A Breitbart citizen journalist in Mexico reported that a criminal cartel kidnapped and shot a newspaper hawker whose body was found by fishermen in the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas.
According to Breitbart, the body of 53-year-old Gerardo Pardo Franco, a salesman for the newspaper Zocalo, was found floating in the river near Piedras Negras in the state of Coahuila.
The shooting was the ninth violent death in the city so far this year.
It’s worth noting that this report came from one of Breitbart’s Mexican citizen journalists, who write anonymously from south of the border. While the story of Franco’s death was also reported by XEMU-AM and La Voz, XEMU gave his age as 57. Other details reported by Breitbart could not be corroborated.
Franco’s body was discovered Thursday by men fishing near one of the international bridges over the river, right across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. Red Cross volunteers were able to pull the corpse from the water.
Franco had been abducted from his home in the Mundo Nuevo neighborhood in mid-February by masked men who were reportedly with a cartel, according to Breitbart. His body was found only days after two other men, 40-year-old Emanuel Gonzalez Salazar and 35-year-old Daniel Gonzalez, were found gunned down execution-style in the city.
While we couldn’t corroborate some of these details, the basic facts are clear: Violence is endemic across the border, all thanks to criminal cartels.
And why, pray tell, is this sort of violence so widespread? Because of the fact that our loosely patrolled borders make it easy for cartels to smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants. And where there’s an illegal drug trade — or any sort of thriving criminal enterprise — there’s going to be violence.
This is why we need tighter border restrictions. This is why we need a stronger Border Patrol — and a stronger border.
This is why we need a wall.
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