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Friday, January 06, 2012

Texas and Mexico Border News - 1.6.2012

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Border trade and travel bogged down by long lines
KVUE
According to "Realizing the Full Value of Trade with Mexico," a 2010 study by Arizona State University, “Poor infrastructure, inadequate staff levels and heavy focus on security at the US-Mexico border cost both countries millions in gross output ...
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Documents Suggest Bush Administration Used 'Fast And Furious' Tactics
NPR (blog)
... Republican lawmakers Thursday that suggest the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may have used questionable tactics and lost track of American-made weapons in a gun trafficking investigation on the Mexican border as early as 2006. ...
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Mexican-American poet Luis Alberto Urrea's latest novel puts a magical spin on ...
CultureMap Houston
The book represents Urrea's passions for beautiful prose, Mexican history, family legacy and magical thinking. It's not the first time he's written about his homeland's complex past; his 2004 non-fiction account of an Arizona border crossing, ...
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Mexico arrests 'mastermind' of Monterrey casino fire
BBC News
The Zetas are one of Mexico's most powerful and violent drugs cartels, and have been expanding their influence in recent years. Monterrey - a major industrial city close to the border with Texas in the US - has seen rising violence as the Zetas battle ...
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Numero Tres In Our Quest For The Best Mexican Restaurant In Tucson
Tucson Citizen
The first thing one has to understand about Café Poca Cosa is that nothing there is traditional Mexican as it is generally served north of the border … not the interior décor, not the drinks, not the food, not the chef, not even the menu. ...
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Mexicans recreate 'black doll-white doll' experiment to measure skin color ...
The Grio
By theGrio From Rollingout.com: In attempt to measure the degree to which Mexican children are affected by the legacy of European colonialism and the present day images they are bombarded with via the media, researchers in Mexico conducted an ...
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Fitch Affirms McAllen, TX Water and Sewer Revs at 'AA+'; Outlook Stable
MarketWatch (press release)
The city is part of a rapidly growing metropolitan statistical area that includes Edinburg and Mission, Texas, as well as populous neighbors to the south of the border. McAllen has benefited from trade with Mexico, with government, ...
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After Texas school shooting, many questions loom
CBS News
And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented? A day after police fatally shot an eighth-grader who was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun, his anguished parents ...
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State troopers ready launch gunboats along Rio Grande
Houston Chronicle (blog)
(James Nielsen / Chronicle) The Texas Department of Public Safety is launching six new shallow water gunboats to patrol for smugglers along the Mexico border. The new ly formed Highway Patrol Tactical Marine Unit will eventually number 40 DPS officers. ...
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Houston Chronicle (blog)
Police Detain 20 in Deadly Mexico Prison Riot
ABC News
By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON AP Mexican authorities have detained 20 inmates for alleged involvement in a prison riot that killed 31 in a state bordering Texas and are investigating whether prison staff were also responsible. No prison officials had been ...
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ABC News
Falcon trophy bass fishing remains in spotlight
San Antonio Express (blog)
Because of its off-the-beaten-path location near the Texas border city of Zapata, the lake is a destination rather than a side trip on the dedicated bass angler's must-fish list. But once on Falcon Lake, the devoted angler can rest assured his chances ...
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San Antonio Express (blog)
It's a bird, it's a plane it's a rabies vaccine
Odessa American
The drops are mainly being distributed near the border between Texas and Mexico since animals carrying rabies could potentially cross the border, Van Duesen said. For the most part, the number of fox rabies and canine rabies cases has declined since ...
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Admin. Plans Change in Immigration Rule
TIME
Two men illegally cross the border fence separating Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, July 28, 2011. Jae C. Hong / AP (WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration plans a rule change to help reduce the time illegal immigrant spouses and children ...
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Drug Trafficker /Fast and Furious Links to Cartel
Examiner.com
As violence in Mexico continues to escalate due to the Sinaloa drug cartel which controls sixteen states including Baja California, many questions remain unanswered. The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers provides an outstanding ...
