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  • President Obama to Fundraise in Austin TX with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration "Machete" Films

    07/07/2014 7:51:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | July 7, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Obama Skips Border Chaos, Will Fundraise in Austin with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration Film President Barack Obama is refusing to visit the turbulent U.S.-Mexican border, where a flood of illegal immigrants continues to overwhelm the region. Instead, Obama will visit the home of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez this week as part of a trio of Texas fundraisers. The Austin visit features tickets ranging in price from $5,000 to $32,400. The July 9 fundraiser also will feature actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Both Trejo and Alba star in Rodriguez's ultra-violent Machete franchise. The first film in the series...
  • Border Patrol changing diapers, heating baby formula for surge of children

    06/13/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Friday that many of the illegal immigrant children his agents are encountering trying to slip across the U.S.-Mexico border have never even seen a doctor before. He described scenes of Border Patrol agents changing diapers and heating baby formula in order to care for some of the youngest children, and said agents are being asked to do things way beyond their skill set — particularly for so many of the agents who are young, single men. “I’ve been down there, a lot, and spent a lot of time and I’ve...
  • Turkey strikes back at Syria after Erdogan warning

    10/06/2012 5:04:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-6-12 | Shaimaa Fayed
    Turkey returned fire after Syrian mortar bombs landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria that Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked. It was the fourth day of Turkish retaliation for firing by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday. Turkey has nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees in camps on its territory, has allowed rebel leaders sanctuary and has led calls for Assad to quit. Its armed forces are far larger than Syria's.
  • 5 nabbed in deaths linked to the Zetas[in South Texas/Mexico Spillover]

    11/10/2011 8:43:51 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 10, 2011 | Jason Buch
    Laredo police on Tuesday and Wednesday rounded up five people they say carried out hits for the notorious Zetas drug cartel on this side of the Rio Grande. Customs officers on Tuesday night detained Nicolas Reyes Sanchez, 48, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as the supervisor of a group of Zetas operating in Laredo, as he attempted to enter the U.S. at one of the city's international bridges. Starting early Wednesday, police launched a series of raids nabbing four more people accused of being Sanchez's subordinates and taking part in three homicides last year. Another man was arrested on...
  • SWAT teams dispatched as gun battle unfolds near Escobares[South Texas/Mexico Spillover]

    11/08/2011 12:37:38 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies
    The Monitor ^ | November 08, 2011 | Ildefonso Ortiz and Jared Taylor
    ESCOBARES — Fifteen gunmen crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. near a shootout between the Mexican military and a group of gunmen was taking place. Several area SWAT teams were responding about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to a ranch near Escobares, just across the U.S.-Mexico border where a shootout broke out south of the Rio Grande. The shootout reportedly began shortly after noon but details were not readily available. Residents on the U.S. side reported seeing members of the U.S. Border Patrol and Starr County Sheriff's Office near the border securing the area. A U.S. law enforcement official confirmed a...
  • Texas AG wants President to take action against drug cartel violence in Texas

    11/03/2011 8:44:56 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | November 02, 2011 | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott has penned a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he take action following the recent Mexican drug cartel activity in Texas. The letter cites some of the incidents that have occurred in the Rio Grande Valley in the past couple of weeks, including the arrest of three Gulf Cartel leaders — two in Cameron County. It also mentions incidents that occurred in El Paso and Fort Hancock. Abbott writes of the criminal organizations: "Their presence in our country is more evidence that the cartels increasingly view the porous border as no more than a line...
  • [South Texas:]6 Suspects in Shooting of Deputy Go Before Judge

    11/01/2011 11:27:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/01/2011 | Bill Barajas
    HIDALGO COUNTY - The six suspects accused of taking part in Sunday’s shooting of a Hidalgo County deputy went before a judge to face charges Tuesday. The suspects were charged with possession of marijuana. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says five of the suspects are illegals and only one is a U.S. citizen. Trevino says his office is working to add more charges linked to the deputy's shooting. He says the suspects will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law. The injured deputy is expected to recover. Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the shooting was a case of spillover...
  • {South Texas]Sheriff Says Shooting of Deputy an Example of Spillover Violence

