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March 25th, 2009
02:13 PM ET

The war next door

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/02/27/juarez.mexico.violence/art.police.jpg caption="In Juarez, Mexico, 1,600 people were killed in 2008, three times more than the most murderous city in the U.S."]
Anderson Cooper

When we think of the wars this country faces – Iraq and Afghanistan come to mind - but the drug war in Mexico rarely does. It should.

Two years ago Mexico's President Felipe Calderon deployed his military to combat powerful drug cartels - traffickers who for years have managed to control lucrative smuggling routes into the US.

It has been a bloody two years in Mexico, with drug-related murders rising dramatically. Kidnappings, beheadings, very public murders have become commonplace. It is the war next door, and the violence has already spilled over into the United States - and not just along the border.

Did you know the Justice Department now says Mexican cartels are the biggest organized crime threat in the U.S.? They are reportedly operating in more than 200 American cities – selling and distributing cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin.

Tonite we will be broadcasting from the border, taking you to the frontline of the fight here in the US and in Mexico.

We'll report from both sides of the border and show you how the insatiable demand for drugs here is causing so much bloodshed there. None of us can afford to ignore this growing war next door.


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  1. Sahira

    Hey Anderson,

    It seems as if the war on grugs has been going on forever. Most of the emphasis has been on punishing the users instead of going after those who smuggle large quantities of drugs into the US.
    I think the obscene amount of money involved makes this problem even harder to solve. Both sides need to work together on this issue to be able to produce results and stop the cartels from creating so much chaos.

    Anderson be safe and come home soon.

    Sahira.

    P.S. I hope you are on Friday night so we know that you got back okay.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  2. V Ault

    The problem is not with the drugs but the money that can be made selling the drugs. If you take away the money the major problems with drugs will go away. How do you take the money out of drugs, make all drugs legal.
    I deplore drug abuse but it is obvious that we are going about this the wrong way. For more than 40 years and countless billions of dollars we have tried to stop drug abuse and what has it got us. Nothing!!
    Hell with all the money we have spent on this so called war we could have cured world hunger or made major breakthroughs in medicine.
    Instead of locking up our fellow citizens for abusing drugs use the money to help people free themselves from drug abuse.
    Why not make drugs legal and use the money to help people free themselves from drugs instead of locking them up.
    But do you think any changes will happen hell no. There’s too much money to be made in the war on drugs.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  3. Jack M.

    Perhaps the warring in the south has been brought on by ourselves. Failure to properly police the drug situations in our own streets have lead to the increase of drugs and violence in Mexico. As long as the drug trade remains as profitable as it is and as it increases, we will likely see a continued increase in violence and trade.

    Stay safe Anderson and I hope you expose the problem for what it really is, and hopefully you will put a stop to the ignorance that has plagued the political arena for decades.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  4. allen maes

    You ask, . . .How and why this has happened and has gotten so far out of control?
    What rock are you living under? Is the real question!
    Mexico and other nations sell drugs and we/ the good 'ol U.S of A, buy the drugs. Oh-h-h-h, . . . how complex is that? It isn't rocket science for heaven's sake !
    To know where and to what levels these drugs actually end up at would be another real question. Hm-m-m-m? No conspiracy there.
    How and where are the drug cartels getting their "American" fire arms and even the weapons that the USA have bearly released to our own armed forces.
    Go ahead and keep your heads in the sand and see if this all goes away.
    We all deserve what we get ! Good, bad or indifferent !
    Addictions come in all shapes and sizes. Look in the mirror !
    Can the USA actually say the word without choking, . . . "ACCOUNTIBILITY" ! The USA loves their cake and eats it too ! Then blames, pisses and moans about it !

    A. Maes

    March 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  5. Minou, New York City

    I don't think that a "war" is the end solution to the cartel problem. To control violence with violence doesn't work. The demand for drugs is what keeps the cartels alive. Maybe if we tried to understand the reasons for why so many people in the US are using drugs, then these particular issues could be addressed. It's just not normal that an entire society is either on pharmaceutical drugs or on narcotics. A mix of strong law enforcement and a sociological/psychological approach may be the answer.

