As U.S. border agents crack down on organized crime, drugs, and human trafficking at the southern border, the Mexican government has no choice but to deal with and pay for the crime that their country fosters. Mexico’s homicide figure for 2018 was 33,341 — far surpassing the 2017 tally of 29,168. Violence is rising in Mexico as the country absorbs their own crime problem, deflected back to them due to assertive border policies enforced by ICE and U.S. President Donald Trump. The major cartel groups that once ran drugs into the U.S. are rapidly being broken up into smaller factions. The splintering of the cartels has given rise to smaller, competing factions. This has made gun violence more prevalent in Mexico as a greater number of cartels fight for control over their region. Experts predict that cartel struggles will continue on into 2019 as they fight over territory. Because Mexico has strict gun control laws, many are unable to defend themselves from cartel violence.