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14 killed in Mexico murder capital

Sun Aug 15, 11:36 pm ET

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AFP) – Fourteen people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's drug-infested murder capital on the US border, including swim-suited revellers attending a pool party, authorities said.

Ciudad Juarez is Mexico's most violent city, where narcotics cartels fight daily over drug-smuggling routes into the United States.

Gunmen opened fire on the pool party in central Ciudad Juarez, "killing three women and a man and wounding five other women, all of whom were wearing swimsuits," the chief prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Two suspects were arrested later, it said.

In another pre-dawn attack at a private house, gunmen riddled party-goers with bullets. Three victims died at the scene, and another three in hospital, the statement said.

The bodies of four other men, "showing signs of torture with several shots through their heads," were found in other parts of the city across the border from El Paso, Texas.

One of the murder victims was Jimenez town official Jose Luis Amaya, the office added.

Ciudad Juarez has seen 1,853 murders so far this year, nearly half up on than the first eight months of last year (1,285), according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

For all of 2009, Ciudad Juarez's murder rate reached 2,660, the highest in the country.
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Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8-16-10

The American Dream is a Mexican nightmare

Mexico, D. F. In addressing the nightmare that confronts Mexican immigrants in pursuing the American dream that the undocumented are having going to the United States, the Mexican Human Rights Commission (CODHEM) has launched a program in cooperation with the organization “Apoyo al Migrante” (Help the Migrant), which is a campaign to prevent migration to the United States.

The program named “Sueno Americano, Pesadilla Mexicana,” (American Dream, Mexican Nightmare) will take place in public areas of Tejupilco, Luvianos, Amatepec, Tlatlaya, Sultepec, Zacualpan, Texcalititlan, Valle de Bravo, Otzoloapan, Zacazonapan, Ixtapan del Oro, Santo Tomas de los Platanos, Villa de Allende, Donato Guerra, and Amanalco de Becerra (All in the State of Guanajuato).

In respect to the program, the Chief of the Department of Migrant Affairs, Jeromino Garcia, explained that photographs showing the problems and risks taken by Central-American migrants on their route to our northern neighbor (USA) with the objective that people think twice before making the decision to cross the border.

The risks of kidnapping, mistreatment, extortion, beatings and discrimination, are just a few of the risks confronting anyone who intends to cross our national territory in order to illegally enter the United States, not to mention the conditions that endanger their very lives.

Finally, the government official exhorted young people to think twice before they make the decision to go to the United States seeking jobs and leaving their homes and security believing that there will be opportunities to better themselves.



Racist laws in effect in 494 jurisdictions in the USA

New York, USA – At least 494 jurisdictions in the United States have laws, similar to SB-1070 in Arizona, which violate civil rights and provide for the detention of people based solely on their race.

The program called “Secure Communities” created by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) escapes public scrutiny and allows local officials to detain anyone based on their appearance.

Official documents obtained by non-governmental entities in the United States were made public this week suggesting that the program (Secure Communities) facilitates racial profiling.

The objective (of the program) is to identify immigrants who represent a threat to national security and to deport them.

This program requires authorities to enter the fingerprints of detained individuals to ICE to verify migratory status and if they have committed a crime, to deport them.

Nonetheless, a series of official ICE documents suggest that many of the deported (persons) have no criminal history and were detained based solely on their racial profile.

Despite having violated its own purpose, ICE has expanded the Secure Communities Program in a meteoric manner. At the start of this year, 116 jurisdictions in 16 states participated in the program. Now, 494 jurisdictions in 27 states participate in the Secure Communities Program according to official figures.

It is the intention of the Barack Obama Administration to deport more immigrants every month than the Bush Administration deported and to cover the entire United States with the Secure Communities Program by 2013.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, denied that the $600 million approved last week for border security with Mexico is excessive and confirmed the support of Barack Obama for migratory reform.



El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 8-16-10

Disappearance of mayor confirmed

Nuevo Leon – The Attorney General of the State of Nuevo Leon, Alejandro Garza Y Garza, confirmed the disappearance of the Mayor of Santiago, Edelmiro Cavazos, but did not mention anything concerning a kidnapping.

“We cannot talk of a kidnapping at this time. We have received no calls for a rescue,” said the state official.

In a news conference, the government official said that a person claiming to be an employee of Mayor Cavazos confirmed a kidnapping of the Mayor took place last Sunday night.

