The City of El Paso often argues that it is one of the "safest cities" in the nation. What it forgets to add is that the "safe" city designation comes at the cost of Mexican citizens who live next door in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. This white paper explores why the drug cartels operate in the El Paso/Cd. Juárez metroplex with the help of El Paso leaders.