One thing that we often avoid thinking about is how utterly ruthless the drug traffickers can be, and how they simply take poor, defenseless people looking for bright futures and force them into being pawns in their game. Not only do they make these people pay money to be smuggled into the US but they also force some of these people to be drug traffickers, and more than this, they will even kill them if they do not cooperate:
SAN FERNANDO, Mexico — Heavily guarded mortuary workers have begun identifying 72 migrants massacred near the U.S. border, while human rights advocates are demanding Mexico do more to stop the exploitation and abuse of migrants that they say led to the heinous crime.
Marines are protecting the pink, one-story funeral home where the bodies were taken after being discovered on a ranch Tuesday, bound, blindfolded and slumped against a wall.
Tamaulipas state Assistant Attorney General Jesus de la Garza said Thursday that 15 bodies had been identified: eight from Honduras, four from El Salvador, two from Guatemala and one from Brazil. Diplomats from several of those nations traveled to Mexico to help identify them, and Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission sent investigators to monitor the process.
The government’s chief security spokesman said the migrants were apparently slain because they refused to help a gang smuggle drugs.
“The information we have at this moment is that it was an attempt at forced recruitment,” Alejandro Poire told W radio. “It wasn’t a kidnapping with the intent to get money, but the intention was to hold these people, force them to participate in organized crime — with the terrible outcome that we know.”
The victims of what could be Mexico’s biggest drug-gang massacre were traversing some of the nation’s most dangerous territory, trying to reach Texas. The lone survivor said the assassins identified themselves as Zetas, a drug gang that dominates parts of the northern state of Tamaulipas.
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It is a pretty despicable situation when we are talking about people simply pursuing a better life and an escape from desperate poverty being summarily executed because they have the integrity to stand up and not be used as a drug mule. Of course, I cannot condone them actively seeking illegal entrance into the US…
But it does make one think that if we patrolled our borders better and had a reformed, superior immigration system that was capable of bringing in the labor that businesses depend on legally, then we would not be hearing stories like this and the drug cartels would be more powerless.
Furthermore, there are issues with products like marijuana and cocaine that in reality, if used responsibly, are no greater evils or threats to the average person than alcohol which certainly ruins its fair share of lives and causes death.
Really, the US domestic law makers have been failing the country for decades: they do not crack down on illegal immigration and reform the immigration system so as to allow for the cheap labor to come into the country which would prevent the exploitation of immigrants and furthermore make the system controllable, and they do not legalize drugs that are no worse than alcohol.
America have desired this problem to be fixed for years but all we get are false promises and temporary solutions, and then the witch hunts where anyone who proposes we reform immigration policies and patrol the border is a closet racist and anyone who proposes we legalize marijuana is a dope smoking hippie.
Really, the law makers have failed us and the media has painted us all poorly and what are we left with? Tragic stories like these.