Regions / Mexico
High-profile fiascos like Operation "Fast and Furious" are a drop in the bucket of the War on Drugs debacle.
From July 25 to August 2 of this year, hundreds of Central American migrants, their family members, and activists participated in the Caravan "Step by Step for Peace" to demand respect for immigrant rights.
Forty years after the war on drugs began the fallout from bad policy has had dire consequences both home and abroad.
The disastrous failure of the drug war shows the necessity of a revamped U.S. policy approach.
If the U.S. and Latin American governments don't respond to outraged reactions to the Drug War, they may have another war on their hands -- with their own enraged citizens.
In the 2010 fiscal year alone, the U.S. Border Patrol nabbed 447,000 would-be illegal immigrants along the southern border. In 2009, 417 were found dead, meeting their end in an attempt at a better life.
President Obama's speech in El Paso on May 10 put the immigration debate back on the table. In reaffirming his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, he attempted to reframe a debate that has been dominated by a focus on security.
Mexican human rights activists have issued an emergency appeal to apply international humanitarian standards in providing relief to more than 150 refugees.
This pact was read by Olga Reyes and Patricia Duarte in Mexico City's Zocalo on May 8th, the last day of the March for Peace with Justice and Dignity. The document will be signed June 10 in Ciudad Juarez.
The Obama administration faces a scandal around a U.S. gunrunning operation to Mexico.