Saturday, June 23, 2018



AMLO announces that Alfonso Romo will coordinate the Office of the President
June 23, 2018 by Editorial Staff

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidate for the Presidency of the "Juntos Haremos Historia" coalition (Morena-PT-PES)
staged a rally at the Macroplaza de Monterrey, Nuevo León, where he announced that if he triumphs in the July 1 elections,
Alfonso Romo will serve as coordinator of the Office of the President;

At the event was present Patricio Zambrano, former contestant of the reality show Big Brother, who contends for Morena to govern the state capital.
At the event, AMLO declared that Alfonso Romo "has been supporting me for years in a determined and effective manner," published Indigo Report.
The tabasqueño requested that his followers vote by raising their hands, and so did several.

López Obrador insisted on his proposal to remove pensions of former presidents:
"I do not want to be like Carlos Salinas de Gortari, the father of social inequality;
like Vicente Fox, a traitor of democracy;
like Felipe Calderón, who stole the election,
and I'm not going to be corrupted like Enrique Peña Nieto. "

Patricio Zambrano was pleased by the visit of AMLO, and in his Twitter account he announced that "Monterrey will shine".

"We will manage great support to transform the city like never before in history, recovering the backlog caused by the PRI for decades of corruption,"
declared the former Big Brother.


• AMLO announces that Alfonso Romo will coordinate the Office of the President
• Reconciliation tool, AMLO tourism project: Torruco
• Clarification day for AMLO: Regeneration, Pachuca and Monreal, the topics
• AMLO closes for the third time presidential campaign in Sinaloa
• López Obrador did not announce taxes for remittances
• AMLO announces that the president of Morena in Sinaloa will be its National Fisheries Commissioner
• Against AMLO, Chuy Valdés awaits the crossover vote
• AMLO asks Peña Nieto to intervene with the US for the deportation of children, at a rally in Culiacán
• AMLO Unreachable
• The question is whether or not to give the Chambers to AMLO
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Anuncia AMLO que Alfonso Romo coordinará la oficina de Presidencia
23 junio, 2018 por Redacción

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidato a la Presidencia de la coalición "Juntos Haremos Historia" (Morena-PT-PES) protagonizó un mitin en la Macroplaza de Monterrey, Nuevo León, en donde anunció que si triunfa en los comicios del 1o de julio, Alfonso Romo fungirá como coordinador de la oficina de Presidencia; en el evento estuvo presente Patricio Zambrano, ex concursante del reality show Big Brother, quien contiende por Morena para gobernar la capital del estado.

En el evento, AMLO declaró que Alfonso Romo "me ha estado apoyando desde hace años de manera decidida y eficaz", publicó Reporte Índigo.

El tabasqueño solicitó que sus seguidores votaran alzando la mano, y así lo hicieron varios.

López Obrador insistió en su propuesta de quitar pensiones a ex presidentes: "No quiero ser como Carlos Salinas de Gortari, el padre de la desigualdad social; como Vicente Fox, un traidor de la democracia; como Felipe Calderón, que se robó la elección, y no me voy a manchar de corrupción como Enrique Peña Nieto".

Patricio Zambrano se mostró complacido por la visita de AMLO, y en su cuenta de Twitter adelantó que "Monterrey brillará".

"Gestionaremos grandes apoyos para transformar la ciudad como nunca antes en la historia, recuperando el rezago ocasionado por el PRIAN por décadas de corrupción", declaró el ex Big Brother.


• Anuncia AMLO que Alfonso Romo coordinará la oficina de Presidencia
• Herramienta de reconciliación, proyecto turístico de AMLO: Torruco
• Jornada de aclaraciones para AMLO: Regeneración, Pachuca y Monreal, los temas
• Cierra AMLO por tercera ocasión campaña presidencial en Sinaloa
• López Obrador no anunció impuestos para las remesas
• Anuncia AMLO que presidente de Morena en Sinaloa será su Comisionado Nacional de Pesca
• Ante arrastre de AMLO, Chuy Valdés espera el voto cruzado
• Pide AMLO a Peña Nieto intervenir ante EU por deportación de niños, en mitin en Culiacán
• AMLO Inalcanzable
• La cuestión es darle o no las Cámaras a AMLO
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Friday, June 22, 2018



Note: Including the wave of political murders. List = nr. 1 most "peaceful" , nr. 32 the least "peaceful"?
Baja Sur at 32nd, Baja at 30th, Sonora at 14th.

Alarming levels of violence are recorded in the Mexican Republic
May 2018 became the most violent month in the history of Mexico
by Tribune Editorial
June 21, 2018 · 7:37 p.m.

Alarming levels of violence are registered in the Mexican Republic | Violence in Mexico

Mexico City.- Data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System recorded 2,890 homicide victims, in 31 days,
which means that 93 people were murdered every day.

The latest official update on statistics of violence in the country, released Wednesday night, revealed that so far this year the number of homicide victims has been increasing month by month.

In January, 2,550 homicides were registered, which represented the third month with the most killings in the SESNSP records,
only after October and November of 2017 when 2,750 and 2,562 were registered, respectively.
In February it fell to 2,389 to reach 2,746 in March and 2,723 in April.

The numbers place May as the month with the most homicides since 1998, the year after which data are available,
from April to May 2018, the average daily homicide grew from 90.7 to 93.2 cases.

The five states with the most murders were:
Guanajuato with 298;
Baja California, 263;
Chihuahua, 231;
Guerrero, 220, and
State of Mexico, 210.

According to the Mexico Peace Index 2018 study, the cost of violence in Mexico grew 15% in 2017.
In economic terms it is equivalent to 21% of the country's Gross Domestic Product.
Homicides generate the greatest cost for citizens.

Detailed information (Spanish) at:




Note: unknown at this time how or where he got the handgun. AZ driver's license?
As a driver's license is the primary form of ID when purchasing a firearm.

PD: 1 man behind 9 shootings in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale
Posted: Jun 20, 2018 6:21 PM MST
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 9:03 AM MST
By Catherine Holland

VIDEO: Timeline of one-man crime spree
00:00 / 01:27

Luis Arreola Beltran Avalos (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A grand jury has indicted a Phoenix man on more than nearly 30 felony charges in connection with a string of shootings in three cities.