    Another blogger referred to the prohibition of alcohol and suggested lifting the ban on narcotics wouldn't turn non-drug users into users. That might be right, but you also don't get addicted to alcohol as easily as to drugs. Crack can make you an addict for life after the first try. Also, you can still function well in society even when you are an alcoholic (up to a point..), drug users cannot.

    Stay safe, Anderson and team.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  6. Laura L.

    I have lived in the same bordertown all of my life (one of which you are rumored to visit). Our city has benefited from, although does not fully rely on, Mexico. I love my city and its peoples and the war next door has literally hit home for so many of us. It is not until recently that this ruthless matter is gaining national attention. For so long, we have heard of the endless crimes and numerous casualties; it seemed that in every local newscast, the killings became more and more horrific.
    I attend a university that plainly overlooks Mexico. Not even a mile away is a whole different world filled with panic and hate. However, I have always felt safe thanks to our dedicated law enforcement. That is not the case for so many people living here, though. Many have witnessed shootings and robberies themselves. Vehicles with Texas license plates have been a new target of violence, staying north of the border is the safest bet.
    Again, it was not long ago that cities such as mine felt nearly invisible within lights of the media. I want to thank you for your time and commitment covering our war next door.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  7. Matt

    Dear AC360,

    There are two main sources of income for our enemies, oil and drugs. As responsible citizens we must remove these sources of currency which are cashed into bombs and death. Our current drug policy doesn’t work and the evidence is overwhelming. For one, people in prison can still purchase drugs, they just cost more, but they don’t pay for rent or food. Under closer scrutiny, our politicians will admit to using drugs. The current president and the two before him have admitted it. Finally, and the most important point is that if all drugs were completely legal only a small percentage of the US population would have problems with them, or possibly even die, while now as it is the entire population pays, twice. We are creating favorable supply and demand conditions that profit these criminals. When psychological and social treatments are the only known method that works for drug abuse, and with the hostile world that we see around us caused by our own hypocrisy, it is definitely time for a change.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  8. Michelle

    We are feeding the mexican drug business because it is illegal in our country, so if it were legal we could tax it, create revenue for our county, alleviate all of the time and money spent on trying to catch illegeal traffickers and all of the efforts that go into securing our borders over drugs alone.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  9. teresa

    How it got so bad so quick is: it didnt. We just pretended we didnt know about it. Are drugs Mexico's #1 export to the US?

    I'm guessing Mexico had a lot of officials on drug payroll in the years leading up to the last two.

    The US border needs to put up the fences and damn being humanitarian to Mexico. The US didnt get its rep from being nice all the time. It's time to be nice to US first.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  10. Vanessa, El Paso, TX

    Hey Anderson..I said last night, I'll say it again, PLEASE, you and your crew, BE CAREFUL! I live close by and I'm scared of going to Juarez. I am looking forward to your report tonight. I'm so glad that CNN is doing a full report on what I see everyday in our border.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  11. E.P.

    This is time for both, the U.S. and Mexico to act tough against these bastards drug traffickers for once

    Desperate times call for desperate measures

    Mexico is a so-called democracy, but is closed to be a failed-state if they don't do something drastic. I know they can't just hang all drug dealers, but they better make some new laws like : death penalty to these bastard traffickers and they need to confiscate all property and money from them and all their related family immediate or not, if they can't show a history of their money.

    In the U.S. the laws against possession of drugs are Stupid and Lame. If the laws for more strict, then anybody who's got something to lose would think twice before acquiring drugs.

    Criminals guilty of distributing drugs, should be changed with conspiracy to kill multiple people, or accessory to mass murdering. but there's always some dumb advocate for second chances for heartless criminals.

