Growing tumult along the U.S.-Mexico border poses a strategic threat to both countries. In the main, deteriorating conditions there spring from Mexican drug cartels (feeding demand from within the United States); the cartels’ ability to easily procure sophisticated weaponry—again, from the United States; and the entrenched U.S. practice of using immigrants—mainly Mexicans—for labor that many Americans consider demeaning or inappropriate.
The resultant instability cloaks a Hydra comprising:
• A continued spread of the cartels’ presence and power within the United States and Mexico—and south into Central America1
• A seeping-in of international terrorism, particularly Islamic terrorism, through the border2
• An erosion, if not smothering of the emergence of a true Mexican democracy3
• An undermining of lawful authority and the principle of community along the border4