Editorial de Bloomberg: Arizona no Puede Argumentar un Aumento en las Tasas de Crimen en su Caso de Inmigración ante la Corte Suprema

Arizona tendrá su día en la corte. La Corte Suprema decidió esta semana para revisar las medidas represivas que el estado ha adoptado sobre la inmigración no autorizada. La Administración de Obama ha dicho que esto usurpa el papel del gobierno federal para aplicar las leyes de inmigración.

La Corte de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos para el 9o Circuito en San Francisco había previamente acordado con la administración, bloqueando la aplicación de cuatro provisiones de la ley de Arizona, incluyendo su requisito que la policía local y estatal tenía que determinar el estatus migratorio de las personas que paran o detienen si la policía sospecha que no están autorizados para estar en el país. Este elemento de “papeles, por favor” de la ley ha sido ampliamente criticado pero emulado también, más recientemente por Alabama.

En su presentación ante la corte, el estado ha dicho que su frontera de 370 millas con México es una puerta de entrada para la mitad de los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos. Esto, el estado ha dicho, impone cargas únicas — tal como altas tasas de crimen y el costo de proveerle cuidado médico y educación a los inmigrantes indocumentados. “Arizona ha pedido reiteradamente al gobierno federal para una aplicación más vigorosa de las leyes de inmigración, pero ha sido en vano,” dice el escrito. Leer más…

The Georgia Bulletin: Church’s role in helping immigrants indispensable, says Texas bishop

"SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — A Catholic bishop told a San Antonio audience that 'as a leaven in the wider community of peoples' and the bearer 'of conscience and of hope,' the church must work in favor of the immigrant, preach the Gospel and focus on the youths. After outlining the changing dynamics of immigration and violence and addressing some of the effects on the local communities, Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville offered his 'pastoral perspective and some thoughts about the indispensable role of the church in facing the current reality on the border.'" Read more …

Washington Post/AP: Mexican soldiers rescue 15 Honduran migrants being held for ransom in northern border city

"MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Defense Department says soldiers have rescued 15 Honduran migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held in a house in Nuevo Laredo on the border with the United States.

The military says troops patroling in the Privada Esmeralda neighborhood on Monday detained a man who was watching over the migrants.

A statement Wednesday gives no other details of the rescue in Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Soldiers and federal police have been increasingly rescuing migrants kidnapped by drug cartels. Authorities say migrants are kidnapped for ransom or to be forced to work for the crime syndicates."  Link to story.


LA Times: Texan warns Obama – Mexican cartels ‘spilling over’ border

"Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday warning that Mexican cartel violence is increasingly 'spilling over' the border and calling for more security.

Abbott cited a 'deadly shootout' involving 'cartel operatives' last weekend in the town of Elsa, about 250 miles south of San Antonio, in which a Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy was shot three times. Sheriff's officials have said the deputy was wearing a protective vest and is expected to recover.

Two suspects were charged Wednesday in connection with the attempted drug deal and kidnapping, a contract job to recover a lost load of marijuana for the Gulf Cartel, according to a KRGV-Rio Grande Valley interview with Hidalgo Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Carlos Zavala and Carlos Juan Hernandez were charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempted capital murder.

'Thankfully the officer survived, but the Hidalgo County Sheriff confirmed that the shooting spilled over from ongoing drug wars involving the Gulf Cartel in Mexico,' Abbott said, noting the shooting was not an isolated incident.

During the last two weeks, he said, three 'high-level cartel leaders' have been arrested while hiding in Texas."  Read more …


SA Express News: Are narcos hiding out in Texas?

"Two alleged Gulf Cartel leaders arrested last week in South Texas likely were hiding out north of the border to avoid the extreme violence caused by warring cartels in Mexico, analysts said.

These cartel capos are potential gold mines of information for law enforcement, but the schisms they're fleeing may have spilled into the U.S. in two recent incidents, they said. And the demise of these bosses works to the benefit of their opponents across the river.

Border Patrol agents on Thursday arrested Eudoxio Ramos Garcia, 34, at a house in Rio Grande City. Ramos is the Gulf Cartel's former plaza boss, or regional commander, for the Mexican border city of Miguel Alemán, according to court documents."  Read more …


SA Express News: Hidalgo Co. Sheriff says drug war violence spilling over

"MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A shooting that injured a sheriff's deputy was the first indisputable case of spillover violence from the Mexican drug wars in Hidalgo County, the local sheriff said Monday.

