If we really wished to reduce the violence at our southern boarder due to the drug trade, we would address the demand. Legalize and regulate drugs. Use some of the drug tax revenue to increase the capacity and subsidize drug rehabilitation. Very little alcohol derived revenue still goes to supporting organized crime cartels.
We could also reduce the drug related violence by enforcing and strengthening our arms control laws to make it more difficult for the cartels to come to our nation to obtain their weapons, particularly assault weapons.
Every time I hear about the drug violence in Mexico I get the taste of tedious in my mouth. I hate to say that, but nothing is going to happen as long as the supply and demand is addressed. This recovered drug addict believes that the violence in Mexico will continue until we decriminalise drugs and offer treatment instead of Jail. Securing the boarder is like holding back the tides when addiction is involved.
For the problems related to drugs, legalizing marijuana and cocaine purchase and use would drastically reduce the money flow that motivates the drug gangs and funds their corruption of government officials. These drugs would need to be regulated in the US like alcohol, only more rigorously.
For problems related to immigration, a temporary work program with maximum quotas, to be phased out over 10 year or so, coupled with sure and swift prosecution of employers hiring illegals would reduce in a humanistic way the flow of illegals, yet allow Mexico time to deal with their problems with poverty.
End the Prohibition (Drug War) – it's just like 1920's but worse – violence, corruption, gangs and guns – the currency of a prohibition.
– Sunnyview, North Carolina
I am 74 years old. I have been to Mexico in my 20's and let me tell you it was a great place; however, even then, it was well know that the police and authorities could be and were bribed. It is now long past due for our borders to be controlled. The violance has escalated to the point that it will be next to impossible to get that area (and even all of Mexico, at this point,) to be a law-abiding country. I anticipate that when I am dead, there will be another war with Mexico. How on earth can it be avoided? I remember with pride going to the Alamo and the pride of our country was strong in my heart. I am now sick to death of what Mexico has done to Mexico, and, as well, the United States.
It is my opinion that it cannot and will not ever be done. Too bad since we had such high hopes for t he highway from Alaska to the end of South America and a friendly, wonderful relationship with all in
between Love your remarks. I know you won't be able to use all of this, but it all should be heard, loud and clear. It is already too late!
The notion of sealing the Mexican border is not realistic. Two-hundred and fifty million people cross that border each year. Unless we are ready for a huge economic disruption, that can't and won't happen. The US as the consumer of drugs is primarily responsible for the drug problem leading to the deplorable crime spree in Mexico which crosses our borders. We've made zero progress in my lifetime in slowing drug use. It's time to face reality (something usually avoided in this country) and legalize drugs. Take the money we'd make off sales and taxes of legalized drugs to better educate our people on the horrible downside of drug use.
Trying to manage all the side-effects of this problem will not solve it; it will only drain our resources and leave us more frustrated than ever. The root cause of this issue must be addressed, and that is our addiction to drugs causing the economic basis of these drug cartels. Whether that means legalizing some drugs like marijuana with heavy taxes and even heavier regulations, or more education to stop children from getting addicted, we must work to destroy the root of this problem: ourselves.
Thanks Mr. Cafferty,
Bowen, Missoula Montana
Jack the only way to stop Drug Violence at the border ... Thier isnt no way its a plague as long as Americans keep consuming drugs it wont stop so you answer me this how is it that our economy is doing so bad if were spending all this money on drugs the problem is here in America which is affecting the Border !
I don't think the relations with Mexico can be mended as long as Calderon blames us. The blame is on both sides. He blames us for the guns getting into Mexico. Why doesn't he patrol the border like we do, and keep them out? Why doesn't he keep the illegals from coming here? The same reason we can[t keep the guns from going there. He doesn't like Arizonas law because he wants illegals to come here and send their money to Mexico.