    I am very sick of our lame system of: spanking criminals for their behavior while innocent civilians citizens suffer the consequences

    March 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  12. Dee Stevens

    On your Mission to Mexico for the next two days reporting live from the border be very careful Anderson and Michael Ware too in Juarez. This is not the best place to be in the country of Mexico. I'll be watching AC360 unfold the drug war tonight.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  13. Dee Stevens

    On your mission to Mexico for the next two days reporting live from the border be careful Anderson and Michael Ware too in Juarez.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  14. Rekha AC

    Dear Anderson,

    Hope you have a safe journey to and back from Mexico. Looking forward to your reporting tonight. Stay safe. Take the time to njoy heroin-free Mexico.
    Take care, Rekha

    March 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  15. Judy Stage/Brooklyn MI

    Anderson,
    The drug problem is so overwhelming and every layer of society is inter-twined and involved to the extent that there are no quick solutions. Obviously we live in a society where power and greed seem to outweigh common sense. A critical mass of humanity is involved in this evil and societies have been known to collapse under the sheer force of this kind of negative energy.
    Take care. See you tonight.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  16. Adeline, France

    "show you how the insatiable demand for drugs here is causing so much bloodshed there."

    Anderson,

    I've always wondered why some ppl need drugs so much. why they need to make it their god. i just don't understand that. the love of money (dealers), and the bad side of human nature, i know. but i mean...come on. i have tried to solve this problem in my brain over and over again until it hurts to no avail. nothing that anyone says (no matter how smart) seems to quench that thirst for truth. what drives and pushes ppl so much towards drugs? it seems they are just enslaved to it and can't stop or won't stop even if they could. I guess it's the same as with every ill and vice. we just don't understand the root cause. we just look at the surface. maybe we don't care enough. too much going on. what is it going to take to solve this problem, bc it is a problem like so many other problems in this world. but i agree, we can't afford to ignore it anylonger and your report WILL make a difference. yesterday i surfed the net and came across a blog of yours written by you in 2006 or 2007 about Mexico and how thanks to your report two young girls were saved from child prostitution/pedophilia. I dont remember the exact details but it's great what you're doing. I trust this report will help my brain hurt a lot less and help put some peace in my heart about this. Take care Anderson.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    It's great to see your writing on the blog this afternoon.
    It's good to hear current news of drug cartel arrests, and to see more national attention paid to the crisis in and from Mexico. Some success in fighting the drug war doesn't minimize the continual danger of violence, though. I'm glad to see you are focusing on the war–though I pray you all stay safe. I'm looking forward to your broadcasts from the border.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  18. Michelle

    I have lived next to Juarez, Mexico my entire life and truly it is pretty sad that it has taken this long and a war in Mexico that is spilling over our borders for the majority to take note and realize what is going on right next door to our country. Instead of fighting wars half way around the world we need to focus on what is going on here on our land. It's a snowball affect of many things. As noted, the Mexican government is corrupt and will probably have to be overthrown for any real change to take place. Additionally, that country is ran by all of these drug cartels...who do you think pays the government and creates the corruption? And, yes, America is feeding the frenzy because of the demand for illegal drugs in our county; so, I agree with Dave...legalize drugs like you do alcohol and eliminate a lot of the problem. Tax the drugs and create revenue for our country. Just because drugs are legal doesn't mean everyone will try it now, just regulate it like alcohol. This also ties into the immigration issue, if you were a Mexican national wouldn't you want to do whatever it took to come to America because you live in fear everyday of your life in your country? And because the mexican government is so corrupt you cannot obtain citizenship legally because only those with money can pay them off to do so. If we focused on the war here and fixed the problems associated with it, we could have a friendly neighbor to the south and perhaps create good and free trade.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  19. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I have worked on and off for years in drug prevention. We always look at it in terms of attempting to prevent the person from using. Sadly school systems still use the ineffective DARE and "Just say no" paradigms. They don't work. I have come to believe that a potential user has a choice and when he or she chooses to use that is part of the problem. When addiction takes over rational thought, there is a problem. The other part of the problem is the availability of the drug. Addicts will cross over to something else to get the high if the drugs aren't there. Recreational users will definitely cross over to something else if the drugs aren't readily available. I'm all for stopping the supply doing whatever it takes to make that happen. I've watched too many people lose it all to drugs. These cartels are murders of not just individuals but entire families and lifestyles. Why we don't go after them full force, stop the corruption here and in Mexico, and run the suppliers dry is beyond me.

