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  • Reports, Terrorist Acts Corroborate ISIS in Mexico Story JW Broke Last Month

    05/06/2015 8:56:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/5/2015 | Staff
    A number of reports have surfaced in the last few weeks that corroborate a story Judicial Watch broke in mid-April verifying that ISIS is operating in a Mexican border town just eight miles from El Paso, Texas. This includes the startling development over the weekend that the Islamic terrorist group claimed responsibility for a shooting at a “Muhammad Art Exhibit” near Dallas because it was considered to be anti-Islam. JW’s report was based on intelligence from a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector and was met with denials from both the U.S. and Mexican government...
  • Rep. O’Rourke Touts a Safe Juárez, U.S. Warns of Violence, Drug-Related Murders

    05/01/2015 2:22:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 1, 2015
    The congressman who tried silencing federal law enforcement sources from exposing terrorist camps in Ciudad Juárez is contradicting the U.S. government’s assessment of the famously crime-infested Mexican city by proclaiming that it’s “far safer” than it was years ago. It appears to be a frantic effort on the part of Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, to counter reports of Islamic terrorists operating in the area and joining forces with the sophisticated drug cartels that have long controlled the region. Judicial Watch broke that story last fall after receiving detailed...
  • Islamic State location less than 2 miles from border; ISIS exploits designated ‘wilderness’ areas

    04/15/2015 10:49:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | April 16, 2015 | J.E. Dyer
    You’ve no doubt seen the report, from the always-superb Judicial Watch, that there’s an Islamic State, or ISIS, camp in Mexico near El Paso, Texas. The report follows up on information Judicial Watch obtained in August 2014 (which LU reported on here). Anapra, Mexico, where Mexican federal authorities report an ISIS camp on the U.S. border. (Image: Fusion Informativa) The camp has been widely reported as being “8 miles” from the border. It’s more like 8 miles from the center of El Paso. What may not be clear from the verbal report is that the Mexican zone where the Islamic...
  • ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

    04/14/2015 8:42:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 116 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2015
    ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same...
  • Shooting confirmed at Fort Bliss in Texas; no other details immediately available

    01/06/2015 3:21:56 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 6, 2015
    Just a banner so far.
  • Texan says he entered North Korea illegally, slamming U.S.

    12/14/2014 1:23:18 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 14, 2014 | The Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea on Sunday presented to the media an American man who says he illegally crossed into the country but has not been put into custody and is seeking asylum in Venezuela. Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, of El Paso, Texas, said he entered North Korea by crossing the river border with China. Details of how and when he got into the country were not immediately clear. In his comments to reporters, Martinez strongly criticized the U.S. for alleged human rights violations. "The illegal war carried out against the nation of Iraq serves as a perfect example...
  • North Korea parades an American who denounces the U.S. system

    12/14/2014 4:43:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2014 | Anna Fifield
    TOKYO — Just weeks after three Americans detained in North Korea were released, a United States citizen has shown up in the repressive state, appearing on television to denounce his home country as a “Mafia enterprise” and call American democracy “an illusion”. Although details remain sketchy, it seems that the man, Arturo Pierre Martinez of El Paso, Texas, willingly went to North Korea and he says he is not being detained. At a press conference in Pyongyang Sunday morning, Martinez vigorously criticized the United States for alleged human rights violations. “The illegal war carried out against the nation of Iraq...
  • American in North Korea denounces U.S., seeks Venezuela asylum: media

    12/14/2014 1:09:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Virginia Gazette ^ | December 14, 2014
    American in North Korea denounces U.S., seeks Venezuela asylum: media Reuters 2:54 a.m. EST, December 14, 2014 A U.S. citizen who illegally entered North Korea delivered a lengthy denunciation of U.S. domestic and foreign policy on Sunday and said he was seeking political asylum in Venezuela, the North's official media said. The man identified himself as Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, from El Paso, Texas, in video footage of a press conference released by the North's KCNA news agency and said he had taken "a risky journey to reach the (North) so that I could pass along some very valuable and...
  • TX:Possible Mass Shooting Stopped by Armed Citizen?