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Mexico police nab key suspect in casino fire that killed 52 in Monterrey
Washington Post
MONTERREY, Mexico — Police in Mexico captured an alleged member of the Zetas drug cartel considered the mastermind behind a casino fire that killed 52 people in the northern city of Monterrey, authorities said Friday. Jorge Domene, security agency ...
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After five years, Mexico still in the grip of drug war
People's World
The drug cartels have been able to count on US government support as well. According to a Dec. 11, 2011 article in the New York Times, the US Drug Enforcement Agency has been washing millions of dollars of Mexican drug money for the cartels, ...
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Prison riot sparked by drug gangs kills 31 in northern Mexico
Vancouver Sun
The Zetas are viewed as the “most brutal” of Mexico's drug gangs, according to a US Senate report released in May 2011. The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are now fighting each other, the report said.
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Drug Cartel Members Associated With Buford Stash House Sentenced
Patch.com
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the DEA and other agencies followed the drugs and the money that were being moved by a Mexican drug trafficking and money-laundering cartel. The investigation, which began in 2007, uncovered two ...
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Arraignment delayed in cocaine case; alleged drug kingpin working with Seattle ...
Times-Standard
An Arcata man accused of heading a cocaine distribution organization with potential ties to Mexican drug cartels is working with a Seattle attorney to find a local lawyer to represent him. Jose Antonio Ramero Gomez, a 40-year-old naturalized US citizen ...
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At Least 31 Inmates Killed In Mexico Prison Fight
RTT News
The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are considered to be the most ruthless of the drug gangs in Mexico. The two gangs are presently engaged in a fierce turf battle for the control of lucrative smuggling routes to the United States. The two cartels have been ...
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MEXICO: Electronic Warfare By The Gangsters
Strategy Page
January 3, 2012: Mexican media have produced several estimates of the number of people killed in drug cartel-related violence during 2011. One major paper published the figure of 12, 539. Two others reported 12284 and 11890. There is no official figure ...
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Justice turns over more ATF documents to congressional investigators ...
CNN
That operation featured a flawed sting, which started in 2009 and allowed illegally purchased firearms to make their way from gun stores in Arizona across the border to Mexican drug cartels. The intent of the operation was to monitor the flow of the ...
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Final Defendant Given Prison Sentence in 'Operation Four Horsemen' Case
Patch.com
By Bob Pepalis A Mexican national who headed operations of a significant Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering cartel was sentenced to 16 years, 8 months in federal prison today, Jan. 4 by US District Judge Richard W. Story. ...
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Border trade, travel bogged down by long lines
KENS 5 TV
According to "Realizing the Full Value of Trade with Mexico," a 2010 study by Arizona State University, “Poor infrastructure, inadequate staff levels and heavy focus on security at the US-Mexico border cost both countries millions in gross output ...
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Questions Loom After Fatal Texas School Shooting
Fox News
The death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez has shaken this neighborhood along the US-Mexico border, where parents already burdened by economic woes and street gangs are now faced with explaining the tragedy to their children. Making it especially hard: It ...
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Mitt Romney's family in Mexico reveals candidate's heritage south of border
msnbc.com
In his public life Mitt Romney has said and written little about his ancestors' history in Mexico. In one oft-repeated quote he said his family left the US for Mexico to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. ...
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Bears on the border
Human Events
The border is not safe. Mexico City newspapers reported with the new year that 12000 Mexicans died in 2011 in the continuing war between the drug cartels and the Mexican government, leaving Mexican towns on the border under continuing siege by the ...
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Police Detain 20 in Deadly Mexico Prison Riot
Fox News
Twenty-three bodies were found along the border between the two states in the following days. A US government official in Mexico said the Gulf Cartel is battling its former allies, the Zetas, for control of territory and smuggling around Altamira, ...