    Looking forward to hearing what is said about this...Stay safe while doing what you do best.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  20. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    One more comment–Anderson, like others here I've said many prayers for the safety of you and the crew. It's your work, going into these dangerous areas, but not easy to watch. Feel like I have to tune in, just to see everything goes OK.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  21. barbara

    Thanks for keeping this in the news. It is so out of control. Stay safe, take care.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  22. Theresa, Des Moines, IA

    I know that this is a naive question, but who is consuming these drugs? The local/national news has stories about locally grown meth, locally grown marijuana, prescription drug overuse, and of course alcohol abuse. Just curious.

    I appreciate the reporting on this issue. Thanks.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  23. Joshua

    Why is it the U.S. Government practically ignored the situation along the border for decades? We need to shut down the border until we can figure out how to derail the cartel organization.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  24. Legalization?

    The notion of legalization doesn't make sense. Who needs a line of cocaine or heroin for medicinal purposes? What would necessitate legalizing the drug? We say oh it's ok to take heroin. What message does that send to people. We see the affects. Those on recreational drugs commit more crimes and are more violent and prone to murder etc. We should just let people hustle this on the street? and turn a blind eye? No

    March 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  25. AJ

    Be careful out there.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  26. Neo

    Anything that causes that much violence and death necessitates military intervention. I won't say it's a war per se because that makes people trigger happy but drugs are a threat to a civilized lifestyle. Anytime you have kids dieing in drive by shootings over a bad drug deal gone wrong, is completely out of control. I hope the military gets this under control, for once and for all.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  27. Rachel Smith

    Anderson,

    The one thing behind these motivations is prohibition. It has NEVER worked and it will NOT work in this case either. Legalizing MJ would most likely stop much of the violence by taking the business out of the cartels and putting jobs into many millions of Americans who need jobs producing, selling and taxing of MJ to the American public. The government still wants to hold onto its ideological beliefs. Go ahead, while our country becomes an infestation of criminals.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  28. Crysti

    Anderson, I follow your Twitter closely and all I can say is that I pray for your safety. Juarez has become a terrible place to live and the police are so corrupt! Be especially careful at the stop signs and being out after dusk. You wil notice that since the chaos started all doors close around 5 or 6 pm. Please, please,please becareful Anderson, you're one of the best journalists of my time.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  29. Carol, Balto

    One of the last lines should read "LEGALLY" and (sarcastically) "yes I approve this message."

    March 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  30. T-n-EP

    Anderson,
    Your reporting is always outstanding and tonight, I'm sure, will be no different. Although the headline doesn't specify the U.S. -Mexico border cities you will be reporting from, one can assume is from the El Paso -Juarez sister cities. If that is the case, welcome to El Paso, this is a trip that many in the House and the President should be making. Until you see the border and the proximity to Mexico, they can only speculate about what it relly looks like.

    Bienvenido!
    TJ

    March 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  31. Carol, Balto

    Hmm...I lived NEXT door to such a situation you describe in Northern VA and to this I say *NO SE PUEDE!" These multi-gen families/friends here in the U.S. ILLEGALLY don't knock it off, I pray to God they get deported. They came here illegally from Mexico & So. America and have turned their casas into "mini-pharms," selling weed, cocaine,prostitution, etc ...reasons we left because my children & myself were next to"open for business 24/7 address." The
    neighborhood was not a dump, but an upper-middle class neighborhood. The reason they can afford it IS the drug sales and cramming as many people into 2-3 bdrm townhouses as they can. Please spare us your MOCK outrage and silver spoon distanced reporting for a situation you will probably never encounter unless on assignment. WHAT ABOUT other people from other countries who are expected to come here illegally??? I'm sick to death of the unfair pandering to illegal Latinos. Shame on the politicians!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  32. Mari

    This whole situation could have been avoided with a drug free America. Our drug addicts keep the Mexican drug cartels in business.

