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A chilling development in Mexico adds to the ever-burgeoning threat of drug activity south of the border. Of course, Mexican drug cartels and the violence they have inflicted upon the Mexican people as a whole and the Mexican government is significant in and of itself for the sheer horror and devastation involved; however, politically, it is of course relevant to the United States’s policies, most particularly the security of the southern border. Another layer of relevance is added by the fact that a 14 year-old–known by the moniker “El Ponchis”–recently charged with the beheading of four people, is an American citizen. While there has been much concern over the years regarding the presence of terrorists here in the United States, it seems that the corruption of certain youths by the dangerous drug cartels is something to be equally concerned about.
Mexican Judge Jose Luis Jaimes meted out the maximum punishment to the defendant, which was somewhat limited given the latter’s age. The young man, who was also connected with several kidnappings, was given a three-year prison sentence in addition to a fine which amounts to approximately $400,000. The young man testified to his guilt, apparently feeling okay with what he had done as a part of his doings with the South Pacific Cartel.
Apart from the obviously gruesome nature of the story, it is sadly a not uncommon occurrence these days. Going forward, this horrifying and extremely discomfiting event will only intensify the immigration reform debate. It seems clear that, whenever the United States pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Federal government will have to seriously consider reallocating its resources to strengthen our southern border, which, as it stands, is frighteningly chaotic and unsafe.
Contains information from CNN.