Police arrested Luis Arreola Beltran Avalos, 23, in late May, believing him to be involved in nine shootings – seven in Phoenix and one each in Mesa and Glendale – going back to early March.

[MUGSHOT: Luis Arreola Beltran Avalos]

Possible road rage appears to have been a factor in at least three of the shootings, including one on April 7, 2018 near 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road.

According to court paperwork, Bertran Avalos told police he fired because he saw a man with a gun in another vehicle.

"He related he did not see the other male point a firearm at him, but he did discharge the firearm," the arresting officers wrote, documenting that the incident was recorded by a surveillance camera.

Road rage again came into play on Apri 10, 2018 in the area of 39th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Police wrote in court documents that Bertran Avalos said he was "chasing another vehicle when the codefendant discharged the firearm several times."

No information about that codefendant was immediately available.

An innocent man in a parked car was wounded in that incident.

In yet another incident, this one on April 16, 2016 in the area of 19th Avenue and Colter Street, Beltran Avalos told police a driver on a cell phone cut him off at an intersection.

"He did discharge the firearm because he was angry about people getting away with things like this," the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The last incident took place at the west Phoenix apartment complex in the area of 45th and Virginia avenues. That address is listed on court documents as Beltran Avalos' home.

"[Beltran Avalos] related he had discharged the firearm from the apartment because his neighbor came to his door, telling him he thought he was being chased," according to the probable cause for arrest statement for the Phoenix shootings. His intent, according to the court documents, was "to scare away the unknown person."

Police said ballistics evidence links a gun Beltran was seen carrying while under surveillance – a Sig Sauer 40 mm (?) handgun that officers later found at his home – to all nine of the shootings.

"Of the first six shootings, five of them occurred within five miles of Luis's [west Phoenix] residence," reads paperwork from the North Mesa Justice Court. "Three of them occurred within a mile."

Police had Beltran Avalos under surveillance for two days before they were able to arrest him.

"Luis drove in a reckless fashion, fluctuated his speed often, and appeared to be engaging in behavior designed to provoke a road rage situation," according to the Mesa report documenting the surveillance.

Beltran Avalos is being held at the Fourth Avenue Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

According to court documents, he is in the U.S. illegally.

"He is currently in the processes of being deported and is prohibited from possessing a firearm," reads the probable cause statement.


Also of interest:

8 USC 922 (g). 8 USC 1227 (c) Arizona Revised Statutes ARS 13-3101. 7. (e)


U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Arizona on Driver's Licenses for Immigrants
By Greg Stohr
March 19, 2018, 6:35 AM MST

The case is Brewer v. Arizona Dream Acta Coalition, 16-1180.


Thursday, June 21, 2018



Comment: Si, Darwin was correct about survival.
Mexico and the USA need more doper parasite losers.
BTW, In Mexico like most countries, it is all about power and riches, like the politicians, the capos want it all.

More at the link.

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board
Posted: Jun 18, 2018 12:30 PM MST
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 12:03 PM MST

(AP Photo/Mario Armas, File). File - In this July 18, 2013, file photo, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox speaks during a news conference on the first day of the U.S.-Mexico Symposium on Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in San Francisco del...

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File). File - In this Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, former Mexican President Mexico Vicente Fox speaks at the CATO Institute in Washington. Former Mexican President Vincente Fox calls himself a soldier in the global cam...

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of venerable cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda.

Speaking with The Associated Press about his views on cannabis and his new appointment, Fox said he foresees a day when a robust legal marketplace will produce new jobs and medicines while sharply reducing cartel violence in his home country.

He also sees pot being part of the North American Free Trade Agreement among Mexico, Canada and the U.S., where some 30 states are embracing legalized marijuana in some form.

Fox's appointment to the magazine's board points to the growing acceptance of the once-scorned industry. Earlier this year, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, reversed his long-held position against legalization and became an adviser to a cannabis company.


Reason one, Fox says, is freedom, "which is maybe the highest value that human beings have."

"I don't think that governments will ever have the capacity to impose behaviors, to impose conduct, to human beings. At the very end, prohibitions don't work. What works is your own free decision."

Then, it's history. "The war on drugs has been a total failure" since the days of former President Richard Nixon, Fox concludes.

Fox also cites the experience in Mexico, where tens of thousands of killings have been attributed to drug violence.

The trend toward legalization "is moving out of a crime activity, a criminal activity that causes death and blood on the streets, into a business, an industry, that is proving every day that it is sustainable," Fox says. "To me, marijuana, cannabis, it's only the first steps. At the very end, these principles that I spoke about apply to all drugs."


"Well, I am a soldier, in the sense of being an activist, working for this new future, working to break the paradigm," he says. "In short, joining together those who believe in this future."


Mexico has legalized medicinal marijuana, but Fox says regulations are needed to put the change into effect. With legalization spreading in the U.S., and Canada expected to broadly legalize cannabis later this year, Fox is eager to see Mexico follow suit.

"We have to come up to where the United States is," he says. "This is happening in several key states throughout the union, and also like other world nations are doing, like Holland, like Portugal, Uruguay, so Mexico has to be updated on this public policy."

If Mexico takes the next step to full legalization "one of the things that I'm absolutely convinced that will happen in Mexico is that we'll take away half of the money that cartels get from selling drugs in the United States, and that half of the money will reduce the amount of guns and ammunition bought by the cartels."


Yes, Fox says. Once it's a legal industry and a legal farming product, "it should form part of NAFTA," Fox says. "It's another product that can enhance our private sector, corporations, farmers, retailers ... so it should happen. We should promote it."


The only fix, Fox says, is to change policy at the federal level. However, "I'm not appealing to ... (President Donald) Trump because he never understands anything," Fox says.

Fox believes members of Congress should visit states where marijuana has been legalized.

"Go around California, visit Washington state, visit Colorado. Look at the successful stories ... Look at the amount of taxes that are being collected, look at the peaceful and harmonious way this new industry is being grown."

"We need ... Congress to pay attention to this." Fox says.


"The thing is, those criminals that used to have control of this industry in the United States are still there," Fox says.