    11/01/2011 6:17:21 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/31/2011 | Bill Barajas
    HIDALGO COUNTY - The sheriff says the shooting involving a Hidalgo County sheriff deputy has a cartel connection. Sheriff Lupe Trevino says Sunday’s shooting can be linked to the death of Samuel Borrego Torres, also known as “Metro Tres,” of the Gulf Cartel. Trevino says Daniel Gonzalez Perez from Rio Bravo, a known member of a gang called Partido Revolutionaro, is the man who opened fire on his deputies. The sheriff says this gang was contracted to find a lost load of marijuana for the Gulf Cartel when Metro Tres was killed. Hidalgo deputies rolled up on Perez and three...
  • Battle for the Border: Officer Says Cartels Starting to Retaliate on Law Enforcement

    10/28/2011 11:30:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/28/2011 | Stephanie Bertini
    WESLACO - It's been six years since CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with members of Los Zetas. Back then, they told us they were already in the United States and it was only going to get worse. Now CHANNEL 5 NEWS is speaking with a law enforcement officer about how things have changed since 2006. The officer has asked we conceal his identity so the cartels or his peers can't find out. We're going to call him "Pete". "There's people that wait to see when you leave work," he says. "Pete" says his family would be in danger if his identity...
  • Gulf Cartel infighting ignites in streets of Reynosa, Matamoros, Valle Hermoso(Mexico)

    10/27/2011 4:05:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    The Monitor ^ | October 27, 2011
    As the Gulf Cartel’s internal struggle continues, the residents of Reynosa, Matamoros and Valle Hermoso have been subjected to various firefights. In one of those firefights, the plaza boss of Valle Hermoso — a man known as Comandante Guerra — reportedly was gunned down. The firefights between the Gulf Cartel’s warring factions — the Rojos and the Metros — began Tuesday evening and continued into late Wednesday morning, said a source outside law enforcement familiar with the situation. The first clash was reported in Valle Hermoso, some 18 miles south of Brownsville, where Comandante Guerra was gunned down. About 8...
  • 'Heir' to Gulf Cartel arrested in Port Isabel(South Texas)

    10/26/2011 3:27:53 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 26, 2011
    The nephew of imprisoned Gulf Cartel kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen was arrested by U.S. authorities in Port Isabel during a traffic stop. Rafael “El Junior” Cardenas Vela was arrested Thursday night by Port Isabel police and was later charged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with immigration charges as well as possession and conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute, court records show. As of Tuesday night, Rafael Cardenas remained in federal custody. Cardenas was pulled over while he drove in a personal vehicle with an attractive woman, a local law enforcement official confirmed. Rather than get an...
  • [South Texas:]Fishermen Come Under Fire at Falcon Lake

    08/24/2011 2:09:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies
    KRGV ^ | 08/24/2011
    ZAPATA COUNTY - Deputies are investigating a shooting at Falcon Lake. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the incident happened two weeks ago on the Mexican side of the lake. The sheriff says a group of men were fishing in their boat when they came under fire. The sheriff says the men doing the shooting appear to be Mexican soldiers. No one on the boat was hurt, but the boat was hit. We're told a windshield was shot out.
  • American High School Students Duck To Avoid Bullets From Juarez

    08/07/2011 9:10:53 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    KFOX ^ | August 6, 2011 | Ric Dupont
    One Man Killed Just Feet From The US/Mexico Border EL PASO, Texas -- A shooting in Juarez hits a little too close to home for Bowie High School students. At least one high-ranking Juarez police officer was shot and killed during a massive gunfight right across the U.S./Mexico border. A Saturday morning football practice and a volleyball scrimmage were interrupted when gunshots were heard nearby. Bowie High School principal Jesus Chavez was at home when he got a call about the shooting. He said even though he wasn’t at the school, the school officials who were there did an excellent...
  • [South Texas:]CBP: Mexican soldiers crossed Valley bridge onto U.S. territory

    07/26/2011 6:03:45 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 49 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | July 26, 2011 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    DONNA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were processing 33 Mexican soldiers late Tuesday afternoon after the troops inadvertently crossed onto the U.S. side of the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge. Details of the incident remain unclear, but CBP spokesman Felix Garza said his agency was processing the soldiers for return to Mexico after they found themselves in U.S. territory with four Mexican Humvees.
  • Sources: Zetas try to enter Matamoros; priest killed in crossfire

