Mexico cartels empty border towns
from The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald
Hundreds of families are fleeing the cotton-farming towns of the Juarez Valley, a stretch of border 50 miles east of Ciudad Juarez. In a new strategy, Mexican drug cartels seeking to minimize interference with their operations are using terror to empty the entire area. They have burned down homes in Esperanza and torched a church on Good Friday in El Porvenir. Wherever they strike, they leave notes ordering residents to leave.
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