"This is one more reason why in the long term I think that all drugs should be legalized. ... But we must educate people. We must educate consumers. We must prevent the wrong things from happening."


Michael R. Blood is a member of AP's marijuana beat team. Follow him on Twitter at Find complete AP marijuana coverage here:



Note: population of Nogales, Son. est. at 230,000. Nogales, AZ est. at 20,000.

37 violent deaths so far this year in Nogales
Details Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018,
Written by César Barragán / El Diario

Nogales, Son

Violent acts continue to occur on this border where 37 violent deaths have already been recorded so far this year, a figure that exceeds that registered in 2017 on this day.

According to the statistics of Public Security until yesterday there were 37 violent homicides on this border, in addition to 22 people who were wounded with bullets, these violent events exceed those that have occurred in this city until this time.

According to official statistics, reports have also been taken of 19 people wounded with a knife and a total of 39 people who have been hospitalized with serious injuries resulting from beatings by criminal groups.

To date, the month with the highest number of murders committed in Nogales was February when eight violent deaths occurred,
followed by April with seven homicides, six in January, the same number in March, and three violent deaths in May,
and four that were registered in this month of June.

The reports indicate that 90 percent of the people who have been assaulted with firearms in this city have been on the part of people who presumably are members of organized crime.


Note: just one sample:

Execute man in the Buenos Aires neighborhood with 10 bullets
Details Published on Monday June 18, 2018,
Written by César Barragán / El Diario


A man was shot to death by armed individuals when he was on board a vehicle in the Buenos Aires neighborhood.
The victim was identified as Guadalupe Tirado, 39, resident of Arizona,
who received around 10 bullet impacts.

According to witnesses, armed individuals on board a dark-colored wagon-type vehicle fired on the black sedan when it was traveling on Avenida Buenos Aires at the number 70, where they riddled and killed the victim, who remained inside the car.

Neighbors reported the violent events to the emergency number, the Red Cross rescuers,
who confirmed that the victim no longer had vital signs.

Municipal agents cordoned off the area, while elements of the Ministerial Agency of Criminal Investigation
made the corresponding inquiries on the site.

Finally forensic experts of the Forensic Medical Service ordered that the body be taken to a local funeral home
where they continued with the investigation.




Note: another in the series.
Comment: No, Mexico doesn't want them. More excuses. Eleanor seems to be anti Mexican?

See also: AZMEX ASLYUM SPECIAL 19-6-19 ( defective keyboard )a

Should asylum seekers heading to the U.S. stay in Mexico?
Central Americans seeking asylum deal with overnight rain conditions at the Chaparral USA/Mexico pedestrian border.

Central American asylum seekers in Tijuana sleep underneath the tarps and shades provided for them by donations. (Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Kate Morrissey Kate MorrisseyContact Reporter

The Trump administration wants more migrants fleeing their home countries to seek asylum in Mexico instead of coming to the U.S. border to ask for help.

As a recent migrant caravan that was the subject of criticism by President Donald Trump made its way north, U.S. officials encouraged caravan participants to seek asylum in the "first safe country" they entered, implying that they should ask Mexico for protection.

This week, news reports surfaced that Mexican officials were negotiating with the Trump administration over a potential safe third country agreement similar to one between the U.S. and Canada that would require asylum seekers to ask for protection in whichever of the two countries they enter first.

Critics of the Trump administration's immigration policies were quick to say that such an agreement could be harmful to people who merit asylum. They worried that Mexico's system — which receives a fraction of the requests processed by the U.S. — would not be able to handle a large influx of requests and that many with meritorious asylum claims would not be safe in Mexico.

An official with the Department of Homeland Security explained that by encouraging migrants to seek protection in the "first safe country," the administration means they should stay in the first country where they are no longer facing the persecution that they were fleeing. The official said that the department has worked with Mexico and the United Nations office responsible for refugees and asylees to make sure that Mexico has a strong asylum system.

The DHS official declined to comment on reports of negotiations with Mexico over a "safe third county" agreement.

The idea of requiring more migrants to seek protection in a country other than the U.S. has been proposed before under this administration.

"What we cannot do — what we must not do — is continue to let our generosity be abused, we cannot capitulate to lawlessness and allow the very foundation of law upon which our country depends to be further undermined," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in October 2017 when he called for an expanded ability to send asylum seekers to other countries.

Some caravan members decided to stay in Mexico. Of the 1,200 who were reported in the caravan at the beginning of its journey, a little over 200 came to the U.S. border together to request asylum.

But, Mexico may not be a safe place for everyone fleeing persecution in other countries.

Certain groups of people — including the LGTBQ community, people with indigenous heritage, and foreigners in general — frequently report persecution in Mexico and seek asylum from Mexico itself. Some Central Americans report being followed by the gangs they fled back home through Mexico.

Organizations that monitor Mexico's adherence to its own asylum laws have found human rights violations and failures by immigration officials to follow the process.

Asylum seekers are not obligated to ask for protection in the first country they enter that is not their own, said immigration attorney Tammy Lin.

"Many countries don't have a system in place and don't accept asylum seekers," Lin said. "Most of the places — if we're just talking Central Americans — that they're coming up to don't have a good system set up, and even if they did go that way, they hardly ever approve anyone."

She has had clients from the Middle East who lived for periods of time in Jordan or Lebanon before seeking asylum in the U.S. They were able to request asylum here because they were never offered permanent status in those countries.

Canada is the only country that the U.S. has an agreement with regarding "safe third country" designation.

The treaty, signed in 2002, is based on a mutual acknowledgement that the countries have similar systems for requesting asylum, explained immigration attorney Ginger Jacobs.

"If someone pursues their claim in the U.S., they can't go to the Canadian border and try to get a second bite of the apple in Canada," Jacobs said.

There are several exceptions to the agreement. It does not apply to U.S. or Canadian citizens seeking refuge.

Asylum seekers who have family members living with permission in the country they're trying to enter can still request protection there. Unaccompanied children are also exempt from the agreement's restrictions.

People who have permission to enter the second country can still apply for asylum there. The U.S. and Canada may also make "public interest exceptions" for people who they want to help, regardless of the agreement.

