2000 Federal Troops Patrol Juarez
Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
103Trip End Ongoing
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So what happens when all the drugs that are moving north get stopped at the border? What happens when drug cartels vie for control of the corridor? Chaos happens. Today federal soldiers deployed to Juarez patrol the streets in 180 heavily armed military vehicles & three aircraft (including a helicopter gunship). Since Jan 1, 2008 drug violence has yielded almost 200 murders there--half of them in the pattern of a car ambush that ends in a shooting spree or a bulet-riddled body dumped in the street. El Paso fears the violence will spill over from its sister city.
I wasn't exaggerating when I called it a war zone
We hosted a poet houseguest recently, and I was flattered to have him dedicate a poem he wrote here to me. Relevant to our consideration of the twin city status, the haiku follows with his permission:
el paso juarez
squeeze a handful of sunlight
two worlds one diamond