is this game changer:
“We came here because we are scared,” the Mier native said in Spanish. “There’s nobody there now. It’s a ghost town.”
Gonzalez, 38, talks of the drug cartels that have taken Ciudad Mier hostage since February.
That was when the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas formally split and began an all-out fight for control of territory along the Tamaulipas-Texas border.
A wave of refugees has flooded Mier’s eastern neighbor Miguel Alemán in recent weeks — the last holdouts of terrorized citizenry from Mier who, under order from the Zetas, finally packed up and left after the Nov. 5 slaying of Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cárdenas Guillen, the head of the Gulf Cartel.
Many of Gonzalez’s relatives and friends remained at the impromptu refugee camp in Miguel Alemán, he said. Earlier this year, though, his sister-in-law moved to the apartment in Roma’s Los Saenz neighborhood. Now, he was helping her to clean out the two-bedroom unit.
Officials in Roma said the exodus to their city from Mier has carried on since fighting across the border picked up in the spring. Most residents from Mier and other towns along the Frontera Chica — the “little border,” as the region is known — with money or immigration papers had already fled to the U.S. before June.
“The people who went to Miguel Alemán were the ones who had nowhere else to go,” said Roma City Manager Cris Salinas.
I am totally shocked this story hasn’t gotten more attention at least I haven’t seen much. The implications are huge.
First by setting up “refugee camps” what has been known casually is being acknowledged parts of Mexico have become war zones and you have to be pretty foolish, pretty brave, heavy guarded or ethically compelled to go there.
Second of all this changes the illegal immigration equation dramatically. It’s once thing to make people who have come here go home for breaking the law, it’s quite another to force refugees fleeing a war zone to re-enter the kill zone.
This raises an interesting conundrum. Open border activists and the Mexican government have been of one mind on illegal Mexican immigration to the US (and one mind on illegal immigration into Mexico, Mexico cracks down the activists don’t care). One would think that said activists would jump at the chance to play the refugee card. Considering the stories from the border it is an excellent argument.
The only problem is said card implicitly suggests Mexico is a failed state and Mexico certainly doesn’t want to be perceived that way internationally, also it would be an excellent justification for troops on the border and neither Mexico nor the activists want that.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of this.
For myself I want to have our immigration laws respected thus illegals must be deported. We also have laws concerning refugees on the books and treaties signed. These people are refugees and I’m not inclined to force these guys back while the shooting is going on, that’s murder.