Friday, November 13, 2009

Fifteen People Killed in One Day in Mexican Border Town


Texas, more than most states in our country, has a lot at stake concerning immigration policy. As a border state, Texas sees the issues of border violence, illegal workers, and drug trafficking forming the headlines of its newspapers nearly every day. The lack of stability of the Mexican government and the rampant crime that exists in so many areas of our neighbor to the south has a direct impact of the safety of people who reside in the Lone Star State. Therefore, recent events like the one in Ciudad Juarez present a serious reason for concern.

Fifteen people, including a seven-year-old boy, a university professor, and three women, were among those killed in just one day of violence in that border town. The victims were shot seemingly just going about their daily lives, with the murders happening in a neighborhood, while riding in a pickup truck, and in other unassuming environments.

Ciudad Juarez is the deadliest city in Mexico, which, unfortunately, is really saying something. There have been more than 1700 killings there already this year, which makes for around five murder victims every single day. The city is just across the border from the Texas city of El Paso, and killing does not stop at some arbitrary line. We all have heard of incidents in which American citizens have been caught up in the violence as well.

At Bertolino LLP, we know that there are many immgration issues involving crimes that bleed over from Mexico into our state. There may be the need for partnership with the Mexican authorities, completion of paperwork to determine legal status, and work with members of ICE and other law enforcement agencies in our country. Our firm has both immigration attorneys and those with experience in criminal defense to assist you in this process. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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