By Ernan Baxcajay
Mexico is considered to be one of the most corrupt countries in Latin America, as reported by Transparency International. It is understood that Mexico is a developing country that cares about its people. Unity and awareness are needed to counteract its rising problems of political corruption.
Before, when people heard or mentioned Mexico, they might have imagined Mariachi bands, piñatas, and authentic food. Today people are frightened to go to Mexico for a vacation because of the news they hear. The cause of all the worries and concern is the government corruption that is going on. There were two major incidents that happened just last year that made it obvious that the politics is behind everything.
In 2014, the abduction of 43 students by policemen in Ayotzinapa, in a rural school in Guerrero, Mexico, hurt many people. The people of Ayotzinapa were so angered that they marched and protested. Some people were holding posters that said “Me Dueles Mexico” (You Hurt Me, Mexico). Mexican federal authorities say they found the abducted students killed and burned in a ditch. The officials had a hard time to identifying the bodies. They only positively identified one out of the forty-three bodies.
Based on the investigation, Mayor Abarca ordered the police to attack the students because he feared they would interrupt a political event that was about his 2015 reelection for mayor. Abarca and his people are currently held in a maximum security jail.
That same year, the people of Mexico questioned Enrique Pena Nieto’s (President of Mexico) possible conflict of interest involving a lavish mansion built for his wife, Angelica Rivera. The house, known as the “white house”, is worth $ 7 million and is registered as belonging to a construction company given a 3.7 billion dollar contract to build Mexico a high-speed rail. It took everyone by surprise and now many associate it with a possible criminal deal carried out by Pena Nieto. The dimension of the scandal was such that the government of Peña Nieto himself has been forced to issue a statement explaining that the house is Angelica Rivera’s and that she was only buying the home from the company so it does not appear to be a bribe.
Prominent US-Mexican journalist Jorge Ramos even knows that there is corruption in Mexico because he used a toast at the event of TIME 100 Gala in New York April 21, 2015 to call for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation in the wake of corruption allegations when he stated, “In any country with the rule of law, the President would have to resign. Guess what happened? The President didn’t resign. And the journalists who denounced the corruption were fired.”
Mexico still has people in the government that do illegal activities. For example, Elba Esther Gordillo, the former leader of the National Union of Education Workers, is accused of money laundering, organized crime, and tax fraud in the misuse of the quotas of the National Union of Education, which she led for 24 years.
Tomas Yarrington, governor of Tamaulipas, was accused of racketeering and money laundering in Texas. Authorizes have found a plot of 18 acres in Texas worth of 22 million. Supposedly he received bribes from the main group of drug traffickers in Tamaulipas. He is a fugitive in the United States and is accused of organized and financial crimes.
This report could go on forever because how corrupt Mexico has become. The people of Mexico are dissatisfied with how their government is working and are protesting in the streets to get a better government. As a result, Mexicans are under a lot of pressure and decide to stay in Mexico or migrate to the USA for a better life for their families. Many people in the USA think Mexicans come to steal their jobs, but the truth is that they only come for a better life and a better future for the kids instead of live under a bad government that kills students or suffer with cartels that kidnap people to work for them.
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