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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Texas and Mexico Border News - 1.22.2012

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Mexico Dismantles Synthetic Drug Lab, Seizes Ton of Marijuana
Latin American Herald Tribune
With the seizures, security forces “dealt a heavy blow to drug sales and prevented organized crime from obtaining a significant quantity of illicit funds,” the secretariat said. Sinaloa is home to the drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) ...
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Fear and Loathing in the Island that Doesn't Exist
Huffington Post (blog)
Puerto Rico is a particularly alluring target for drug traffickers. If the South American cartels can get their drugs through the Caribbean and onto the island, the cargo can be moved into the US without customs interference. Puerto Rico is by culture ...
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'Miss Bala' puts human face on Mexico's drug war
GMA News
Naranjo: "Yes, I saw this story about drugs and weapons smuggling and this beautiful young woman who was accused of working for a drug cartel. And then we started researching about how you can smuggle guns from the US to Mexico so easily. ...
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Kate Del Castillo Rebuffs Critics, Defends Free Speech
Latin American Herald Tribune
Guzman, the fugitive head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, is listed by Forbes magazine as one of the world's wealthiest persons. “Mr. Chapo, wouldn't it be great if you started trafficking in goodness? In cures for disease, in food for homeless ...
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Latin American Herald Tribune
The risks and rewards of helping Honduras
MiamiHerald.com
His take: The violence is primarily between gang members and drug cartels, who've moved in from Mexico. That said, Heifer avoids driving at night and holds meetings in villages, not cities. As the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere ...
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Mexican Indians, Fleeing Hunger, Settle in Violent Border City
Latin American Herald Tribune
By Luis Chaparro CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Huddled on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua, some 150 Raramuri Indian families struggle to survive in a city ravaged by drug-trafficking violence, far from their ...
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Latin American Herald Tribune
Andrea Mitchell: Mitt Romney's Mexican Relatives 'Crossed the Border Illegally'
NewsBusters (blog)
The other interesting little fact is about the Mexican Romneys, those looking back at all of those records say that Mitt Romney should look back at the records because the Romneys that came back from Mexico to the United States, they crossed the border ...
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LIFTING OF IMPORT DUTIES TO HELP BAJA BUSINESSES
U-T San Diego
They have argued that Baja California businesses lose many Mexican consumers who are enticed across the border to stores with greater variety and lower prices. “This will allow Mexican businesses to offer imported products at much more attractive ...
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For expert on migration, a lifelong interest in it
U-T San Diego
A: New arrivals from Mexico dropped 60 percent from 2006 to 2010. The main reason for this drop is the weak US economy. The second-most-important factor is increased US border enforcement. Surveys conducted by the center show that more than 95 percent ...
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News intern
Poynter.org
Newspaper Tree is looking for a talented pool of journalists to join the team and make this unique media project a sustained force for solid investigative journalism in the border communities of El Paso, TX, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico. ...
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Time to wake up and face reality on boat policy
Herald Sun
Tragedies happen when you weaken border laws so recklessly that poor people figure $20000 and the danger of a short boat trip is worth the chance to live in a rich welfare state. That's why we've gone from no deaths at sea in the six years before Labor ...
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A Look Behind the US Drop in Undocumented Immigration
truthout
A recent New York Times op-ed by Dowell Myers argues that we need to shift from an “immigration policy,” focused on border enforcement, to an “immigrant policy” focused on the integration of those who are already here. The argument is based on reports ...
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Digest
STLtoday.com
Quake rocks Mexico — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit off the coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Saturday, shaking the state from the capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, to Tapachula on the border with Guatemala. The quake broke windows in Tuxtla ...
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Man arrested at border sentenced in IL attempted murder
KPHO Phoenix
He was sentenced to two years in prison on each count. Records revealed he was removed from the US through Hidalgo, Texas. Once released from jail, Toyayo-Morales will be sent back to Mexico and is now banned for life from becoming a US citizen.
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Federal prosecutor cites Fifth in 'Fast and Furious' probe
Washington Times
Two AK-47s purchased at a gun shop in Glendale, Ariz., were discovered at the site of the shooting death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, who was killed during a Dec. 14, 2010, gunfight with Mexican bandits just north of the border near ...
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Washington Times
US Border Patrol to name NM substation spot
Houston Chronicle
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, AP ANIMAS, NM (AP) — The US Border Patrol is set to announce its decision on a much debated substation planned for New Mexico's Bootheel. The agency is scheduled Friday to make public the location of the substation officials say ...
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`Miss Bala' review: Guns, gangs and tiaras in Mexico
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
... often fatal mistake in Mexico – she witnesses a drug murder. Instead of killing her, though, the gang kidnaps her – and coerces her into becoming their “mule,” carrying money across the American border and weapons and ammunition back. Her payment? ...
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The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Mexico still safe for travel: Saskatoon professor
650 CKOM News Talk Radio
Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs is urging against non-essential travel to that region, along with areas near the American border. However, there is no travel advisory for Mexico as a country. While Sanchez acknowledges the recent tragic ...
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Gringo Report preview: Castillo, Garza team up vs. Chivas
Major League Soccer
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — It should be a busy weekend of action south of the border, with the Mexican league starting to take shape and Americans notching up playing time. Club Tijuana are without Joe Corona, who is with the US Under-23 squad in Costa ...
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Major League Soccer
Keystone Pipeline: TransCanada considers early start on southern leg
Vancouver Sun
Valero Energy Corp. has 1600 workers currently expanding its Port Arthur, Texas refinery, which plans to replace declining volumes of heavy oil from Mexico and South America with Canadian crude, and remains committed, spokesman Bill Day said. ...
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Summary Of A Scandal
AmmoLand.com (press release)
That they allowed or even assisted in those guns crossing the US border into Mexico to “boost the numbers” of American civilian market firearms seized in Mexico and thereby provide the justification for more firearm restrictions on American citizens ...
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10 tons of marijuana seized along the 'Frontera Chica'
KGBT-TV
by Sergio Chapa More than 10 tons of marijuana is off the streets following raids along several drugs busts in an area known as the 'Frontera Chica' or 'Little Border.' Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed the busts happened near ...
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COLUMN: El Toro Viejo is a tough bull to judge
The Statesman
The walls are filled with everything you can buy at a souvenir shop in Tijuana, Mexico — all kinds of over-sized sombreros, plastic everything — Mexicano dolls, cactuses, chili peppers — and so on. The tables and chairs are brightly colored, ...
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General Pittard: Fort Bliss soldier's fatal shooting was isolated event
El Paso Times
It's not your small town Killeen, Texas, outside Fort Hood." The general said Fort Bliss soldiers are still banned from visiting Juárez, which was once teeming with US tourists before a drug cartel war began there in 2008. "We are encouraged by the ...
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ACE Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Below the Line
He received an ACE Eddie nomination and an Emmy nomination for editing Michael Mann's mini-series Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel and received two additional ACE Eddie nominations for Law & Order: SVU and for editing the television series Tour of Duty. ...
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Shlomo Klapper | Many flags; few facts
The Daily Pennsylvanian
Imagine if Mexican drug cartels started firing rockets at Texas and Arizona — how many rockets would the United States have to sustain before it responds? How many deaths would it take to prod our government to defend its civilians? The answer, I hope ...
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Cartel Trial Jurors Hear Details Of Teens' Deaths
KTXS
LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A federal jury heard graphic descriptions Friday of gruesome methods used by Zetas against a rival Mexican drug cartel. The San Antonio Express-News reports the testimony came in the trial in Laredo of Gerardo Chavez, ...
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Laughery: Real Republicans will support legalizing marijuana
Daily Camera
Third, Republicans appreciate the merits of a strong and democratic Mexico, and we see that Mexico is coming dangerously close to failing for only one reason -- the drug cartels. Mexican drug cartels are responsible for over 40000 murders of Mexican ...
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California: Drug Enforcement Not a Budget Priority for Gov. Moonbeam
Family Security Matters
Sinaloa victms of drug cartels. Will this be a common sight in the US soon? California Gov. Jerry Brown is looking for ways to balance the state's balance sheet, but his methodology is severely flawed. Gov. Brown proposed recently to cut $35 million ...
