Last week a group of Mexican mayor’s gathered for a conference to discuss cross-border issues; the mayor from San Diego was the only U.S. mayor in attendance. From the Mexican side mayor’s from Tijuana, violence plagued Ciudad Juarez, Nogales and Nuevo Laredo were in attendance.
In their discussions the mayor’s all pointed to the deportation of Mexican criminals from the U.S. to their border cities as a leading cause of the rise in violence in their communities. The mayor of Ciudad Juarez that is now deemed the most violent in Mexico asked that the U.S. reduce the deportation of convicts to the border, where many are bused and dropped off. He noted that in the past three years 80,000 people were deported out of the U.S. and let in his city and of those 30 percent of 28,000 had criminal records.
The mayor are under the assumption that the U.S. is reviewing a program that would send deportees via plane and not bus and fly them to central Mexico versus border cities. U.S. authorities have not confirmed this revised policy