The Mexican military is taking part in regular police patrols in Ciudad Juarez following a surge in cartel violence.
Our media partners at the El Paso Times report the increased security is after several State police officers were gunned down and political candidates across the state murdered.
This is the first time the military has been deployed to our sister city since the start of the decade, when Juarez was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
NewsChannel 9 spoke to border-crossers from the U.S. and Mexico about the heightened security.
“It’s just going to be a stockpiling of weapons and violence. It’s kind of like fighting fire with fire and obviously it seems like the most logical thing to do but I think it’s just going to create even more tensions and the violence is just going to get even more intense,” Gavin Lech said.
Lech, who travels to Juarez frequently, said he doesn’t feel safe in Juarez at the moment.
“If it comes down to a street fight, if you’re in the middle of that, I don’t think anyone’s going to pay attention to civilians or tourists,” Lech said.
Laura Rocha is from Juarez, she says she’s noticed the military presence and has seen a steady increase in violence over the past few years, Just within the last few weeks she said she saw several crime scenes including one targeting a police officer near her mother’s home.
The U.S. State Department has issued a level 3 travel warning for the state of Chihuahua, which includes Juarez, th warning is the second highest level. The Department advising U.S. citizens to “reconsider” travel to the area.