Skip to comments.Over 200,000 People Leave Mexican Border City Due to Violence
Posted on 09/26/2010 10:15:14 AM PDT by AuntB
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Some 230,000 people have left Ciudad Juarez, a border city that has become Mexicos murder capital, in the past three years as the death toll from a gang war topped 7,000, a non-governmental organization said in a new report.
About 124,000 people, or 53.9 percent of the total, have sought safe haven in El Paso, Texas, which is just across the border, the Ciudad Juarez Citizens Security and Coexistence Observatory said.
The rest have returned to their hometowns, mainly in Durango, Coahuila and Veracruz states, to get away from the drug-related violence.
Action should be taken immediately to keep the crime and violence from leading to a loss of economic dynamism and, in turn, a continuing reproduction of violence and crime as a result of unemployment, the reports authors, Ramon Chavira and Wilebaldo Martinez, said.
The two Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, or UACJ, professors used National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics, or INEGI, figures, as well as interviews with emigrants families, to come up with the population trend figures for the border city.
Ciudad Juarez is the scene of a war for control of smuggling routes between the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels.
The border city, where more than 2,000 people have been murdered this year, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
More than 20,000 houses have been abandoned in the border city by people who feared they might become murder, extortion or kidnapping victims, Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said.
Journalists have also been leaving the border city in recent years due to threats.
Jorge Luis Aguirre, publisher of the online daily La Polaka, was granted political asylum on Monday, U.S. officials said.
Aguirre fled to the United States with his family on Nov. 13, 2008, just hours after El Diario de Juarez reporter Armando Rodriguez was murdered.
Rodriguez was murdered in front of his 9-year-old daughter outside his house.
Luis Carlos Santiago, a 21-year-old El Diario news photographer, was killed last week and his colleague, Carlos Sanchez, was wounded in an attack by suspected cartel hit men.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement Friday that it was appalled by the killing, adding that the level of violence and mayhem is staggering in many parts of Mexico including Cuidad Juarez.
El Pasos Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, meanwhile, warned of a likely new wave of media members seeking asylum in the United States in the wake of the attack on the photographers.
I think they want to silence the voices of the reporters, who are the ones on the front lines. As an organization, we are going to support these types of situations, Eduardo Beckett, an immigration attorney at the center, said.
We are receiving a huge number of calls. Were really busy, but we are going to do everything possible to help deal with this. Its an international crisis, Beckett said.
The flow of people from Juarez to El Paso started in 2007, press reports said.
The death toll from the drug war in Ciudad Juarez reached 8,300 between December 2006 and July 2010. EFE
According to this article, about 230,000 people have fled the violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and of that number, 124,000 have "sought safe haven" in El Paso, TX. This is just one Mexican city, but the violence is pretty well spread thoughout Mexico. This should raise a number of questions for us and our "leaders".
How did these people enter the U.S.? Did they enter legally or illegally? Will they be required to return to Mexico when conditions improve, if ever?
How much of the violence from the Mexican cartels will follow these people? It's doubtful that the border will discourage the cartels from retaliating against those people who, they believe, have "crossed" them.
And as the article also says, the U.S. has already granted asylum to at least one journalist from Mexico. The question is: will asylum be granted to others from Mexico; and, if so, how many? There are probably thousands and thousands of people in Mexico who have a "well-founded fear" that their lives are in danger in Mexico. Do we take them all in? Where do we draw the line?
Send them back to their homes in Central Mexico$ they will simply remake their sewer in the USA if they come here.
The Mexican authorities are too busy worrying about illegals being mugged in Staten Island, or immigration laws in Arizona, to focus on these slightly LARGER problems back hom.
This is the first BIG step towards the commie ‘RATS passing BIG amnesty. The claim that these idiots are “seeking asylum” in the U.S. because THEY are too cowardly to fight for their own country. Bring on the freebies!