Lin said that having an agreement with Mexico would mean expecting Mexico to have an infrastructure similar enough to the U.S. to process asylum seekers.

"Canada is a first-world country," Lin said. "It's not much different from the U.S. They have a good mechanism in place, and they've had a system in place for asylum seekers for so long. To require Mexico to do it, they'd have to build it up."

In 2016, 8,788 people applied for asylum in Mexico, according to a Human Rights First report. Canada received 23,930 asylum applications that year, according to government data. Between asylum applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and asylum applications filed in immigration court, the U.S. received more than 180,000 asylum applications in fiscal 2016.

Just under a third, or about 7,300, of the applications made in Canada came through its land border despite the agreement with the U.S.

Canadian media have reported that migrants seeking protection in Canada now cross illegally into the country so that they're still able to apply for asylum after being in the U.S. Because of harsh winters along the U.S.-Canada border, this has led to asylum seekers getting severe cases of frostbite or even dying.

The Trump administration's rhetoric regarding immigrants has led to higher numbers of asylum seekers risking illegal crossings into Canada because the migrants don't believe that the U.S. will protect them, according to Canadian media.

Besides the agreement between the U.S. and Canada, asylum seekers can also be restricted from applying for help in the U.S. if they "firmly resettled" in another country before coming here.

Firm resettlement means more than just living somewhere for a while. The country where the person was living had to offer some type of permanent residence to the migrant.

"Country shopping" is not allowed, Lin explained, though if someone was also persecuted in the country he or she first resettled in, that person could still request asylum in the U.S.

Lin had an Ethiopian client who went to South Africa before coming to the U.S. During his asylum hearing, the client had to explain that he looked identifiably different from Zulus, a large ethnic group in South Africa, and that because of those differences, he also faced persecution in that country.

On paper, Mexico's asylum law is broader than the one in the U.S., but human rights organizations and even the U.S. State Department have reported that in practice, the country often falls short of providing the protection promised under law.

Asylum law in individual countries is generally based on the Refugee Convention of 1951, which Mexico signed in 2000. That international treaty is the basis for U.S. law that defines asylum seekers as those fleeing persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Mexico's legal definition, published in 2011, also includes people whose life, liberty or security are in danger because of generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflict or major human rights violations.

In 2016, Mexico added protections in its Constitution saying that anyone entering the country has the right to request asylum.

Still, many say that Mexico's system poses challenges for asylum seekers. In Mexico, asylum seekers have 30 days to file an application. The U.S. allows people up to one year to request protection.

A September 2016 report by Sin Fronteras, a Mexico City-based human rights organization, found that many Mexican immigration officials do not know the proper legal procedure to follow with asylum seekers.

"As a consequence, they have even prevented access to legal representatives, omitted adequate information on the process, and even discouraged requests of acknowledgement," the report says.

Those responsible for deciding whether to grant asylum often don't have enough time to do the required level of analysis, it also says.

In July 2017, Human Rights First reported that despite some improvements in Mexico's system, asylum seekers also still frequently faced dangers like kidnapping, disappearance, sexual assault or trafficking after entering Mexico.

It found that immigration officials frequently discouraged migrants from seeking asylum in Mexico and that the Mexican Refugee Commission, called COMAR, was "massively underresourced" to adjudicate the number of asylum claims that the country received.

COMAR has three offices, one in Mexico City, one in Tapachula and one in Acayucan, a city in Veracruz.

Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First's refugee protection program, criticized the Trump administration's attempts to designate Mexico as a safe third country.
"Mexico is not a 'safe third country' in any sense," Acer said. "The administration has waged a year-long campaign to undermine the asylum system and vilify those who seek protection at our border; today's negotiations are merely the latest tactic to shut the door on those who are desperate to live in freedom and safety."

Jacobs has had Central American clients who first tried to resettle in Mexico but were persecuted there as well.

She said other asylum-seeking clients chose the U.S. over Mexico because they already had family in the U.S.

"In times of crisis, people often want to join their family members," Jacobs said. "I think that's a natural human instinct if we think about ourselves. If we were in a moment of crisis and were forced to flee to another state, we would first think of states where we have relatives."


AZMEX I3 20-6-18

AZMEX I3 20 JUN 2018

Note: Some of them don't like NRA members either.

American, United, Southwest, Frontier: Don't use our airlines to fly separated immigrant children
The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines — we bring families together, not apart."
Author: Alisha Ebrahimji
Published: 11:58 AM CDT June 20, 2018
Updated: 4:55 PM CDT June 20, 2018

Four major airlines are asking the government to not involve their companies in transporting immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the United States border.

This comes after a flight attendant's story started to spread on Facebook about another flight crew of an unnamed airline being saddened to see a group of 16 young children on a red-eye flight from Arizona to Miami.

"The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines — we bring families together, not apart," American said in a statement Wednesday.

The company said it had previously carried refugees who were reuniting with friends or family, but that it had "no knowledge that the federal government has used American to transport children who have been separated from their parents due to the recent immigration policy."

The statement says American would be "extremely disappointed to learn that is the case."

Fort Worth-based American concluded their statement by saying they're now asking the federal government to immediately stop using them for the purpose of transporting separated children who have been taken from their families because of the current immigration policy.

"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so," they said.

Following suit is United Airlines in a tweeted statement Wednesday afternoon.

"We have contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United aircraft who have been separated from their parents," the statement said.


The list: So far: Add American, Frontier, and Southwest Airlines,

First National Bank of Omaha
Symantec. ( Norton )
Enterprise, Alamo, Hertz and National. ( car rentals)
Avis and Budget Car Rental
Delta, United Airlines
Best Western
Wyndham Hotels,
Allied and North American Van Lines
Starkey Hearing

But don't forget:
Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Detalles Publicado el Viernes 10 de marzo de 2017

"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister


Wednesday, June 20, 2018



Arizona Joins Agreements Strengthening Arizona-Sonora Partnerships
News ReleaseJune 15, 2018

TUCSON - Governor Doug Ducey today co-signed two Memoranda of Understanding agreements with Sonora, Mexico Governor Claudia Pavlovich
at the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) Plenary Session as part of the 2018 AMC Summit in Tucson, Arizona.
The agreements aim to strengthen ties between the neighboring states and support economic development initiatives in the Arizona-Sonora region.