    There are no easy answers, I know, however, we in the United States need to take responsibility for the drug wars, also.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  33. kristen

    I’ll be very curious to see what you and your team find out down there on the best way to fix this seemingly volcanic problem. Be safe!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  34. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Anderson,
    Very important story you're working on here. It's such a shame about the insatiable demand for illegal drugs coming from our own country. It's such an embarrassment to us all. Thanks for all your hard work – we're watching. Take care, be safe.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  35. EZV., PhD

    Question yesterday posed to Presiden Obama if Mexico´s cartel/drug problem affects USA national security. Some estimates indicate drug business stateside may be well over 30 billion per year as world´s largest consumer so USA´s consumer and local mafia´s demand is the real problem to USA´s nat´l security and not so much mexican cartel infighting for the USA market which is a grave problem in itself for mexican authorities; and then how about the arms sales in the States to mafias on both sides: huge business that needs serious curtailment. I dare say corruption on both sides of the border is the question and the real threat to normality on both sides. Curious anecdote: we don´t have so many (if any) school and sniper killings yeararound as stateside has: is that a problem for Mexico´s national security? GIve me a break. Bottom line: cartels on both sides might be colluded-some say- with authorities here and there so maybe national guard should keep an eye on Texas, Arizona, California, eastern and the other 40 states. Famous "law" of economics and entrepreneurship: where there´s demand and profit there will be supply and not least potential collusion with authorities, a powerful catalyst. Working together should help for all national interests. By the way, how do several Asian countries handle drug-dealing? Pretty rough.no? So gals and guys, let´s get on the objectivity wagon for mutual benefit and let the crowd know the blatant facts and real challenges: I´m sure you will. Otherwise I wonder if there really is a solution to the growing problem. Regards.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  36. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    It's impossible for anyone who watches AC 360 or checks out the blog page to ignore the crisis. Lately viewers are inundated with this dark, gory coverage–all in a negative, hopeless tone. We need to be sympathetic to people's suffering and work to stop it, but after a certain point a boundary is crossed into an unhealthy fixation on violence and death. I really like Anderson and the show, so I keep watching, but it's tempting to turn it off.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  37. Alyzabeth

    Why would our government let it get so far entrenched in America? This is really a shame.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  38. Rebecca

    if marijuana were to be made legal, these drug lord would no longer have to push harder narcotics. they could become business men instead of drug dealers, and would have no need to push harder drugs because of huge marijuana profits.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  39. Liana

    As we all know Anderson, its matter of supply and demand in addition to a lethal combination of “Need, Greed and Opportunity”. Unless the demand from the US is severed at the knees so to speak, this “war” will never end; the same applies to the “war on drugs in Afghanistan” that you yourself have witnessed, they face the same situation with their borders/neighbours.

    Perhaps we also need to look at other Countries who have faced similar situations around the Globe – what have they done, how are they tackling this nightmare of a calamity?

    It will also be interesting to see the outcome of Sec. Clinton's visit with her Mexican Counterparts and the subsequent game plan to tackle this issue, henceforth.

    March 25, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  40. xtina, chicago IL

    as Robert Frost said: "good fences make good neighbors"

    March 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  41. Lilibeth

    Anderson, now that you are there to report on this thing again, all I can think of is the woman you interviewed in 60 Minutes. She said the (corrupt) government is a huge part of the problem, and that if you want to eliminate the problem, you have to eliminate the government. Question is how. But I agree with her because isn’t government corruption one of the reasons other countries have big problems (drugs, poverty, disease, etc., which may be interrelated).