    11/21/2014 3:54:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some mass killings have occurred at clubs.  The most infamous has been the "Happyland social club" in New York City, where 87 people were murdered by arson in 1990.   An armed citizen may have stopped an attempted mass killing in El Paso, Texas on Sunday, the 16th of November.   A 23-year-old Hispanic man had been thrown out of the appropriately named "Club Khaos" at about 1 a.m.  He returned to the entrance of the club and started shooting.  He hit five people; one of them is in critical condition.  From the elpasotimes.com: A 21-year-old man was hit in the...
  • Surprise: After Illegal Immigration Wave, Tuberculosis Plagues El Paso Hospital

    09/29/2014 10:48:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this summer when the unaccompanied minor crisis was at its peak (after really starting in October 2013) in Texas and Arizona, Border Patrol agents working inside processing facilities reported cases of Tuberculosis, scabies and other diseases being brought into the United States by unvaccinated illegal aliens. Warnings were issued by local communities about the impact these diseases could potentially have in the public school system where their children are educated. For example, protestors in Murrieta, California turned bus loads of illegal immigrants away, citing concerns about public health. Those protestors and people who warned about the spread of...
  • Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with Judicial Watch

    09/18/2014 10:59:41 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    In the piece JW cites high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirming that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. In the aftermath of JW’s story Ft. Bliss, an El Paso Army base near Juarez, increased security measures and the sheriff in Midland County Texas—located halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso—confirmed that he received an alert bulletin warning...
  • Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on U.S. Border

    08/29/2014 11:09:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 277 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Friday, August 29, 2014
    Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group...
  • Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | August 29, 2014 1:47 PM | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch...
  • [Satire]Two Thousandth Missile from Mexico Hits El Paso, Texas Area.

    07/05/2014 10:10:07 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Note: This was originally posted on December 9, 2012. It seems relevant again in light of Hamas' renewed attacks on Israel, the current Latin American invasion of Texas and King Obama's efforts to redistributed our new youthful resources elsewhere in His America. *********************** No end is in sight as the United Nations directs the U.S. to negotiate a peaceful settlement. Following years of demands by la Raza that the United States relinquish all occupied territories to Mexico, missiles began falling on El Paso, Texas and neighboring areas north of the border between Texas and Mexico during the early morning hours of December...
  • Operation American Shield a real Fourth of July Celebration by real Americans

    06/18/2014 9:10:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/18/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    A gathering sponsored by Operation American Shield will take place this Fourth of July weekend in El Paso, TX to demonstrate against our federal government’s refusal to protect its own legal citizens and national borders. Here is your chance to really celebrate our Fourth of July, to stand up for America and to stand against what is being done to Her! Just seeing the pictures of the helpless Central American children being used as pawns by Obama and his Democrat amnesty pushers should be enough to get you to El Paso if you are even remotely near this area. “If...
  • A chilling message from the cartels

    05/23/2014 4:12:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 152 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 05/23/2014 | Meghan Keneally
    A chilling message from the cartels: Billboards with hanging mannequins warning cops to choose 'silver over lead' appear in Texas Two billboards along highways in El Paso, Texas were vandalized and had mannequins hanging off of themOne reads 'silver or lead' in Spanish which is taken to mean that police and business owners can either take drug cartels' bribes or dieWorries spreading that cartels that have ruled Mexican border towns with violence may be headed north Two frightening incidents of vandalism in El Paso near the Mexican border in Texas have been interpreted as warnings from drug cartels. In both...
  • Border residents fear message on mysterious billboards

    05/23/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 34 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 22, 2014 | Angela Kocherga
    EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso police are investigating two mysterious billboards that appeared just off I-10, each with a mannequin hanging from a noose. . “It’s not an advertisement,” said Mike Mons, regional manager for Lamar Outdoor advertising. The first vandalized billboard off I-10 had Plata o Plomo in large black letters which translates into silver or lead. It is usually a warning targeting police or government officials in Mexico. The warning: work with a cartel and take a bribe or get a bullet. The hanging mannequin was dressed in a suit and tie. “This symbol has historically been...
  • Former Secretary of Finance for the Mexican State of Coahuila, Mexico, charged with money laundering