    07/03/2011 8:53:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Monitor ^ | July 02, 2011
    McALLEN—Church officials and the community of Matamoros were in shock after a well-known Catholic priest was killed in crossfire during a Saturday afternoon shootout between armed gunmen and the Mexican military. Sources outside of law enforcement said the shootout began when members of the Zetas tried to enter Matamoros. Father Marco Antonio Duran Romero died at approximately 3:40 p.m. at a local hospital from a gunshot injury, according to a statement by Father Alan G. Camargo, a spokesman for the Matamoros Dioceses. The Matamoros Dioceses issued a statement late Saturday expressing their deep pain at the loss of father Duran....
  • [Texas:]DPS: U.S. residents should avoid Nuevo Laredo this weekend

    07/02/2011 11:42:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 34 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | July 2, 2011 | Steve McCraw
    LAREDO, July 2 - U.S. residents are being advised not to visit Nuevo Laredo this Fourth of July Weekend. The advisory comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies say they have received credible intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the Zetas Cartel is planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend. “According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “We...
  • Democrats want to shred the Constitution, the border war heats up, Ron Paul introduces bill to

    Each passing week seems to bring with it events that seem even more unbelievable than the week before. Whether it was Louis Farrakhan calling the president a murderer or NBC purposefully leaving out “under God” from the pledge of allegiance during its telecast of the U.S. Open golf tournament. You wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it with your own two eyes. Even here in the great state of Texas we are seeing liberals become even more emboldened. A Judge in Corpus Christi convicted a woman of injury to a child for spanking her own child with an open hand...
  • [Mexico:]Attempted Assassination of Juarez Police Chief

    06/24/2011 3:10:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KTSM ^ | June 24, 2011 | Sandra Ramirez
    JUAREZ, MX - The Juarez police chief survived an assassination attempt. Gunmen drove up Julian Leyzaoloa's motorcade and opened fire. The chief's bodguards returned fire and shot one of the attackers. Leyzaola was not hurt. Police arrested two men. One of the men confessed that he is the son of a former Juarez police officer that was murdered in 2002.
  • [Mexico:]Nuevo Laredo is Under Martial Law

    06/23/2011 3:10:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGNS News ^ | Jun 23, 2011
    No major media outlets are reporting it, but several hundreds soldiers and marines are en route to Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. (MX) to try and get a grip on a violent few months in our Sister City. Several websites report that Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. (MX) is essentially under martial law as the military moves in and relieves city police officers. Soldiers were seen at police headquarters seizing guns. It comes as the federal and state government move into a new phase of security efforts in an attempt to turn up the heat on local drug cartels. More troops are expected to...
  • [Texas:]Mission PD: U.S. law enforcement exchanges fire with gunmen across border

    06/19/2011 5:26:51 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 19, 2011 | Dave Hendricks
    MISSION — Drug smugglers opened fire on U.S. law enforcement officers Sunday morning near the Anzalduas International Bridge after Mission police intercepted a 500-pound load of marijuana, police Chief Leo Longoria said. U.S. law enforcement officers shot back, Longoria said, and no injuries were reported. Details remained hazy Sunday afternoon, and Longoria couldn’t give further information about the brief shootout. Less than two weeks ago, U.S. law enforcement officers came under fire near Abram and shot back, injuring three smugglers. On June 9, after Texas Rangers, Border Patrol agents and state game wardens were fired upon, they returned more than...
  • [Mexico:]Authorities confirm shootout in Matamoros eastside

    06/14/2011 2:36:10 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    KGBT ^ | 06/13/2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities have confirmed that a Monday afternoon shootout took place in an industrial area located in the eastside of Matamoros. The shootout between soldiers and armed happened in an area along the highway to Playa Bagdad around 3:30 p.m. Monday. A precise location was not immediately available but officials confirmed it took place in an area near the Colonia CIMA 3 and Ciudad Industrial. Residents reported on Twitter that helicopters were heard and seen firing "incessantly" in the Colonia CIMA 3. Another Matamoros resident reported that the shootout was so bad that nearby maquiladora workers had to stop and take...
  • Border shooting response defended

    06/11/2011 7:59:56 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 11, 2011 | Lynn Brezosky
    Federal, state agents unleashed barrage at Mexican smugglers. WESLACO — Answering a smattering of gunshots with a 300-round barrage should show drug runners, their inflatable rafts full of contraband, that Texas law enforcement officers aren't messing around, authorities said Friday. “You shoot a police officer, you're going to be shot back at,” Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said, dismissing any notion that the U.S. response to an early morning shooting Thursday by Mexican drug runners on the Rio Grande was over the top. An initial DPS news release said the U.S. officials came under “heavy gunfire.” At a...
  • Texas agency: Authorities take gunfire on border

