Skip to comments.Behind the Troop Surge at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Posted on 02/28/2009 8:28:53 PM PST by Flavius
The ebbing stretch of Rio Grande that divides the Texas city of El Paso from the Mexican city of Juarez may soon become one of the world's most militarized borders. This week, as Texas Governor Rick Perry went to El Paso to announce that has asked Washington for 1,000 more "boots on the ground" to enforce the border, Mexico's government ordered 5,000 extra soldiers to Juarez.
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The mayor of Juarez now lives in El Paso. Anybody who can live here does.
Who have they sandwiched in the middle? The drug cartel, or the ‘fictious’ American gun smuggler?
Ok, you can’t spell ficticious.
So you missed the c...we knew what you meant =)
Texas National Guard on ALert
I don’t know what,if anything, has been confirmed on this.
That would have been a 72hr. alert as I was told,,,
We should have news of this tomorrow...
Is that all I missed? And, by the way, who is we? You gotta a twin sister? :^)-------
My cousin is with the FBI, and he says the Mexico situation is far more dangerous to us than Muslim terrorists.
Be a lot easier to patrol if there was a physical impediment, or barrier in the way, like maybe a big fence or something.
Unfortunately we’ve already seen that American troops won’t be allowed to fire. In effect, they’ll be there to remove Americans from harm’s way and clear a path.
That was an official travel [into Mexico] warning for the Texas military personnel.
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
Im curious, do you know....how is it that the Mayor of Juarez is ALLOWED to live in El Paso?
We do this in the states all the time congress members don't live in their districts. The American Way.
I had dinner with some 30-something friends who were actually considering going to Cancun for a vacation. I’ve been hearing and reading terrible things about that location and stumbled across this as well. Oh, and catch that last sentence, pfffft:
A Deadly Turf War Over Cuban Illegals
“Juan Carlos Reyna had been driving a Jeep Liberty through Cancun’s wealthiest neighborhood on a sweltering December afternoon when he was surrounded by three cars. A masked man bearing a Kalashnikov rifle leaned out of the car in front of him and shot Reyna in the head. Against all odds, the Cuban-American survived and was airlifted from Mexico’s Caribbean resort to a U.S. hospital, where he is fighting for his life.
Others have been less fortunate. Since June, at least four Cuban-Americans, including Reyna’s brother Maximiliano, have been shot dead on Cancun’s glitzy boulevards in gangland-style hits. Mexican officials allege that these killings, and those of at least five Mexicans, stem from what they say is a turf war over lucrative human smuggling routes of Cubans via Mexico to the United States.
The blood being spilled in broad daylight in Mexico’s most popular international tourist spot has raised the pressure on a police force already struggling against heavily armed drug cartels.
Senior Mexican officials blame the violence on Washington’s “Wet Feet, Dry Feet” policy, in which Cubans caught at sea trying to enter the U.S. are turned back but those apprehended on U.S. soil after entering the country illegally are allowed to apply for asylum.
“This has to do with U.S. policy toward Cubans, that those who make it to [U.S.] territory by their own means can get automatic refugee status,” Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said in a recent news conference. “People of Cuban origin who are citizens of the United States are involved, financing these people-smuggling operations, obviously with the complicity of Mexicans,” he said.
Since the “Wet Feet, Dry Feet” policy was introduced in a 1995 revision to the U.S. Cuban Adjustment Act, smuggling networks taking Cubans from the communist-controlled island to Mexico’s Caribbean coast have mushroomed.
Crossing the 130-mile stretch of sea in speedboats that can out-run Mexican navy vessels, the Cubans are kept in Cancun safe houses until relatives in the United States have paid the smugglers in full, according to Mexican investigations. The migrants then cross the U.S.-Mexico border by land or plane.
Mexico certainly appears to have become the most popular route for Cubans seeking to reach the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 11,487 Cubans entered the U.S. over the Mexican border in the fiscal year 2007. Over the same period, 4,825 Cubans successfully crossed the Florida Straits, while 2,861 were caught by the Coast Guard and turned back.
A Mexican official not authorized to speak on the record explained that gangs running the lucrative Cuban smuggling route into the U.S. charge between $10,000 to $12,000 per head, compared to the $2,000 Mexicans pay “coyotes” to take them over the desert into the U.S. And it is the high profits have driven the killings, officials say, with rival groups allying with Mexican gangsters to fight over the spoils of the trade.
“We will have no cease-fire in the battle against organized crime,” said Gov. Felix Gonzalez of Quintana Roo state, in announcing an increase in Cancun’s police after the December shooting. “The security of residents and tourists is the priority of this government.”
The Cuban government is also pressing Mexico to curb the smugglers. Cuba nabbed three Mexican fishermen heading to pick up migrants in 2006 and sentenced them to 10 years in prison. Throughout 2007, Mexican police rounded up growing numbers of undocumented Cuban migrants, sticking them in overcrowded detention centers near the Caribbean coast before they were deported to Havana or released.
In December, three Cubans protested poor conditions in one center by going on a hunger strike until they were hospitalized for dehydration. Many Mexicans, however, identify with the Cubans’ desire to find a better life by sneaking over borders. A group of lawmakers, led by Rep. Fernel Galvez of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, is lobbying for easing the treatment of Cubans and other Latin Americans caught on Mexican soil while heading for the United States.
“Even though our party shares a leftist ideology with Cuba, we have to respect these migrants’ human rights. We are not in a position to call them traitors for leaving Cuba,” said Galvez, who has three brothers working north of the border. “They are just looking for the American Dream like many Mexicans.”
Troop surge? On which side? I read somewhere there were supposed to be more than 20,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss by 2011. Wonder how that’s going to work out.