México City, November 2, 1999
STATE OF BORDER RELATIONS
MEXICO URGED TO FIGHT CRIME BETTER
By Leo Flores
The News Staff
U.S. State Secretary Madeleine Albright said in an exclusive interview with a local newspaper Monday that drug trafficking and organized crime along the border with Mexico "are a major threat to U.S. national security."
The Democrats Must be Stopped
Editorial - VCT newsletter - November, 1996
In his book, THE NEXT WAR, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger postulates a condition whereby the United States of America is forced to invade Mexico to stop millions of illegal aliens from invading our country.
In the week Weinberger's book was released, a preeminent historian at one of America's most prestigious Universities, Dr. David M. Kennedy of Stanford, warned in the Atlantic Monthly magazine that the United States may be facing the breakup of our nation because of the Mexican invasion.
However, Albright said the United States has no intention of seeking unilateral solutions or to interfere with Mexico's security programs, French news agency AFP reported Monday.
Albright said the United States is interested in Mexico's national security, but said that "this shouldn't be taken as an indication that we want to get involved without being welcomed."
U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey said last month that 55 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States enters through the Mexican border.
McCaffrey said U.S. authorities confiscated 19 tons of drug over the first six months of 1999, a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.
Albright said the United States plans to continue working vigorously on its anti-drug campaign and to collaborate as closely as possible with foreign authorities "to stop the wave of criminal activities before it hits the United States," the exclusive report in El Universal said.
A WAR SCENARIO
BORDER WAR BEGINS IN CIUDAD JUAREZ
By Glenn Spencer - April 22, 1998
DO YOU THINK THIS COULD HAPPEN?
Consider the following possible scenario:
Reconquista "flash point": An incident at the border
Returning from a vacation, an American citizen is caught at the border in a cross-fire between rival Mexican drug gangs in Ciudad Juarez...............
She also said the United States is aware "there are major problems that must to be solved and that new obstacles will undoubtedly crop up."
"What's more important than acknowledging the problems is the fact that the United States and Mexico are taking action to combat them," Albright said.
"U.S. studies show that drug trafficking is also a major threat to Mexico's national security. A quick and reliable extradition program between the two countries is important to not give drug dealers any breathing room," she said.
Albright also said Mexico's increasing economic and political stability enables Mexico to improve its own police and law enforcement agencies to better combat drug trafficking within its own borders.
More anti-drug awareness campaigns and better public health services will also help Mexico fight the drug war, she said.
In terms of illegal immigration, which has been a sore spot in Mexico-U.S. relations particularly over the past two decades, Albright pointed to Mexico's promising economic future, saying it will prevent undocumented workers from traveling north in search of work.
Albright stressed an Mexico-U.S. agreement signed in February in Merida, Yuc., calling for measures to reduce border deaths.
"The U.S. Border Patrol is working closely with Mexico's Beta Groups to reduce the number of fatalities among illegal migrants," Albright said.
The Czechoslovakia-born Secretary of State said outgoing presidents Ernesto Zedillo and Bill Clinton "have established a solid base for increasing Mexico-U.S. relations going into the 21st century."
"Zedillo and Clinton have encountered major problems with firmness and clarity while maintaining a cordial friendship and respect for each other," Albright said.