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Susan asks…

How is it that one of the tinhorn leaders of the country south of us – and he’s no friend of the US can be so?

right and our president and Ca leeeeeeee for ni a’s ignorant governor are so Wrong?

Mexico‘s president opposes marijuana legalization

Prop. 19, the California measure to legalize pot, would undercut Mexico‘s fight against drug cartels, President Felipe Calderon says. He calls on the Obama administration to oppose the measure.

October 09, 2010|By Ken Ellingwood and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Mexico City and Tijuana — Mexican President Felipe Calderon strongly opposes the California ballot measure that would legalize small amounts of marijuana, saying it reflects softening attitudes toward drug consumption in the U.S. that are undercutting efforts to control organized crime groups in Mexico.

Calderon, in an interview in Tijuana, said he was disappointed that the U.S. federal government, which for years has pushed Mexico to crack down on drug traffickers, has not done more to oppose the measure.

“I think they have very little moral authority to condemn Mexican farmers who out of hunger are planting marijuana to feed the insatiable [U.S.] appetite for drugs,” he said Thursday.

California’s Proposition 19 could have enormous implications for Mexico. It has triggered sharp debates between advocates who say passage could help stop the Latin nation’s 4-year-old drug war that has left 30,000 people dead and critics who say cartels will continue their bloody turf battles over the smuggling of other drugs such as cocaine.

A growing number of Mexican political figures, including some in Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, say it is time to end — or at least consider ending — what they describe as a failed prohibitionist strategy against narcotics.

Calderon’s predecessor, Vicente Fox, has made headlines by calling for legalization and regulation of all drugs as the best way to cripple the drug cartels economically. Fox recently said passage of Proposition 19 would be a “great step forward” and could “open the door to these ideas for us.”

The drug issue has for decades been a source of bilateral tensions, with U.S. counternarcotics officials calling for tougher actions against traffickers and Mexico casting blame on users in the United States, which is also a leading source of cartel weapons.

Mexico decriminalized possession of small quantities of narcotics last year, but the sale and cultivation of marijuana are still prohibited. California’s proposed law would not only legalize small amounts of marijuana, but also make it possible for cities and counties to approve commercial growing and sales of the drug.

Legalization advocates say passage of the California measure could pave the way for a peaceful end to Mexico‘s drug violence by depriving its cartels of billions of dollars in profits and the weapons that that kind of money buys. They say California’s share of the overall U.S. marijuana market is big enough to affect overall exports of Mexican pot, though past estimates of the size of the underground market are unreliable.

If Californians have ready access to legal marijuana, legalization advocates argue, it also would be difficult to justify a bloody government crackdown on traffickers.

“People in California will be in their supermarkets and their Walmarts with their legal pot, and down here we’ll be killing each other,” said Ruben Aguilar, a former government spokesman under Fox. “Things will have to change here. It makes no sense for us to keep killing.”

But the legalization measure would not, for now, affect the status of Mexico‘s other leading exports to the United States: cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Skeptics say that the violent jostling between rival traffickers over turf would continue, even if marijuana is legal in California. Much of the bloodiest fighting has been over cocaine-trafficking corridors into the United States and control over local drug markets, such as in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Critics also argue that even if legalization north of the border crimped drug profits, that wouldn’t hobble Mexican cartels because they have branched into numerous other criminal enterprises in recent years, including kidnapping, extortion, migrant smuggling and selling pirated goods.

Ellingwood reported from Mexico City and Marosi from Tijuana. Times staff writer John Hoeffel in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Tijuana answers:

D–n mexicans. They want it all six ways.

If they stopped their citizens from coming into this country, they would have a much better workforce and maybe could solve a lot of their internal problems.

Ruth asks…

What will it take for our government to finally secure our nation’s borders, especially the border that is?

What will it take for our government to finally secure our nation’s borders, especially the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico?
Forty-eight Americans were murdered in Mexico during the first six months of 2010 – a deadly pace that appears likely to exceed any previous year of homicides on record, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of the U.S. State Department’s death registry.

