Apr 26, 2010, 4:05 AM
Post #8 of 15
Youre absolutely right Dawg. I agree with you. Your post and title "A new Paradigm" however implies some sort of shift in the region in terms of security. Hence, my post referencing drug violence, not violence against immigrants. Unless you think that the increased enforcement is to help protect lowly immigrants against abuses.
It's certainly complicated. There are a lot of people making good money off those immigrants and the contraband that passes through that border. For the moment, everyone is happy except the immigrants (well, you and I don't like it either of course). Hence, a relative calm. If, however, the smuggling routes were to be disrupted or contested by the government we would likely see the same sort of shit as up in the north. It doesnt matter what is being smuggled (money, people, drugs). If the people who are benefitting from that border find their bread and butter threatened they will wreak some havoc. We dont have that yet because, as you pointed out, everyone is in on it and theyre happy with the status quo.
Tapachula did experience a bit of what is going on in the north a few years back but not to such an extreme. Home invasions increased, violent muggings and killings of locals increased. Mostly due to a surge in the presence of Mara. I had friends there who were ready to relocate because of it. However, things improved greatly after Hurricane Stan which wiped out the train from Tapa to Arriaga. After that the immigrants started bypassing Tapa and now go straight to Arriaga or cross into Tabasco. As a result, the Mara followed them and the increase in violence in Tapa dissipated.
The hypocrisy is thick indeed. I always think of it when I hear Mexico complain about the treatment of Mexican immigrants on the northern border.