Devex President Raj Kumar wrote a guest opinion for CNN.com April 11 about living conditions south of the U.S. border and U.S. aid to Mexico. Here’s an excerpt:
In the Coen brothers’ movie thriller “No Country for Old Men,” a grisly scene plays out in El Paso, Texas. Having discovered a bag of cash from a drug deal gone bad, a veteran recently returned from Vietnam ends up crossing the border into Mexico and fleeing a psychotic hit man before ultimately getting shot-up in a motel room.
A traveler to El Paso today could be forgiven for imagining himself in that movie scene. The West Texas town feels as though time stopped a few decades ago, and the psychotic hit men, having multiplied a thousand-fold, are roaming just over the border.
El Paso is not just a border town. It’s really the smaller of two Siamese-twin cities, attached at the hip to Ciudad Juarez, its larger and more unruly brother that would easily overwhelm it if not for the international border that holds the two sides apart.
Re-published with permission. Read the full op-ed.