Two Political Layers in Mexican Kidnapping

I was a bit surprised to see not one but two intersections:

The US citizens were driving through Matamoros in Tamaulipas state in a white minivan when a group of unidentified gunmen shot at them.

They were then placed in a vehicle and taken away, the US government said.

The US has not confirmed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's statement saying that the Americans had crossed the border to buy medication.

The missing Americans, who were kidnapped on 3 March, have not been identified.

"There was a confrontation between groups and they were kidnapped," Mr López Obrador said Monday.

The incident also resulted in the death of an innocent Mexican citizen, US ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar said in a statement.

"We have no higher priority than the safety of our citizens," the ambassador said.

"Officials from various US law enforcement agencies are working with Mexican authorities at all levels of government to achieve the safe return of our compatriots", he continued.

Not only is there the angle of Mexican criminals victimizing American tourists, which will have huge ramifications for tourism, but there is also the part where Americans are abroad to purchase cheap medicine.

Oddly enough, while politicians might want to utilize this for elections, it would seemingly become a poor juxtaposition when you consider the sore spot that is illegal immigration.

While noting the most murderous cities in the world, American cities are covered by Alan Wall over on vdare:

But major American cities don’t come across well, either. The United States had seven of the world’s most murderous cities.

No. 1 was New Orleans, which at No. 8 on the list fell in with the other nine Mexican cities. Its murder rate is 70.56 per 100,000, a higher murder rate than any city in Mexico with the exception of the top 7.

Our most murderous cities:

8. New Orleans
17. Baltimore
23. Detroit
25. Memphis
27. Cleveland
39. Milwaukee
46. Philadelphia

The top four are majority black, while the bottom three are plurality black, so the rankings are obviously the result of systemic racism.
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