Friday, August 26, 2005

N.M., Mexican Governors to Bulldoze Town

The governors of New Mexico and its southern neighbor, the Mexican state of Chihuahua, agreed Friday to bulldoze or board up buildings in a semi-abandoned border town that is a haven for would-be immigrants and smugglers.
Gov. Bill Richardson and Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza also said they hoped to establish a police presence to end lawlessness in the dusty Mexican community of Las Chepas, which is considered a staging ground for migrants and drug and human smugglers.
It was the governors' first meeting since Richardson, citing growing violence, declared a state of emergency in New Mexico's four border counties earlier this month......


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