No matter how you feel immigration to the USA should be handled, you must agree that immigration from Mexico--maybe from everywhere--is being mishandled. Add to that the wars between various businessmen trying to establish their fair market share of the black tar, meth, coke and pot trade, also being mishandled by both the Mexican and US governments, and you have a convergence of two hugely mishandled issues of foreign and domestic policy.
A recent story in Mother Jones by Charles Bowden dissects and parses maybe not the policies but at least their effect in microcosm. You can read the story, "We Bring Fear," here. I have excerpted from it below:
CARLOS SPECTOR, Emilio's lawyer, is a man on fire. He is 55, red haired, big, El Paso born, a Mexican American Jew. He has built an immigration practice. His childhood was divided between El Paso and Juárez. In his 20s, he moved to Israel under the Law of Return and lived on a kibbutz. But eventually, the border claimed him. He has been looking for a case like Emilio's for years, a case of a clean Mexican reporter seeking political asylum from the government of the United States. Now he thinks he has it and that he can make American law face the reality of Mexico.
To gain political asylum, applicants must prove they have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their political opinion or an "immutable characteristic" such as race, religion, or nationality. When it comes to people fleeing Mexico, the United States has quibbled with claims of immutability, telling Mexican cops running from the cartels that they should just stop being a cop, move to another part of Mexico, become a plumber. But Emilio can't hide from the Army. Those three stories he filed in 2005, the opinions therein, they created an immutable impression on the Army. After that he apologized. He ceased writing anything bad about the Army even when he witnessed them killing people in his town in February 2008. None of this helped. When the Army swept the area again a few months later, they came after him.
But then memory can be a very short-term thing here. Within an hour or two of a killing, there is no one left to describe the murder. In a day, it is a dim memory. In a few days, it is beyond recall except when talking in private to the closest friends and family. This loss of memory is not because of cowardice. It is the wisdom that comes with survival. Emilio knows that the Mexican Army is the only force capable of carrying out a coordinated operation of this kind. In the story he mentions "armed commandos" sweeping the area, a term that to savvy readers means Army and to everyone else indicates a cartel action. That is how an honest reporter tries to avoid becoming a dead reporter. He puts it out of his mind.
Here is a link to list of Bowden stories.
I also recommend anything by Luis Alberto Urrea. Here is a link to a list of his books and articles. I particularly recommend The Devil's Highway, which deals with some of the same subject matter as Bowden's piece. The Hummingbird's Daughter is a terrific adventure story which weaves magical realism and Mexican history into the story of a late 19th-century family in Sinaloa, near the Gulf of California.