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Fox News
'Wide Receiver' gun-walking records released by Justice Department
Politico
Additional documents indicate that they did so in an attempt to infiltrate deeper into criminal gun trafficking organizations operating along the US-Mexico border. By the end of 2006, the targets of the investigation had purchased 181 firearms. ...
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Politico
Mexico turns up heat on drug lord Guzman
Vancouver Sun
North of the border, things have also turned sour for the fugitive trafficker, who made headlines as the world's most wanted man after the death of Osama bin Laden. In last few weeks, US authorities in Arizona announced details of raids in which they ...
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Obama rule would let undocumented stay in US during application
Los Angeles Times
Most waiver applications are filed in Ciudad Juarez on the US-Mexico border, according to the Immigration Policy Center. A State Department travel advisory issued last year said the murder rate in Ciudad Juarez was the highest in Mexico. ...
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Los Angeles Times
Police detain 20 in deadly Mexico prison riot
CBS News
Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexican prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of penitentiaries, often with the involvement of officials. Another bloody fight in a prison in the Tamaulipas border city of ...
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Mexican makers plea for tougher transport security
just-style.com
"It costs MXN20,000 ($1700) to hire security services to move merchandise from Mexico City to Manzanillo", another main border with the US. Ramos said the industry has been detouring cargoes through Veracruz and Manzanillo to avoid the "dangerous" ...
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Migrants' New Paths Reshaping Latin America
Ocala
Many Mexican migrants now shun the border for Mexican towns like Santa María Atzompa. The shock might seem familiar enough in countless American towns wrestling with immigration, but this is a precolonial Mexican village outside Oaxaca City, ...
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One year later, deadly shooting still under federal investigation
Nogales International
Other border-related shooting cases in the local area have yielded similarly opaque federal investigations. Last May, the US Attorney's Office announced that it had indicted 34-year-old Mexican national Manuel Osorio-Arellanes for the second-degree ...
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Pursuit of Mexican drug kingpin draws to quiet end
Charlotte Observer
His cartel, which once had an iron-tight grip on the drug trade along California's border with Mexico, has struggled in recent years as other cartels have become more ruthless than ever. Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Arellano Felix, 58, ...
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Charlotte Observer
The Two-Way : NPR
NPR
Two of those weapons were recovered near the body of slain US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. The newly released email messages and briefing papers suggest there may be similarities between the Obama operation "Fast and Furious" and ...
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Latino John Gotti: Top Mexican cartel leader faces 25 years in U.S. prison
Examiner.com
After serving four years in a Mexican prison, he was finally extradited to the US, where he will now avoid a trial after pleading guilty. Mexico's drug violence has surged and grown more gruesome in recent years, particularly in the northern border ...
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Where Jon Huntsman Stands on Issues Important to Latino Voters
Fox News
Securing the border will require more than just a fence, Hunstman said. He added that technology and a path for legal residency for those undocumented immigrants already in the US also need to play role in securing the border. ...
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Death Rattle
The American Prospect
For as long as the USMexico border has existed, there have been songs about the contraband that crosses it. In the 19th century, it was cashmere and corduroy. Once Prohibition hit, it was tequila and bootleg liquor. The first recorded song about drug ...
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Mexican Ex-Drug Kingpin Pleads Guilty in US
Latin American Herald Tribune
Prior to his extradition, Mexico's Attorney General's Office said in a statement that Benjamin Arellano Felix “controlled the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other substances” into the United States from the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali in the ...
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Benjamin Arellano Felix was at the helm of a cartel peddling drugs with his ...
Daily Mail
The US indictment said Arellano Felix was the top leader of a cartel he led with his brothers, going back to 1986. It says the cartel tortured and killed rivals in the US and Mexico as it smuggled Mexican marijuana and Colombian cocaine. ...
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Daily Mail
ATF sidelines officials in gun sting debacle
Chicago Tribune
The Justice Department's inspector general and lawmakers are investigating the operation dubbed "Fast and Furious" which has put the Obama administration on the defensive about whether dangerous weapons were knowingly allowed to cross the border from ...
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