SAN DIEGO – A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States.
Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: “credible fear” of the drug cartels.
“They are being told if they come across the border, when they come up to the border and they say certain words, they will be allowed into the country,” said a person who did not want to be identified on camera. “We are being overwhelmed.”
Pete Nunez, former U.S. Attorney and immigration expert says, “This will swamp the system.”
“To make our system even more ridiculous than it has been in the past,” he adds. “There are no detention facilities for families, so the family would have to be split up. We don’t want to split families up, so we end up releasing people out into the community on bond, on bail.”
Nunez says, “It’s a huge loophole.”
“There has to be a policy change, something implemented, an emergency implementation that will stop this, or otherwise we will have thousands coming in.”
Immigrants are telling the Port Enforcement Team — or P.E.T. — that the cartels are ripping apart their state.
There’s no word on whether this same loophole is being used in Arizona.
Heads stuffed in plastic bags discovered outside Guadalajara, site of horrific turf battle between warring drug cartels. Two teens found murdered earlier this week.
Seven severed heads were found along a highway outside Guadalajara, further gruesome evidence that drug wars in Mexico’s second-biggest city are spiraling out of control.
The heads, stuffed into plastic bags, were discovered on the edge of a highway in Jalisco state, authorities said Wednesday.
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Drug syndicates in Mexico shoot, stab, hang reporters and photographers who are brave enough to tell the truth about brutal cartels that control entire territories
The mangled and unidentified corpses of a man, right, and a woman, left, hang from a pedestrian bridge in in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas in 2012. The yellow sign above them reads: “This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet. You better f—–g pay attention. I’m about to get you.”
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By Deborah Hastings / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In the country of Mexico, there is no such thing as freedom of the press.
There is, however, widespread freedom to simply kill or kidnap journalists who dare to report on the vicious drug wars that make Mexico one of the world’s most dangerous places for residents and reporters alike.
“There’s no real hope there for journalists,” Anthony Coulson, a former DEA agent stationed in Arizona, told The Daily News. And, he added, “it’s getting worse.”
Mexico is the fourth most deadly country for reporters, topped only by battle-plagued Syria, Somalia and Pakistan, according to the most recent survey by media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
“Mexico’s violence, which has grown exponentially … targets journalists who dare to cover drug trafficking, corruption (and) organized crime’s infiltration of local and federal government,” the report said.
According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, more than 50 journalists in Mexico have died or disappeared since 2006, when incoming president Felipe Calderone declared war on drug cartels and launched a high-profile media campaign that paraded arrested drug thugs and seized heroin, guns and cocaine before the public. The organization maintains a list of names of the murdered.
Calderone’s term ended in December, and so did the much-hyped perp walks of drug suspects.
New president Enrique Pena Nieto has a markedly different stance on drug cartels. Earlier this year, it announced that local and state authorities would no longer work directly with U.S. agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, when it came to sharing drug tracking intelligence.
Arriving in Mexico Thursday for private talks, President Barack Obama side-stepped the controversial policy change, saying it was “up to the Mexican people” to determine its own security issues.
Meanwhile, the atrocities against journalists have mounted. Earlier this week, radio and television announcer Jose Gerardo Padillo Blanquet vanished in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, which is crisscrossed with illicit smuggling routes and controlled by the Los Zetas cartel, arguably the most violent drug syndicate in Mexico .
Blanquet works for Radio Grande de Coahuila, whose director was beaten a few months ago. The media outlet also has received numerous threats over its narcotics coverage, according to local reports.
Just last week in the same city, the hacked remains of photographer Daniel Alejandro Martinez, 22, who had just started working for the Vanguardia newspaper, were found in the middle of a busy street.
His body had been butchered into pieces.
Even bloggers and Twitter users aren’t safe.
As journalists and their employers have backed off reporting on drug cartels for fear of bloody reprisals, social media users have stepped into the void, trying to inform terrified residents of drug cartel violence.
In February, a gruesome video — much like the ones Islamist terrorists posted of journalist Daniel Pearl’s 2002 decapitation in Pakistan — surfaced on YouTube.
In it, a man on his knees talks about Facebook page Valor Por Tamaulipas, (Courage For Tamaulipas) which posts security updates for the state of Tamaulipas. It hugs the southern border of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. He calmly warns social media users to stop what they’re doing.
“Please refrain from publishing any information — if not, this is the price you will pay,” he says before a masked man appears to shoot him in the head.
“People are turning on to social media because in many areas throughout Mexico, organized crime has taken control of entire territories,” Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told The News. Another popular, and endangered, site is called Blog del Narco.
“It’s a war being fought in the streets and it’s a war for information,” Lauria said.
“People are terrified. And so are the journalists.”
MORELIA, Mexico – Authorities say the bodies of seven men were found in plastic chairs placed along the side of a street in the drug-plagued Mexican state of Michoacan, while another seven people, including three federal agents, were killed in neighboring Guerrero.
Michoacan’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Saturday that the seven bodies had bullet wounds and had been placed individually in the sitting position in chairs near a traffic circle in the city of Uruapan. The office did not provide a motive for killings.
In Guerrero state, authorities said armed men opened fire in a bar in Ciudad Altamirano late Friday. Four civilians and three off-duty federal agents were killed.
Both states on Mexico’s western coast have seen a surge of violence in recent years attributed to drug cartels.