Good. Warn the “Good Citizens” to leave the city then raze and burn the rats nest of Drug Cartels in the city to the ground....If you’re going to fight a “War” don’t do it half way...
There is no longer a line AuntB.....it's simply a figment of everyones immagination. It's open borders with invitations from this administration...by not closing our borders Bo leaves them open with welcome signs and invitation for all to come in.
Is Ciudad Juarez going to become like the town in Yojimbo/Fistfull of Dollars? Deserted but for the two gangs fighting for control of it?
This article talks about the Mexican journalists seeking and getting asylum in the US. The journalists opinion of Calderon is interesting.
Mexican journalists asking for political asylum in United States
EL PASO, Texas - Three Mexican journalists, who expect to receive political asylum in the United States, explained the dangers and threats they received during the exercise of the profession in his country in a press conference in this city on Sept. 21.
Similarly condemned the killing of about 68 of his colleagues since 2000 and urged President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa to resign because his government does not guarantee the security of communications specialists, or Mexicans.
During the conference, attended by various international media, expatriates patented confidence that the president, Barack Obama, grant them legal status after this week in Washington the approval of the asylum request made by the reporter Chihuahua, Jorge Luis Aguirre .
“Felipe Calderon is primarily responsible for criminal acts occurring in Mexico is, without doubt, a mass murderer,” said the former reporter forThe Journal of the Northeast, in Ascension, Chihuahua, Emilio Gutierrez Soto.
He added: “It must be brought before international courts to answer for crimes that are given constant daily in my country where there is no single family that has not been touched.”
Gutierrez, who has hidden two years and three months in U.S. territory awaiting political asylum, called his president as “inept and illegitimate.”
And he blamed for “taking the Army into the streets to continue to protect the drug cartels” and that “his friends have further impoverished the nation.” Reasons why said: “I request and demand the immediate resignation Felipe Calderón to be incapable. Could not the package that illegitimately won by a shot, along with his followers, the Congress of the Union in 2006. “
Another Mexican journalists in exile in the United States and present at the press conference held at the premises of Border Network for Human Rights was Aldana Ricardo Chavez, 35. He, his wife and five children, have been about nine months with the fear of being repatriated if they do not achieve political asylum.
Chavez, radio correspondent in Ciudad Juarez, also charged the government of his country by the violence that plagues. He saw his trigger in the Joint Operation Chihuahua, an initiative implemented to combat drug trafficking. “Something that has not done,” and he described not only as “wrong” but also “made to divert the attention of” sensitive issues in high places: “Since the arrival of Calderón to power,” he insisted. And parable said: “It’s like bees and not disturb know they control.”
Chavez Aldana, was spotted shocked when he said “yes, it’s terrible what’s happening there in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.” He warned: “We do not know who the good and who are the bad guys.” He confessed that it is urgent “request to state and federal government partners to protect the press, there are no guarantees ... are working to homelessness.”
He denounced the lack of protection in enterprises (media) for which “practically give life and not valued.” He warned of the ease with which reporters are discredited and slandered dead. And mostly, in carrying out its work “are attacked by the Federal Police. Frighten us taking us pictures ... and face when they are covered because they bring. “
Mexican reporters thanked the host “temporary” government of the United States to protect their integrity. He also pleaded with President Barack Obama, that under circumstances such as that suffered by them “the opportunity for political asylum process is expedited and above all experience and become an example for future eventualities.
Televisa cameraman, Alejandro Hernández Pacheco, 41, who appeared in the press conference is only a month in exile in the United States. This man was kidnapped on July 26, 2010, for an unidentified band. That day, two Mexican journalists ran the same fate. Still not sure how to save life.
In recalling the events lamented the lack of protection for those who exercise as communicators in their homeland. But what most regretted was the attack received from other “media for telling the truth.” This situation led to the anxiety because it is terrible “being sought by some and by others in the moment.” He insisted that it is very difficult to stop working on what has devoted a lifetime but kept the faith that a solution appears.