    02/15/2014 7:37:00 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    ICE ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | ICE
    SAN ANTONIO — A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday charging the former Secretary of Finance for the Mexican State of Coahuila, Mexico, for his alleged role in a money laundering conspiracy. This indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman, Western District of Texas. This indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in San Antonio. Hector Javier Villarreal, the...
  • Stripped, cavity searched and billed, lawsuit says

    12/21/2013 12:48:39 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 158 replies
    El Paso Times via Saratogian Nation-Times ^ | 12/19/13 | Aaron Bracamontes
    EL PASO, Texas — She was forced to strip, cavity searched for hours, then billed, she says. She’s suing. A New Mexico woman’s lawsuit claims federal border patrol officers forced her to undergo a brutal six-hour, full-body cavity search, before she was brought to a hospital for further examination, and charged $5,000 for the forced procedures. The Lovington, N.M., woman said border patrol agents subjected her to anal and vaginal probes that made her feel like an “animal,” before being taken to EL Paso County Hospital. There, she was forced to have an observed bowel movement, was X-rayed, had a...
  • Black Forest Fire investigation: El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa disputes fire chief's report

    11/21/2013 8:13:23 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    There are conflicting reports about the investigation into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey told KRDO-TV this week that the fire was human caused. ... However, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa wrote on a Facebook and issued a statement saying he was shocked that Harvey talked about an active investigation and accused Harvey of mishandling the event. "Do not buy into Chief Harvey's claims until it's confirmed by the actual agency that has been the lead of the investigation and will base its findings on indisputable scientific evidence that can withstand the...
  • U.S. soldier serving abroad watches in horror on FaceTime as his pregnant wife is stabbed

    11/02/2013 2:09:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2013 | Snejana Farberov
    A pregnant Texas woman has been stabbed multiple times by an intruder as her horrified soldier husband serving overseas helplessly watched the attack play out in real time on video chat. Rachel Poole, 31, was talking to her husband, Justin Pele Poole, on FaceTime Wednesday night when a man identified as 19-year-old Corey Moss broke into their El Paso home and lunged at her with a knife. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KFOX14, Mrs Poole recognized her assailant as a man who owed her husband money and screamed out his name. The 31-year-old mother-to-be, who is nine months...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • El Paso: FBI Stats Deem Border City Safest In The Country 3 Years In A Row

    02/08/2013 10:44:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.myfoxdc.com/ ^ | February 8, 2013 | FOX News
    EL PASO, Texas - This dusty desert city sits directly across the Mexican border from what has been widely labeled as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juarez. The bloody drug war has claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in Juarez in the last five years. Yet this week, for the third year in a row, El Paso was ranked as the safest U.S. city with a population greater that 500,000 by CQ Press, which compiled FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
  • El Paso Democratic Party denounces, shuns state reps Marquez and Gonzalez

    10/11/2012 4:38:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KVIA ^ | Oct 11, 2012 | Maria Garcia
    EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso County Democratic Party has denounced and shunned State Representatives Marisa Marquez and Naomi Gonzalez for their supportive words of a Republican colleague, while the two young lawmakers said the party is trying to 'dismantle the delegation's unity' and also turning voters off with their 'pettiness.' El Paso County Democratic Party Chair Rick Melendrez said the party's executive committee requested the national and state Democratic party strip Marquez and Gonzalez of any benefits and advantages of being affiliated with the party. Melendrez, after a brief phone conversation, said he'd call back to set up...
  • Wrong-way truck driver could learn sentence soon(Ammunition, Mexico)