The signed agreements include:

Joint Promotion of Tourism in the Arizona-Sonora Region as a "two-nation destination"
The joint agreement between the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Tourism Development Commission of Sonora
will implement coordinated strategies in both states to promote the region as a prime tourism destination.

The agreement will facilitate a joint marketing effort for the region, highlighting opportunities in cross-border tourism.

Innovation Network Supporting Entrepreneurs and Technology Generators
The joint agreement between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Secretariat of the Economy of the State of Sonora
forms a partnership between Arizona and Sonora that will drive innovation, entrepreneurship and technological advances in the region.
The two co-signing organizations will collaborate with key tech park partners and higher education institutions in both states
to identify a technology-based economic development strategy for the region.

"Arizona and Sonora are uniquely positioned to lead on an international level.
With our geographic ties and collaborative spirit, we continue to move our region forward in today's global economy,
expanding opportunity for all our citizens," said Governor Ducey.
"I am proud to work with Governor Pavlovich to support Arizona and Sonora's innovative research opportunities and tourism industries,
which both play an integral part of our economies."

Both agreements will be implemented by their respective signatory organizations from each state.

Read the full text of the agreements here.




Note: extensive graphics at the the link.

Obama Admin Approved 50,000+ DACA Amnesty Applicants with Criminal Records

18 Jun 2018.

More than 50,000 illegals got DACA work-permits and Social Security Numbers even though they had an arrest record, says a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS factsheet provides some criminal-history details about the 888,765 illegals who asked for work-permits from former President Barack Obama. Those details were hidden by Obama's deputies, who also hid information about the DACA illegals' education credentials, eligibility, and work histories.

Many of the arrested DACA people are likely to be grandfathered into the pending amnesty developed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The list of 59,786 DACA recipients with arrest records includes 7,814 people who were arrested after getting their DACA status.
Also, 17,079 DACA recipients have been arrested more than two times, says the data.

Democrats have viewed DACA migrants through rose-colored glasses. In February, Rep. Nancy Pelosi declared on the House floor that
We recognize that they are a blessing to America … the dreamers are all over our country, Mr. Speaker, they are a blessing so across the board
These are the best of the best. They are so fabulous …

I was impressed by the cumulative effect that they are making on their country. Each of them with their individual contribution to the greatness of America. So exciting, so proud of them …

[They have] great humility about conveying their stories because when you see them and they tell their stories and the passion and the pride — the patriotism, passion, pride, patriotism, that they demonstrate, you will see why anyone who has had the wonderful experience of being in conversation or observing our dreamers, understand why they have had such a high reputation among the American people. some of whom have met them, some of whom have heard about them, some of whom have just catch the spark, catch the spark. Recognize, recognize again the hard work ethic, the commitment to education, to community service, to faith, to family, to the United States of America. It's a beautiful thing …

Am I not lucky to be able to become so familiar with so many of these beautiful dreamers? We want to send these people back? This talent, this rich talent, this achievement, this determination, this faith in the future, this patriotism for America? I don't think so. We have to make [an amnesty] happen …

Let us acknowledge the dreamers and their optimism, their inspiration to make America more American…

DACA-approved people have been arrested for ten murders, 31 rapes, 95 kidnappings, 187 robberies, 425 hit-and-runs, 2,007 assaults, 4,611 drug offenses, 6,629 thefts, plus many crimes related to their illegal status — 11,861 immigration crimes and 20,926 non-DUI driving-related offenses, such as a failure to signal a turn.

Obama's deputies were very forgiving of the crimes. For example, 2,503 people with arrest records for battery were allowed into the amnesty. So were 2,378 DUI drivers, 6,629 thieves, and 1,173 burglars.

Overall, 70.8 percent of applicants with one arrest were approved for the amnesty, as were 59.9 percent of people with two arrests and 51.7 percent of people with three arrests. One-third, or 33 percent, of applicants with eight arrests were included in the amnesty, as were 18.8 percent of people with a record of 10 or more arrests.

Also, 20,694 DACA applicants with arrest records were denied entry into the amnesty.


See graphics at link.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018



Note: "Unfortunately, President Trump is not the best advocate for Mexico."

"$750 million" to corrupt dysfunctional governments?


Cuellar supports Safe Third Country agreement with Mexico

McALLEN — Amid the outcry over the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar expressed support Monday for an agreement with Mexico that would force asylum-seeking migrants to first request help from Mexico.

Cuellar, D-Laredo, said during a news conference Monday that U.S. officials are in talks to enter into a Safe Third County agreement with Mexico similar to one the U.S. currently holds with Canada. Such an agreement would require asylum seekers to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in.

"If somebody is in a country and they're claiming fear, and they've passed two, three countries to get over here and in those countries they could have claimed asylum … then when they get to the United States that would be taken in consideration,"
Cuellar said during a news conference Monday.
"The U.S. and Mexico are having that conversation right now. Unfortunately, President Trump is not the best advocate for Mexico."

What that means for asylum seekers coming to the U.S., Cuellar said, is that the number of them could decrease.
"That is a big shift that we could have in our immigration," he added.

His support for such an agreement came amid remarks over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, which has gained national attention over its separation of children from their parents along the border.

This week, the appropriations committee, of which Cuellar is a member, will be meeting on the $750 million he helped secure for Central American countries.

"Even now, the monies haven't gotten there for the assistance," Cuellar said. "The state department has not done a very good job of getting that money to them, and we'll be addressing that issue on Wednesday morning."

The committee will also be discussing amendments to appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The ORR takes custody of the children who have been separated from the parents as well as those that arrived unaccompanied at the border.

Those amendments, Cuellar said, will be to ensure better communication with parents and their attorneys when the kids are separated and how they are treated.



Note: Mexico only 9k of 14k given asylum. Reunite the families in Mexico?

Asylum applications to Mexico have increased more than one thousand percent in the last 5 years
Emir Olivares Alonso |
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:20 years-5644.html

In Central America the situation is different, says the UNHCR report, because in this region the people who decide to flee do so because of the violence caused by gangs and organized crime. Photo José Carlo González

Mexico City. In Mexico, shelter applications increased by 26 percent between 2013 and 2017, from 296 to 14 thousand 596, respectively, according to official data.
However, despite considerable increase, our country grants only a few asylum.