To begin with, taking people like Charley Sheen off the street instead of treating them like pop stars idols might help. The border issue and immigration is kind of a red herring. The enemy, as they say, is us. We have the drug problem, we have idiots who sell guns. They have people who sell drugs and will pay our idiots for anything that kills – a marriage made in heaven (or hell, as the case may be). Go ahead, build a wall. Where there is a will, there is a way to go over it or under it. We need to stop ALL gun sales to those to traffic them to Mexico, Jamaican, Honduran and other gangs; and then try to solve the sponge like addiction we have for drugs. I am sure that GOP slashing of anti drug programs, after-school and weekend programs for kids, and other programs aimed at reducing drug trafficking in the US is, at the very least, NOT the place to start,
The Mexican government is full of corrupt people just like my country of Puerto Rico! The U.S. needs to realize that the drug cartels and gangs are backed up and protected by the government! All the Mexican politicians in the government should get a drug test and there should be a serious FBI investigation! This needs to change! Puerto Rico and Mexico are full of corrupt politicians and citizens like me are tired of it!
Christian, Puerto Rico
And Jack don't forget they sell us drugs for money if we focused on establishing other trade opportunities near the border of Mexico for the poor people living in colonials then they will sell us something else. Not to mention we also have to deal with our own drug consumption. Instead of building a fence that we will most likely hire Mexicans to do to keep them out!
The drug violence in Mexico will not be resolved as long as Americans (and other nationalities) buy illegal drugs and sell weapons to everyone and anyone with the money. America's drug habits are contributing to the problem; our willingness to sell weapons to anyone is contributing to the problem. That said, if America wants to seal the border with Mexico, America would need to build a system even tougher and more rigorous the Berlin Wall and man that wall with armed guards. America would also need to dig deep into the ground and build barriers deep down to prevent tunneling. Also, Americans would have stay out of Mexico and off the borderlands to stay safe. None of those are going to happen.
I believe that if the U.S.A dosent provide help for Mexico then the cartels will slowly start their killing rampage into U.S soil...and im sure that their relation will worsten.... the Mexican Cartels have a secure form of income and customers most of who come from the the USA their for if you want to stop the cartels we need to fight the drug problem here in america... the demand start with all your hollywood druggis from Charlie shinne to Lindsey Lohan.. and from ney york to los angeles... FIGHT THE DRUG PROBLEM HERE TO LIGHTEN THE RELATIONS...
It would seem there is more to the story. Unfortunately no one is priveledged to know except, perhaps the president and his cabinet. For years the drug cartels and immigration reform have been on the table, with little progress. It would seem leaders on both sides of the border have failed their people. I think, do to a political career being dismantled , that is the reason the politicians won't tackle the big legislation, which results in a warehouse full of these types of issues. The hispanic vote has always been seen as a necessary one to cater to. Unfortunately the issue of immigration is always at the forefront of public discussion. The current amount of unemployed americans are often compared to the governments numbers of illegal immigrants. Americans believe if the government would just inforce the law, we americans could snatch up the jobs, they currently hold, and free states of over burden on their social programs. This may be a myth, but people believe it. Perhaps, now would be a good time to discuss limited legistration on the legalization of drugs as the war on them obviously is not working. Insane political rhetoric is obsolete. Red tape must be cut, and soon, as there is a melting pot of people growing more and more tired of the "business as usual" attitude in Washington.
Let private industry and big business enter the drug market. Anybody foolish enough to mess with a company's profits from legalized drug sales will be eliminated. The Mexican drug cartel would be forced to pursue another market.
Legalize drugs, make addiction an illness with a mandatory 10 days detox if you fail a drug test. This will kill the market for illegal drugs. PERIOD. You should be able to buy Heroin at Wal-Mart for 4 bucks a hit. One days worth at a time. Pot should be treated like beer. We cannot seal the border with our family and neighbors to the South. Do you really think there is some magic line there that keeps Family and friends and business people apart. Half of Texas is Hispanic. The other half is related to the first half.
I think legalization would go a long way. Marijuana is no worse than alcohol or cigarettes. There are no such thing as Corona cartels or Molson cartels and I never heard of a person knocking over a liquor store for a pack of cigarettes. Keeping something, that is popular with the people, illegal and unregulated just gives the criminals all the power. The tax revenue would also be useful.
