Buildings to be bulldozed in Mexican border town

A Mexican governor agreed on Friday to demolish abandoned buildings in a border village New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson wanted razed because it is said to be a center for drug and human smuggling.

Las Chepas, the nickname for the town more officially known as Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, is in a remote desert area on the U.S.-Mexico border. It has dirt roads, some small stores and, on Friday, about two dozen Mexican police officers.

One store owner said whatever illegal activities were going on in Las Chepas were minor compared with those in larger border cities.

“Why don’t they tear down Juarez?” he asked, referring to Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas, about 70 miles east of Las Chepas.

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That’s a good idea. Let’s bulldoze Juarez, Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo and every other border city. I mean they’re all staging areas for human and drug smuggling, right?

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