According to the allegation made by this person, commandos aboard at least 7 vehicles stopped the vehicle in which the Mayor was riding and put him into the trunk of one of the vehicles but did not know if the Mayor was beaten.

Garza Y Garza said that the resources of the state are dedicated to locating the vehicles involved.

The town of Santiago is located about 30 kilometers south of the metropolitan zone of Monterrey where in the last few months at least 5 policemen have been murdered by criminal bands.



El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/16/10

Ten migrants from India detained in Northern Mexico

Chihuahua, Mexico - Ten people of Indian nationality were detained in the Mexican state of Chihuahua while traveling toward the border to cross into the US, according to the Federal Police. The ten were traveling in a passenger bus heading for the town of Agua Prieta in the neighboring state of Sonora on the Arizona border. From there, they were planning to attempt entering the US illegally. Some 500,000 foreigners enter Mexico each year to try crossing the US border illegally in search of employment, according to data from the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 8/16/10

Cuidad Juarez records new violence record

With the deaths of three more victims of violence, the number of assassinations in the city so far in 2010 has grown to 1,852. The uncontrollable violence continues after this past weekend when 47 violent deaths were reported marking a new record for that period of time.



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Re: story of Mayor above, this new information came another Mx blog:

Note: some continuity lost in translation

The mayor of Santiago, Edelmiro Leal Cavazos, was deprived of his liberty by gunmen who came to their home address apocryphal uniform federal agents.

At a press conference headed by the governor, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, the owner of the Attorney General of the State (PGJE), Alejandro Garza y Garza, said the incident occurred at midnight on Sunday in this town south de Monterrey.

He said that armed men on board about seven trucks came to the home of the mayor, where he forced her into a vehicle.

This, he said, according to the version of a bodyguard for the mayor and the strangers who got into the trunk of a vehicle, later releasing him.

According to initial investigations, said Garza y Garza, about 15 individuals dressed in caps and vests of the PGR participated in the illegal deprivation of liberty where apparently beaten or handcuffed the PAN mayor of extraction.



Again clarity lost in translation:

The Juarez cartel trains "pretty ladies" as killer
TUESDAY AUGUST 17, 2010 | http://www.blogdelnarco.com/

The armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel, which operates on the border of Mexico andUnited States, Recruited and trained dozens of young, pretty women as killers, said a gunman hired by the organization after being captured.

“They are pretty good-looking teenagers, to trick their opponents more"Said the alleged member of the organization of La Linea, Rogelio Amaya, to a chamber of the federal Public Security Secretariat (SSP).

This gang has between 20 and 30 women, mostly pretty and 18 to 30 years, trained to kill, he said.

Amaya was arrested last week along with four other alleged members of La Linea, accused of killing two police officersCiudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico's most violent city.

These women, according to Amaya, are already part of the "commandos" of the line, to fight against the gunmen of the Sinaloa cartel for controlCiudad Juarez, An important step in drugs, weapons and money.


Photos of Seven executed in Oaxaca
MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010 | http://www.blogdelnarco.com/

The victims were hunting when they were intercepted by an armed commando in a dirt road located in the Ejido Tierra Alta, two of the bodies showed the coup de grace.

At least seven bodies on board a van were found on a dirt road located in the Ejido Tierra Alta near the town of Loma Bonita is located on the border between the states of Oaxaca andVeracruz.

The Secretary of Public Security of Oaxaca, Javier Rueda, confirmed that the group of people went hunting, when he was caught by an armed commando.


Warning, if you go to the site this is on first page today w/one photo that is not for the weak of heart and I strongly suggest not pulling up the specific article under the fold as it contains many more photos about this victim. Thought twice about even posting this story, however, we better start realizing the gravity of the situation just a stone throw away from our border.

Photos of the calcined commander of the PF in Veracruz
MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010 | http://www.blogdelnarco.com/

David Rojas Hoyos had gone 18 days and was commander in the town of destacamentazo Cosamaloapan.

Completely burned with a blow to the head and the plate as Federal Police was found 18 days after his disappearance, the remains of former commander of the Preventive Federal Police stationed in Cosamaloapan, David Rojas Hoyos.

The remains of the police chief was apparently thrown by his murderers in a country road near the community Ursulus Galván, in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano.

People who passed through the area reported to the police the presence of the body lying in the road so immediately rushed to the scene and police elementspersonalof the Attorney General to corroborate the fact.

