April 16th, 2009
11:16 AM ET
7 years ago

Mexico violence: What should the U.S. do?

Should U.S. troops be deployed to the border.

Should U.S. troops be deployed to the border.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama faces a full agenda as he heads south of the border Thursday to attend the Summit of the Americas, his third trip abroad since being sworn into office in January.

So far, Obama has been to Canada, spent a week in Europe, and now heads to this meeting of Latin American countries to focus on issues of importance to that region.

But first, the president makes a stop in Mexico, where growing violence by drug traffickers has caused the U.S. government to look closely at the safety of residents who live along the border.

A recently released CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 75 percent of Americans support sending a large number of troops to the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

What do you think? Should U.S. troops be deployed to the border? What other options should be considered to ensure that the violence is abated. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Legalize and decriminalize marijuana

    April 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. sky

    Legalize....legitimize.....take the drug trade out of the hands of the crooks....it should be handled just like alcohol is. That will end it now.

    April 16, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Kim

    I was in El Paso on business in February-my 1st trip there. Loved the city, and I met the most wonderful, gracious people. They really feel caught between a rock and a hard place. Anyway I partly agree with Thomas from Seattle, and decriminalizing marijuana would help. Let's treat pot just like we treat alcohol-regulate it, tax it, and make money off it!

    April 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. dave g, minneapolis

    Good God, of course we should be deploying troops to the borders (with Canada too). The Federal Government has one main priority...protect the States...we don't need to be funding a National Ketchup council, or Presidential Fitness Program in lieu of National Security.

    The Democrats and Republicans have diverted the Federal government from its primary objective and we are all suffering for it. They now take 30%+ of my income to do what!? Heavily staff airports with hundreds of homeland security officers while you can just go and walk across the border...idiotic.

    April 16, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    @ Jo, who said "If you look at most of the gangster movies, more people are killed because they are stepping on the other toes for profit."

    I'm sorry, but did you just tell us that hollywood movies are factual evidence? FAIL. Evidence is the fact that during Prohibition, violent crime associated with alcohol went up because prohibition encouraged the illegal trafficking of moonshine. Read a history book and stop watching so much TV.

    April 16, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Tony

    nick April 16th, 2009 12:14 pm ET

    Given the recent comments of the TEXAS Gov: I say let Texas handle it. It is in their backyard , and they want to be on their own. Go to it Gov. Perry, use your wingnut gun fanatics and fight those Drug Lords.
    I'm sure the people of Texas could do a better job than "OUR" federal government. They would shut down the flow through Texas but the illegals would just go through NM, AZ, or CA and the problem would still be the same. I don't think you have to be a "wingnut gun fanatic" to want to be safe and secure in your own house.

    April 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. yuri

    Tear down the drug peddlers' hideouts with tough tenacity and talk to moderate elements among the tame population in Mexico. No effort should be spared in tackling the tirelessly tyrannical drug king pins by tyin' their hands down or tryin' them in courts of law.

    April 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Mel

    legalizing marijuana would NOT eliminate the black market drug trade, it would just make it easier to ignore. Don't make such a foolish mistake.

    April 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Texas Pete

    Dig out the Rio Grand from the West coast to Brownsville Texas. Put the extra soil on our side of the border . Build an Autobahn on top of the large piles of dirt and make it a toll road. No speed limit so people will want to use it and those who want to drive slow can use I-10. They can exit in El Paso to continue on their way. This way the boarder will pay for it self and Mr. Obama can also add a high speed train from San Antonio to San Diego to extra money plus more jobs.

    April 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Chris


    Tell me how leaglizing marijuana will increase killing? Drug dealers will not have a product to sell if Americans can go to the store and get it or grow it in their own backyard. Another individual buying into the government propagnda on pot and the FAILED "War on Drugs"

    April 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. David S.

    Its easy, enforce our borders and seal it tight just like every other country does. According to the DHS, however, the greater threat to our nation is our own people who may disagree with Obama.

    April 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Roadkill....

    @ Texas Pete...

    And of course the added benefit of natural prevention of border crossings...anyone trying would become roadkill.

    April 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. native

    keep people out? let people in? legalize drugs or don't. It's the morals that are being lost. The ameican people need to be able to accept responsibility for who they are. let's make another law to keep people from thinking for themselves. i just want all americans to remember that the land you live on today was taken from the native americans who lived here. we had no choice after the colonials moved in on who got to move here or not. the reason this nation is so messed up is because we ARE the melting pot. Everybody wants to have their say and nobody wants to listen to anyone else's opinion. that's where we went wrong. now is th time that we should defend our own, feed our own, take care of the country we've claimed for ourselves and let everyone else learn to stand on their feet. help others if we can, but not to the negative of the people who live in this country.

    April 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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