Gunshots in Ixtapa

by Ironwood @, Saturday, February 08, 2020, 15:03 (157 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Re the flow of arms from the USA into Mexico:

I'm a little puzzled. Perhaps someone can explain things so I'll understand:

When we drive into Mexico from the USA, there is no requirement to stop at a US Customs or Immigration facility on the US side. The first official facility one encounters is a Mexican government facility right at the physical border. In most areas, it isn't necessary to stop at that location at all, you simply drive on by. The actual Mexican Customs and Immigration buildings are typically located several kilometers further into Mexico. The system is so loosey-goosey that we once took a wrong turn and drove right into, and miles through, the city of Nogales, Sonora, without going through Mexican Customs and Immigration at all. Had we had a trunk full of automatic weapons, no one would have been the wiser.

After we obtained our necessary Customs and Immigration papers at the Mexican border facility, we just continued driving into Mexico. Not once in the 8 or 9 times we've made the trip, has anyone at Mexican Customs bothered to check our vehicle, look in the trunk, etc.

I assume similar conditions exist at the borders between many other countries. It is certainly the case between the USA and Canada as well. So, whose responsibility is it to ensure that weapons are not being smuggled into Mexico, from the United States? Seems to me the burden falls on Mexico, not the USA.


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