    06/09/2011 11:47:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 6/9/11 | Paul J Weber
    Texas authorities said suspected drug runners in Mexico began shooting at U.S. law enforcement agents from across the Rio Grande on Thursday, forcing the U.S. officers to return fire and injuring at least three of the suspects on the other side of the border. Few details about the early morning shootout in Hidalgo County were immediately available. The shootout began after U.S. agents patrolling in boats tried to seize a drug load on the Rio Grande, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said. Mange said she could not disclose whether any U.S. officers were struck or injured. She...
  • Mexican Army finds 'Monsters' in Ciudad Camargo

    06/06/2011 3:15:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 06, 2011
    The Mexican Army announced Sunday night the results of a raid at a warehouse that was being used as a makeshift machine shop by cartel members to build armored assault vehicles. The raid took place Saturday in the Prolongación Gonzalez area in the city of Camargo, across from Rio Grande City, during a routine patrol where a military convoy came across the warehouse, according to a news release from the Mexican Army. As a result of the raid, the Mexican military seized two dump trucks that had been heavily armored and modified to carry a squad of gunmen. The two...
  • News Troops kill 3 gunmen in northern Mexico, seize weapons, vehicles

    05/20/2011 12:01:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 20, 2011
    Mexico City – Three suspected organized crime gummen were killed and another three were wounded in a clash near the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros with army troops, who seized more than 100 weapons and nearly a score of vehicles after the gun battle, military sources said. The Defense Secretariat's 4th Military Region said in a statement that 83 automatic rifles, 18 handguns, five grenade launchers, a rocket launcher, 11 fragmentation grenades, 28 40 mm grenades, 315 ammunition clips, more than 18,000 rounds of ammunition, 17 vehicles and eight kilos of marijuana were confiscated in Wednesday's operation. The operation began...
  • Nuevo Laredo Goes Missing from Freeway Signs(in Laredo, TX)

    05/19/2011 11:36:23 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGNS News ^ | May 17, 2011
    Signs informing travelers on I-35 of the distance they are from Laredo can be seen along the freeway, but motorists traveling south have begun to notice a change over the past few weeks. Signs that proudly displayed the distance's carried both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, but recently our sister city to the south has been blacked out. Ryan Bailey has more on this controversial decision. It may look like this sign was vandalized with spray paint, but TX-DOT says they are the ones blacking out Nuevo Laredo in an effort to distance the two neighboring cities, and it started as...
  • (South Texas)Los Indios Still on Edge After Shootout Just Across Border

    05/19/2011 6:24:26 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KRGV ^ | 5/18/2011 | Cristina Rendon
    LOS INDIOS - The small community of Los Indios is on edge. They say the violence in Mexico is breaking out too close to home. The Los Indios International Bridge is back open to traffic. It was shut down Wednesday afternoon after a reported shootout just across the border. Folks in this area are still shaken up. Travelers like Alejandro Juarez are surprised by a gunbattle here. He and his family were trying to get into Mexico through what he considers one the border's calmest crossings. “I think this is the safest way to go to Mexico because Valle Hermoso...
  • Breaking News! Massive Battle Across Texas Mexico Border - Machine Guns and Explosions

    04/21/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 49 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | April 21, 2011 | David Bellow
    Morning of April 21, 2011 - My Brother and I are soldiers in the Army National Guard. My brother, James Bellow, is currently deployed on the Texas/Mexico border. In the early morning hours of April 21st, 2011, my brother witnessed and recorded a MASSIVE firefight and Battle in Mexico, right across from the city of Roma, TX. This battle lasted for hours and included machine gun fire and several explosions from grenades of mortars. My brother filmed some of the footage of the battle on his phone, which can be seen below: Gunfire heard during the battle in Mexico right...
  • Cartels threaten to kill Texas Rangers, ICE agents

