Forget Operation Fast and Furious? Not with Bodies Still Piling Up; Zetas Leader Captured Near Mexican Border (by Mexico); Mapping the Presence of Mexican Cartels in Central America


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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nuevo Laredo (Mexico), Possibility of Increased Violence after High-Profile Arrest

The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Nuevo Laredo Consular District (Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Ciudad Acuna, and surrounding areas) to the possibility of increased violence related to enforcement actions against Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) members. The government of Mexico is now reporting that it has captured a major TCO figure — Miguel Trevino. The U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness, and to follow security recommendations detailed in the latest Travel Warning.

The Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated November 2, 2012 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel. The full text of the Travel Warning is available at the link below.
Travel Warning: Mexico 7/12/2013

Includes state-by-state risk assessment/information.

Forget Operation Fast and Furious? Not with Bodies Still Piling Up

Police chief killed with rifle lost in ATF gun-tracking program
” some 211 people were killed or wounded by Fast and Furious weapons in Mexico”

DEA Statement on Arrest of Zeta Leader Miguel Trevino Morales

Brutal Drug Cartels Still Being Ignored in Washington’s Illegal Immigration Debate

Millions more immigrants under the Senate bill

Inside the immigration bill: Details, bureaucracy and pork

Real Immigration Reform Starts in Mexico: Introducing the Zorro Brigades

Politics Counts: How Immigration Plays in Border State

Border Patrol agents fear criminals may infiltrate their ranks after surge in hiring

Focus on border trade, not security
Border leaders reject funding drones, more agents

GM Now Using Taxpayer Money to Create Jobs in Mexico

Is the US-Mexico Border Turning into a War Zone?

Napolitano departure bares gaps in DHS leadership

Thousands fleeing violence in Mexico seeking asylum

US Asylum case focuses on extortion and mass murder in Mexico

New Border Patrol Agents Arriving In The Valley

To detect pulmonary tuberculosis among detainees, ICE will administer 200,000 chest X-rays annually

U.S. eyes high-tech security boost at Canadian border

9th Circuit says Miranda warning must be given in correct Spanish

Smugglers Turn to Air Transport to Evade Maritime WMD Policing

DHS to expand ‘Operation Caribbean Resilience’ in Puerto Rico

Mexican drug cartels fight turf battles in Chicago-August 29, 2012
-Mike Cutler

Drug smugglers set free for lack of money to prosecute

Ontario man was kidnapped, taken south of the border

Border Patrol agents arrest 21 sex offenders; 9 gang members

Human Smugglers Ramming Border Patrol Trucks

DPS Responds to Texas-Mexico Border Incidents

Deaths of illegal border crossers up 40 percent in Rio Grande Valley

Border Patrol agents find seven dead, rescue eight in July

CBP Nabs Smuggler with $595K Meth Load in Arizona
38 lbs. meth

Customs and Border Protection Officers Halt Alleged Smuggling Attempt of a Minor Child

CBP Seizes 6,000 Rounds of Ammo Exiting U.S.

Over $624,000 worth of meth seized at Nogales port over weekend

CBP Officers Intercept 190 Pounds of Pot Hidden in Tires
37 packages of marijuana within all five tires

BP agents arrest convict, 6 drug suspects

Protester crawls under Border Patrol vehicle to impede agents

Border Patrol captured escaped convict then handed him over to CHP

Puerto Rico a Hub for Spying on Latin America

Zetas Leader Captured Near Mexican Border: $2 Million Found With Trevino Morales In Pickup Truck, To Be Charged With Killing Of 265 Migrants
(We’ll have to watch to see what the result of this will be. The Dept. of State (DOS) has put out an updated warning to Americans in Nuevo Laredo as a result of his arrest. He was never in the MX military, as the founders and most Zetas leaders are/were, thus this fact may cause leadership struggles and result in increased violence as the rival potential leaders fight it out. With ex-military, they moved up based on merit, with clear ascension through leadership roles, rather than family connections as many cartels do. Rival cartels such as CDG and Sinaloa may also view the leadership vacuum as a weakness and try to use it. The rivalries between the Zetas and other cartels have resulted in some of the most vicious violence imaginable. And we have yet to see if the intelligence gained from him may result in other arrests, especially of rival cartel’s leaders. My 2¢.)

