The AP reports of a shootout that left 21 dead and six wounded last Thursday just 12 miles south of the Arizona border near Nogales, Mexico. Nogales has had 131 murders this year, already closing in on their number of 135 for last year.
Other border cities are seeing the same thing.
Ciudad Juarez had 2,600 murders last year.
Despite the contention in the article that the violence has not spilled over the border one has to assume it's a matter of time. One only need look at the murder of rancher Rob Krentz to conclude that violence has already crossed the border.. An illegal immigrant was suspected because Krentz told his brother he had spotted an illegal on his property. When Krentz didn't show up shortly after for a noon meeting with his brother the alarm was sounded.
Meanwhile, Eric Holder's Justice Department is filing suit today against Arizona's tough immigration law on the premise that federal law trumps state statutes.
William Teach has some words on that rationale:
Just because Los Federales make a law, doesn’t mean it is supreme. Furthermore, there are two ways to look at the supremacy clause, one which is that there is no reason why the States can’t take a federal law and make it stronger, which is what Arizona did. Furthermore, the clause says that the laws made must be in line with what the Constitution allows the federal government to enact, but, that is a separate subject (health insurance mandate, anyone?).
This coupled with Obama's recent statement that the borders "are just too vast" to be protected by fences and the border patrol give one cause for concern.
The administration's abuse of Arizona coupled with it's abuse of the entire Gulf region over the past 78 days makes Obama's pledge to "bring the country together" just ridiculous. And dangerous.