    03/31/2011 8:27:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 58 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | March 31, 2011 | Laura B. Martinez
    BROWNSVILLE — A new law enforcement bulletin warns that members of drug cartels have been overheard plotting to kill federal agents and Texas Rangers who guard the border, officials in Washington reported Thursday. The bulletin, which was issued in March, said cartel members planned to use AK-47 assault rifles to shoot agents and Rangers from across the border. It did not name the cartels. The information was released at a hearing before a panel of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management addressed “The U.S. Homeland Security Role in the Mexican War Against the...
  • 11 Bodies Found in Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    03/29/2011 5:50:48 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    KGNS ^ | Mar 28, 2011
    At least eleven bodies are found in Nuevo Laredo yesterday. However, since Mexican media doesn't report murders when instructed by drug traffickers, yesterday's death toll is unofficial. The eleven deaths are confirmed through the Mexican military that found the bodies thrown in several different areas of Nuevo Laredo. The torture and shooting victims were found along the highway to Monterrey. The bodies all had small posters on their body, with writing presumably from rival cartels. Three other drug cartel members were killed when Mexican soldiers stopped an 18-wheeler and gunmen fired shots from inside the trailer. An explosion, believed to...
  • [Mexico:]Four dead following Nuevo Laredo shootout

    03/28/2011 1:12:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    The Monitor ^ | March 28, 2011 | Naxiely Lopez
    Four people were killed during a shootout between Mexican Military and alleged members of organized crime Sunday morning in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. after soldiers tried to stop two vehicles carrying several men for a routine inspection, according to a news release from SEDENA, Mexico’s ministry of defense. The victims, whose identities were not disclosed, apparently shot at soldiers, who “were then forced to retaliate.” After the shooting, Mexican authorities seized two vehicles, six long guns, 74 magazines and 1,110 cartridges of various calibers, officials said.
  • [Texas]Senator contrasts no-fly zone in Libya with security on southern border

    03/25/2011 8:00:37 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | March 24, 2011 | Jesse Bertron
    AUSTIN, March 24 - The Obama administration and congressional leaders are “willing to spend billions of dollars enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya, but fail to show up for our fight to secure our borders at home.” That is the view of state Sen. Tommy Williams, chair of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. Williams, a Republican from The Woodlands, held a news conference at the state Capitol on Thursday to announce the introduction of a Senate Resolution critical of the federal government’s record on securing the border. “I'm tired of the rhetoric, inaction and escalating costs Texas is...
  • [South Texas:]Agents Find Cache of Weapons Near Rio Grande

    03/18/2011 3:49:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    KRGV ^ | 3/17/2011
    FRONTON ─ U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized a cache of weapons, ammunition and grenades near the Rio Grande on Wednesday. The weapons were confiscated when agents working in the area saw a pickup stop near the river and then drive away after a short amount of time. The agents walked over to the location and found footprints leading into the brush. As they followed the trail, they found a large duffle bag hidden within the brush. Inside the bag, agents found eight AK-47 assault rifles, two AR-15 assault rifles, two grenades, nearly 350...
  • [Mexico:]Nuevo Laredo police chief slain by gunmen

    02/03/2011 9:47:26 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies
    NUEVO LAREDO— The city's newest police chief was killed late Wednesday night when unknown assailants blocked off a downtown street shortly after he had left police headquarters and machine-gunned his vehicle. Manuel Farfan Carriola, a retired Mexican Army general, had been outspoken about fighting crime in his city, especially drug traffickers who are fighting for control of lucrative illegal trading routes. He was named to the position when the new mayor, Benjamin Galvan Gomez, took office on Jan. 1. Farfan Carriola was usually accompanied by several bodyguards and a personal assistant. Early reports indicated that some of those men may...
  • [South Texas:]U.S. missionary dies from gunshot after crossing to U.S. from Mexico

    01/26/2011 3:30:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 26, 2011 | Jared Taylor
    PHARR — A woman died after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head in Mexico earlier today. The woman, identified as Nancy Davis, 59, was rushed to the hospital after she showed up at the Pharr point of entry with a gunshot wound late Wednesday morning. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered Davis and her husband, Sam, both U.S. citizens. Only Nancy Davis had suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to an area hospital via ambulance. "She arrived at the Pharr point of entry and emergency procedures took over and she was...
  • [Texas:]Dewhurst asks Perry to make border security an emergency legislative item

    01/13/2011 4:38:55 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 01/13/2011 | Jesse Bertron and Steve Taylor
    AUSTIN, Jan. 13 - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked Gov. Rick Perry to add border security to the “call” as an emergency item for the 82nd Legislature. Dewhurst spoke about the importance of fast-tracking border security legislation at a luncheon with the Capitol press corps on Thursday afternoon. In his remarks, Dewhurst said he backs legislation that would allow the Department of Public Safety to set up southbound inspection stations on the border to check for weapons and cash going into Mexico. “I have asked Governor Perry to put a number of different items on the emergency call in...
  • Gunmen In Mexico Shoot At Road Crew In Hudspeth County, Texas