Personalexpert service carried out diligently. It was a male person who had a hit in the head and was completely charred.


Well scratch the top post of this thread, new update increases it twice fold plus:

51 people killed in Juárez over weekend

By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 08/16/2010 04:01:22 PM MDT

The rampant bloodshed continued today in Juárez with nine homicides by this afternoon, Chihuahua state police said.

Fifty-one people were slain during the weekend from Friday to Sunday, including 24 on Sunday, making Sunday one of the deadliest days of the year, a police spokesman said. Victims included two members of the state Cipol police killed Friday when their patrol truck was fired upon.

Authorities said investigators were still trying to identify many of the victims and that were was a backlog of cases.
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Regarding the story of the Mayor above:

Mexican mayor found dead 3 days after kidnapping

By MARK WALSH (AP) – 22 minutes ago

MONTERREY, Mexico — The kidnapped mayor of a northern Mexican town was found dead Wednesday, extending a rash of deadly attacks on political figures in an area besieged by drug gang battles.

Santiago Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos' body was found near a waterfall outside his town, a popular weekend getaway for residents of the industrial city of Monterrey, said Nuevo Leon state attorney general Alejandro Garza y Garza.
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There is a dup on a couple of stories, but will leave in as a cross reference.

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El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 8-17-10

Juarez Cartel recruits pretty hitmen

Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – They are young and pretty and pleasing to the eye, but they fool the competition.

The armed branch of the Juarez Cartel that operates on the U.S.-Mexican Border is recruiting dozens of young, pretty women as deadly hitmen, according to a captured gunman employed by the organization.

“They are young, pretty and pleasing to the eye and they are better able to fool the competition,” says member of “La Linea,” Rogelio Amaya, before a camera owned by the Secretary of Federal Public Security Police in a clip circulated today.

This criminal band, whose characteristics are shown against its rivals, has deployed between 20 and 30 “Little Prettys”, aged between 18 and 30 years, with orders to kill, said Amaya.

Amaya was arrested last week with four other members of “La Linea” who are accused of killing two policemen in Cd. Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico.

These women, according to Amaya, have joined “Los Comandos” of La Linea to bring death to the henchmen of the Sinaloa Cartel in order to control Cd. Juarez, an important route of drugs, arms and money.

“The majority of them (the female hitmen) are adolescents,” said Amaya, in his recorded statement before the camera, a practice used by the SSP to take important statements from narcotraffickers.

Amaya said he does not know who recruits the women.

The women are just as deadly as the other members of this criminal band and they accompany other hitmen as they accomplish their deadly missions, according to Amaya, who is 27 years old.

The pretty murderers have already done several jobs and their work is equal to that of a man and they carry pistols and long guns, according to Amaya.


Other lead stories in El Debate:

Two “bagged” subjects found;
Three young men are kidnapped in different parts of the city;
One murdered with a message left behind;
Three dead bodies appear in the outskirts of Campo Cuba

El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8-17-10

Another black record

Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – After the gush of 51 murders over the weekend, which was a record for the year, crimes continued into Monday with a reported 20 murders, which brings the total to 71 murders in four days, according to authorities.

These cases bring the total to 1,884 dead victims this year (In Cd. Juarez), a figure compiled by various reliable newspaper sources.



El Financiero (Mexico City) 8-17-10

Hispanic immigrants have a more idealistic view of the USA

Miami (Notimex) – Hispanic immigrants have a more idealistic view of the United States than those Hispanics born there, according to a study released today.

The poll taken by Neilsen, Stanford University, Univision and the Associated Press, found that 77% of foreign born parents believe that their children will find good jobs compared to 31% of Hispanic parents born in the United States.

More foreign born parents believe that their children will have an easier time buying homes and raising families compared to the same question posed to parents born in the USA.

The poll discovered that a majority of Hispanics live in two worlds and prefer to preserve their ethnic identity than to adapt to life in the United States.

The economic crisis has had profound impact on the Hispanic segment of the population with six of every ten living in fear of losing their jobs, and not being able to pay bills or save for education.

These economic pressures are a serious barrier for Latinos who place great importance on education. Some 90% hope to enroll their children into a university but only 13% go on to graduation, according to official statistics.

The study underlines the importance Hispanics place on assimilation into society in the debate of the immigration law in Arizona.

