Border Patrol agent’s death renews Trump’s call for wall along Mexico

11/21/2017 Dallas News

border usa mexicoEL PASO — The death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent Sunday has led to a new call from President Donald Trump to build a wall to protect Americans from Mexico.

But the sheriff where Rogelio Martinez died Sunday cautioned that federal and county investigators are also looking into whether the death was caused by an accident, including the possibility that the agents could have fallen from an embankment in the dark of night.

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, did not rule out that possibility, calling Martinez’s death a “tragic incident” and said it is collecting all evidence and “aggressively investigating all leads coming in from the public and through investigative activities.”

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Mexican businesses call for better security after Televisa boss murdered

11/21/2017 Global Times

Mexican businessmen called on the government to revise its security strategy on Monday after the murder of Adolfo Lagos, corporate vice-president of telecommunications at Televisa, on Sunday.

“It is urgent to halt the incidence of crimes as this can affect growth and investments,” stated Coparmex, Mexico’s largest business association, in a statement.

This was prompted after Lagos was shot dead on Sunday by robbers trying to steal his bicycle as the man cycled along a highway near Mexico City.

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Officials say border agent was killed in attack

11/21/2017 The Associated Press 

GettyImages-624165050Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz have characterized it as an attack that caused the weekend death of a border agent and injuring of a second.

The Republican senator said in a statement Sunday that 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of the attack earlier that day near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles from the Mexico border and 110 miles southeast of El Paso. He said the nation is grateful “for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents.”

Abbott also described the incident as an attack in a tweet Sunday.

The Border Patrol hasn’t released many details about what happened. It said in a statement that the agents “were responding to activity” while on patrol near Interstate 10.

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Not Dead. Not Alive. Just Gone

11/20/2017 The New York Times 

16754796678_92d73b186f_oXALAPA, Mexico — At 5 a.m., the couple stirred to the buzz of a cellphone alarm. They had hardly slept — Carlos Saldaña had been in the hospital the night before, betrayed by his fragile stomach.

He had prayed that the pain would subside, that God would give him strength. Today was the raid, the culmination of years of tracking the cartels, of lonely reconnaissance missions to find where they had discarded his daughter.

For so long, he had begged officials to do something, anything. Now, he wondered if he could even walk.

“Why tonight, God?” he had murmured in the hospital, doubled over. “I’ve been waiting so many years for this.”

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Mexican heroin is flooding the US, and the Sinaloa cartel is steering the flow

11/18/2017 Business Insider 

2870348905_10a5b1d375_bHeroin availability in the US — and overdose deaths related to drug — has skyrocketed over the past several years.

Eleven of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 21 field divisions in the US rated it has the number-one drug threat in 2016. And while the DEA says heroin from Mexico, South America, Southwest Asia, and Southeast Asia is all available in the US, the agency’s testing and research indicate that the US’s southern neighbor is the dominant source.

“Mexico and, to a lesser extent, Colombia dominate the US heroin market because of their proximity, established transportation and distribution infrastructure, and ability to satisfy heroin demand in the United States,” the DEA notes in its 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment.

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NAFTA unlikely to hurt Mexico-U.S. security ties, but election might

11/15/2017 Reuters

la-fg-tijuana-journalists-violence-photos-005MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s threats to weaken U.S. narcotics and migration co-operation if NAFTA dies are pure bluster, Mexican and U.S. officials say, with next year’s election posing a far greater challenge to future collaboration.

Mexican officials have threatened to strike back if U.S. President Donald Trump kills the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), warning they could relax controls on the southern Mexican border crossed by Central American migrants, or scale back collaboration in tackling drug crime.

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Mexico arrests Zetas leader accused of migrant killings

11/14/2017 Washington Post

Credit: Eduardo Verdugo, AP 

MEXICO CITY — Mexican police and military personnel on Tuesday arrested an “old school” Zetas cartel leader who allegedly coordinated a 2010 killing spree that included the massacre of 72 Central American migrants in the border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said.

The 56-year-old suspect was identified as Martiniano Jaramillo. Prosecutors said he was arrested at a hospital near the Tamaulipas state capital.

He faces charges of organized crime and kidnapping, including the abduction of a U.S. citizen.

Authorities said Jaramillo was linked to the May 10 killing of activist Miriam Rodriguez, who spent years searching for her missing daughter and discovered her body.

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