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U.S. Consulate Shut Down After Being Hit With Gunfire, Grenade

After being hit with gunfire, grenade and other explosives in open street fighting on Monday, the U.S. consulate was forced to close.

It was not located 5,000 miles in Ukraine. This is just a few blocks away from the U.S. border with Mexico.

After the arrest of an alleged cartel leader, gunfire and chaos broke out around the consulate and other Mexican military facilities.

The aftermath of the fighting looks every bit as intense as one might expect of an active war zone – though this occurred just a stone’s throw away from U.S. soil. 

Mexican journalist Pascal Beltran del Rio captured footage of burning wrecks and devastation – Watch:

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Night Of Chaos

Nuevo Laredo sits opposite Laredo Texas. This is the same city that was subject to a night of terror at the hands of the drug cartel fighting.

Below is an image that shows the location. The U.S. Consulate is in the middle. The border is marked by the blue line.

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The consulate in Mexico and Mexican military buildings were also subject to gunfire. However, some suspected cartel members blockaded roads with spike strips and set fire to several semi trucks. Mexican officials report at least one death.

The night of violence followed the arrest of suspected cartel leader Juan Gerardo Trevino, otherwise known as “El Huevo,” on drug trafficking, money laundering, and extortion charges. 

After the temporary closing of the consulate, American citizens and employees were advised to either stay inside or to avoid the vicinity.

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What Borders are Prioritized?

America currently finds itself in an interesting position. Recall that not so long ago, when Republicans controlled the House and Senate, they refused to pony up even $1 billion for Donald Trump’s border wall.

But now, the most pressing border issue is Ukraine’s – thousands of miles from our shores.

There are many opinions that can be reached by reasonable people about the relative merits and benefits of U.S. intervention in Ukraine. But shouldn’t our government at least pay SomePay attention to your own borders 

The Congress approved a $1.5 trillion more spending bill last week. It also included $13.6 billion to help Ukraine.

By a broad bipartisan margin, 361-69 voted for billions to Ukraine. 

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The War on Terror is Closer to Home

While the world’s attention is focused on Ukraine, perhaps Americans need to be reminded of what exactly continues to go on in our own back yard. While Russia commits atrocities of their own, drug cartels are trying to match them.

Mexican authorities discovered nine bodies, half-naked, and severely tortured hanging from bridges in November. All of the victims appeared to have been men and were likely drug cartel victims.

This is only one instance, but Mexican security officials state that it has become almost a daily occurrence for Mexican citizens to see bodies hanged from bridges.

Anybody who sees the sounds and sights of Mexico’s drug war and doesn’t know where they came from could easily assume that these images are from Ukraine. The Russian-Ukraine border is a scene of horror for the whole world.

Americans need to keep an eye out for the terrors at the U.S.-Mexico border.