    09/12/2012 7:50:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    myfoxdfw.com ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Alice Wolke
    DALLAS - The Dallas-based truck driver who ended up in a Mexican jail because of the ammunition he was carrying in his trailer was supposed to be sentenced on Wednesday, but the hearing was postponed for a week. Jabin Bogan, 27, has been in a maximum security prison since April. After a judge significantly reduced the charges against him last month, Bogan learned the remaining charge, possession of ammunition, could be punishable by a fine up to $20,000 fine and six years in prison. Bogan's attorney is pushing for a fine only. His family in North Texas said they don't...
  • [Texas:]Ex-EPISD Superintendent Garcia Enters Guilty Plea, Cries In Courtroom

    06/14/2012 10:46:45 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KVIA ^ | June 13, 2012 | Gaby Loria
    EL PASO, Texas -- Lorenzo Garcia, the former superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, pled guilty to federal charges in court Wednesday afternoon. Garcia pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud contained in two separate charging documents. The first charge, count one of a federal grand jury indictment returned in July 2011, alleged that from February 1, 2006, until March 11, 2007, Garcia and others conspired to defraud EPISD by securing a $450,000 sole source contract under false pretenses. According to court documents, the government has agreed to a recommended sentence in this case...
  • El Paso Mayor to Indict Voters Who Don't Support His Agenda?

    03/25/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2012 | Joel Oster
    In El Paso, Texas, Democrat Mayor John Cook is literally doing whatever he can to cram his political preferences down the throats of El Pasoans who voted against him. His latest effort in this regard has been convening a grand jury in El Paso to possibly indict those who oppose his policies, based solely on their speech. It all began in 2010, when the City Council passed a measure granting taxpayer-paid benefits for same-sex couples. The citizens responded by passing a city-wide referendum overturning the measure. Not pleased that his policies were thwarted by the people, Cook went to the...
  • El Paso Mayor overrules voters, threatens opponents with jail

    03/13/2012 10:04:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/13/2012 | Doug Book
    In a display of the arrogance of power for which the left have become so well known, Democrat El Paso Mayor John Cook decided not only to overrule the results of a 2010 ballot decision, he is hoping to jail those who dared circulate a recall petition in response to his contempt for the will of the voters. In 2009, Mayor Cook and a majority of the El Paso city council decided that health insurance benefits should be provided for unmarried and homosexual “partners” of city employees, at taxpayer expense of course. Church groups and others opposed to the decision...
  • Texas: Anti-Drug Politician Arrested by DEA for Marijuana Trafficking (BTW he's a Democrat)

    02/25/2012 1:52:35 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The Daily Chronic ^ | 2/24/2012 | Thomas H. Clarke
    EL PASO, TX — A critical opponent of drug law reform in Texas has been indicted on charges of trafficking 50 kilograms of marijuana and money laundering. El Paso County Commissioner Guillermo “Willie” Gandara Jr., 37, who is currently a Democratic candidate for the Texas legislature, along with Juan Canales, 50, were arrested late Wednesday night following a multi-agency investigation that included the DEA and FBI. A federal grand jury indictment charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, and one count of possession with intent to distribute...
  • [El Paso]County Commissioner Willie Gandara Jr. Charged With Federal Drug Trafficking

    02/23/2012 11:41:26 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KVIA ^ | February 22, 2012 | Leonard Martinez
    EL PASO, Texas -- Federal agents raided the home of El Paso County Commissioner Willie Gandara Jr. in Socorro Wednesday night. Gandara was taken into custody and charged with federal drug trafficking charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy. El Paso County Jail records show that he is being held without bond. The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with ICE, IRS, FBI, and state and local law enforcement personnel conducted the operation. Gandara, 37, is a candidate for State Representative District 75. He was elected to Commissioners Court in November 2008. Gandara's father, Willie Gandara Sr., was...
  • Mother pushing stroller in Texas hit with bullet from Mexico

