ABC’s Cecilia Vega reported from Mexico City, Mexico throughout the weekend as millions went to the polls to elect a new President. With the nearly 2,000 mile long border and billions of dollars in trade connecting the Mexico and the United States – this election will have implications here at home. More than 50,000 people have died in Mexico’s drug war and the United States has offered $1.6 billion in aid to help fight Mexico’s drug war and, at times, has sent troops into Mexico’s streets.
On the eve of the country’s Presidential election’s Vega reported on the increased violence for “World News with David Muir.” Residents awoke on Friday to headlines and photos of a car bombing in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico that injured seven people and occurred just a few miles away from the U.S. border. Some Mexican families are taking extreme measures to keep their loved ones safe – including purchasing armored cars. These so-called “family tanks” are just one sign that the violent drug war that has become a top issue in Mexico.
When Vega asked Univision’s Jorge Ramos about the three most important issues of the Presidential campaign in Mexico and why Americans should be paying close attention to the election, he replied “Violence, violence, and violence… and the violence here in Mexico might not stay only here in Mexico.”
Watch Saturday’s report for “World News with David Muir” – Mexican moms turn minivans into armored cars:
Watch Sunday’s report for “World News with David Muir” – How their choice affects the U.S.?:
Cecilia Vega reports on the outcome of the election and what it means for U.S.-Mexico relations Monday night on “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Watch: