Monday, January 19, 2009

Collapse of Mexico is Possible in Face of Gang Crime

As I mentioned in an article posted to our firm's website last week, immigration policy will be an important priority for the upcoming Obama administration. And, I know that residents in Texas have a particular interest in both state and federal laws that affect our border security as well as the status of those who enter our country. We certainly will be following all of the relevant news stories so that you have the most up-to-date information concerning how immigration legislation is affecting you. How about the possibility, for example, of Mexico failing to be a sovereign nation altogether? The scenario may not be as far-fetched as it first sounds.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command recently released a report stating that Mexico, along with Pakistan, was in danger of "rapid and sudden collapse." What is the reason for this asserted fear? The study goes on to share that "the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels." Mob murders have doubled in the past year, with an amazing total of 5300 violent deaths at the hands of the mob in 2008. The beheaded and mutilated bodies left on the streets or in front of schools in border towns like Tijuana have certainly diminished tourist interest in such areas. The wealthy are fleeing to the United States to avoid high kidnapping fees. The cartels have reacted to the increased presence of government troops with escalating violence and an even tighter grip. The situation in Mexico is quite grim indeed.

What are the possible solutions to this horrible mess that threatens lives on both sides of the border every day? Many Mexicans believe that the situation can only improve with increased assistance from the United States and the allowance for more migrant workers to come across the border for jobs instead of turning to drug gangs for income. Will President-elect Obama agree with one or both of these proposals and work to make the necessary adjustments to current policy? If so, what will be the effect on Texans? As 2009 unfolds, the direction of the country on this matter will become more clear. Certainly if any changes are made to the flow of immigrants permitted into the United States, the impact will be felt first here.

We have attorneys at Bertolino LLP who specialize in the controversial and sensitive area of immigration law. If you have concerns about your status in this country or questions about how state and federal immigration laws apply to you or your business, please contact us today. We have offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio and we are ready to help.

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