Before the approval of SB-1070 on April 23rd, a full 40% of Hispanics thought learning English is important to integrate into society and after approval of SB-1070 that figure rose to 55%.

The poll was taken from 1500 people from the 11th of March to the 3rd of June by the National Research Center in the University of Chicago. Participants were Hispanic families selected by Neilsen. The margin of error is + or – 3.5 percentage points.



El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 8-17-10

Recruiting police from other states

Hermosillo, Sonora – Only 300 applications have been taken for positions in the State Security Police (PEI) when around 500 vacancies exist in the entire state. “For this reason we are recruiting agents from other states in the Republic,” says Abel Murrieta Gutierrez, the State Attorney General.

Due to the lack of interest of Sonora residents because of the violence that exists, people from other states are being recruited into the State Police.

“It is necessary to maintain standards and ideals but it is not important where the recruits are from,” said the state official. “If the recruits pass the exams and are able to meet the requirements, that is what is important.”

“We require around 550 positions, but right now there are about 300 applications and those applicants have yet to pass the exams,” said Murrieta.


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This story video was posted on today's report, however, story is 8 months old, they just received from a contributor.

Video where you see a thug run in Los Mochis
Executed a suspected gunman in Los Mochis

This news is of the 30/12/2009

Gunned down the body of a suspected gunman after an alleged confrontation between opposing groups that took place yesterday in the streets of this city Macapule Infonavit; to press time the victim had not been identified.
Clarity lost in translation.

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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8-18-10

Mexico leads the world

Mexico City –OEM – The President of Grupo Multisistemas de Seguridad Industrial, Alejandro Desfassiaux, stated that in Mexico, there exist three principal crimes: Robbery with violence (assault), kidnapping and narcotics trafficking.

Upon conducting a study of the subject, he is sure that Mexico has the highest number in the world of assaults and kidnappings. He established that of all the methods of robbery, 50% of them are by violence. He recorded some 8,000 kidnappings this year committed by armed groups under the command of drug cartels.

The study revealed that the states having the most assaults are Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon and Veracruz. This is counting the assaults taking place between April and June of this year.



Body of mayor located

Mexico, City-OEM- Authorities in Nuevo Leon confirmed finding the body of kidnapped Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos, of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, who had been taken by armed commandos from his residence last Monday.

The Governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina, attributes the incident to narcotics traffickers.

At least four Mayors of various cities in Mexico have been murdered so far this year by criminal groups.



La Voz de La Frontera (Mexicali, B.C.) 8-18-10

Depraved gringo captured [Gringo with the name Ruiz?]
Mexicali – A disturbed individual who, in Los Angeles, kidnapped a 13 year old mentally handicapped girl and took her to a hotel where, over several days, he imposed his passions upon her, was arrested here in Baja California.

He tried unsuccessfully to blend into the population unnoticed despite being huge and ugly.

The pervert was identified as Robert James Ruiz, 46 years old, who has a long criminal history such as trafficking in narcotics and attempted murder.

United States authorities had asked for his location and capture.

Yesterday, Agents of the State Preventive Police spotted him walking around without a shirt near the International Border and due to his physical stature and having a body covered with tattoos, there was no doubt about his identity.

International Co-coordinator, Alfredo Arenas Moreno, said that U.S. Marshalls had put out an attempt to locate on “Roberto James” and said it is known that he had fled to “La Baja”.

Arenas said that Ruiz had raped a minor in a depraved manner in a hotel room in an unspecified location in California.



El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8-18-10

Who will secure our families?

An editorial by Luz del Carmen Sosa of El Diario de Juarez.

A black bag contains the body of little Fernando. He is dead. He was strangled. In another part of the city, his brother Miguel Angel, 19, teeters between life and death. They were attacked in their own home while their mother was shopping.

Fernando and Miguel Angel are brothers of an Agent of the Investigative Police who had received threats and who rushed to give comfort to his wounded family.

“It is not just us; our families are at great risk because of our work. We cannot protect them. Who then protects them?” was the angry comment of a companion of the officer whose family was the object of the violent attack in Colonia Praderas del Sur.

So far this year, 10 state Policemen have been murdered in different parts of this city. The last one occurred this past Friday in the southern part of the city when agents responded to a car hijacking report.

“He was a child who couldn’t defend himself and they brutally murdered him,” said a nurse from Cruz Roja Salvacar to where the little four-year-old boy, Fernando, was transported. He was dead on arrival.

