[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/24/obama.mexico.policy/art.juarez.cnn.jpg caption="A police convoy moves in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last month, across the U.S. border from El Paso, Texas."]
Tonight on AC360°, we give you an up close look at the war next door. Anderson will be reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border on the violent mission of Mexico's drug cartels. 800 killings so far this year. About 6,500 others murdered last year. U.S. officials are concerned Mexico could become the next Iraq or Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico. Today Clinton acknowledged U.S. ties to the problem. "Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," she said. "The criminals and the kingpins spreading violence are trying to corrode the foundations – law, order, friendship and trust between us... they will fail," Clinton added.
The Obama administration is moving more than 450 law enforcement agents and equipment to the border to try to combat the violence.
The cartels have a big influence here in the U.S. They are linked to at least 230 American cities. In a December report the U.S. Justice Department said that Mexican cartels are the "biggest organized crime threat in the U.S." They control most of the U.S. drug market. Tonight, 360's Tom Forman shows you how the drugs cross the border and make it into U.S. cities and towns. He also shows us how the drug money than makes its way back into Mexico.
We'll also look at the travel threat in Mexico. Randi Kaye has the stunning story of an American family that was abducted at gunpoint and amazingly made it out of Mexico alive. CLICK HERE for more details.
Are you worried about the growing violence in Mexico that's spreading into the U.S.? What do you think should be done to stop the bloodshed? Share your thoughts below.
We'll have these stories and a lot more starting at 10pm ET.See you then!
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