March 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/25/09

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Tonight on AC360°, Anderson is reporting from El Paso, Texas along the border with Mexico where the drug war is fueling violence and mayhem. At least 800 people have been killed in Mexico this year alone. And, the danger is spilling here into the U.S. There's the threat of kidnappings here on U.S. soil. Mexico's drug cartels are on a bloody mission. Has the violence had you rethinking travel plans to Mexico? Sound off below on the war next door.

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soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Jean - Phoenix, AZ

    We should all express our joy at the Mexican president's willingness to take on the cartels. If this had been done years ago, perhaps the cartels wouldn't have been as powerful and could have been stopped without so much bloodshed.

    March 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Nattada, Houston TX

    From my previous comment, I meant to say I do not thing those teen soldier would want to be soldier and kill people.

    Great show with all round espect of drug cartel situation around the border. Look forward to tommorrow night show.

    Have a good and safe night all.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Cristy Kirssin


    Great job narrarating on this "War on the border". I understand more what is going on. Thanks for helping me navigate through it....

    Good Night bloggers and 360 staff, Be Safe and keep up the good work!!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Saera El Paso, TX

    Oh my gosh Vanessa do you want to kill him!? I don't think he could take our Chico's Tacos!! lol

    good night to you all
    stay safe

    March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    PS. Stay safe Anderson and Crew! Thanks for the bit about ND and our fight against the rising water! Good night!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Pamela

    Anderson, Thanks for doing this. Its important work. I know, I have family in Mexico and they are dieing and they are not involved in the cartel. Just normal good people. I voted for Obama....please sir help these poor people. Where are the serious blogers...this is serious.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and Gary, be careful!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Lauren--NY

    Excellent discussion tonight, bloggers–and outstanding journalism, CNN. Thank you for everything you do. Keep your wits about you out there and get home safely and soon. <3

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Well Goodnight Anderson and my fellow bloogers. Also Anderson you and your crew stay safe down there.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Charles from NJ

    Wilson on militarizing borders.
    We hardly have enough troops to fight in the middle east, how can we spare any for the drug war, then again it might be good training for troops before heading overseas. If anything send the marines !

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Jennifer - Michigan

    Anderson – Thanks for all you do. Great show tonight. Good night – pleasant dreams to you....

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Isabel - Brazil

    Good night, Anderson!
    Excellent job today. Good rest!

    Good night, Gayle, Megan, Casey, David, Cristy, Esma, Rikki, Brandi, Betty Ann, Vanessa, …

    And see you tomorrow!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Have a good night, everyone.

    Thanks to AC360 for covering the "War Next Door" in such detail. Stay safe, Anderson and crew!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Mary Ann

    It is a war; one that much of the U.S. has denied and those who have economic interests in Mexico have tried to whitewash, claiming this is all trumped up by the media. 30 years of traveling in Mexico has come to a sudden halt for me, at least driving across the border from Arizona.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Thanks Megan! We are working our tails off to get everyone sandbagged in time and then its up to the levees to hold up! But we're gonna keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight for! That's on of the best qualities of Mid-Westerners...we band together and we take care of our neighbors so that's what we are gonna do!

    Have a good night everyone!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Isabel - Brazil

    @ David

    Yes, you're right! Very well ! 🙂

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. La Mujer

    Scary stuff...

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Everybody who want to Legalize the drugs. PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESS and request/Demand that they seriously consider legalization of drugs!

    Many in congress will claim legaling drugs is a moral/ethical issue and that we should NOT do it. Make your arguments compelling...legal drugs would put a serious dent in the cartels' existence!

    Once legal, the US could better monitor drug use, educate people, treat people and have an excellent source of TAX which we despartely need anyway to help us out of recession.

    Good night Anderson & crew, please stay SAFE.

    Good night fellow bloggers, any excellent discussion as always, have a good night and a great day tomorrow!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Esma

    Those are some sobering photographs. Goodnight and stay safe everyone.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Maureen T, Canada

    Very interesting show Anderson! Thank you for keeping us informed. Oh, and, once again, please stay safe!! Good night.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Jen in Mex

    3.81 US dollar PER DAY is minimum wage in Mexico. Does that help you understand?

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!

    My thoughts and prayer with you...... Please stay safe for us......... Good night Anderson..... Take care yourself until tomorrow night... when you come back soon!!!!!! just in case.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    How chilling? Have a good evening everyone.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Nice job reporting Anderson. Stay safe over there CNN crew. I hope u make it back safe as well.

    Goodnight All. Talk to yall tomorrow.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  25. jane MI

    @Maren, I agree – I noticed the spike in gun shops during travels across the country, and now in my rural region...pawn shops too...coincidently drug crimes too

    Some people think legalising marijuana will stop the violence– I don't... because of cocaine and meth demand

    Thank you Anderson and CNN team for keeping us informed-becareful!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Carl

    Legalize Drugs? Is this a joke?!

    Unlike alcohol or tobacco beginning the use of Heroin or Cocaine the doses have to increase to continue to get the same type of high. The best high a user ever has is the First!

    After that the addict has to increase dosage to get a similar high! How do you regulate the craving the brain has for a greater high!?

    Before you follow this administrations intent to legalize drugs -- think! Do your homework.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    Awesome show tonight! Can't wait for tomorrow's show.

    v. gerrard, Dublin : I looove your beautiful country!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
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