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Fast and Furious Questions Linger as IG Continues Investgation; Legal U.S. Pot Won’t Bring Peace to Mexico; Armed Bandit Robs Cruise Ship Passengers

January 26, 2014


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Securing Borders: The Intended, Unintended, and Perverse Consequences-PDF Report
from Migration Policy Institute

Fast and Furious Questions Linger as IG Continues Investigation
was there a missing third weapon at the murder scene of
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

Rock Injures Border Patrol Agent

Man shot to death in struggle with border agent

CBP Agents Prevent Potential Tragedy

White House dials it down on immigration

Inside the House GOP’s immigration push

Mexico’s Congress urges US to facilitate asylum for victims of violence

Report: ICE Sold Drug Smugglers Doomed Jet in 2007-good read

How Mexico drug tunnels are built – and a closer look at the new border agency robots that will patrol them

U.S. Border Patrol arrests increased in 2013
(the 3% apprehension 97% got-a-ways is still the rule of thumb in Tucson Sector according to the agents in the field. )

Border Arrests Could Be Related To Target Breach

From Border Patrol, more government tech follies

U.S., Mexico Dismiss “Reopening” NAFTA

Next-Generation Border Crossing: First-Ever High Speed Train To Connect U.S. And Mexico By 2018

Real ID is slowly changing state drivers’ license

Why Is Heroin Abuse Rising While Other Drug Abuse Is Falling?
(Editor note: with the uptick in the amount of heroin being
smuggled into the US from Mexico, this seemed appropriate.)

Radical Islam’s Western Foothold: Hugo Chavez and Hezbollah

The Recruitment of Assassins by Mexican Drug Cartels

California CBP Officers Apprehend 22 Wanted Subjects Including Man Suspected of Murder

The Mexican husband of a Coral Gables man has been granted a green card

U.S. Border Patrol Blotter, Blaine Sector
Indians, Mexicans, United Kingdom, Canadian, Guatemala

Cocaine concealed in cans of fruit juice
Biggest cocaine bust in Port of Norfolk history

Ukrainian arraigned in second plot to steal credit card data

CBP Field Operations at the Anzalduas International Bridge Arrest Two Credit Card Abusers

Man accused of smuggling narcotics says he faced threats

Border Patrol captures shooter

Border Patrol Arrests Bahamian Smuggler, 11 Migrants

Mexican Teen Died From Drinking Liquid Meth At Border Crossing

Authorities: 3 in custody after found with counterfeit money, guns and drugs

Undocumented migrants taken into custody in Manalaplan

Former Arizona Department of Corrections Officer Convicted of Money Laundering

Man in Wet Suit Walks Across Frozen Lake, Arrested by Border Patrol for Illegally Entering U.S.

34 pounds of methamphetamine seized
estimated street value of $670,080

Illegal substances seized in northeastern Louisiana originate in Mexico

Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts

Arivaca residents call for the removal of a border patrol checkpoint

Border Patrol Agents Discover 3 Bodies on Ranch

Man Charged in Little Girl’s Death Returned to San Antonio

More than 7 pounds of heroin found in bus

Illegal alien tried to rape woman in front of her children in Pa.

Legal U.S. Pot Won’t Bring Peace to Mexico

5 Predictions for Mexico Security in 2014

Inmate accused in 1998 death of Juárez tourist extradited to Mexico

Slaying of Mexican singer again shines light on police corruption

Gun battle in Agua Prieta, Sonora at least 8 reported dead
Video in Spanish of these Gunfights in AP

Haunting Photographs Of Mexico’s Bloody Drug War

How Drug Cartels Conquered Mexico [MAPS]

Mexico to Release Figures on Killings of Foreigners from 2000 to 2013

Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report
Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha perform a range of services for gangs like the Zetas

Hong Kong Triads Supply Meth Ingredients to Mexican Drug Cartels
Members of 14K and Sun Yee On crime gangs supplying the notorious Sinaloa cartel with raw materials to produce ‘Ice’ as demand surges.

Hong Kong Triads Work with Mexican Drug Lords on Methamphetamine
from Small Wars Journal-same content as above

Juarez falls to No. 37 on world’s most violent cities list

Mexico’s reversal of fortune
new reform government is positioning Mexico for significant growth.

