Record number of 29,000 murders in Mexico show why Americans need a border wall

In a nation which is plagued by internecine wars between drug cartels vying for power, Mexico recorded its highest number of murders last year. Mexico recorded a staggering 29,168 murders last year, a 27 percent increase on the year before. This is the highest number since records began being collected in 1997. The highest previous total recorded was 22,409, which was recorded in 2011. The most violent state in the country was the Mexican state of Guerrero which saw 2,529 murders in 2017. Guerrero is home to the once famed tourist location of Acapulco. The city of Acapulco had a homicide rate of 64.2 per 100,000, making it the most dangerous city in Mexico. Overall, Mexico had a murder rate of 20.5 per 100,000, more than four times higher than its northern neighbour America.

One of Donald Trump’s major campaign pledges was to build a wall along the southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs coming into the country. This descent into lawlessness stresses the need for America more than ever to secure their southern border. When instability thrives in a neighbouring country, it is only a matter of time before it spreads across its geographical lines and begins to affect the people closest to it. Indeed over the years, many people in southern states have been accosted by people with guns on their properties and some land owners have even been killed by people who have crossed the border. Border Patrol Agents are quickly becoming the last line of defence between a nation where lawlessness and the rule of law thrives, often placing them in the crossfire with devastating results.

The deteriorating situation in Mexico also reinforces the need for sensible immigration policy. In a nation where drug cartels are increasingly holding more power in certain states than the government, the need to determine who is entering your nation is more dire than ever. Infiltration by cartel members has been something US authorities have been combating for years. As violence increases in Mexico, it would be feasible to assume that cartel members would seek to escape the violence and find new markets to operate in. There is also the added dimension of people who are fleeing violence, creating an even more unstable environment on the border. The phrase “build the wall”  is often seen trending as a hashtag on social media. This news from Mexico today makes the phrase which was often chanted with a jovial tone during the campaign even more serious and relevant as the need for border security seems more necessary than ever.

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