The violence from warring drug cartels on Mexico's border with the United States has caused many to try to escape a conflict that has seen 60,000 people killed in the country in the past six years.
Today programme reporter Tom Bateman went to the city of Ciudad Juarez that lies on the border with the United States.
Speaking to people in the near abandoned city he heard how violence flared after Mexican police tried to combat the drug cartels: "My son was brutally murdered, he was shot nine times mainly in the face and the head
this happened across the road from the chief of police and they said that they saw and heard nothing."
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