Mexico Ends Open Access for U.S. Security Agencies in Fight Against Cartels; Drug Cartel Connection Not Ruled Out in (TX) Mail Bomb; Guatemala Turns Security Cameras on its Own Police; Europol: Mexico Cartels Eyeing Major Market Presence in Europe


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Mexico Ends Open Access for U.S. Security Agencies in Fight Against Cartels

Obama say he won’t judge Mexican security moves

Drug Cartel Connection Not Ruled Out in Brownsville Mail Bomb
“a Brownsville family was intentionally targeted when a bomb exploded inside their home Friday morning and injured three of them…“This was intended to cause mass destruction,” the chief added. “This family or members of this family were targeted…The package contained four pipe-bomb-like devices…Authorities declined to say whether the bombing was cartel related.”

The Challenge Of Identifying Potential Spillover Violence

7,518 Illegal Immigrants from Terror States Caught Crossing Southern US Border in 2011
“7,518 reasons to get the U.S.-Mexican border under control…equals the number of [illegal] aliens apprehended in…2011 from the four nations that federal officials label “state sponsors of terrorism” plus 10 “countries of interest.”

Deported U.S. Veterans Want To Return Home, Many Find Safe Haven Near Mexican Border

As President Obama Heads to Mexico, Americans Have Mixed Views of Neighbor Across the Border

Mexican Image of US Improves

Under pressure, Border Patrol now counts getaways

Time to Derail the Saudi “Visa Express”

The Arrest-Border Patrol union local
(This illustrates another of the many reasons why Agent morale is so low.)

Immigration Bill Contains Slush Funds for Pro-Amnesty Groups
“Despite providing much flexibility to the grant recipients, the bill does not include any audit or oversight provision for these funds.”

Holder Calls Amnesty a ‘Civil Right’

Immigration bill grants amnesty to employers of illegals; no prosecution for bogus IDs
“The illegal workers at least have to pay a token fine. The employers of illegal immigrants who violated a whole list of laws themselves don’t even have to pay,”

Immigration Bill Doesn’t Secure the Border

Immigration reform conditioned on border being secured by unmanned vehicles

Immigration reform would require the Border Patrol to be 90% effective in stopping people who cross illegally, but how can it know how many got away?

Border insecurity and illegal-migration renders “gang of eight” deal DOA

U.S. tech companies actively lobbying for immigration reform

Loopholes Could Fast Track Illegal Immigrants to Citizenship

Enforcement before amnesty-Op/Ed

Lies about immigration reform, Part 1

Fast & Furious Stonewalling Goes To Court

The Sinaloa Federation’s International Presence
Combating Terrorism Center; USMA, West Point

Transnational Organised Crime and International Security

Mexico Is Ready to End Failed Drug-War Policies-Why Isn’t the U.S.?

Drug strategy notes traffickers’ adaptations

Murderers: They’re still coming to America

Immigration overhaul grants legal status to millions but leaves out deportees, recent arrivals

Special Travel Benefit for Saudis a “Slap in the Face”

House GOP Bill: 500,000 Farmworker Visas
“would offer 500,000 farmworker visas – and cut benefits for laborers.”

Immigration plan would add drones, already under scrutiny, to border security

House plan seeks to delay and dismember immigration reform-Op/Ed

Justices refuse Alabama’s immigration law appeal

Border Patrol’s ‘sign-cutting’ important in gauging border security
Technique counts those who escape capture

A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land

Asylum requests from Mexico triple, but chances aren’t good

Puerto Rico Statehood Legislation Heading To Congress, PNP Says

Lower tuition for immigrants becomes law in Colo.

Border Stats-not official-shows # of groups, etc. crossing

Panga comes ashore near Del Mar; several in custody

33 illegal immigrants found inside Cameron Park stash house

Lower tuition for immigrants becomes law in Colo.

Border Patrol: 5 stash houses with 230 immigrants in 12 hours time

Foot prints help Border Patrol track down five marijuana smugglers

Kitzhaber to sign immigrant driver’s card bill

Back to Brooks County

Santa Teresa CBP Officers Apprehend Man Wanted for Murder

Coast Guard bring ashore huge cocaine bust worth $27million in Miami

Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants
Coast Guard repatriates 10 Cuban migrants

Managing Borders in an Increasingly Borderless World-BOOK


**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity. Some items may be from, or Some incidents of violence may not be included here due to the large number of death reports.

Gunfight between Mexican Marines and cartel gunmen.
(WARNING! Graphic images of dead bodies. Although in Spanish, note the intensity of gunfire, and the empty shell casings from the volume of gunfire.)

The Attorney General’s office is investigating a fire at a bar named The Mansion, which was caused by Molotov cocktail, on Tuesday morning just after midnight. Damage was caused to windows, the door and inside.

