In Mexico, the phrase drug war is no metaphor. The number killed and injured qualifies as war-like by anybody's standard. Just this week, a shootout between the Mexican army and a large group of gunmen left 21 dead. The conflict inevitably affects many on this side of the border as well.
Jose Contreras, a security consultant with offices on both sides of the Rio Grande.
Amy Isackson, a reporter for KPBS in San Diego.
Alicia Caldwell, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press.