    01/13/2011 4:13:10 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    KVIA ^ | January 13, 2011 | Leonard Martinez
    EL PASO, Texas -- Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff Arvin West confirmed a Hudspeth County road crew came under fire Thursday morning from gunmen in Mexico. Sheriff West told ABC-7 that around 10:30 a.m, Thursday a road crew was repairing a part of Indian Hot Springs road, just east of Neely's crossing in Hudspeth County along the US-Mexico border when they came under gunfire from the Mexican side. The crew was able to escape unharmed and managed to call for help. Units from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Border Patrol and Hudspeth County sheriff's deputies responded within minutes. They were...
  • Despite Violence Workers Still Head South of the Border (video)

    01/11/2011 10:21:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KRGV ^ | 01/11/2011 | Camaron Abundes
    MCALLEN - Despite violence in Mexico, Executive recruiters say they're having no problems filling top jobs. One employee CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with says there's not much attention paid to the security issues. Thousands of Americans cross the border every d(a)y to go to work. "I know there have been loses of key managers here and there due to concerns. I would say most managers still go to Reynosa to work every day," says Mike Willis. Willis is the Vice President of Business Partnerships for Workforce Solutions. He says despite the violence, there's several U.S. Companies looking to relocate into...
  • [South Texas:]More Mexicans visit Valley via air to avoid violence

    01/07/2011 2:05:20 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 06, 2011 | Martha L. Hernández
    McALLEN — Criminal activity in northern Mexico has many people opting to fly the friendly skies between McAllen and points south, rather than traveling overland and risking cartel shakedowns or worse. Small planes ferry well-heeled people from Monterrey and Tampico to the Rio Grande Valley to shop or visit family without the danger that has become a routine part of highway travel as rival cartels vie for dominance in Tamaulipas and routinely engage in open gun battles with government police and troops. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce has had a hand in promoting charter air services as a safe alternative...
  • Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico

    11/18/2010 7:22:56 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | Wayne Slater
    Gov. Rick Perry says he's open to the idea of sending U.S. troops into Mexico to fight the drug war. The Texas governor told MSNBC this morning that border violence has escalated dramatically since George W. Bush was governor a decade ago. He said more aggressive federal tactics are needed. "You have a situation on the border where American citizens are being killed, and you didn't see that back when George Bush was the governor," he said. Host Chuck Todd asked whether Perry would advocate military involvement on the Mexican side of the border. Perry responded: "I think we have...
  • Mexican Government Calling Up Reinforcements(Northern Tamaulipas)

    11/17/2010 3:30:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/16/2010 | Will Ripley
    NORTHERN TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO - The Mexican government has called in federal reinforcements to try to stop a surge in violence between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas. The troop surge is happening in northern Tamaulipas, the area right next to the Valley. The Mexican army and federal police are moving in now. The reinforcements are expected to bring the number of federal security forces in the region to nearly 3,000. The troops have been arriving since Saturday to patrol the areas between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo. This includes Ciudad Mier, where the Zetas forced about 300 people from their homes...
  • Violence in Ciudad Juarez claims life of UT El Paso student(2 killed)

    11/04/2010 11:45:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies
    KENS ^ | November 4, 2010 | Noelle Gardner
    A University of Texas El Paso student has been shot to death in Ciudad Juarez, becoming the fifth U.S. citizen killed in that border city this week. The U.S. consulate has confirmed Eder Diaz, who was killed along with a classmate, is the latest victim. U.S authorities said the 23-year-old student was traveling Tuesday with his fellow classmates when gunmen opened fire on their car. Diaz died from his injuries Wednesday and his classmate was killed on the scene. Killings of U.S. citizens are on the rise in Mexico, which has seen more than 28,000 deaths so far in its...
  • 3 Mexican federal police killed near border bridge

    10/27/2010 11:43:20 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    The Washington Post/AP ^ | October 27, 2010 | OLIVIA TORRES
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Gunmen killed three Mexican federal police officers as they waited for a person to cross a bridge from the United States, authorities said Wednesday, a shootout that briefly forced closure of the international crossing. The attack on the undercover officers took place beside the Cordova Americas International Bridge between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday. The Chihuahua state attorney general's office gave no further details, but motorists crossing the bridge at about 1:30 p.m. were told by officials that there was a delay because of a shooting. In a separate incident, a Chihuahua state...
  • El Pasoan Brutally Murdered in Juarez: Family Speaks Out

