Saturday, December 10, 2016

Secure US Border Will Create Crisis in Mexico?

If President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises, the United States will have stronger security on the Mexican border and will deport illegal immigrants with criminal records. While this could reduce the problems on the U.S. side of the border, the situation in Mexico may get worse before it gets better.
Mexican drug cartels have supplied an epidemic of addiction and crime in the United States, and have been the focus of the War on Drugs, which has caused what some estimate to be 100,000 deaths since Dec. 11, 2006.
Trump is “attempting to influence the global economy to protect the U.S. middle class,” which includes looking to better secure the Mexican border, said Dr. Robert J. Bunker, division of politics and economics at Claremont Graduate University.
 A Border Patrol agent walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego on June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
He added, however, that there is a “very real potential for unexpected blowback” for the security of Mexico.
“The Mexican state is more fragile than many suspect,” he said in an email, and noted the coming changes will likely cause a larger number of illegal immigrants from throughout Latin America to stay below the border, in turn leading to more aggression from cartels and infighting that may be “too much for the Mexican government to readily contain.”
At the same time, Bunker said, “the Mexican cartels will not sit idly by while their product is not getting into the U.S. Rather, we can expect them to implement countermeasures against beefed up U.S. border security.” . . .

Suicide By Journalism

TIJUANA, Mexico—On Friday mornings before daybreak, trucks bearing the slogan “Free as the wind” deliver tens of thousands of newspapers to an old-fashioned network of vendors, who stand at intersections across the city, right up to the line at the United States’ busiest border crossing, handing hot-off-the-press newsprint to groggy international commuters.
The small team of intrepid reporters who keep the weekly newspaper, Zeta, stocked with some of the country’s most fearless journalism were under heavy police protection this week, after state authorities anonymously warned the editorial staff of an impending attack, in retaliation for last week’s front-page story: “The Jalisco Cartel’s Most Wanted.”
By Monday it became apparent that among the thousands who read the story was a cartel operative nicknamed Goofy, whose face was plastered across the cover, along with seven other members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartelplus one from the Sinaloa cartel.
The plan to shoot up the newspaper’s headquarters has been, apparently, postponed, in light of the heavy police presence now at Zeta headquarters.
But what happened this week is hardly new for the weekly publication, which has a long history of standing up to the cartels operating in the city.
The story that upset local members of Jalisco New Generation was just official state confirmation of an open secret. According to the DEA this cartel has become the fastest growing drug trade organization in Mexico since splintering from the Sinaloa cartel in 2010, exploding in the last year after taking over territory once controlled by the quasi-religious Knights Templar cartel.
The poorly kept secret is that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has aligned itself with what remains of the crippled Tijuana cartel, which was founded by the Arellano Felix brothers. In their heyday they were responsible for 40 percent of the cocaine entering the U.S., but their organization has—through death or arrests—been largely eradicated from the local scene. . . 

Friday, December 9, 2016

A New Generation of Drug Cartels Awaking in Mexico

What was until four years ago a little known criminal group has become a threat to Mexico and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
A new wave of violence and corruption has been growing in the country, under the leadership of former  policeman Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, who is running the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
The New Generation Jalisco cartel has supplanted the power and traffic routes of the Sinaloan cartel (Proceso)
But the tentacles of this criminal organization extend beyond Mexican territory. Its reach goes all the way to China, Africa and eastern Europe — leaving a trail of blood that has evaded attempts by President Enrique Peña Nieto to restore peace and law. . . 

Three Cartel Soldiers Killed Near Rio Bravo

RIO BRAVO, Tamaulipas — Mexican marines killed three cartel gunmen during an operation at a stash house that turned into a 30 minute shootout.
The raid took place this week when Mexican Marines surrounded a house that had previously been identified as a Gulf Cartel stash house. In response to the siege, the gunmen called for backup and began to fire at authorities. Additional Gulf Cartel SUVs arrived at the scene to provide backup to the gunmen.

A video taken by local residents captured the audio of the ongoing gun battles. The two residents can be heard joking about the fighting and discussing publishing the video online. In northern Tamaulipas, cartel gun battles have become an almost daily occurrence that are largely ignored by news outlets. Local residents have developed a cavalier attitude in response. . . 

Manufacturing Grenades on the Southern Border

A Tuesday raid conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement netted six individuals in Texas, including one who was in the country illegally, all for manufacturing grenades and selling them to undercover agents.
The proximity to the southern border, as well as the involvement of an illegal alien, brought up issues of violence and border security yet again. . .