Magazine July 19, 2010, Issue

The War Next Door

(Roman Genn)
Why has the Mexican drug violence not spread across the border

El Paso, Texas

Gazing out his office window, El Paso mayor John Cook enjoys a clear view across the U.S.–Mexican border into Ciudad Juárez, birthplace of the famous maquiladora factories, where thousands of Mexicans are employed assembling products for export to the United States. In years past, residents of his West Texas city went there to dine at tasty restaurants and party at beer-soaked dance clubs. Today the once-vibrant manufacturing hub is being ripped apart by savage drug violence. Its celebrated nightlife, which long served as a tourist magnet, has been extinguished by deadly gun battles between competing gangs and cartels.

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