Mexico is it Safe
Mexico — White beaches, colonial cities, Mayan pyramids, world-class cuisine — these are some of the obvious draws that bring 22 million foreigners to Mexico each year
"Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year," said a State Department warning dated July 16 . It notes that roughly a million Americans live in Mexico , and that resort and tourist destinations don't see the violence of border areas or drug trafficking corridors.
However, it adds that more than 22,700 people have been killed in drug-related violence since late 2006, and that gunfights are a feature of streets in a number of cities. Drug traffickers have "kidnapped guests out of reputable hotels" in the bustling city of Monterrey , it adds, and drug-related murders climbed
tenfold in Durango in recent years.
On July 2nd 2010 a massive shootout between rival drug and people-smuggling gangs left 21 people dead just 12 miles south of the border with Arizona. The clash erupted in a remote area along a prime smuggling corridor in Sonora state.
Mexicans Dying in Desert
Hotel California on the Arizona and Mexico border is where Mexican citizens congregate waiting to enter the US weather legally or illegally.
The Arizona morguein Pima County is overflowing with bodies that will probably never be identified. The bodies of 57 suspected illegal immigrants found dead in the desert have been brought in so far this month, the highest number in 5 years. "We keep hoping we have seen the worst of this, of these migration deaths,"said the county medical examiner . "Yet we still see a lot of remains.” The morgue handles bodies from Tucson and the surrounding deserts.
A record-breaking heatwave may account for many of the desert deaths, but human rights advocates say tougher immigration enforcement is also to blame, as it pushes migrants trying to enter the US into more desolate areas where they need to walk for days to find a road.
National Guard troops are headed to the Mexican border next month to beef up security along the border fence. As part of President Obama's new border plan, the 1,200 troops will spend a year in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, where they'll help border patrol agents monitor and prevent illegal border crossings.