In the impoverished Mexican town of Tapachula, a short distance from the Guatemalan border, patience is wearing thin.
“We’re used to seeing them [migrants] pass through but they didn’t stay before. Now it’s out of control,” says Maria at her taco stand.
Business has been dire for her since a squalid migrant camp sprang up a stone’s throw away in the town’s central plaza – one of many makeshift camps for the thousands stuck between Trump’s America and chaos back at home in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
MORELIA, Michoacán – The raging cartel violence that reignited this week with gun battles, executions, and arson has killed close to three dozen victims. Officials continue to reassure the public by claiming the dead are mostly criminals.
America’s southern neighbor confronts metastasizing violence and institutional corruption that threaten its future.
Will Mexico ever become a healthy democracy—more law-abiding and better governed, more prosperous and free? The question is as enduring as it is hard to answer. Few nations have inspired such a mixture of love, fear, and revulsion—a perennial sense that it has come so far, yet has so far to go.
President Trump on Wednesday threatened to send armed US troops to the border after a Mexican soldier removed a weapon from an American patrolling in Texas earlier this month.
“Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”
Mexican troops removed a weapon from one of two US service members they confronted in a remote area of Texas earlier this month.
MEXICO CITY — Astronomers have become the latest victims of Mexico’s violence, with activities at two observatories being reduced because their staff suffered crimes while traveling to the remote mountain sites, researchers said Thursday.
The problems occurred near the Alfonso Serrano Large Millimeter Telescope, or LMT, in the central Mexico state of Puebla. It is the world’s largest single-dish steerable millimeter-wavelength telescope and is jointly run by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Mexico’s national institute of astrophysics.
Imagine for a moment that groups of Islamic terrorists set up shop at our border, killed tens of thousands of Mexicans, mutilated bodies, controlled a flow of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants every year over our border, and flooded our country with drugs and gangs. These organizations, in our “hypothetical,” operate in over 40 countries, are flush with weapons, money, and military-style tactics, control operations inside our country, and bring in drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil that are essentially chemical weapons.
Try to picture the reaction of our government under that circumstance.
Border residents in New Mexico say they are hesitant to report suspicious immigration activity to local and federal law enforcement because they fear the Mexican cartels moving drugs or people into the U.S. will retaliate against them.
Seven residents who live 30 to 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border told the Washington Examiner that picking up the phone to call for help if they have been burglarized or found someone sleeping in their barn can lead to nasty consequences.
With drug-related crimes and gang violence rife across Mexico, investigators opened 33,341 murder probes in 2018, setting a new record, according to the latest data published by the nation’s authorities. Men make up the overwhelming majority of the victims, with 861 women losing their lives last year.
The number of murders logged in 2018 is also the biggest since the national records began in 1997.
The data showed a total increase of some 15.5 percent compared to all murders in 2017. Mexico logged 28,866 murders in 2017, far outpacing the much larger US where the FBI noted 17,284 instances of “murder and non-negligent manslaughter” during the same time.
Mexico’s population is about 130 million, compared to the US population of about 326 million.
Mexico City- Police escort for gas tanker. The 3rd world just keeps getting closer.
It is already two o’clock in the morning, and Mexico City commuter Athena Silva still can’t refuel. For over an hour she has been standing with her car in a long line of vehicles formed at a gas station in Mexico City.
Other waiting drivers suspect that it will take another hour until it’s their turn to fill up. “I set the alarm for midnight to find out where there in the city there will be gas, and at what time to avoid endless queues during the day,” Silva tells DW.
Since the government of new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared war on organized gasoline theft and closed the power lines of the state-owned petroleum company PEMEX, the country’s capital has been suffering from an acute shortage of gasoline.
Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012, his former secretary alleged in explosive testimony Tuesday.
“You gave a story that Mr. Guzman paid a bribe to Mr. Peña Nieto of $100 million,” Chapo’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asked Alex Cifuentes during cross-examination in Brooklyn federal court, referring to his previous discussions with US authorities.
“That’s right,” Cifuentes said.
The bribe allegedly took place in October 2012 — which was after he was elected but before he took office in December that year.
The southern U.S. border remains mostly unprotected while Democrats remain determined to prevent building the border wall. Meanwhile, cocaine continues to flow into the United States, smuggled in partly by the Hezb’allah terrorist organization. The drug epidemic has cost a great number of lives, and the federal government must stop the flow of drugs by building a border wall, and by using new technologies to detect intrusion into the U.S.
Hezb’allah has murdered hundreds of citizens over the years, including in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 241 service personnel and the Beirut embassy bombing that killed 17 Americans. These attacks demonstrate that Hezb’allah is an enemy of the United States and is aligned with the Iranian regime’s “death to America” mindset.
Tatiana Mirutenko emerged happy from a bar in an upscale part of Mexico City after a night of dancing. Seconds later, the 27-year-old Chicago native was dead — hit by a stray bullet from two men on a speeding motorcycle.
Mirutenko, her husband and a group of friends had traveled to the sprawling metropolis of 21 million people to celebrate a delayed honeymoon and a first wedding anniversary in July.