Sheriff Lupe Trevino, who previously said there was no direct spillover violence in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, said the Sunday shootout erupted while one of his deputies investigated a reported kidnapping and drug deal.

'I have to say that with this particular incident, the way the witnesses and the information that we have gotten particularly in the federal system, this is the first recorded spillover violence event that we have experienced — and unfortunately got one of our deputies shot,' Trevino said.

One suspect was killed and two were wounded. In all, six people were taken into custody, including the alleged kidnapping victim, and are awaiting charges, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said a protective vest probably saved the life of Deputy Hugo Rodriguez, who was shot in the chest, abdomen and leg. He is recovering at a hospital.

Trevino said the reported kidnapping was a bid to recover marijuana stolen when the Gulf cartel's reputed second-in-command, Samuel Flores Borrego, was killed in September."  Read more …


Austin Statesman: Border crime can’t be categorized as one statistic

"An in-depth analysis of the latest crime numbers reveals that the 1,254-mile Texas-Mexico border defies any single description.

'The border is so diverse, you couldn't put the whole border in one bucket,' said Rusty Fleming, a volunteer public information officer for the sheriff's department in rural, sparsely populated Hudspeth County.

The statistics used by the American-Statesman, which are the same as those provided to the FBI as part of its Uniform Crime Report, were provided by the Department of Public Safety and include data recently published on the department's website as part of its detailed 2010 crime report." Read more …


NYT Mexico Brief: 20 Killed in Shootouts

"Twenty people were killed Friday in multiple shootouts in two states, law enforcement officials said. In Michoacán, 14 bodies were found in three different locations. Of these, 10 people died in the city of Pátzcuaro after a confrontation with soldiers patrolling the area. Michoacán has been beset by violence in recent years, much of it attributed to the Familia drug cartel, and recently the cartel’s turf war with a splinter group called the Knights Templar. In the border state of Sinaloa, a confrontation between members of an organized crime gang on a highway left six people dead, three of them unarmed civilians." Link to article.

EPT: Cathedral High School students cope after classmates killed in Juarez

"A new student organization at Cathedral High School is working to keep more than just the memories of two slain classmates alive.

It's looking to keep hope alive.

'We don't want them to have died in vain. We want them to be remembered,' said 17-year-old Carlos Gomez, president of the Hope Without Borders student organization. 'We hope El Paso comes together to support our sister city and all victims of crime in our region.'

Members of Hope Without Borders at the private school for boys will work to educate youth about the impact of crime on others, what they can do to support crime victims and the importance of grieving.

The group was formed this fall after students sought a way to cope with the deaths last year of two of their friends and classmates.

Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez, 16, a sophomore at Cathedral, and Juan Carlos Echeverri Jr., 15, a sophomore at Radford School, were killed at a used-car dealership in Juárez in February. Like many of their classmates, Bermudez and Echeverri lived in Juárez but attended the private schools in El Paso.

'It truly hit them hard, and as a parent I hope it helps their healing,' said Gomez's mother, Margarita Gomez, a licensed grief counselor and parent volunteer at Cathedral.

'I'm very proud of them for trying to make a difference in the community, for not letting this tragic event go without something positive coming out of it,' she said." Read more …


Texas Observer: Violence Against Border Agents Declines Despite War Rhetoric

"Despite some politicians characterizing the U.S. side of the border as a war zone, statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that assaults against CBP agents and officers decreased by 13 percent last year.

The number of incidents including shooting, vehicle and physical assaults declined from 1,405 incidents in 2009 to 1,217 in 2010. These numbers are for both the northern and southern international borders. But 94 percent of the reported incidents occurred on the southern border.

The statistics taken from three years worth (2008-2010) of Borderstat Violence reportsby U.S. Customs and Border Protection show a reality that is contrary to much of the political rhetoric we’re hearing. Just two weeks ago, Todd Staples, the Texas Ag Commissioner, released a report written by two retired military generals proposing that U.S. border counties become “sanitary tactical zones” in a war against the “narco-terrorists.”

But looking at the government’s own statistics it appears that assaults have actually gone down against border agents, which doesn't jibe with the war zone rhetoric we've been hearing.

That doesn’t mean the border isn’t dangerous though. The number of deaths perpetrated by border agents against civilians increased by 150 percent in 2010." Read more …