For the past 30 years I have traveleded to Mexico a few times a year to relax and in the winter time to warm up. I just returned from Acapulco yesterday and I still find Mexicans to be friendly and happy to have us Gringo's there spending our dollars and I still look at the 100 good things about Mexico, not the 1 bad thing. The answer Jack? Do nothing...we are taking about drug dealers killing each other so I great let keep killing each other. VIA USA and VIA MEXICO. They are our Amigo's!
Mark – Sugar Land , Texas
Drug prohibition creates the profits that people kill for. Legalizing, then managing the drug problem, instead of trying to prohibit it, would save lives, and save money. Social conservatives live in a fairyland where they think passing laws will cure social ills. It is time they grew up.
Currently illegal drugs must be made legal here in the U.S. Drugs like cocaine and marijuana would cost next to nothing if they were legal and the drug cartels in Mexico would be out of business.
The U.S.A. and Mexico are co-dependents, not independents–or, they are co-enablers, each feeding off the other in a macabre orgy of drugs and death. There is no easy answer to the border/drug problem. Perhaps the U.S.A. should de-criminalize the use of 'soft' drugs while recognizing that 'hard' drugs are often the resort of those who have had few opportunities in life. These steps would help take so-called recreational drugs out of the hands of criminals. Both countries have to come to terms with disenfranchised youth, those who start their drug habit early and those who believe that working for the cartels will offer them their one chance for a step up in life.
Legalize weed. Alcohol and cigarettes are very deadly and legal. What is the difference?
The answer to worsening relations between the U.S. and Mexico is to eliminate the market for illegal drugs in the U.S. This market can be eliminated quite easily...legalize the drugs that are the pivotal cause of the violence.
By legalizing marijuana and cocaine, two relatively innocuous drugs, we would not only improve relations with Mexico, we would provide a solution to this country's financial shortfall. It would provide a source of taxes and eliminate the need to imprison thousands for victimless crimes.
Decrimalize drugs, simple. With all the laws in place at the moment people still use drugs and now more then ever. The war on drugs is a failure and a waste of government funds and resources. With decrimalization, the drugs now can be widely produced within the country and not dependent on mexico's cartels to supply the demand and they have nothing to kill each other over. It is now our responsibility to better educate our children of the dangers of drugs. Alcohol and Cigarettes are legal why not marijuana.
If the cartels had no drug buyers here in the USA–they would be outta business and much of the violence would end. Their 2 main drug moneymakers are cocaine and marajuana. Make penalties for cocaine much harsher and some legalization of marajuana and these drug cartels would lose their market.
How about we stop offshore drilling
Only drug users would suggest taxing drug crimes and criminals. It is not medical drug use that is killing us or them. It is war waged for profit made at the expense of the Souls of Americans. Let legal drugs come and collect tax But kill the drug runners so they don't get the privilege of killing my kids or yours. It is survival of the good citizens.
Close the border and start enforcing current immigration laws. Oops that would be to easy. We know OUR government will never go for that.
The answer is to militarize the border
Close ALL the borders, call back ALL our military, take ALL our money out of foreign countries – get Home straightened out and let everyone else fend for themselves!
It's so simple I don't know why it hasn't been done yet. Make Mexico our 51st State. Send our troops in to solve the drug problem. No more immigration laws to enforce, no more borders to patrol. Just look at the savings. We could wipe out the deficit in no time.
Maybe the problem is the consumer. Make stiff laws and concentrate on that fact. If there is no buyer the demand will cease.
As I write this, no less than five yard service firms....all operated by Mexicans who are doubtlessly illegal aliens....are at work on my little 3 block long street.
A proposed law is before the Texas legislature now to get tough (er) on illegal entry but those involved in household help are to be excluded from this "crackdown".
Our open borders have apparently worsened relations with Mexico so.... lets do the logical thing. CLOSE the borders SHUT.
Simply protect our country of Americans by following the laws of the Constitution. America has become too wimpy and too nice, letting Mexico make the rules.
