Commentary: U.S. must do more to reduce violence on Mexican border

This editorial appeared in the Modesto Bee

The Obama administration must pay more attention to the escalating violence on the border between the United States and Mexico, as the Mexican drug cartels react to the crackdown by Mexico's President Felipe Calderon.

Most of the violence -- an estimated 7,000 killings in 14 months -- has been south of the border, but some of it is spilling into the United States.

The violence has not reached this far north, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, but local law enforcement officials are seeing an increase in methamphetamine labs here in the valley. Christianson attributes that to the fact that Mexican officials have made it harder to obtain the precursor drugs in Mexico.

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