    10/27/2010 8:12:11 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 1+ views
    KTSM ^ | 26 Oct 2010 | Matt Rivers
    EL PASO- We first told you about it last night. A 25 year-old El Pasoan, brutally murdered in Juarez yesterday. Rasiel Ayala's family is speaking out exclusively to NewsChannel 9. NewsChannel 9's Matt Rivers spent hours with the family. Initial shock and disbelief has turned into overwhelming sadness today. Family members told me about a young man who's life was cut short. She refused to wash the blood off her hands. Rasiel Ayala's grandmother watched her grandson die, held his lifeless body, and brought back the hat he was killed in, spattered with his blood. Off camera, she told me...
  • [Mexico:]Chase, gunfire reported on busy Reynosa highway

    10/20/2010 1:27:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/12/2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are urging caution following reports of gunfire and a chase on a busy Reynosa highway. Users of the social media network Twitter reported gunfire and heavy movement of law enforcement officials shortly after noon on Wednesday. Reynosa city officials confirmed a "situation of risk" due to a chase around 12:21 p.m. Wednesday. City officials said the chase started in front of the Hospital Materno Infantil off Bulevar Hidalgo and went down towards Avenida Mil Cumbres. A large mobilization of law enforcement officials was reported in the area. City officials asked residents to stay away from the area for their...
  • [Mexico:]Three wounded in grenade attack at Matamoros military post

    10/20/2010 1:00:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/20/2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Three people are reported to be wounded after a grenade detonated outside a Mexican military fort in downtown Matamoros. The attack was reported by users of the social media network Twitter around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Action 4 News called Mexico's Ministry of Defense (SEDENA) in Mexico City but a spokesman said they did not have information about the incident. But officials with Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) confirmed the attack at the downtown fort. The Mexican Army post is located on Calle Gonzalez, a busy thoroughfare located between Plaza Hidalgo and Mercado Juarez. PGR officials said authorities are at the...
  • Grenade Attack in Nuevo Laredo(Mexico)

    10/20/2010 12:47:57 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGNS ^ | Oct 19, 2010
    Across the border tonight, Nuevo Laredo police and Mexican soldiers are on high alert after a grenade was launched into a municipal police substation. It happened less than a block from city hall around eight o'clock tonight. No one was killed or hurt in the incident. A police cruiser was blown up but other than that there was only minor damage. It comes as Nuevo Laredo has seen several weeks of rest from the bloodshed and violence. Authorities say it's unclear if drug traffickers carried out the attack. Officers and soldiers are stepping up patrol on the streets until further...
  • Reality on the border is not a reality show

    10/13/2010 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    America is glued to the monitors following the rescue of the gold miners in Chile hoping all will go well. However the media coverage of the rescue turned the reality into a reality show.We like a nice show but can we tell where the reality show stops and the reality begins. Can we snap out of the entertainment for a second? Read the following news: "The Mexican state police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on a border lake plagued by pirates has been killed and he reportedly was found decapitated." This is not a reality...
  • Border Patrol Sends Extra Boats to Falcon Lake (Texas)

    10/12/2010 2:42:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies
    KRGV ^ | !0/11/2010 | Erica Proffer
    ZAPATA - A dozen Border Patrol boats, including some from the Valley are now in Zapata. They will be used to patrol and protect Falcon Lake. The increase comes after the disappearance and presumed murder of David Hartley. Both the Mexican and American governments are still searching for his body. People who live along Falcon Lake say the increased security helps. Still, they'd like to see even more. "I think they can do a lot better and bring more troops so that we can have the homeland security. We need more law enforcement around the border," says Leo Cuellar. No...
  • Do Mexican Drug Cartels Pose A Bigger Threat Than The Taliban?

    10/11/2010 6:01:46 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 17 replies
    Liberty Juice ^ | 10/11/2010 | Chris Bounds
    Mexican drug cartels are like a malignant cancer that keeps on spreading. Mexico has spent billions of dollars on its drug war to combat the power and influence of the cartels, but when you look at the statistics it seems as if little progress has been made. Considering the dramatic impact cartels have on the United Sates, America should consider if securing our border is as important to our national security as is the war we are fighting in Afghanistan. Mexico’s war on drugs has been ongoing since 2006, but the problem keeps getting bigger each year. So does the...