Mexico: Crucible of State Change

Mexican vigilantes against drug cartels reject disarming in standoff with military forces

Intense Photos Of Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For City Control

Mexican forces struggle to rein in armed vigilantes battling drug cartel

Mexico vigilante group returns land to villagers amid ongoing violence

California kids enlist in Mexico militias to rout a drug cartel

Behind a New Armed Conflict in Mexico

Vigilantes hold Mexico town, tenuously, after driving out cartel

Violence-Wracked Mexican State Replaces AG, Police Chief

Mexico objects to US execution of Mexican man

Mexico: Jalisco gets ready to export avocados to United States

South of the Border
Complexity is the perfect word for describing Mexican EMS, says the author and director of ‘Paramédico.’

Mexicans Arrest Suspect in Murder of Activist’s Son

Red cities: Americas home to many of the world’s most murderous cities

Mexican Cops Find 3 Slain Near U.S. Border

A young Mexican governor takes heat over nationwide publicity campaign

Mexicali has become Mexico’s city of the deported as U.S. dumps more people there

German Auto Parts Firm Opens $150 Million Plant in Mexico

The Death Cult of the Drug Lords Mexico’s Patron Saint of Crime, Criminals, and the Dispossessed

Caught on camera: Kamloops BC (Canada) family robbed at gunpoint in Mexico

A Journalist’s Death in Oaxaca
The Murder of Crime Reporter Alberto López Bello-
At least 16 journalists were assassinated or disappeared in Mexico in 2012

Why Immigrants Boomerang to Mexico

Mexico’s Drug War Leads to Kidnappings, Vigilante Violence

Trading Violins For Guns: Combating Cartel Violence

Mexican High Court Approves Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

Six Mexican Cops Detained In Death Of U.S. Man In Playa Del Carmen

Miners electrocuted in Mexico mine

Prostitutes found in Mexico jail

A Mexican Militia, Battling Michoacan Drug Cartel, Has American Roots

Oxxo convenience stores attacked in central Mexico
An Opinion column in “Excelsior” (Mexico City, 1/19/14) titled as above deals with its high emigration rate. Michoacan is a state of Mexico to the west of Mexico City.

Some numbers are enough to consider their importance: currently, out of a population of five million Michoacans, some 2.5 to three million reside in the United States, that is, 40% of its population; the individual monetary remittances sent by the emigrants average 2.4 billion dollars, representing 17% of the state’s GDP, by far the state that most depends on this income. Out of its 113 municipalities only eight do not rate as having “high emigration intensity” according to the UNDP. (U.N. Development Program)

The Michoacans have organized themselves well in the United States. They’ve formed broad and solid community links that guide and protect the newcomers, promote Mexican culture, sports, education and health, they lobby local, state and federal officials to defend their rights and to achieve political office. At the same time, they keep in touch with their relatives in Mexico, they maximize the use of the monetary remittances and, of course, they render advice as to how to “cross over” and arrive with an assured job.

That is, Michoacan has been for decades an expeller of its human capital. Nothing new may be said, given that it’s a reality in other parts of the country. But, likewise as in those others with the equal intensity and continuity of departures of its “paisanos,” the emigration from Michoacan has built, quietly and slowly, its own culture that shows up in social customs and practices – some positive ones and others not so much – for example: the existence of towns emptied of men; the breaking apart of families; the dependence on the monetary remittances that, though they allay poverty, generate a dependence that inhibit the search for alternatives; the reintegration, at times a traumatic one, of those who are deported after living long periods in the United States.

In 2012, 10% of the 345 thousand Mexicans expelled from the United States were Michoacans. One must imagine their return to Tierra Caliente or Apatzingan, places that they left behind with the hope of finding a better option for their lives and that of their families.

Now they face a scenario in which they not only have to find a way to reenter an always restricted labor market, for the children and youths back into its schools, for the adults to remake their participation in the social and political life of their towns and cities, but now they are the center of attention of the criminal groups who consider them as potential recruits or victims.

In the last issue of The Economist magazine they quote a recent deported individual, now a community guard in Nueva Italia, sitting in a light truck with a high power firearm: “On the other side I could only see this in a movie, now I’m living it.”

The original article may be found with the link shown below. Partial translation follows.

Armed Bandit Robs Cruise Ship Passengers

Reagan-Era Criminal slanders FMLN

Panama to use transgenic mosquitoes to fight dengue
being or used to produce an organism or cell of one species into
which one or more genes of another species have been incorporated <a transgenic mouse>

Guatemala fights money laundering

Two men sentenced to 10 years for money laundering

Central America migrants flee turf wars and corrupt states

Guatemalan Police Seize Cocaine Shipment Bound for Mexico
Prensa Libre Guatemala City, Guatemala 1/25/14


“Let’s see, Simon, if you had in a country a large group of boys and girls who are threatened…what would you do?” Simon, a 6 year old boy in Spain who had heard talk of Guatemala, asks if “that country is Guatemala.” The father answers him “Yes, that country is Guatemala,” and asks him again: “What would you do?” He answers: “Well, I’d put them in a plane and I’d send them to another country where they’d be safe.”

