October 23, 2012
The U.S. media always focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border. With an estimated 325,000 illegal crossings, the brutal violence from drug cartels, the militarization by U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. military, and the wacko militias around Arizona, Mexico’s 2000-mile border with the U.S. gets all the attention.
But Mexico is facing it’s own crisis in its southern frontier with Guatemala. The Guatemala-Mexico border is a porous border that feels more like a no-man’s land than an international crossing. It’s a place that is also violent and more dangerous for migrants than anything that exists along the northern border.
As Mexico’s drug cartels move into Central America, the Guatemalan-Mexico border is suffering such an unprecedented crime wave, that the Guatemalan government has actually removed it’s federal police from the southern border provinces of Huehuetenango and San Marcos.