More than 1,750 children have been killed in incidents related to the war against organized crime from 2007 until March, according to a report from the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (RESIZE), which emphasizes that this statistic remains stable. The age group most affected is that of adolescents between 15 and 17 years and most dangerous states are Chihuahua, whose lower murder rate exceeds five times the national average, although it has declined in recent years, followed by Nuevo Leon, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. The NGO estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 adolescents are exploited by criminal gangs and drug cartels, and that seven out of ten children are killed by firearms. Behind each number is a tragedy. Such as Valeria, a four year old girl that disappeared on 1 April in the city of Texcoco, State of Mexico, and was found days later in El Salvador or the 13 year old boy whose body…was found on February 28 with five other bodies on a road in a northern Mexico state. The boy was arrested in a police operation against an organized crime group and later released by the Attorney General…by reason of age without protection of any kind, his identity was revealed, and christened by the media as the “child assassin”. It only took a few weeks for…vengeance. Juan Martin Perez Garcia, director of REDIM, stresses that there is “a growing trend towards sexual exploitation of minors as well as the disappearance of teenage girls” and strongly condemned the criminalization as “child killers” when in fact “narco victims of exploitation.” “They treat them like criminals. Currently in Mexico there is no single institution that is required to prevent or care for children of violence.” However, the trend remains constant. In just the first quarter of this year, 60 children have died (19 in January, 17 in February and 24 in March). The monthly average of deaths was 15 in 2010, 20 in 2011, 24 in 2012 and 20 so far in 2013. In addition 80% of homicides are not related to specific criminal group so it is unpunished and at least 3% of them, according RESIZE, are caused by security forces. The director of this NGO regrets the …backwardness of Mexico in this area compared to other Latin American countries. “It is impossible to get the information given the fragmentation of official statistics. There is no coordination… in other areas of health, education or justice. Mexico signed in 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN but we’ve fallen behind. Although there are currently two legislative initiatives in this respect in Congress, Bolivia, the second poorest country in Latin America, has a law on child protection more modern than us, who are the second largest economy in the continent ” .

Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has spread to the Colombian capital where it is involved in drug trafficking, said Jorge Saavedra, director of the Technical Investigation (CTI ) branch in Bogotá.
Saavedra made ​​the claim after authorities recently arrested eight alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel in a section of Bogota known as the “Bronx”. “They are not only drug trafficking, but also drug micro- traffic, he said. The CTI and the Army conducted a joint operation against drug gangs from April 26 to 27, during which they confiscated $10 million pesos (U.S. $ 5,400), a safe and a computer, but no suspects were arrested, said Saavedra. President Juan Manuel Santos in February ordered the authorities to investigate whether the Mexican cartels, especially the Sinaloa, had established a presence in Colombia. Colombia and Peru are the world’s largest producers of cocaine, the United Nations says.
La Prensa Mexico City 4/30/2013

An article from La Prensa (Mexico City) and reports the apprehension of 33 individuals from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala “who were not able to prove their legal status in Mexico.” The number includes eight minors. The arrests took place in Tabasco and Tamaulipas, in the south of Mexico.

Peña Nieto’s Piñata: The Promise and Pitfalls of Mexico’s New Security Policy against Organized Crime

U.S. role at a crossroads in Mexico’s intelligence war on the cartels

Six Slain Near Mexican Resort City

10 Die in Shootouts in Western Mexico

No talks on key Mexico reforms until spat resolved: opposition

Growing number of Mexican migrants abandoned at sea by traffickers

Mexico’s Leader Shifts Focus in Battle Against Drug Cartels
(with) Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) back (in) power after 13 years and with it a whiff of resentment over the deep U.S. involvement in Mexico’s fight against narco-traffickers.

Mexican Glassmaker Vitro Plans $146 Million in Investment

Japan’s Furukawa to Build Auto Parts Plant in Mexico

Mexico offers good opportunities for Indian auto firms: Ambassador

Governor Signs Pact to Legalize Vigilantes in West Mexico

Tijuana homicide spike raising concerns
Following a two-year drop in homicides-61 killings in April

Mexico Newspaper Slams Official Claims Linking Murdered Photographer to Zetas

New Digital Map Tracks Attacks on Journalists and Bloggers in Mexico

13 dead after Mexico prison fight

In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico’s Other Line

Firearms That Killed Turned Into Musical Instruments in Mexico
“The idea is to transform an agent of death into an agent of life…”

Teachers Are Rebelling Against the Government of Mexico

Mexican journalists, rights groups march against attacks in which scores have been slain

Mexico detains father-in-law of cartel boss Guzman

How Child Labor Spans The Globe, In Mexico +7 Other Places

Mexico: Avocado Packers are burned down in Michoacan

Six killed in Mexico plane crash***

“in a small plane belonging to the Mexican Attorney-General’s Office”

Not Enough Is Being Done to Educate Those Living in Border Communities About the Long-Term Effects of Antibiotic Overuse and Misuse, South Texas Scientist Says


Guatemala Turns Security Cameras on its Own Police

U.S. using space-age boat to fight drug trafficking in the region

Guatemalan Authorities Seize Luxury Narco-Mansions

Honduran police directors resign over force’s slow purge

Italian Mob Boss Arrested In Colombia Highlights Drug Ties Between Latin America and Europe

Nothing but Blood, Sweat and Tears for Venezuelan Workers!

Venezuela seizes 2.6 Tons of Cocaine Destined for Honduras

Venezuela’s Bipolar Post-Chavez Regime Arrests American Filmmaker

Alleged Colombian Drug Trafficker Extradited to U.S.

17 Miners Rescued in Northern Chile

FARC Guerrillas Captured While Attempting to Steal a Helicopter

Brazil to increase border security for Confed Cup

Ecuador Bulk Cash Smuggling Reflects New Laundering Trend

Brazil Charges 60 Cops with Corruption

Europol: Mexico Cartels Eyeing Major Market Presence in Europe

Paraguayan Women Prostitution Ring Dismantled in Spain

How a Drug Gang Carried Cocaine Across the Atlantic in Torpedoes
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