Last Sunday night several different South Texas sources reported that there was a massive gunfight in various parts of Reynosa, directly across from McAllen, Texas. As many as 40 or more deaths were reported, according to the Brownsville Herald.
If this is true, and the facts still remain very questionable, there are several grave concerns. First and foremost, the Mexican media is again being completely stifled, as has been the case for the last several years. Second, our own national media seem more than reluctant to report on drug-related border violence. This is especially the case when the deaths occur along a U.S.-Mexico border which, according to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is “secure”.
If this bloody battle did occur in Reynosa on Sunday night, censorship in both Mexican and American media signal a new low in reporting on drug cartel violence. It also raises a number of other border policy issues that our national media seem reluctant to discuss.