From the article, "Drug trafficking is not a Mexican problem. It is impacting both societies and the criminals are operating in U.S. territory."
This cannot be overstated, and more Americans must either stop being in denial about the amount of crime that has spilled into our nation, or be made aware of it. While 5,700 murders in Mexico during 2008 have been attributed to drug gang violence, thousands more have occurred on US soil during this period.
As for any possibility of immigration reform, the current economic crisis enveloping our nation controls the discussion. It would be political suicide for any US President, Democrat or Republican, to try to force immigration reform upon our nation with 13.5 million Americans recently unemployed or underemployed.
The gravity and reality of the situation could force Obama to employ deportation measures similar to those undertaken by Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Eisenhower. A deepening economic crisis will add greatly to the number of Americans opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, or any immigration reform that allows legal immigrantation be placed ahead of the needs of Americans.
Not that illegals aren't a problem, but if you look at the number of murders and the per capita murder rate, it's easy to see that what you are saying here is simply not true. The number of murders has actually declined in recent decades. There were 16,929 murders in the US in 2007, 18,208 in 1997, 20,096 in 1987, and 19,120 1977. Our murder rate hasn't been going up. The number of murders has declined, and the rate per 100,000 citizens has declined even more because our population has grown. There were 8.8 murders per 100,000 in 1997, compared to only 5.6 per 100,000 in 2007.