Of the more than 14,000 petitions, Mexico closed last year with 9,117 petitions accepted. In per capita terms, this means that in Mexico there were only seven refugees per 100 thousand inhabitants in the country in 2017, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

These people flee from their home nations for economic, political or violent reasons, the UN agency said in its Global Trends report. Forced displacement in 2017, which will be launched on Tuesday, and where it addresses the situation of refugees and displaced people on a global scale.

In the section on the Americas, the report reveals that in 2016, 90 percent of refugee claimants to Mexico came from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala; however, by 2017 the number of Venezuelans who requested this protection in Mexican territory increased, reaching 28 percent of the total, while that of the nations of the Northern Triangle of Central America was reduced to 59 percent.

According to the UNHCR, "the complex socioeconomic and political situation in Venezuela" has caused more than 1.5 million of its inhabitants to move to other nations. More than 166,000 Venezuelans submitted asylum applications between 2015 and 2017, but three-quarters did so during the past year.

Its main destinations were Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the United States. In the case of Mexico, Venezuelans were located in 2017 as the second nationality of petitioners - only behind the Hondurans - with 4 thousand 42 applications.

In Central America the situation is different, says the UNHCR report, because in this region the people who decide to flee do so because of the violence caused by gangs and organized crime. Worldwide, more than 294,000 Central Americans presented asylum and refuge applications to other countries, particularly the United States, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama.

Faced with this complex situation, Mexico approves very few requests for refuge. Last year, the Mexican authorities recognized 2 thousand 825 people as refugees or gave them complementary protection and it is estimated that it closed with 9 thousand refugees.

"The number of people recognized as refugees in 2017 fell 27 percent with respect to the 2016 number, largely due to the limited capacity of the Mexican Refugee Aid Commission, aggravated by the impact of the September 19 earthquake. At the end of the year, 52.9 percent of the people who requested this condition were waiting for a decision. "

The report warns that wars and other forms of violence and persecution increased forced displacement in the world. At the end of last year, the figure of forced displacement on a global scale reached 68.5 million people, of which, 16.2 million did so in 2017, which is equivalent to 44,500 displaced persons each day and one every two seconds.

"Unfortunately, at a global level, solutions are still scarce. Wars and conflicts continued to be the main drivers with little visible progress towards peace. Around 5 million people were able to return to their homes in 2017, and the vast majority returned from internal displacement, but among them were people returning under duress or into fragile contexts. Due to a decrease in the number of resettlement sites, the number of resettled refugees was reduced by more than 40 percent to some 100 thousand people, "the report states.

"We are at a turning point, where successful management of forced displacement at the global level requires a new and much broader approach so that countries and communities are not left alone," said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

"But there are reasons for some hopes." Fourteen countries are already initiating a new plan to respond to refugee situations and in a matter of months a new Global Compact on Refugees will be ready for approval by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Of these countries, six are from the American continent México, Belice, Honduras, Panamá, Costa Rica y Guatemala.


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Conservative candidate Ivan Duque has won the Columbian presidential election

Brazil also receiving thousands fleeing from progressive Venezuela.
Costa Rica getting thousands of people fleeing progressive Nicaragua.


Some 40,000 Venezuelans are in an irregular situation in Bogotá

According to the Administrative Registry of Venezuelan Migrants, they are 9.8 percent of the population.

Many families have arrived to the city, without even knowing where they are going to live and are undocumented.
Photo: Héctor Fabio Samora / EL TIEMPO

By: Bogotá June 16, 2018, 08:08 p.m.

After two months of a voluntary census, it was determined that a total of 43,843 people born in Venezuela remain in Bogotá irregularly, that is, without having their legal status defined.

However, the Government warns that this figure could be higher, given the voluntary nature of the characterization and because they continue to arrive in the country on a daily basis.

And if the 74.403 foreigners of the neighboring country who have special residence permits (PEP) to work in the capital were added, the total of irregular and regular Venezuelan migrants would reach 117,886 people.

According to the Administrative Registry of Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia, conducted at 59 registration points, the majority of Venezuelans who have not defined their situation are located in Santa Fe (4,569 people), Kennedy (4,036), Suba (3,873). and Fontibón (2,872).

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Venezuelans in Bucaramanga, waiting for government aid

"From the District we have proposed to the National Government the need to regularize all Venezuelans. This allows not only to work in a formal way, but to be socially cared for and to be able to mitigate all the complexity of this situation, "said the government secretary, Miguel Uribe Turbay.

For his part, Felipe Muñoz, manager of the border with Venezuela, thanked the actions that are being carried out to serve the Venezuelans who have been received in 20 locations in the capital.

"This registration process will allow national and local entities to continue strengthening the care routes for the Venezuelan population. I want to highlight the exercise of leadership in Bogota to establish routes for the attention of Venezuelan migrants, "said the manager.

The registry was led by the National Government, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. the Refugees (Acnur).

I want to highlight the leadership exercise of Bogotá to establish routes for the attention of Venezuelan migrants

District attention
The Secretariat of Social Integration leads the attention in health and education through three processes.

Immediate attention: The emergency health service is provided, especially for pregnant mothers, children under one year of age
and in cases of public health. There were also openings in schools.

Care for women: There is a route to review cases of prostitution or violence.

Care in employment: According to the Ministry of Development,
steps have been taken to include Venezuelans with PEPs in job fairs.




Monday, June 18, 2018



Note: Not in this story, of course, she was a illegal immigrant in AZ

Mesa mom Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos trying to return after being deported

JUNE 18, 2018 AT 4:45 AM

Angel Rayos-Garcia and Jackie Rayos-Garcia, whose mother Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was deported earlier this month, accompanied by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Aria., right, and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., second from right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo)

PHOENIX — A deported mother from Mesa is trying to return to the United States.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a mother of two, was deported last year after she was convicted of a felony for using someone's Social Security number to work.
Now, her attorney Ray Ybarra Maldonado is trying to get the felony conviction dismissed so he can work on getting her back to the U.S.

