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I am a consultant and analyst with eight years of military law enforcement experience, six years of analytical experience covering Latin America, and over seven years of analytical experience covering Mexican TCOs and border violence issues. This blog is designed to inform readers about current border violence issues and provide analysis on those issues, as well as detailed focus on specific border topics. By applying my knowledge and experience through this blog, I hope to separate the wheat from the chaff...that is, dispel rumors propagated by sensationalist media reporting, explain in layman's terms what is going on with Mexican TCOs, and most importantly, WHY violence is happening along the US-Mexico border.

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December 06, 2011

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I, myself don't think we're a "safe haven", but I don't think we do enough to stop them (TCOs) from wanting to come live here.

I think it all points back to CBP not having enough resources to control out borders. I have at times thought that we're so wrapped up in the middle east terrorist thing that we lose sight on our own borders. I think if we put half the resources that we use for the middle operations towards our own borders that we would stop more at the border than what we do, drugs, illegals, TCOs, etc. Like my buddy with BORTAC told me one time "If instead of mexicans the people coming across the border or the cartel members were middle eastern imagine the resources we would get and imagine how many agents we could hire?".

I agree with you in that we need to be making life here for TCOs as crappy as possible then maybe they would find somewhere else to live other than the US.

Great article!!

Sylvia

I assume that you're implying that members of TCO's are traveling on false papers when visiting the USA. I can't imagine that the FBI or other agencies would hesitate to arrest these people if they could locate them. I would think that serious cartel leaders are more likely to have "getaway" villas in remote spots of Central America.

By the way, the news recently reported that Mexico has rounded up almost 66% of all the top cartel leaders on their original "hit list". They started with a list of about 36 suspects, and they have got almost 2/3 of them now. That's pretty impressive!!! It speaks to a lot of dedication by law enforcement people (and intel) in Mexico, and some excellent help from the USA. Congratulations to all who have contributed.

P.

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