At least 15 gunmen were killed this week in a violent clash between the Sinaloa cartel and their rivals, La Linea, near the U.S./Mexico border.

Breitbart reported that the battle took place in a rural community of Madera where a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel, called Tigers or Tigre, clashed with the La Linea faction of the Jaurez Cartel. Police were able to arrest five of the gunmen and 13 vehicles containing five machine guns and one handgun.

Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral responded to the clash by calling on federal authorities to coordinate a response with Mexican Marines, Army, Federal Police, and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office.

This comes as a violent power struggle between drug cartels has been taking place near the border for months. This war is being carried out by the Sinaloa Cartel factions known as Tigres, Cabrera, Artistas Asesinos, and Mexicles. They are in turn clashing with the Juarez Cartel factions of La Linea and Los Aztecas, or Barrio Azteca.

One of the main areas the cartels are fighting over is the border city of Ciudad Juarez, a lucrative drug smuggling corridor where thousands of illegal immigrants and tons of drugs are moved, sitting directly across the border from El Paso, Texas.   

This reminds us one again how CRUCIAL it is that we keep our borders closed. We can NOT afford to have this violence spill over into the US!