I take exception to the idea that this is only Mexico,s problem. This problem was created by those who are smuggling the drugs (Mexico) and those who consume the drugs and smuggle arms to the drug cartels (USA). This a joint problem and should be fought on both sides of the border.
Jack, where I live is a good 7 hour drive from the border. Yet one day 3 years ago I faced a (suspected) cartel person demanding my truck. I was pumping gas and he flashed a gun, I had the good sense to pull the fuel nozel out and cover him in gas. He ran off and I paid for my gas and went home. The cartel is not just on the border it's reaching deeper into the U.S. The President is shameful in not addressing this issue. Our state and many border states have asked for help and have been ignored. I carry a gun now, I have a license. You see my 2 year old son was in that truck, so since the government cannot protect my family, I will.
There is a war going on at the border with Mexico and we are the ones supplying the money and guns. Our war on drugs is to blame. If the leaders of our government could do one intelligent thing, it would be to end prohibition of marijuana. Prohibition of alcohol tore our nation apart decades ago just as prohibition of marijuana is today. We need to regulate it, commercialize it, and tax the heck out of it. Besides, it's time our government quit telling my 85 year old father how to live his life and let him light up a swag-free, quality doobie in his living room if he wants to without fear of the man breaking down his door. And, by the way, throw employers into the county slammer for a couple of days per each occasion of knowingly hiring illegal aliens and watch that problem solve itself.
The answer is clear, Wolfe Blitzer to run for president and have Jack Cafferty as his running mate. The number 1 political team, what more could you ask for.
Simple, build the Great Wall of America. secure the border and stick it to the Chinese with a bigger, better Great Wall.
The united states has a huge problem with the borders. We spend billions of tax payers dollars every year trying to stop illegal immigrants from coming in. That's the problem, we never listened to those people, if you listen to most illegal immigrants they say they come here for work, so they can support their family. How about we cut a little money from the failed drug war and border patrol, and send the money to Mexico, where they can develop their country. Mexico needs help getting rid of the cartels, 34,000 people dying over drugs is inhumane, it's time for America to step up and build a better relationship with Mexico. Imagine all of the tourism and trade that would happen if Mexico was safe and modernized. It would save billions over the drug war and billions over border patrol. While providing a boost to both of our economies.
Legalize marijuana and throw employers into the county slammer for a couple of day per each occasion of knowingly hiring illegal aliens and watch both problems solve themselves.
As a college student that lives close to the border in Deep South Texas, I beleive we need to compromise between free international trade and culture change. Unfortunately our cultures are very different based on socioeconomic status, resourses, and beliefs. As a result, our neighbors are very vulnerable to working for the drug cartels to make a living. We as fellow neighbors need to work together to promote advocacy and wellness among communities under poverty, so we can prevent the growth and influence of these cartels and unite to stop all this violence. If we realize that we are only neighbors in this international community, we can both grow in realizing our strengths and weaknesses, and grow together as a global society.
Simple answer. Build a mind filed around the border. let those stupid enough to try and cross with drugs come. They will be buzzard feed. That is all they deserve. We use this method in all wars.
Those in the govt., of Mexico.....their response might be....more pesos, more pesos....from the U.S.
From the U.S. Govt., "stay on your side of the street" (or border).
The barn door got left open long ago, and while many saw it, no one stepped forward to close it, let alone nail it shut.
I truly wish I knew the answer and unfortunately this whole mess may esculate even more. The crime rate(s) have soared in Texas, and 9 out of 10 times the accused has a hispanic last name. Profiling ?
Deliver me....it is the truth.
Why hasn't the TX Natl. guard been called or the U.S. military to the border...to take a stance, have a presence and stay for the long haul.
I'am tired of the ostriches in Washington....
Stop blaming Mexico for America's drug habit. Wasn't it Colombia's fault 20yrs ago? If were not going to address our own issues fostering dependency. Maybe we need to look for market based solutions. Where there is demand there will always someone to supply. Some sort of controlled legalization could help but is not cure all. How many billions spent and lives lost?
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