I've mentioned the potential refugee scenario regarding Mexico's civil war a few times. Last December I cited a report that store owners were fleeing across the border and speculated that should violence continue Mexico will see an exodus of it's professional/middle class;
It takes little imagination to hypothesize the spread of this violence not only regionally but socially. The consequence will likely entail the destruction of Mexico's already struggling professional class as teachers, doctors, business owners, etc. close up shop and head north or south for calmer waters.The LA Times reports an increased upsurge of asylum seekers:
The Juarez policeman is part of a new breed of would-be refugees -- business owners, law enforcement officers, journalists and other professionals -- on the run from Mexico's vicious drug wars. Increasingly, they are seeking safe haven in the U.S. by filing for asylum.The jingoist will see "smart beaners" joining their "serf underlings" in an attempt to steal American jobs. Someone with their head out of their ass will look at this and see that a "developing" state without it's middle or professional class loses not only infrastructure (schools, law enforcement, health care, merchants, etc.) but the social mortar that holds the building blocks of a state together. Mexico is failing.
The number of asylum requests filed at U.S. border entries by Mexican nationals nearly doubled to almost 200 in the last fiscal year, and the pace has increased this year. Seventy Mexican asylum-seekers filed petitions in the first quarter, most of them in El Paso and San Diego. The figures are small compared with the vast scale of illegal immigration, but many fear explosive growth if the bloodshed worsens.
Great that the print media has finally addressed this en force but aggravating that the boob toob media isn't treating this with nearly the gravity it deserves. The situation in Mexico, given it's proximity and severity, deserves headline, breaking news, lots of dire graphics, catchy, shiny and apocalyptic headers (maybe even a multicolored threat assessment scale) but, instead get's "oh and by the way" mention at best.