    On another note, my co-worker is going to Tijuana in April to do mission work helping kids. I admire his dedication and commitment, but I’m very worried for his safety. What do you think? Will he be OK? Should he go? He knows the dangers but still wants to go.

    Anderson, as always, I pray for you and your crew’s safety. Take care,

    Lilibeth
    Edmonds, Washington

    March 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  42. Monika

    Oh, hello there, Anderson! How nice to hear from you!

    Looks like this has been going on for a long while now. What took everybody so long to catch on?

    It's a shame that so many innocent people have to suffer for the benefit of a few ruthless individuals.

    Hope you stay safe there, Anderson. Looking forward to your report.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  43. Should be on both sides

    I think the drug wars should be on both sides, not just in México, it's important to notice that since the Mexican Revolution, there hasn't been a military deployment in such proportions as today in the border.

    How come we never see in the news any reports of the FBI arresting some big capo or drug lord? We only see arrests of small time crocks like cholos and L.A. gangsters. Only Mexico does the dirty work, accept it, part of the responsability is from the US, since it's the biggest drug consumer in the world.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  44. Jim

    Anderson There is a Solution to the Problem- The Mexican & American Governments Create a mile wide strip on Both Sides of the Border from California to Texas Move EVERY BODY BACK behind these lines , Burn the 2 mile swath in the Middle leave nothing but bare ground- Next in this 2 mile wide strip with Electric Fences on Both sides &100' from the sides of the roads along all of the sides of roads across the Border – You get checked leaving America, You get checked comming into America- The 2 mile Swath is under Joint Martial Law- You cross anywhere except proper crossings You get shot PERIOD! & your body gets to lay in the 2 mile swath & rot, If Your caught with illegal drugs Same Thing, Caught with illegal Guns, Money same thing The Penalty is Death & your Body is put in the 2 mile swath to rot & serve as a warning Give The Criminals here a 7 day warning- leave Now & forever- or Join those in the Swath.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  45. kasper

    it's about time......i little 2 late it's gonna be in you front porch......like us here in mexico...you want help?...stop doing drugs....and not sending agents to the border...

    March 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  46. cinwil38

    Gee, just think if the Bush admin had actually secured the border during his pres. we would have been fighting this war already. Who else is operating here due to our porous borders?

    March 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  47. Dave S, Tinley Park, IL

    This is no different than the violence alcohol prohibition caused–why it's a surprise to anyone is beyond me. You can watch any prohibition documentary and substitute the word 'alcohol' with 'drugs' and nothing else is lost in the translation. Just tax it all and pull the rug out from these cartels. I'm no more apt to try heroin just because it's suddenly legalised. The drug 'war' has done nothing to hamper availability to anyone inclined to try these substances–we should've learned that from over 20 years of this nonsense.

    Looking forward to this–just be careful!

    March 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  48. Cindy

    Anderson,
    It is a shame that we and Mexico have let this drug problem get to this point. There should have been a joint effort to combat it years ago. Now we are faced with an insurmountable problem it seems. I just don't see any easy way out of this mess! it'll take both countries and major luck to win this war in my opinion!

    Looking forward to the show tonight. Please be safe down there Coop! C-Ya tonight!

    Cindy..Ga.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  49. Paula V., Boston, MA

    I'd like to know how and why this situation has gotten so out of hand.

    Stay safe at the border.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  50. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    Hello Anderson

    The idea of traveling to Mexico is scary. I would do not relish the thought of having armed guards by hotels against crime to protect poeple when they are staying there .It is almost on the brink of civil war with the cartels fighting. It's not safe for anyone it's coming across to the United States and more violence will erupt . I can't beleive John Deere is moving it's opperations there they won't care about thier products it will fail and it's not fair for our jobs that will move to a crime ridden country. Please stay safe Anderson .
    Thanks for blogging
    Michelle D.

    March 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
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