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Dec 16, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Phoenix (AP) - A federal judge in Phoenix has dismissed another challenge to Arizona's new immigration law. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday granted the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in July by the League of United Latin American Citizens. The league sued over training materials distributed to Arizona law enforcement meant to guide ...

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Dec 15, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities blocked a notorious Mexican drug cartel from gaining a foothold in the nation's capital with a series of arrests and indictments in a massive trafficking scheme, police said Wednesday. Eight illegal immigrants were arrested over the weekend in Georgia and North Carolina, and on Tuesday a federal grand jury in the District ...

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Dec 15, 2010 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Tucson (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol has confirmed that one of its agents has been killed in Southern Arizona. Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu confirmed the agent's death but had very few details to release Wednesday morning. The agent has been identified as Brian Terry, according to KVOA.com. At least four suspects are in custody, while another ...

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Dec 15, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NOGALES (AP)- A drug tunnel has been found ending at a metered parking space in the southeastern Arizona city of Nogales. The 13-foot-long tunnel begins directly against the border fence on the Mexican side and leads to an opening 10 inches in diameter in downtown Nogales. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Vincent Picard said Tuesday that ...

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Dec 15, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

New York Times: MEXICO CITY — Despite being a federal fugitive, accused of laundering millions of dollars for one of Mexico’s most ruthless drug cartels, Julio César Godoy says he simply walked into the national legislature here unnoticed in September, right past the cordon of federal police officers watching the building. He then raised his right ...

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Dec 14, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: by Jennifer Griffin About 150 miles north of Guatemala City, deep in the jungle, is a military base where Guatemalan Special Forces are being trained secretly by U.S. Green Berets. The U.S. officers say the Guatemalan troops are committed to the task of defeating the Mexican drug cartels and are training tirelessly. “They rest when they ...

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Dec 14, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

People look for scrap metal in the remains of a burnt vehicle used as a roadblock by members of the La Familia insurgent group on the highway between Morelia and Apatzingan December 11, 2010 Be SAFE Excerpted From N.M. Politics: By Heath Haussamen When I pause to think about it, it seems surreal that I live in the ...

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Dec 14, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 14, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Mirroring Iraq in the heyday of its Al Qaeda and Al Sadr insurgencies, the remains of burnt vehicles used as roadblocks in Mexico by members of the La Familia insurgent group The El Paso Times: The Mexican government has no control of its 577-mile border with Guatemala, where arms, drugs and immigrant smugglers appear to have free ...

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Dec 12, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A gunbattle between rival gangs killed 11 people during a Virgin of Guadalupe celebration in a western Mexican town, authorities said Saturday. Armed men arrived in three cars and opened fire on another group of gunmen in the main plaza of Tecalitlan just as a crowd was gathering Friday night, ...

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Dec 12, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: Let’s get this out of the way first: Robert De Niro looks nothing like Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Or Sen. John Cornyn. Or any other Texas politician we can think of. However, Mr. De Niro’s portrayal of the fictional Sen. John McLaughlin in Machete, an B movie shoot-’em-up released in September, has apparently made ...

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Dec 11, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: Reporting from Mexico City — Mexican authorities said Friday that they believe a top leader of the violent La Familia cartel was killed during two days of pitched fighting in the home state of President Felipe Calderon. In violence that erupted Wednesday afternoon and raged until early Friday, federal forces deployed in the western state ...

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Dec 4, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: MATAMOROS, MEXICO - The U.S. government is turning to elite units of Mexican marines to go after drug cartel bosses in aggressive "capture or kill" missions, providing intelligence and training to bolster what officials say is Mexico's most trustworthy and nimble force. The effort includes more direct information-sharing and training than previously known, according ...

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Dec 3, 2010 13 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Me, holding up a burlap sack used by drug mules, laying in a cache of discarded sacks, a mere 15 meters from busy US Interstate 8. Riddick, behind me.

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Dec 3, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) – The skinny boy in a long-sleeved T-shirt and cargo pants looks younger than his 14 years as he stands surrounded by three Mexican soldiers in ski masks and camouflage, armed with automatic rifles. Authorities say the curly-haired teenager, a U.S. citizen, is the alleged child assassin, "El Ponchis," made famous in ...

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Nov 26, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) – Authorities are beefing up security at schools in this border city after graffiti threatening attacks on students and teachers was scrawled on school grounds, state and local officials said Friday. Officials have increased police patrols and are installing security cameras to prevent a repeat of last week's spate of threats that ...

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Nov 26, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: Reporting from San Diego — Federal authorities have unearthed another cross-border tunnel in a San Diego warehouse district, the second major tunnel discovery and multi-ton seizure of marijuana believed to be from Mexico's most powerful drug cartel in a month. The tunnel, which started in a residence in Tijuana, stretched nearly half a mile and ...

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Nov 26, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A 21-year-old university student lies dead from a gunshot to the head. Nearby, paramedics wrap the head of another woman in a blood-soaked shirt while her husband holds their cowering children. They were shopping in a popular downtown promenade when gunmen chasing a security guard opened fire into the crowd. This wasn't ...

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Nov 26, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Outgoing chief Julian Leyzaola SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tijuana's mayor-elect said Friday that he will replace the border city's top cop, who launched an unprecedented campaign to loosen the grip of drug cartels on what has been one of Mexico's most corrupt police forces. But in a sign of continuity, Julian Leyzaola will be succeeded as public ...

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Nov 26, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s violent northeastern corner near the U.S. border will get a boost in troops and federal police as the government tries to wrest back control of an area that has become a battleground for two rival drug cartels. The new mission, “Coordinated Operation Northeast,” aims to reinforce government authority in Tamaulipas and ...

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Nov 25, 2010 49 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

"He told them he would not give them his property." They didn't get it... Borderland Beat: When Mexican Marines arrived at the San Jose Ranch, 15 kilometers from Victoria, Tamaulipas, the scene was bleak: The austere main house was practically destroyed by grenades and heavy gunfire. Outside of the home, they found four bodies. Cautiously, and with their ...

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Nov 23, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's government is telling migrants driving home for the holidays from the United States that they should form convoys for their own safety while traveling through Mexico, and an official said Monday that police will accompany convoys on the most dangerous stretches of highway. A seemingly intractable wave of drug cartel violence ...

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Nov 19, 2010 21 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

UPDATE: A Mr. Abraham Buchwald, who, on Twitter, lists his locations as Germany, Kuwait & Jordan

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Nov 14, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Nov 14, 2010 20 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Don't Press One For English: In September, Oscar Anibal Rivera-Lobo, age 31, coerced a 12-year-old Greenville, South Carolina, girl into leaving her home without her parents’ permission and had sex with her. On November 4th, Rivera-Lobo walked into a store owned by the girl’s family to confront her father, who was not in the store at the ...

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