The tally doesn’t include two Texans reported killed Sept. 30 in separate incidents in isolated areas of Tamaulipas, where the terrorist group known as the Zetas has been warring with their Gulf Cartel rivals in communities all along the southeast Texas border.

A college freshman from Brownsville, Jonathon William Torres Cazares, was shot and killed after authorities say his public bus got hijacked on a highway in Tamaulipas.

“He was 18 years old and traveling in Mexico visiting his family,” according to a statement issued by Leticia “Letty” Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

Meanwhile, David Michael Hartley, 30, of McAllen, was reported to have been shot in the head by a boatload of armed men while jet skiing on the Mexican side of the binational Falcon Reservoir, shared by Texas and Tamaulipas. His body has not yet been recovered.

State Department data shows at least three other Americans were slain this year in Tamaulipas. But no details were available. In much of Tamaulipas, the news media are no longer reporting on crime because of threats and violence against journalists carried out by drug traffickers.

slayings rise steadily

American killings in Mexico have risen steadily since 2007, when drug violence began to rage out of control in border cities including Nuevo Laredo and Tijuana and later spread to Ciudad Juarez, now ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Mexican officials also also refused to permit American law enforcement officials to enter the Mexican side of the lake in order to search for Michael Hartley’s body.

However, when 6 citizens of Mexico were allegedly assaulted in New York City- Mexican officials took to the streets of Staten Island, New York to patrol New York City streets to protect their citizens and were not blocked from doing so by the local government.

U.S. Spending At Least $18.6 Million Per Day to Incarcerate Illegal Aliens; More Than 195,000 Illegal Aliens Deported in Fiscal 2010 Had Committed Crimes Here The cost per day for these prisoners is based on Justice Department incarceration cost estimates from 2001 and on the lower-end figure of 300,000 incarcerated deportable aliens, which means the actual expense today could be substantially higher than $18.6 million per day.

Tijuana answers:

It will take someone “important” such as a politician or a member of the demonrat’s media getting killed until they pay attention.
The violence doesn’t affect them and their loyalty is to the party first and foremost. They leave the little people to fend for ourselves and then sue and harrass border states that are trying to get the feds to enforce the existing border.The National Geographic HD Channel has an excellent series about the US/Mexican border. They do an excellent job of showing what our U.S. Border Patrol Agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents are up against.

Chris asks…

You think its time we replaced our border guards and should we do background checks?

Bail set for border agent charged with corruption

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press Writer

Friday, October 1, 2010

(10-01) 17:16 PDT San Diego, CA (AP) —

A federal judge set bail at $100,000 Friday for a border inspector nicknamed “Hammer” who is charged with taking bribes to help illegal immigrants and vehicles loaded with tons of marijuana get through his lane.

Lorne Leslie Jones is the latest in a string of dozens of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers accused of corruption. His case is noteworthy for the duration of the alleged crimes — from January 2000 to December 2009.

Jones, 46, has worked as a border inspector in San Diego since 1994. He smiled and winked toward a woman seated in the audience during his initial court appearance Friday.

According to the complaint, Jones accepted payments between $10,000 and $20,000 per vehicle for allowing “van loads” of illegal immigrants to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico from 2001 to 2005. He used codes to provide smugglers with his lane assignments at the San Ysidro border crossing connecting San Diego and Tijuana.

Jones allegedly conspired with a driver who was charged with attempting to smuggle nearly 5 tons of marijuana in his truck at San Diego’s Otay Mesa crossing in May 2007. The driver was arrested after he was directed away from Jones, who was assigned at the time to work with dogs who sniff vehicles as they approach inspection booths.

The driver told an investigator that he had successfully crossed four times at Otay Mesa with 5 tons of marijuana in his truck each time. He said Jones was working there at the time but the complaint doesn’t indicate whether the inspector helped him cross.

Tijuana answers:

Yes they should because i know as fact from a mexican friend of mine that they do things that
allow them to have illegals cross over
i am glad that at least now they rotate the guards at the border
so they do not know what line they are working in
and btw
my friend told me that the guard no longer works the border..

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