    02/22/2012 10:31:06 AM PST · by South40 · 19 replies
    Reuters (Yahoo) ^ | 2/22/2012 | David Crowder
    EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - A woman pushing her child in a stroller in downtown El Paso, Texas, was struck by an assault rifle bullet fired from across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Tuesday, mayor John Cook said. After Juarez police responded to a carjacking about half a mile from the border, a gunfight broke out between police and the carjackers, Cook said. A bullet -- a type used in assault weapons such as M16s -- penetrated and exited the woman's calf, he said. The unidentified woman, 48, who was shopping, was treated at a hospital and released...
  • El Paso Police: Bullet That Hit Woman In Downtown Believed To Have Come From Mexico

    02/22/2012 5:52:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies · 1+ views
    KVIA ^ | February 21, 2012
    Woman Was Pushing Child In A Carriage When She Was Hit EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Tuesday afternoon that a bullet that punctured a woman's right calf in Downtown El Paso Tuesday morning is believed to have come from Mexico. Police said a 48-year-old woman was shopping on Overland near Oregon when her leg was hit by a bullet just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. A shootout happened at the same time in Juarez as when the woman was hit with the bullet. Guillen Middle School, Aoy Elementary and Hart Elementary were put on lockdown...
  • An Uneasy Coexistence: Security Along the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Border

    12/22/2011 10:38:58 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    insightcrime.org ^ | 21 December 2011 | Washington Office on Latin America
    two cities that, while separated only by a narrow river, are rapidly growing further apart. Ciudad Juarez is undergoing wrenching change as dysfunctional state institutions confront powerful, hyper-violent criminal groups. El Paso has witnessed an unprecedented buildup of the U.S. government’s security and law enforcement apparatus. The flow of migrants from Mexico into the El Paso region has nearly ground to a halt due to greatly increased U.S. security-force presence, the poor U.S. economy, and the danger that organized-crime groups pose for migrants on the Mexican side of the border. The flow of drugs, meanwhile, continues at or near the...
  • Why are El Paso residents ‘under the gun’ when peaceably addressing government?(TX)

    12/05/2011 3:59:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Mayor: Freedom of speech is over,” a story filed this morning by Bob Unruh on WorldNetDaily reports. A citizen attempting to address the El Paso City Council was given only 70 seconds to speak by Mayor John Cook when he abruptly cut her off, declaring: "Thank you, your time is over. If you can't remove yourself from the podium, I'll have you removed. Yeah. You can take your freedom of speech outside." This is spite of the fact that the First Amendment specifically articulates a right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” and all public officials, per...
  • Congressman Reyes Announces Support for Occupy Movement

    10/23/2011 4:31:24 PM PDT · by FryingPan101 · 12 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2011 | Eric Roberson
    Congressman Reyes Announces Support for Occupy Movement El Paso Democratic Congressman Silvestre Reyes released the following statement in support of the ongoing "Occupy Wall Street" movement, including the "Occupy El Paso" demonstrations: "Thousands of people around the world, in the United States, and here in El Paso are expressing growing frustration about the direction our country is headed. "We are living with the aftermath of failed policies pushed by the Bush White House and Congressional Republicans. From letting Wall Street investors have free rein, to an unnecessary war in Iraq, and the unwise tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Republican...
  • [Texas:]El Paso required to look at school security budget

    08/29/2011 11:36:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2011
    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso's three largest school districts will be the first in Texas to explore ways to consolidate their security forces and hopefully cut their combined $15 million security budgets. A bill by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, requiring El Paso County school districts to look at consolidation options was passed this year at a time when the Texas Legislature was dealing with a $27 billion budget deficit. Public education funding was cut by about $4 billion. While the slash in funding forced layoffs and program cuts, the security budgets remained untouched. Pickett's bill has...
  • The Border is Safe, Federal Officials Say

    08/18/2011 3:35:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 8/17/2011 | Julian Aguilar
    EL PASO — The federal government’s top border official, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin, fought back this week against heightened criticism of President Obama’s border security policy, saying the present-day border is more secure than ever. At the same conference, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, responded to Gov. Rick Perry's bid for the White House by telling a reporter, “I have to go to the bathroom and throw up.” The congressman has long been a critic of what he says is Perry's misrepresentation of the border as a lawless territory. Bersin, a keynote speaker at the...
  • Feces & Urine Problem In Downtown El Paso