Gutiérrez, Hernández Chávez and sympathized with the family of the young reporter from Diario de Juarez, Luis Carlos Santiago Orozco, 21, who recently lost his life in a criminal attack and his partner, recovering from bullet holes, Luis Manuel Sánchez Colunga, 18.
Likewise, the three journalists who are victims of violence in Mexico, sought the solidarity of the international media in the dialogue to bring the world “these messages of pain, frustration.”Gutierrez also said that this was a message of “hope to continue conserving our lives and remain the heads of our families.”
“We fled the country fearing for our lives because the main criminal groups in Mexico did not assume the responsibility to offer the security they deserve, “he said Gutierrez.
In the press conference were also present, supporting the Mexican reporters that the lawyer represents, Carlos Spector and the director of the Border Network for Human Rights, Fernando Garcia.
“This is the first BIG step towards the commie RATS passing BIG amnesty. The claim that these idiots are seeking asylum in the U.S. because THEY are too cowardly to fight for their own country. Bring on the freebies!”
Instead of running to El Paso, they might want to start their own TEA Party and get rid of their antagonists. Cinco de Mayo my ***. They’re a bunch of cowards.
Sure is a lucky thing that they abandon their third world culture and assimilate while dissolving their loyalties to their homeland.
Otherwise, they’d just bring the pathologies that created that third world hell hole here.
Bet El Paso Texas is looking sharp....
I used to like El Paso when I lived in southern New Mexico (late 70’s).
Don’t think I could be in that town nowadays. Do they still speak english there?
Not to mention smallpox, whooping cough, TB etc.....
“Instead of running to El Paso, they might want to start their own TEA Party and get rid of their antagonists. Cinco de Mayo my ***. Theyre a bunch of cowards.”
You won’t get an argument from me on that. But why should they bother when we will give them everything they demand.
STUPID PEOPLE OF AMERICA! Let Mexico find it’s own way, just like WE did!
That’s part of the plan. The other part of the plan is to declare Calderone’s drug war a failure and get Chavez-ista Obrador elected in 2012.
The cartels, FARC, Chavez/Morales/Castro and Ahmadinejad (notice the Hizballah style car bombs going off on the border now?) are all working in conert to conquer Mexico. Hard to imagine the higher-ups of the Democrat Crime Family aren’t also involved on some level for their own reasons.
If Mexico is so great, why are you maggot 3rd Worlders flocking here?
You don't get it....The Mexican have no damn in intention of making their corrupt cesspool of a country right. They could care less as all they they need to do is enter America illegally, and trash our country while making 15 times more money...
He'll, the Mexicans are so damn disrespectful of our laws, rules and sovereignty, they don't even bother to learn the language as our government showers these sons of bitches with our income and tax dollars as they cripple our entire infrastructure, like our hospitals and health care for instance.
At least they've improved the availability of bed bugs.
Latest M3 Foreign news report by way of NAFBPO....more beheadings, same ol’ same ol’ down Mexico way....
Central American gangs: a mafia with a thousand heads
September 24, 2010 by m3report
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La Prensa Grafica, San Salvador, El Salvador (9/22/10)
Central American gangs: a mafia with a thousand heads
The mafia-like gangs that lash Central America, known as maras, have various governments in tenterhooks, enacting laws and regulations to combat the thousands of members of these groups which arose a quarter of a century ago from the Hispanic barrios of Los Angeles. The mara phenomenon is concentrated in the so-called North Triangle, composed of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, countries characterized by poverty and family disintegration due to emigration.
In El Salvador, where this phenomenon is strong, maras are true mafia organizations involved in drug and weapon traffic, extortion and kidnappings. El Salvadors new law states that the so called gangs or maras are illegal and are banned and sets prison terms of seven to ten years for their leaders and six years for others, just for being a member.
