Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia Marches to End Drug Violence

While UCLA seniors will be graduating on June 10, Mexican poet Javier Sicilia will be marching for peace in Ciudad Juarez. The march is intended to bring awareness to the drug related violence the current governmental approach has failed to contain. Sicilia, whose 24-year-old son was murdered by cartel members, opposes the strategy Mexican President Felipe Calderon has taken thus far. As the war on drugs has been a controversial issue on both sides of the border, Sicilia and his organization, Network for Peace and Justice, hope to promote a different solution to the drug war, an end to corruption in the country and a peaceful conclusion to several unsolved criminal cases. According to CNN World, Sicilia has been “one of the loudest critics” of the Mexican government’s approach in handling organized crime.

Obama Visits the Border

President Obama made his first trip to the US-Mexico border since his election. Today, Obama spoke about the effectiveness of increased border security to diminish the number of undocumented immigrants coming to the US. While the GOP and its constituents are not satisfied with the handling of the border thus far, President Obama championed the amount of deportations from just last year, something pro-immigration groups are not too happy with. He, also, cited a decreased number in arrests at the border (463,000; nearly 40% less) as a way to suggest his administration has a handle on the border. According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama joked about the GOP’s inability to approve of his treatment of the border, saying that “Maybe they’ll need a moat…Maybe they’ll want aligators in the moat.”  Although no legislation was proposed or mentioned, the President emphasized the need for bipartisan involvement in passing immigration reform.

US-Mexico Relations

The Love/Hate Relationship between Two Neighbors

As if it were taboo, US-Mexico relations were discussed today without a mention of the oh-so dirty topic of immigration. After watching President Obama and President Calderon’s press conference this week, immigration reform didn’t seem quite pressing enough for either of them to address.

They did manage to talk – first and foremost – about the situation in Libya and the death of an ICE agent in Mexico (okay, these were important to discuss). But of all the things to bring up, why did they spend any time at all on the National Football League’s (NFL) labor dispute?

Is football really more important than addressing our broken immigration system?

Hmm…once again immigration reform takes a back seat to other pressing, or not-so pressing, issues. It’s look like two neighbors trying to remain friendly, while knowing that their two teenagers are dating. They have to talk about other current events to avoid taking about their childrens’ relationship:

Father A: “How about them Packers, Tom?’
Father B: “Great team, but I was kind of rooting for the Steelers.”

an awkward silence

Father A: “So Tom…Angela tells me T.J. is taking her out for a ride in your new Cadillac?”
Father B: “…Uhh…Yeah. I’m just hoping he doesn’t treat her how he treats his own car.”

another moment of awkward silence

One of them should bring up the issue. I mean, Rage says, “It has to start somewhere; it has to start some time. What better place than here? What better time than now?”

Both men are going to have to deal with the certainty that their children are (hush hush) intermingling. But isn’t that the melting pot society we came to live in? I mean, shouldn’t all immigrants have the opportunity to achieve the “American Dream.” We all contribute to the greatness of this country.

The US-Mexico relationship will continue to be dysfunctional so long as our leaders continue to disregard what is best for both countries: comprehensive immigration reform.

Without it immigrants will continue to be mistreated and exploited, while US citizens will continue to feel like they are being used for their privileges.

So what kind of advice would you give our two fathers/leaders here? Should they continue to disregard their children’s relationship? or should they get over the uncomfortable silence and talk about the future generations?

Notorious Drug Leader Killed:“Tony Tormenta” dies in a storm of police gunfire

Cardenas-Guillen a.k.a. "Tommy Tormenta"

Leader of the Gulf cartel, Ezequiel Cardenas Guillén, better known as “Tony Tormenta,” died in a shootout near the US-Mexican border on Nov. 5. The US State Department offered a $5 billion reward to anyone who had a lead on the whereabouts of one of Mexico’s most wanted. The Gulf cartel, which controls trafficking from Mexico to Central America is responsible for the shipments of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs across the US border.