"Having a felony conviction on your record the type that she has makes it nearly impossible to come back to the country," Maldonado said.

He filed a petition with the Maricopa County Superior Court to appeal her conviction.

At a three-hour-long hearing last week, he argued Garcia de Rayos' felony conviction should be thrown out due to changes in the law that prevent state government officials from using information in federal documents submitted for purposes of obtaining work.

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In the case of Garcia de Rayos, she was arrested during a 2008 workplace raid ordered by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

She was later convicted of a felony for using someone's Social Security number to work.

In 2016, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled that the laws used to back Arpaio's workplace raids served a legitimate law-enforcement tool to go after identity theft. However, Campbell also said state attorneys can't use I-9 employment eligibility forms to investigate or prosecute state identity-theft or forgery violations because that preempts federal law.

Maldonado noted a case out of Kansas went even further than Campbell. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in that case that prosecuting someone for identity theft for using another person's Social Security number to get a job "is expressly preempted by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986."

"Because of those significant changes in the past decade, individual with these convictions should have their convictions overturned," Maldonado said.

He said having Garcia de Rayo's felony conviction dismissed would increase her chances of being able to come back to the U.S.

"Someone with an overturned felony conviction would certainly have a stronger argument to be let back into the country than someone that has a felony on their record," he said.

The Maricopa County Superior Court could issue a decision in a few weeks or months.


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Sheriff's Office rescues illegal immigrants posing as hikers
By Carol Broeder Arizona Range News
Jun 13, 2018 Updated Jun 13, 2018

Search and Rescue
Cochise County Search and Rescue crew members pose for a photo after helping rescue two illegal immigrants posing as stranded hikers in Cochise Stronghold on Wednesday, June 6.
Contributed Photo/Cochise County Sheriff's Office

Cochise County Search and Rescue rescued two "hikers" in Cochise Stronghold, only to learn later that they were illegal immigrants on the run from Border Patrol.

At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office sent Search and Rescue out on a call about two hikers who were "lost and dehydrated in west Cochise Stronghold," said CCSO spokeswoman Carol Capas.

The adult man and juvenile female had called 911, saying that they had been in the area without water for a day and that the man was diabetic.

Both Search and Rescue and the Geronimo helicopter responded, with the Geronimo crew spotting the two stranded people and transporting them to the command post.

Medics with Healthcare Innovations checked the man and girl, who were transported to Benson Hospital for further treatment.

Upon further investigation, the Sheriff's Office discovered that the two people were not hikers, but rather the driver and passenger from a car that had led U.S. Border Patrol agents on a high-speed chase from Lordsburg, N.M., in the early morning hours that day, Capas said.

The adult man and juvenile female were turned over to the Border Patrol at the Benson Hospital.


5 dead after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes in South Texas
Updated 5:19 pm, Sunday, June 17, 2018

Authorities said the crash occurred on Texas 85 in Dimmit County near Big Wells, east of Eagle Pass.

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) — At least five people were killed and several others hurt Sunday as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas.

The SUV went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting those inside, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.
Four victims were dead at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A fifth person died at a hospital.

Most of the occupants were believed in the country without legal permission. Boyd told San Antonio television station WOAI the driver and one passenger were believed to be U.S. citizens. The driver was among those hospitalized and he and the passenger were in custody.
"This, I think, is a perfect example, of why are borders need to be secured," Boyd said.

Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) northeast. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies — even separating children from their parents — are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally. Over a six-week period ending in May, about 2,000 children had been separated from their families, administration officials said Friday.


Don't forget:

Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Detalles Publicado el Viernes 10 de marzo de 2017

"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister

10 March, 2017


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Comment: written by AFP (Agence France-Presse) picked up off Yahoo
How can this be in a progressive county like Nicaragua?
Should AMLO be elected in Mexico, this will be minor in comparison.

Nicaraguans flood migration offices in bid to flee crisis
Blanca MOREL
AFP•June 14, 2018

Nicaraguans queue at a migration office in Managua attempting to escape the country's violent upheaval (AFP Photo/MARVIN RECINOS)

Managua (AFP) - One evening as she watched some local kids play outside in her Managua neighborhood, Nicaraguan Mireya Alegria was shocked to see police, motorcycles and a white van carrying hooded men speed past.
"They started firing," she says. It was the moment she decided enough was enough.

Now Alegria is one of the thousands of Nicaraguans desperately seeking to process migration documents and flee to neighboring Central American countries, as two months of anti-government dissent has triggered increasingly violent state repression.

"Thousands of people come daily to do paperwork," said Nubia Manzanares, a migration agent, adding that many come with their children.

Lines in offices such as hers are endless, as families and young people attempt to leave in particular for Costa Rica, the primary destination of Nicaraguans since the country's 1980s civil war between President Daniel Ortega's Sandinistas and the US-backed contras.

Jonathan Pena, 19, says his top reason for leaving is because he sees the government "persecuting and killing young people."
He spent hours working to get a visa and travel by plane to Costa Rica, because at the land border activists have erected barricades in an attempt to intensify pressure on Ortega.

According to analyst and ex-deputy of the opposition Eliseo Nunez, part of Ortega's strategy is to incite panic to trigger migration particularly from the middle class, an especially anti-government sector.

The crisis sparked by relatively small protests against now-abandoned social security reforms morphed into an explosive movement demanding Ortega along with his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo leave office.

But Ortega appears set on staying, and the past two months has seen more than 160 people die in bloody clashes between armed government-backed forces and activists brandishing slingshots and homemade mortars.

The deluge of passport applications has swelled notably in the past two weeks,
which have seen a sharp uptick in violence from armed hooded men roaming the streets by night aboard vans and motorbikes.

- 'Forbidden to be young' -

Nicaraguans say the gangs have marked youth -- who have spearheaded the mass movement against Ortega -- as their primary targets.
"Now it's forbidden to be young," says Xiomara Vargas, a 54-year-old housewife who accompanied her nephew, a computer science student, to the migration office.

Costa Rica's Foreign Minister Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr said last week her government is prepared for a massive influx of Nicaraguans.
That Central American country also said last week it would provide visas to relatives of diplomats accredited in Nicaragua who want to leave.
Nearly 500,000 (?) Nicaraguans already live permanently or temporarily in neighboring Costa Rica, many of them working in agriculture, construction and domestic service.