Currently some 7,000 gang members are in prison in El Salvador, but police estimate that there may be 9,000 to 20,000 more out on the streets, because many adolescents are recruited daily. The maras, actually an abbreviation of marabunta, the devouring ant of the Amazon, have thousands of members in countries like Guatemala and Honduras, where the rate of criminality is also among the highest in Latin America. Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes stated that Its necessary for the government to increase control over this type of groups (gangs) to implement actions that may allow combat and prevention of violence. Some Salvadoran judges have warned that the law does not solve the problem of lawlessness, while other Central American countries Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua fear that it might cause Salvadoran gangsters to emigrate there.
The gangsters activities are added to those of the drug cartels. Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers have had ties for years along Central America, a passageway for cocaine that they move from South to North America, which has deteriorated the levels of security.
La Estrella de Panama (Panama City, Panama) 9/22/10
Illegal aliens nabbed in Panama
An official source reported that Panamanian police detained a total of 16 aliens from Africa and Asia who had entered Panama from Colombia illegally. The aliens were traveling together and had reached an area near the capital when they were arrested. They are from Bangladesh (7), Eritrea (6), Somalia (2) and Nigeria (1). Panamanian officials have detected at least two groups of smugglers of aliens from Africa and Asia since 2008; they use Central America as an access route to the United States and Canada, (the stated destination of these 16) and charge around $7,500 dollars to the illegal immigrants who reach the area from Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.
Armada Nacional (Bogota, Colombia) 9/22/10
Drug smuggling on the Pacific
The Colombian Navy reported that more than 700 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride were seized in international waters aboard a lobster boat that was not flying any countrys flag. Four crewmen were arrested. The report adds that the seizure was within the terms of the maritime interdiction accord subscribed by the U.S. and Colombia.
[Both following articles illustrate all-too common events found in Mexican papers]
Diario 21 (Iguala, Guerrero) 9/23/10
The headless bodies of two men were found this Wednesday at dawn; both were seated in the back of a car. Their severed heads had been placed on top of the cars roof; both victims had been blindfolded with duct tape. The event took place at the town of El Treinta (just north of Acapulco on the highway to Mexico City.) [Warning: the link to this article also contains graphic photographs of these victims.]
El Debate (State of Sinaloa) 9/23/10
In the town of Sinaloa de Leyva, (in the foothills of the northern part of the state of Sinaloa), two 18 year olds who had been carried off by force were found decapitated and their remains placed in ice chests. The article ends: These events ad to the ambience of fear being lived in this town. Citizens have confirmed that there is a climate of insecurity and they clamor for the presence of police forces. Unconfirmed by the authorities, violent events have also taken place in the hill country.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/23/10
Murders in the back country
Thirteen murder victims have been found within three days in hamlets around Urique, Chihuahua (in the Sierra Madre area of SW Chihuahua.) All are believed to be members of a family.
And murders in Juarez
[The following was found in the 23rd place of a listing on More News in the papers Local section]: The murdered here yesterday add up to five [However, in 14th place, the entry reads]: They kill another city police, [and in 4th place, this listing]: They kill two police last night. [A review of the articles doesnt show any correlation between the reports.] But the paper Excelsior (Mexico City) today reports that the Juarez Police is on maximum alert because four of its members have been murdered within 24 hours.
El Mañana (Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas) 9/23/10
Area violence changes the traffic flow of emigrants
The migratory flow through Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has dropped in less than a month after the finding of the 72 migrants bodies in a ranch in the state of Tamaulipas. To the contrary, the area of Nogales, Sonora, reports an increase in the arrival of migrants from southern Mexico and Central America. The information comes from migrants shelters run by religious groups.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 9/23/10
FARC leaders dead
Colombian press is highlighting the deaths of Jorge Briceno, alias Mono Jojoy, chief of military operations of FARC (the armed Colombian insurgents who have been challenging the national government for years) and also of Henry Castellanos, alias Romaña. Together, those two were said to be FARCs most fearsome pair. Their deaths came about as a result of an aerial bombardment by Colombian air force units.