The fight against organized crime Mexico has taken upon itself along side the United States, it goes beyond delivering weapons, training and the conjoined work of security agencies. When analyzing the new national security plan, something catches the eye, a situation which is nothing new, but remains unattended: The inhabitants who have been deported from the United States and become a crime factory, particularly those who reside next to the Tijuana river.
This week, the British newspaper “The Economist” presented a radiography of the security strategy employed by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto's team. Given the fact that his predecessor’s tactic was characterized for being much more aggressive and ending up with few results and over 60 thousand deaths and disappearances, the new government is retaking some aspects and emphasizing them. Over 9 billion dollars will be spent on fighting crime from it's origin, the resource will be distributed among 220 Mexican regions, those which are considered the most violent, Tijuana is part of the list.
With an investment for more schools, jobs, parks and cultural activities, they hope to attack the problem from its roots. This is known as “cultural acupuncture” and this is how we arrive at a very recent episode of the border: Cleaning up “El Bordo” (the region around the Tijuana river). A few weeks back there was an eviction of deported immigrants who were living in El Bordo, many of them lost their few belongings in the “clean up”, some are living at an immigrant camp and others have returned to the canals to go on with their lives.
How much of the money will be used to help these people? The criticism is that beyond just cleaning up, government efforts should go even further. For this it would be necessary to install attention centers for those who are deported, where they find support to get their documents in order, have psychological treatment, rehabilitation from substance abuse, as well as having food and shelter. Just as The Econmist states, the current action is merely removing people from the canal and painting it so it looks pretty. It is precisely this area of the city which people see when crossing over to Tijuana from San Diego.