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Q&A: How Concerned Should Americans Be About Mexican Drug Violence?

  • March 26, 2009
  • By Stateline Staff
As the Obama administration unveils a new plan to fight surging drug violence in Mexico, Stateline.org asked several experts for their thoughts on the scope of the problem.

This is part one in a series examining the impact of recent violence in Mexico on the United States. Come back tomorrow for a look at whether armed National Guard troops should be sent to the border .

Question
How concerned should Americans
be about Mexican drug violence?




Answer
Arizona State Rep. Ray Barnes (R)
Mexican drug violence has already manifested to massive proportions in the El Paso, Texas, area. People have been murdered on both sides of the border. I don't want that happening here.

-Arizona state Rep. Ray Barnes (R), member, House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee

Answer
New Mexico State Sen. Cisco McSorley (D)
Extremely concerned. It's real. It's not going to get any better. I think it's going to start to affect average citizens. The violence will become indiscriminate, I believe.

-New Mexico state Sen. Cisco McSorley (D), chair, Senate Judiciary Committee


Answer
James Jay Carafano
Americans should be concerned about the drug violence. Some have referred to the southern border as a war zone, and drug violence between rival cartels has on occasion leaked into U.S. territory. In addition, the U.S.'s well-being depends on the ability of Mexico to sustain a healthy and secure civil society and economy.

-James Jay Carafano, senior research fellow, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.