    EL PASO - It's disgusting, unsanitary and it's going to leave you shaking your head. Migrant workers have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that's just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots. "If they don't let you go inside, you have to go anywhere. That's why El Paso is like that," Roberto Miranda said. Miranda is a migrant worker. He sleeps outside of the Farm Workers Center, like at-least one-hundred other people, and he waits for work in the...
  • Feces & Urine Problem in Downtown El Paso

    05/25/2011 6:37:33 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 40 replies
    KTSM ^ | 5/25
    EL PASO - It's disgusting, unsanitary and it's going to leave you shaking your head. Migrant workers have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that's just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots. "If they don't let you go inside, you have to go anywhere. That's why El Paso is like that," Roberto Miranda said. Miranda is a migrant worker. He sleeps outside of the Farm Workers Center, like at-least one-hundred other people, and he waits for work in the...
  • [Texas]Rep. Reyes Has Sharp Responses To GOP Comments on Border Violence

    05/13/2011 4:16:17 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies
    KVIA ^ | May 12, 2011 | Stephanie Valle
    EL PASO, Texas -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes has released two strongly worded statements in the last four days that defend the safety reputations of cities along the U.S.-Mexico border. His first statement came Monday in response to a comment by Speaker of the House John Boehner, in which he said Congress needs to focus on border security and decreasing border violence before turning to immigration policy reform. Rep. Boehner's comments came as President Barack Obama has set his focus on reforming our nation's immigration system. The U.S. representative for El Paso said, "Speaker Boehner should focus on controlling the level...
  • Barack Obama's Alternate Reality

    05/11/2011 11:58:08 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 12, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Yesterday the President delivered his much-anticipated address on immigration at the Chamizal National Memorial Park, a landmark that commemorates the settlement of a century-old border dispute centered around the Rio Grande, which has traditionally served as the demarcation line between what is Mexico and what is the United States. Unfortunately, Barack Obama used the occasion to yet again smear honest opponents of his administration’s open borders policy, obfuscate what the White House has actually done to secure the border, ignore the catalog of horrors occurring in Ciudad Juarez-El Paso’s neighboring city across the border-and engage in boilerplate rhetoric intended to...
  • Obama in El Paso: Immigration reform about keeping talent in U.S.

    05/10/2011 4:54:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5/10/11 | Milan Simonich
    EL PASO - President Obama today said immigration reform is about nurturing talent for businesses and punishing those who have entered the United States illegally. But mostly immigration is about maintaining hope and realizing dreams, Obama told a sun-splashed crowd of more than 2,000 at the Chamizal National Memorial. He put a face on the controversial, divisive topic of immigration - a man named José Hernández, who did not learn to speak English until he was 12 years old. The son of itinerant farm workers, Hernández was born in California. But two of his siblings were born in Mexico, creating...
  • [El Paso, Texas:]Early Afternoon Arrival Scheduled for Presidential Visit

    05/07/2011 10:36:50 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 30 replies
    KTSM ^ | May 6, 2011 | Matt Rivers
    President Will Arrive in El Paso at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday EL PASO- The White House has announced the President's itinerary for next week's trip to the Sun City. The President will arrive at Biggs Airfield on Fort Bliss at approximately 12:45 in the afternoon. From there, it's on to Chamizal National Memorial. The President will deliver his remarks about immigration in a 1:30 p.m. speech, presumably at the park's small stage. It's not known yet whether the event will be open to the public. The President is set to take off from Biggs Airfield aboard Air Force One just before...
  • Baby Body Parts Found Outside El Paso [TX] Abortion Clinic