Zeta drug lord captured in Mexico-News Video

In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants

Mexico Becomes Destination for Migrants

Organized crime groups forging links with Mexican outlaws

Struggling to survive

Mexico opposition parties again threaten to walk away from economic pact

Mexico bishop tackles organized crime, corruption

200,000 People Involved in Mexico ‘Death Squads
Cuarto Poder Chiapas, Mexico 7/11 and 12/2013

The paper reported that 25 illegal Central Americans were apprehended in that area while en route to the “American Dream”. Today (7/12/13), it’s fifteen more. (Spanish)
Milenio    6/218/2013    Mexico    Translated from Spanish

Immigration reform? A chronicle of infamy.

What would we in Mexico do if tomorrow our millions of countrymen in the United States forget about us, the same way that this regime in which we suffer forgets about them? How would millions of families survive in our country without the dollars sent by those who have been obligated to cross the border to look for work? What would happen to the Mexican economy without that vital flow, without those monetary remittances?

The PAN and PRI (transl note: political parties) governments have done little or nothing to defend the rights of our fellow citizens who have crossed the border. Expelled by the criminal ineptitude and the corruption of a regime that only knows how to enrich a few million Mexicans, and Mexicans who, at the risk of being deported and without full benefit of their rights labor exhaustingly in the U.S., now face a new risk, one which is welcomed by the Peña Nieto administration in a Foreign Relations Department communique.

It’s understandable that the communication media in the United States fall for the government propaganda and at the same time sell to the public the Act for Border Security, Immigration Modernization and Economic Operation as the “immigration reform” of which so much has been said. But it is outrageous that in Mexico a government does the same when it is as responsible for the situation our fellow citizens face north of the Rio Grande.

Only a few days when, in London, Peña Nieto offered Mexico’s oil to Barack Obama and to the most powerful leaders of the Earth, the United States Congress answers with the promise of militarizing the border, raising new walls, criminalizing immigration (with jail sentences) and increasing to 34 thousand the daily quota of deportations. The Americans will invest 6.6 billion dollars to convert the border into an impregnable bastion through which, of course, they’ll keep allowing the drug to pass northbound and the dollars and weapons southbound so that we’ll keep killing ourselves.

It’s maddening to think of the spectacle of Vicente Fox and Jorge Castañeda patting their “friend” (trans. note: written in Spanish but with an English speaker’s accent) George Bush and talking about “the whole enchilada” that never came about and that every year they announced as imminent during that infamous six year period. (trans. note: the length of a president’s term in Mexico) Felipe Calderon’s submission to Washington’s designs causes even more ire, and the fact that during a formal state visit in San Diego, California, he would dare to make a joke about an act of war against our country such as the Fast and Furious operation. That war that Calderon carried out on behalf of the U.S. government has cost us 100 thousand dead, 30 thousand missing persons, 250 thousand displaced ones, and it still continues.

It is outrageous that a new PRI party administration celebrates an “immigration reform” that is no more than a new expression, conveniently disguised from the extraordinary fear and the xenophobia which sickens the most powerful country on earth to its roots. They see as enemies those who go in search of work, without daring to look at their own past. Without the courage to acknowledge the contributions of the different migratory waves and the ever more evident importance of the Mexican population. More than 70% of the Hispanics in the U.S. are Mexicans or of Mexican origin. In Los Angeles alone 55% of those under 25 years of age are our fellow countrymen.

By virtue of the approved reform the border will now extend to where our countrymen might be, in Chicago, Houston or Atlanta, as far north as New York. Even in their places of work: factories, restaurants, shops, farms, hotels, residences. There will be no safe place for them in that nation obsessed with security, one which considers all who speak, dress and look different as potential enemies, as a menace to their security, and this, in the administration of the first African American president in its history, a Democrat head of state, as someone rightly said, but with a Republican agenda.

Immigration activists and human rights defenders have qualified this supposed reform as a “deportation machine.” Beyond the benefits for the so-called dreamers, what’s certain is that those 11 million who according to the propaganda will only receive a kind of conditional temporary legalization by means of an RPI, (provisional immigrant register,) without enjoying the full rights to which they are entitled, and subject, besides, to revocation by the Homeland Security Department at any moment. After 15 years or more only some of them will be candidates to receive United States citizenship and will then stop being second class Americans who, nevertheless, pay their taxes as if they were first class citizens.

