The Obama administration today announced it was going to get involved in Mexico's Drug war.
U.S. agents will try to better interdict the flow of drugs from Mexico into the United States.
They'll also try to impede the flow of arms from the United States into Mexico.
Agents will be deployed on both sides of the border and the number of Border Patrol agents will be increased.
To do this, the Department of Homeland Security is redirecting resources from other programs. Including the enforcement of laws which prohibit employers from hiring illegal aliens.
Meanwhile, advocates of drug legalization compare the carnage on both sides of the border to Prohibition and argue that if marijuana were legalized this madness would stop.
The announcement comes on the heels of the guilty pleas entered in federal court in Atlanta by three illegal Mexican immigrants who are drug pushers on federal kidnapping charges. They had lured another drug dealer from Rhode Island to Georgia on the pretense of selling him a car. Instead, eight armed men ambushed him and held him for ransom in an unfurnished basement in order to satisfy a $300,000 drug debt.
When federal agents and local cops busted down the door they found the man chained to a mattress, beaten, emaciated and hyperventilating.
There have been numerous other violent incidents in and around Atlanta which has become a battleground for the Mexican drug cartels in the United States. As has Phoenix which has become the hemisphere's kidnapping capital.