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I am a consultant and analyst with eight years of military law enforcement experience, six years of analytical experience covering Latin America, and over seven years of analytical experience covering Mexican TCOs and border violence issues. This blog is designed to inform readers about current border violence issues and provide analysis on those issues, as well as detailed focus on specific border topics. By applying my knowledge and experience through this blog, I hope to separate the wheat from the chaff...that is, dispel rumors propagated by sensationalist media reporting, explain in layman's terms what is going on with Mexican TCOs, and most importantly, WHY violence is happening along the US-Mexico border.

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September 26, 2012

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What is the racial/ethnic breakdown of the 297 victims, what cartels are operating in Chicago (besides Sinaloa), how far down the distribution chain do the Mexican cartels have a direct financial stake? What percentage of the population lives below the poverty line in the areas most affected by violence (or phrased another way, is the increase in violence apparent in all neighborhoods and socio-economic strata)? Might Monterrey offer a better comparative model?

I retired from the Chicago Police Dept. at the rank of Sgt., and am of Mexican extraction. The corruption in Chicago is nothing like the corruption of Mexico. In addition the dynamics of race in Chicago are completely different from Mexico. In Juarez the dead are all Mexicans, while in Chicago the deaths are Latinos and Blacks. In addition the deaths are for the most part limited to the sub-culture of the minority population that have absorbed and accept violence as a way of life. Yes, the Cartel influence is here because Chicago is a hub for Mexican drug traffic. However, unless or until the violence goes mainstream it will have little impact on tourism or industry in Chicago. Mexico is a hell hole, Chicago is not the best place on earth, but is nowhere near Mexico's corruption, poverty.

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