Security tightened along U.S.-Mexican border because of ‘credible threat’

| 8/26/2008

Tighter security means that truckers who cross the U.S.-Mexican border may be in for longer waits.

The Associated Press reported that security is being tightened at border crossings after law enforcement officials received what they called a “credible threat” that members of Mexican drug cartels intended to kill as many as 20 people in Texas and New Mexico. Officials didn’t say who the targets are.

Drug cartel violence has claimed thousands of lives in Mexico this year, including nearly 800 people who were murdered in Ciudad Juarez – just across the border from El Paso, TX. In Mexico more than 4,000 people have died in drug-related violence.

In related news, a recent Los Angeles Times article quoted U.S. and Mexican officials as saying that high-powered automatic weapons and ammunition are flowing virtually unchecked from U.S. border states into Mexico, fueling a war among drug traffickers, the army and police.

The Times reported that more than 6,700 licensed gun dealers are within a short drive of the 2,000-mile border, from the Gulf Coast of Texas to San Diego – which amounts to more than three dealers for every mile of border territory.