As of this writing, nobody knows the motive behind the murder of little Fernando and the wounding of his brother Miguel.



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All three reports come from http://www.blogdelnarco.com/

1. A judge was attack during a commute injuring him and killing his bodyguard.

2. There are two photos of victims from an attack this past weekend, 17 killed and 10 injured, there are more photos at the site. Warning grim graphic photos, they should be seen by adults wanting to know the true scope of violence in MX and not just words on a page.

3. A video can be seen at the site of officials displaying confiscated weapons from drug cartels, hundreds of thousands. Interesting array.


Armed group threatens judge handling the case of Greg Sanchez Nayarit

Several subjects intercepted the vehicle carrying Carlos Alberto Elorza Amores and shot him, where his bodyguard died
Photos de la massacre Torreão en la quinta inn Italy


An attack by an armed group in fifth italy inn, located near the Peripheral Raúl López Sánchez as the balance left 17 people dead and at least 10 injured, a user warned over the months before the attack
Destroy Sedena thousand guns a day


Good video of various guns that have been confiscated.

The commander of the First Battalion of War Materials of the Ministry of Defense National The general Antonio Erastus Monsivais argues that the country had 160 000 weapons available to judgesfederal, And pending their release to be destroyed as most of them were seized from drug trafficking.

He noted that only in the stores of war materials in the Mexico CityThere are 13 000 guns, and a day is a thousand guns destroyed most of which were smuggled byUnited States.
Continuity lost in translation.



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El Universal (Mexico City) 8/19/10

Editorial: Saving Monterrey

The second most important city in this country, the nerve center of national industry, is at the breaking point on the edge between civility and barbarism. If Monterrey falls, like Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa, the country will be on a path to doing so as well. What other diagnosis can be made when the jewel of the country's economy finds itself trapped between bullets; when it is so simple to kidnap officials like Edelmiro Cavasos, mayor of Santiago - a suburb of Monterrey - who was found dead yesterday? In less than two years, Monterrey went from occasional violence in the poor neighborhoods to narco-blockades throughout the city, grenades against the local media and kidnapping of public officials from their own homes.

Monterrey has been the principal point of exchange between Mexico and the United States, the pioneer of the country's industrialization, area of the largest businesses, focal point of political influence and pride for the wealth produced through its efforts. It is for this reason that the capital of Nueva Leon is for Mexico what New York is for the United States; Barcelona, for Spain; Milan, for Italy; Shanghai, for China. None of those countries could even consider the possibility of seeing those cities in the hands of organized crime, as much for the economic impact such a tragedy would represent as the symbolism it would generate: a virtual definitive defeat of the State.

(The editorial continued with suggestions for more federal help than just police actions as have failed in Chihuahua and Tamaulipas and concluded)

The breakdown of Nuevo Leon and its capital is perhaps the major challenge that President Felipe Calderón will encounter, one of the moments that will define his legacy in national history.



El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/19/10

US irresponsible for arms sales: Calderón

Mexico City - President Felipe Calderón stated that the US has not made an important effort in reducing drug consumption and calls the US "irresponsible" for selling arms that end up in the hands of drug cartels. He urged that opinions, not only from Mexico but international, be aimed against US arms traffic. He considers that US arms traffic provokes conflicts in poor countries.


"Arizona law will continue to cause problems for migrants"

Morelia, Michoacán - “The famous SB 1070 law that was enacted in Arizona will continue causing problems for our migrants because there are police authorities that are not going to respect the restrictions that were made.

In fact, we hope that in other states they will not try to imitate such a law," said Zaira Mandujano Fernandez, the state's secretary of migrants.

She explained that, rather than returning home to Michoacan, the migrants made use of family ties and moved to other cities in the US to evade deportation.

She said that in Arizona there were around 15,000 migrants from Michoacán who "lived difficult times" when US police began to enforce the law. She continued, "But as I said before, they will continue to have problems because the police of that country are famous for violating the laws and the human rights of immigrants and there are many proofs of that."



Further proof?

Texas, US - Federal agents carried out a raid that led them to discover 39 presumed undocumenteds in a house in the city of Laredo, on the border with Mexico. The agents detained 24 men, 10 women and 5 minors, according to Nina Pruneda, spokesperson for the Immigration and Customs agency. Among those arrested were people from Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and India.



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