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Family Security Matters
Kidnapping tourists: Both terror tactic and financial gain
Toronto Star
In Mexico, kidnappings have risen more than 300 per cent in the last five years, according to a congressional report. They reached an all-time high of almost 18000 in 2011— a 32 per cent jump from the previous year — as drug cartels diversify ...
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Texas briefs
LubbockOnline.com
A federal jury heard graphic descriptions Friday of gruesome methods used by Zetas against a rival Mexican drug cartel. The San Antonio Express-News reported the claims came during the third day of testimony in the trial in Laredo of Gerardo Castillo ...
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Filmmaker focuses on violence in Mexico in documentary
Monitor
I'd like to think he's doing the right thing. The Mexican people are sick and tired of his policies. That's obviously very understandable. To his defense, a lot of the people are applauding his courage to take on the cartels. It wasn't the fact that he ...
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Gulf Cartel launched kidnapping ring in Rio Grande Valley last year
Monitor
On June 12, Mission police responded to Hawthorn Suites, an upscale inn in Sharyland, regarding people selling drugs from one of the motel's rooms. Officers learned two men were in Room 158 and identified themselves as drug cartel members. ...
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Mexico Arrests Key Gun Smuggler for Sinaloa Cartel
Fox News
The Sinaloa organization is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and is led by Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security ...
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Mexico Nabs Bosses from Rival Drug Cartels
Latin American Herald Tribune
MEXICO CITY – Regional bosses of two rival drug cartels were apprehended this week in separate operations, Mexican authorities said. Ariel Pineda, described as the chief operator for Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar) gang in the central ...
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Alleged Humboldt cocaine kingpin pleads not guilty
Times-Standard
An Arcata man suspected of having strong ties to Mexican drug cartels pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of possessing cocaine for sale while armed with a firearm and maintaining a residence for the storage of narcotics. Jose Antonio Romero Gomez, ...
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Mexican Murder Training Camps Are Very Real and Very Scary
The Atlantic Wire
If not, they'd give them a sledge hammer and they'd tell them to kill the people they had tied up," said admitted Zetas drug cartel hitman Wenceslao Tovar in a Texas court yesterday--giving a rare glimpse of just how terrifying Mexican drug cartels ...
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The Atlantic Wire
Beauty Queen With No Place to Hide
New York Times
A first-rate art-house thriller, “Miss Bala” tells the strange, seemingly impossible story of a Mexican beauty queen who becomes the accidental pawn of a drug cartel. It's an adventure story that could be called a contemporary picaresque if it weren't ...
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New York Times
US Names Marllory Chacón as Drug Kingpin in Central America
Honduras Weekly
According to OFAC director, Adam Szubin, "Marllory Chacón's drug trafficking activities and her ties to the Mexican drug cartels make her a critical figure in the narcotics trade." The OFAC named seven other individuals involved in the drug trafficking ...
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Honduras Weekly
Street Gangs to Replace Cartels as Drivers of Mexico's Violence
InSight Crime
Major trafficking groups like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, which are responsible for most of Mexico's drug violence, will be replaced by super-powered street gangs in coming years, according to a report from Southern Pulse. ...
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Fast and Furious stinks
Washington Times
What kind of inebriated idiot would hatch an evil scheme such as this and then believe that, somehow, the guns could be traced to Mexican drug cartels without an electronic tracing component? This isn't some low-ranking bureaucratic village idiot but a ...
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Washington Times
Saving lives in Mexico's murder capital
CNN
Juarez, known as Mexico's murder capital, has been marred with violence resulting from a turf war between rival drug cartels. A call comes in all of a sudden. The paramedics know there's no time to waste. They rush to the scene of a shooting, ...
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Mexican gangs using armored trucks to move contraband through desert
Torque News
"The cartels are fighting to control and protect these routes both for drug- and people-trafficking and in the opposite direction for the smuggling of weapons to Mexico, as well as to bring in a large quantity of merchandise illegally," an unidentified ...
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