‘The Rest of Mexico Is Fine’ Ciudad Juárez is at the center of Mexico’s drug war. Just across the border from El Paso, Texas, the city of 1.4 million has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Mayor José Reyes Ferriz, who regularly receives death threats for his efforts to quell the cartels, recently spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Jerry Guo. Excerpts: Is Mexico a failed state? It’s not. It’s very clear the crimes are being committed in certain areas that have to do with the flow of drugs into the U.S. Since December the war between organized-crime groups has gotten very difficult. This problem is concentrated along the borders, in eight out of 31 states and the federal district. The rest of the country is operating fine; there’s no problems or security risks. What more should be done on the American side? First, we need the flow of guns to stop.When President Obama came in, he sent 100 new ATF agents who checked gun-purchase records against food-stamp records and found a lady who was getting food stamps and bought 10 AK-47s. We need prosecutions. The second thing is for criminals to not be deported into the border cities. Third, the U.S. drug-war aid to Mexico needs to consider the border. Should we legalize marijuana or other drugs? If you legalize them in the U.S., even in California, that would have a very good impact on Mexico. Legalizing drug use in Mexico would not be good. We’ve done studies on the consumption of drugs, and as our rate is very low compared to the U.S., legalizing in Mexico will lead to a much larger problem than it would solve. Questions for the Mayor of Ciudad Juárez - Newsweek ----------------------------------------------------- Corrupt American children by legalizing drugs? YES? I'll bet you and the drug cartels have done studies. But Mexicans are an endangered species. We wouldn't want to infect them, now would we. Thank you for your advice, Mexico. We wouldn't want to stop the flow of American money into your pockets.