One is tempted to pay attention to Simon in a country such as ours, where we haven’t understood that we haven’t understood anything. Where children’s deaths due to diarrhea or malnutrition keep on being “normal ones,” where it is “normal” for many boys and girls to see blood daily around them, where so many adults teach them that to steal, to kill, to cheat or violate are sine qua non qualities for survival. Yes, one is tempted to put the great majority of children and adolescents in a plane and to promote a systematic and organic exodus until we open our eyes here.

Let’s imagine that a majority of boys and girls of the same generation goes to a country that takes them in and has designed a working “social plan” for them; this large scale reception plan would be continued until they finished advanced schooling, vocational or technical studies, and then they would return to Guatemala to try to build a better country. If we were able to interrupt, for a generation, the continuum of abandonment based on the abuse model, and if a break could open up in the generations’ flow, we would have safe, healthy, properly developed girls and boys, returning to deal with their reality in another way. Certainly the families would have to be considered, how to work with them and with the communities for a better reintegration, among many other issues. But it’s worth a dream.

Today the fact is that if the political groups, the economic powers, the churches, academia and society in general do not realize that childhood, adolescence and youth come first, as much in the terms of the present as in the future, (then) they are aware of nothing. Conscience must be awakened, and put the girls, boys and adolescents in the center of all public policies. Not from the assistance viewpoint of charity and giving what is surplus, but as a priority for a different present and future.
We can put in jail every thief, murderer and rapist who lives in this country, but if we don’t educate well, if we don’t care well for the physical and emotional health of the immense majority of the childhood and adolescence of Guatemala, if we don’t create the conditions for a proper development, we will only be making patterns for the savagery to continue or for the emigration to increase.

We must ask ourselves when the mass departures of boys and girls, not always organized and orderly, have taken place. There comes to mind those during the second world war, or during the bombing of Guernika, or when the English boys and girls went to the countryside at the time of the German bombings, or when Guatemalan communities left for refuge, with everything and boys and girls, toward Mexican camps.

Technically we are not at war, but in our country between 17 and 20 persons die every day. On a worldwide basis, we flaunt some of the most shameful statistics in malnutrition, homelessness, youth pregnancies, bad and little education, sexual abuse, corruption, illegal possession of firearms and organized crime, among others. So, in reality, we only lack the bombs. It is already time to set up the minimums that will allow boys and girls to grow up and live properly. These minimums must relate to the needs for subsistence, for protection and affection, for understanding, participation, creation and recreation, identity and liberty of those who enter into life. As a minimum, education, clothing, a roof, potable water, health, clean air, love, parks, respect, rest, physical activity, care, play, tenderness and security. This country, accustomed to function below those minimums for many, will see this as an exaggeration. But for a girl or boy to develop, live and improve the world they inhabit these minimums are necessary. Less than that, nothing. Or do we put them all in Simon’s airplane?

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Bodies of 4 Decapitated Youths Found in Colombia

Body of Chinese citizen found in northern Colombia

Indigenous groups in Peru’s Amazon face risk of extinction, admits Pluspetrol

Air Raid Kills 9 Rebels in Northeastern Colombia

Peru Takes the Fight to VRAEM Traffickers and their Narco-Airstrips

Dialogue, Violence in Venezuela

Brazil World Cup: More flights scheduled to meet demand

Work on New Bridge Linking Brazil, Paraguay to Begin after June

Venezuelan Government Is Fresh Out of Toilet Paper

Bomb targeting Colombia politician kills at least two

Argentine Government Rules Out Military Role in Drug Enforcement

Three Killed in Brazil Nightclub Shooting

Concern after Argentina’s president long silence

Anti-riot police attack regional journalists, erase material in northern Colombia

Colombian Police Find Cocaine Hidden in Asphalt

Oil Industry Engineer Kidnapped in Colombia

A tale of two hacks: Ecuador’s continued assault on the press

Journalist with Cuban Official Daily Defects to U.S.

High crime rate hampering Caribbean economic development – UN

Jamaican Organized Crime After The Fall of Dudus Coke

Haitian boatpeople stopped near Puerto Rico, ‘set sail from Dominican Republic’

Canadian Drug Suspects Arrested in Philippines
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