    04/23/2011 8:33:57 AM PDT · by topher · 47 replies
    LiveAction.Org ^ | April 22, 2011 | Live Action Team
    UPDATE AND ACTION: El Paso police are refusing to release this child into the hands of those who are wanting to provide a proper burial. Police say that they are going to give the remain of the child to an environmental group to dispose of. Call the El Paso police department and demand justice for this child! This baby deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Demand a proper burial for this tiny child! Please call 915-564-7000. UPDATE II: El Paso police are now saying that they will not be investigating this incident because the unborn child’s young age...
  • Body of Baby Victimized in Abortion Found in Clinic Parking Lot

    04/22/2011 3:57:13 PM PDT · by julieee · 3 replies · 1+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Body of Baby Victimized in Abortion Found in Clinic Parking Lot El Paso, TX -- Local pro-life advocates helping to offer women alternatives to abortion outside an abortion clinic in El Paso, Texas have found the body of an unborn child victimized by an abortion in the parking lot of the facility. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/22/body-of-baby-victimized-in-abortion-found-in-clinic-parking-lot/
  • Mexican Students Cope With Trauma Of Drug War

    04/09/2011 6:45:46 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    KRWG ^ | April 9, 2011
    Standing in the main foyer of Burges High School in El Paso, Texas, it's easy to think you had accidentally crossed the border into Mexico. Left and right, students are greeting each other in Spanish and kissing each other's cheeks, as they would in Mexico. Drug violence has forced thousands of Mexican families to seek refuge in the U.S. As a result, some students are entering U.S. classrooms along the Southwest border with traumas that schools have never seen before. And with so few people willing to talk about it, many aren't getting the help they need. In border cities,...
  • Border Patrol says Drug Cartels are Targeting American Students

    04/03/2011 9:40:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KTSM ^ | April 1, 2011 | Alexa Helms
    Julia Aguilera will graduate from Montwood Middle School this year with her whole life ahead of her. Before many students look at what options are available to them, the cartels can step in with the promise of quick, easy money through drug smuggling. Julia knows that's dangerous work. "People can get killed just by doing something you can get into trouble with," Aguilera said. And that's where "Operation Detour" comes in. David Zapp with the Border Patrol is trying to get to students like Julia before the cartels do. "Schools are calling us trying to get us to come out...
  • Forbes Ranks El Paso #4 Best City For Finding A Job This Spring

    03/21/2011 10:59:06 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KVIA ^ | March 19, 2011 | Gaby Loria
    EL PASO, Texas -- After teaming up to survey 18,000 employers around the country, Forbes Magazine has named El Paso as one of its top five cities for 'finding a job this spring.' The survey's results weren't too surprising for Kaitlyn Urenda. "There's a lot of businesses opening up in little shopping centers like this," she said. Urenda is helping her aunt open a baseball-themed East side restaurant named "Xtra Innings." She said they had no trouble filling up staff positions. "We got a ton of calls," she said. "There are actually a lot of military families looking for jobs."...
  • Businesses Flee Ciudad Juárez for Texas

    03/04/2011 9:02:55 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    latino.foxnews.com ^ | 4 Mar 2011 | ELE
    The high crime rate in Ciudad Juárez has spurred many Mexican businessmen to transfer their business operations to El Paso, where there are already 100 new companies that have opened their doors in U.S. territory. Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from this Texas city, is Mexico's murder capital, where more than 8,000 people have died since early 2008 in drug-related mayhem. The Juárez business owners now in El Paso have created an organization, La Red (The Network), to provide logistical support so that Mexican exiles can begin their business activities anew. "We Mexican businessmen who invest in El Paso...
  • 2 El Paso Students Killed In Juarez(,Mexico)

    02/08/2011 7:54:39 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    KVIA ^ | February 7, 2011
    EL PASO, Texas -- A car lot in Juarez. That's where 15-year-olds Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez and Juan Echeveeri Luna, both students in El Paso, were killed by gunmen there Saturday. Gonzalez Bermudez's mother told our news partners - channel 44 in Juarez - the teens were buying a set of car rims. At some point, gunmen looking for the owner, opened fire on him and the teens. Gonzalez Bermudez and his family had just moved to El Paso to get away from the violence. He was a sophomore at Cathedral. Echeveeri used to go there, but transferred to Radford.