Posts Tagged ‘drug wars’

is this game changer:

“We came here because we are scared,” the Mier native said in Spanish. “There’s nobody there now. It’s a ghost town.”

Gonzalez, 38, talks of the drug cartels that have taken Ciudad Mier hostage since February.

That was when the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas formally split and began an all-out fight for control of territory along the Tamaulipas-Texas border.

A wave of refugees has flooded Mier’s eastern neighbor Miguel Alemán in recent weeks — the last holdouts of terrorized citizenry from Mier who, under order from the Zetas, finally packed up and left after the Nov. 5 slaying of Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cárdenas Guillen, the head of the Gulf Cartel.

Many of Gonzalez’s relatives and friends remained at the impromptu refugee camp in Miguel Alemán, he said. Earlier this year, though, his sister-in-law moved to the apartment in Roma’s Los Saenz neighborhood. Now, he was helping her to clean out the two-bedroom unit.

Officials in Roma said the exodus to their city from Mier has carried on since fighting across the border picked up in the spring. Most residents from Mier and other towns along the Frontera Chica — the “little border,” as the region is known — with money or immigration papers had already fled to the U.S. before June.

“The people who went to Miguel Alemán were the ones who had nowhere else to go,” said Roma City Manager Cris Salinas.

I am totally shocked this story hasn’t gotten more attention at least I haven’t seen much. The implications are huge.

First by setting up “refugee camps” what has been known casually is being acknowledged parts of Mexico have become war zones and you have to be pretty foolish, pretty brave, heavy guarded or ethically compelled to go there.

Second of all this changes the illegal immigration equation dramatically. It’s once thing to make people who have come here go home for breaking the law, it’s quite another to force refugees fleeing a war zone to re-enter the kill zone.

This raises an interesting conundrum. Open border activists and the Mexican government have been of one mind on illegal Mexican immigration to the US (and one mind on illegal immigration into Mexico, Mexico cracks down the activists don’t care). One would think that said activists would jump at the chance to play the refugee card. Considering the stories from the border it is an excellent argument.

The only problem is said card implicitly suggests Mexico is a failed state and Mexico certainly doesn’t want to be perceived that way internationally, also it would be an excellent justification for troops on the border and neither Mexico nor the activists want that.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this.

For myself I want to have our immigration laws respected thus illegals must be deported. We also have laws concerning refugees on the books and treaties signed. These people are refugees and I’m not inclined to force these guys back while the shooting is going on, that’s murder.

than what the hell is he good for?

The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed.

Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be “near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35”.

This is job of the president and the federal government. If they can’t figure that out then they have no business in the job, period!

memeorandum thread here.

Now if it is not true, then…nevermind. I’ll post updates when I know more.

Update: Confederate Yankee has done some leg work and it looks like it is not true, or at least not what it sounds like, so for now I will use the strike tag, If I get evidence in the other direction I will un-strike.

Update 2: This is going to the top of Memeorandum, in record time, bad sign as it appears false but on that topic Moonbattery makes a good point:

Is this really happening? Probably not (despite the upsurge in violence just over the border), but what’s even scarier than the heavily armed Los Zetas is that stories like this have become difficult to confirm or refute.

Without confirmation from some authority I’ve gotta assume false unless overwhelming evidence shows otherwise, and a lot of memeorandum hits doesn’t qualify as overwhelming evidence.

Update 3: The confederate yankee gets his own thread on memeorandum

Update 4: Looks Like I’m going to have to unstrike from this report.

I have argued for years that the US needs to control its borders better. We have laws concerning entry, if we don’t enforce said laws then we lose our identity and our sovereignty as a nation.

I have also said that If I was a Mexican national I would of course do my best to enter the US for the sake of my children and grandchildren’s future. What person wouldn’t?

It’s kind of a mafia style thing, the Mobster understands that the risk of capture and arrest are part of the cost of doing business. The illegal immigrant understands that the price of coming illegally is the risk of capture and deportation. I don’t begrudge the person trying to get into the US illegally to improve their lot doing whatever they can to get in but I also expect them not to begrudge me for insisting that the law be enforced and doing my best to keep them out and if caught having them arrested and deported.

With the violence in Mexico the dynamic is changing. Mexico is becoming a war zone where the legitimate government is unable to protect its citizens from murder. Dennis Blair’s opinion not withstanding Mexico is rapidly becoming untenable. Chicago Boys contributor Zenpundit saw this story about Mexican’s seeking asylum and is worried:

An ineffective or inappropriate state response will make this tactic go viral:

This is true but unfortunately due to the corruption and inaction of the Mexican government it is now irrelevant.

When you have a group of people who are given a choice between violating US law and being murdered that is no choice at all. These people are now legitimately fleeing murder and oppression. If they were Cubans there would be no question that they are proper asylum seekers, if they were Hungarians fleeing in 1958 there would be no question.

Even if it means camps set up to process tens of thousands to sort out economic refugees from people in fear of their lives it is not possible for us to in good conscious to send these people to their deaths. It just plain isn’t. I haven’t spent the last 3 months fighting Planned Parenthood to save the unborn to send the born back to the killing fields. To our disgrace we rejected Jews during the Nazi era, we ignored the slaughter in Rwanda, we are not allowed to ignore this.

That doesn’t mean it is all we do, we also have an obligation to aid the Mexican government to fight these murderous bastards. If we think that they are not going to migrate over the border once they have power we are deluding ourselves. And lets not think for one moment that these guys are not going to be aiding and abetting our Islamic foes.

Is it fair? Nope, not fair at all. Is it our fault, nope its the Mexican government’s fault for not bothering to govern. Is it going to be a pain in the read, particularly at a time of economic turmoil? That is an understatement and then some.

Does it matter? Nope. We have to do what must be done, it is our duty as human beings and as a nation.

We are Americans, that’s what we do.