Lessons from the Mexico Massacre

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LOS ANGELES – An editorial in La Opinión connects the massacre of immigrants in Mexico to the U.S. demand for drugs – which provides the primary market for drug cartels -- and U.S. immigration policy – which “fuels not only undocumented immigration, but also violence.”

The massacre of 72 Latin American migrants in Tamaulipas, Mexico, by the criminal organization the Zetas, “provides further evidence of how wrong the rhetoric is on immigration and border violence heard daily from many U.S. politicians,” according to the editorial.

The Zetas reportedly intercepted a truck full of immigrants from Ecuador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Honduras and killed them to send the message: "This is our territory and those who don’t work for us are dead."

Editors write that the real criminals are the drug traffickers. The greatest demand for drugs is in the United States, editors write, and the use migrants of as drug mules is fueled by the fact that there is no legal way for the U.S. economy to engage the workforce it uses every day.