Many Nicaraguans like Eime Monge -- seeking to move to Costa Rica with her husband and two children -- believe Ortega will stop at nothing to maintain power.

The vast majority of the country's roads are barricaded by protestors, semi-paralyzing transport and commerce in the country, which on Thursday held a 24-hour national strike to protest government repression.

According to the country's Foundation for Economic and Social Development, the crisis has endangered between 20,000 and 150,000 jobs.
Some Nicaraguans have already lost their livelihoods in recent months, like Manuel Perez, who now has Panama in his sights.
There's no point in staying, the 40-year-old says, because he doesn't foresee the country's "distress" improving anytime soon.

It's an attitude analyst and former politician Nunez echoes: "Ortega will try to navigate between the rubble and reach the end," he says.ENT
"Regardless of the human and economic cost."



Not to forget:
Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Detalles Publicado el Viernes 10 de marzo de 2017

"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister

10 March, 2017


Friday, June 15, 2018



Note: The consequences of no 2nd Amendment, no Right to Self Defense. From the good guys at Borderland Beat.

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Violence and unemployment dry up Tlapacoyan, Veracruz: young people and wealthier families flee
Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo

In Tlapacoyan, the crime that causes the most pain and fear is kidnapping. T
his is recognized by its Municipal President, Ofelia Jarillo Gasca, of PAN-PRD.
However, townspeople don't report it as groups of kidnappers have exercised harsh control through fear.

The mayor says that the insecurity situation is so critical in Tlapacoyan that 30 to 40 wealthier families have left.
Almost everyone had to live in an environment of violence or endure kidnapping.
Those people, he adds, were people with money, who generated jobs with their businesses and now have left, leaving a complex situation for the town. The municipality is also already a capital of migration, where month after month truckloads of young people leave in search of the American dream.

By Ignacio Carvajal

Tlapacoyan, June 14 (SinEmbargo / BlogExpediente) -
With almost 60 thousand inhabitants, Tlapacoyan does not appear in the data of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. For the agency that measures the incidence of kidnapping, extortion and homicides, this municipality in the north of the state shows very low statistics of violence. However, last week in this municipality three women were murdered and the town rebelled, blocking off the road.

The townspeople say that this discontent is mixed with fear and loathing, because although Tlapacoyan does not represent a hot spot for the authorities, the truth is there are constantly kidnappings, new victims of extortion and murders.

It is daily talk in the squares and at meals, the new businessman kidnapped; or the business that adds to the list of those who must close their doors due to harassment from thugs who ask for fees; or the son or wife of the producer, whether banana or citrus fruit, killed in a kidnapping or extortion attempt.

The reality is that in Tlapacoyan, the crime that causes the most pain and fear is kidnapping, acknowledges its Municipal President,
Ofelia Jarillo Gasca, PAN-PRD. However, the townspeople do not report is as groups of kidnappers have exercised harsh control through fear.

"They tell them that if they report it, they will follow their children or their wife, that's how they have the information of where they're located," he says.

The victims of kidnapping, she says, arrive at her office after selling cars, land and other assets, "they come to mourn, but they do not want to report it."

It is a phenomenon that has occurred since 2010, she says, when the cartels began to settle in the region. "I think they like Tlapacoyan because it has a lot of exits," she says.

You can go to Puebla, Martínez de la Torre, Xalapa or Plan de Arroyos. It strategically offers escape routes for criminals.


The mayor says that the insecurity situation is so critical in Tlapacoyan, that 30 to 40 wealthier families have left.
Almost everyone had to endure an environment of violence or a kidnapping.

Those people, he admits, were people with money, who generated jobs with their businesses and now have left,
leaving a complex situation for the town.

And this is not the worst of it, as the price of the Dominican banana, the emblematic product of Tlapacoyan, has dropped drastically. It pays less than 50 MX centavos per kilo. In some cases, producers prefer to let them spoil.

All this has generated a breeding ground where crime has found a workforce and victims for it to strengthen. The municipality is also already a capital of migration, where month after month truckloads of young people leave in search of the American dream.

The most modest estimate from the mayor is that about 5 thousand young people leave each year for the north.
Those who stay in town are the people who cling to the roots and who can not leave.

The previous mayor, Enrique López, also had to leave town. He is a major gasoline entrepreneur in the north. He wanted to open another franchise, but the cartel kept asking for fees. During three attempted constructions of the new gas station, criminals came and asked for money. Better to leave town.

And like him, the mayor says, there are 30 to 40 "wealthy families who no longer live here because of latent insecurity."

Jarillo Gasca lived violence up close. She says that when she "managed to get out" with other banana producers to set up a packing plant,
which besides generating employment would serve as a counterbalance with the packers, she was extorted.

Everything was going very well, the project was promising in the long term and the economy in the city would be balanced.
But "they started threatening and extorting and it is not possible to give them what they ask, they asked for more than they earn,
and they decided not to participate anymore."

She says that she had just heard about a case of a banana producer friend who was kidnapped and whose son was killed.
The way they learn about violent events is through social networks or word of mouth.

Most victims bear the pain before going to comply with the authority and put in a complaint.
"If there are no complaints, we can not do anything," she laments.

The government of Veracruz offers up to one million pesos for information on the capture of Jalit Cano Parra, alias "El Mamer,"
whose group accounts for numerous kidnappings. The last one was documented in Martínez de la Torre in recent days.
Of that group, the authorities have apprehended about 13 members.

When the government took office last January, the mayor had only a few patrols and even all that fell apart.
The municipal police didn't even have bullets.

Currently it already has nine patrols and 65 elements of the municipal police.
His plan, little by little, is to build the institution that was looted and abandoned by past administrations.

As a result of the protests for the murders of the three women, he says, the governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares sent him more officers for reinforcement. The mayor recognizes the governor's work, but a great societal effort is necessary to overcome this crisis.

He will continue to knock on the doors federal authorities, Navy, Army, PF (Federal Police) , in order to lower insecurity.

Borderland Beat Reporter El Profe Posted at 11:18 AM