Families of Guatemalan migrants killed in crash want answers

Source: Al Jazeera

Family members of Guatemalan migrants involved in a deadly truck crash in Mexico have said they are desperate for news of their loved ones and feel forgotten by governments that offer few opportunities and no protection on the perilous route to the United States.

It was just four days ago that Domingo Yobani Raymundo Mateo, 18, left his small village of Chajul, an Ixil Maya community some 260 kms (160 miles) from Guatemala City, for his second attempt to reach the US. This time, his family sold a house to pay for his journey with the hope he would secure work after crossing the border.

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His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Bloodbath predicted if 73-year-old Sinaloa Cartel boss detained or killed

Source: Mexico News Daily

The arrest or death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada will trigger a full-blown war for control of the powerful criminal organization, according to federal officials and a former high-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio predicted that a bloodbath will occur in the absence of Zambada, 73, at the helm of the cartel.

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6 charged with running deadly Mexico-based kidnapping ring

12/08/2021

Source: ABC News

Six people were charged Tuesday with running a Mexico-based kidnapping ring that took nine people hostage and demanded ransom from their U.S. relatives but killed six of them, including some after the money was paid, officials said.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles charged the alleged ringleader, German Garcia Yera Hernandez, 37, and five others with crimes including extortion and conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

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Baja California, No. 2 most violent state, next in line for new security plan

12/08/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Guerrero got a new federal security plan in October, Zacatecas got one in November, and now Baja California is to become the third state in as many months to qualify for reinforced security efforts.

President López Obrador said Monday that he will travel to Tijuana – Mexico’s most violent city – on Saturday to address security issues in the northern border state, where more than 2,500 homicides were recorded in the first 10 months of the year.

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Human Rights Watch to US: ‘Don’t ignore Mexico’s human rights catastrophe’

Source: Mexico News Daily

The Americas director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has excoriated President López Obrador in an op-ed published Saturday in The Los Angeles Times.

“Since his election in 2018, López Obrador has not only failed to improve the country’s disastrous human rights record, he has worked to undo many of the hard-fought gains in transparency and the rule of law that rights groups, activists and campaigners have achieved since the end of one-party rule in Mexico in 2000,” José Miguel Vivanco and HRW researcher Tyler Mattiace wrote.

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Mexico’s security strategy draws criticism at forum in Europe

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government’s security strategy has come under fire at a virtual forum organized by four organized crime research organizations.

Among the issues that drew criticism were continuation of the militarized security strategy of the two previous governments and a failure to address policing at the local level.

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Sinaloa Cartel’s internal dispute extends into Sonora, Baja California

12/03/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A dispute between competing cells of the Sinaloa Cartel has spread beyond the borders of the criminal organization’s home state, according to federal officials.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio said a dispute between Los Rusos and Los Chapitos has extended into states such as Sonora and Baja California.

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US officials say Mexico is once again providing visas to drug enforcement agents

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government is once again issuing visas that allow United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to work in Mexico, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Broadcaster CNN reported almost two months ago that Mexico had not processed visa applications for 24 DEA agents this year.

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Biden administration to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy as early as Monday following a deal with the Mexican government, according to senior administration officials.

The policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires migrants seeking asylum to wait outside the United States for their immigration court hearings.

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