The government of Peña Nieto celebrates at a time when all alerts should be turned on. A real and imminent danger hovers over Mexican women and Mexican men on both sides of the border. Those who crossed to the north are at risk of being separated from their children, of losing all that they have made their own with great effort during the years. On this side, some are at risk of losing the opportunity of having an escape route, of exercising the right to look for work and the opportunities which this country denies to them, and others, the majority, of losing some dollars that make the difference between absolute misery and survival. (Spanish)

Mapping the Presence of Mexican Cartels in Central America
have moved 90 percent of their US-destined cocaine trafficking operations to Central America

Panama finds missile parts under bags of sugar in North Korean freighter

Central America is the most violent region in the world – SICA

Despite More Police, Central America Homicides Doubled in a Decade

UN Highlights Salvadoran Narcos’ Political Connections

Costa Rica makes strides to fight money laundering

2 out of 100 Costa Rican men between 15 and 24 are infected with HIV

Costa Rica’s Most Diverse National Park Affected by Illegal Gold Mining
Prensa Libre Guatemala City, Guatemala 7/17/13

Emigration to the United States increases

In recent years the number of Guatemalans who emigrate to the U.S. in search of a better life has increased considerably, according to Guatemala’s Migratory Profile for 2012, published yesterday by the International Migration Organization.
According to the report it is estimated that, up to last year, 1,637,119 (11.4% of the country’s population) relocated to the U.S., an approximate increase of 592 thousand since the last census conducted in that country in 2010.
The analysis shows that California, Florida, New York, Texas and New Jersey are the states where the majority of Guatemalans reside. Of those, 51.7% traveled to that country in search of better economic conditions, 37.2% did so to seek better employment and 3.2% went to reunite with relatives.
At the same time that 300 Guatemalan leave the country in search of opportunities 200 are returned forcibly from the U.S. and Mexico.
The report shows that from 2002 to 2012 the U.S. deported 227,383 Guatemalans, and that 68% of these deportations occurred during the last five years.
The emigration of fellow citizens to the U.S. is an important pillar of the national economy, so much so that the study concludes “it is the most important economic activity of the Guatemalan society.”
The income from family members’ monetary remittances surpassed 4 billion dollars – 31 billion Quetzals – and in eleven years the emigrants have contributed to the national economy by sending more than 38 billion dollars – 298 billion Quetzals.
The departments (read: states) from which the majority of Guatemalans emigrate are Guatemala, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango and Jutiapa.
The report reveals that 1.6 million Guatemalans lived in the U.S. in 2012; that 154,620 were deported in the last five years; 51.7% traveled to that country in search of improved personal economy.
Guatemala is the only Central American country that borders Mexico. It has a population estimated at just over 14 million and is slightly smaller than Tennessee. (Per CIA World Fact Book)
Proceso Tegucigalpa, Honduras 7/16/13

The article reports the capture and detention of five Ethiopians and 2 Somalis “for transiting Honduran territory illegally.” It gives their names and goes on to state that in the last few months the passage of foreigners through Honduras in search of the American Dream has increased. It adds that Cubans, Indians, Chinese, Filipinos and Ecuadoreans pass through Honduras frequently and, though processed by local officials, are allowed to continue their travel. (Spanish)

Colombia Police Go Undercover Fighting Corruption

Intra-urban Displacement in Medellín, Colombia

Brazil’s new richest man is building his empire on beer, burger’s and ketchup

Colombian Man Extradited to Ecuador for Money Laundering

US Blacklists Colombia Money Launderers with Israel Connections

Brazil Police Slay Criminal Trying to Rob Spanish Tourist

Chile Expands Northern Border Plan to Stop Illegal Drugs from Entering

New Sugar Cane Farming Bill in Brazil Threatens Amazon

Five Dominican Women Rescued from Human Trafficking Network in Argentina

Peru Reports First Swine Flu Death

Chile Controls Entry to Religious Celebration Due to Flu Outbreak

Two Killed in Riot at Brazilian Prison

ELN Member Wanted by Interpol, Captured in Colombia

Six Trinidad police officers to stand trial for murder

Cuban Exile Groups Denounce Abuse of Migrants in Bahamas
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