EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. law enforcement says it's received
warnings that the drug-related violence that has torn through
Mexico threatens to lap across the border into the United States.
The warnings say warring Mexican drug cartels have given their
hit men permission to cross into the United States to kill their
targets. Police and federal agents tell The Associated Press that
officials along the border are beefing up security.
Drug cartel violence has claimed thousands of lives across
Mexico this year. Nearly 800 people have been killed this year in
Ciudad Juarez alone. That hard-scrabble city of about 1.3 million
people is across the Rio Grande from El Paso.
The cartels are battling each other and the Mexican government
for supremacy and control of lucrative drug and human smuggling
routes, and they've become brazen in their attacks in recent
The deadly wave of shootings and a rise in kidnappings for
ransom has prompted an untold number of Mexican nationals. Among
them are police officers, a prosecutor and a journalist to seek
asylum in the U.S.
Immigration experts say their pleas have little chance of
success. But lawyers representing asylum seekers have said their
clients are willing to risk eventually being kicked out of the
United States rather than stay in Mexico.
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