Diana Washington Valdez,El Paso Times
U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic
several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about
rival cartels,according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.
The allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla,who was
extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago. He
is also a top lieutenant of drug kingpin Joaquin “Chapo”Guzman and the son of
Ismael “Mayo”Zambada-Garcia,believed to be the brains behind the Sinaloa
The case could prove to be a bombshell on par with the U.S. Bureau of
Alcohol,Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives’“Operation Fast and Furious,”except that
instead of U.S. guns being allowed to walk across the border,the Sinaloa cartel
was allowed to bring drugs into the United States. Zambada-Niebla claims he was
permitted to smuggle drugs from 2004 until his arrest in 2009.
Randall Samborn,assistant U.S. attorney and spokesman for the Justice
Department in Chicago,declined comment.
The court in Chicago had a status hearing on Wednesday and ordered the
government to respond to allegations in Zambada-Niebla’s motion by Sept. 11.
According to the court documents,Mexican lawyer Humberto Loya-Castro,another
high-level Sinaloa cartel leader,had his 1995 U.S. drug-trafficking case
dismissed in 2008 after serving as an informant for 10 years for the U.S.
Guzman and the Zambadas allegedly provided agents of the Drug Enforcement
Administration,FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with information
about other Mexican drug traffickers through Loya-Castro.
“Loya himself continued his drug trafficking activities with the knowledge of
the United States government without being arrested or prosecuted,”the court
Zambada-Niebla met voluntarily with U.S. federal agents on March 17,2009,at
the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City,which is near the U.S. Embassy,“for the
purpose of his continuing to provide information to the DEA and the U.S.
government personally,rather than through Loya,”court records allege.
The Washington Times
President Obama made a run for the border yesterday to shore up his
credentials on the immigration issue. Speaking from Chamizal National Memorial
in El Paso, Mr. Obama defended his strategy as if it were working. “They’ll
never be satisfied,” he said, lashing out at critics. “The truth is, the
measures we’ve put in place are getting results.”
The Obama administration has cooked up a novel way to calculate what a great
job his Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been doing in stemming
the flow of aliens flooding over the border from Mexico. In March, Ms.
Napolitano stood on a bridge connecting El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and
proclaimed border security to be “better than ever.” In testimony before the
Senate Homeland Security Committee last week, Ms. Napolitano claimed that the
meaning of “operational control” of the border is “archaic” and that she intends
to devise a “more quantitative and qualitative way to reflect what actually is
occurring at the border.” She said she wants an index that would include a
measure of how many persons have been deterred from even attempting to jump the
By counting these theoretical illegals – as opposed to real ones – Ms.
Napolitano’s border-security mission becomes much easier. While hundreds of
thousands actually cross over annually, compared to, say, Mexico’s entire
population of 112 million, they represent a tiny fraction. Preventing border
crossing in a computer model or a spreadsheet allows Ms. Napolitano to proclaim
“mission accomplished” without having to actually crack down in a way that would
offend left-wing open-border advocacy groups.
Ms. Napolitano’s attempt to redefine what it means to secure the U.S. border
is a brilliant example of double-speak worthy of “Big Sis.” Real numbers are far
less forgiving. In February, the Government Accountability Office reported that
the Border Patrol has only 873 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border subject
to “operational control.” The term means simply that the Border Patrol has the
capacity to deter illegal crossers and pursue them when they’re spotted. The
remaining length is mostly open for free passage. In remote regions of Arizona,
cartels have established observation posts providing intelligence to ensure safe
border transit for drug couriers.
Mr. Obama and his economic advisers do deserve some credit for discouraging
illegals from crossing the southern border.
September 30th, 2010
Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports
A report issued today by a United Nations agency appears to be a thinly veiled critique of Arizona’s immigration law, one that equates its supporters with “xenophobes and racists.” The Global Migration Group adopted its statement on the “Human Rights of Migrants in Irregular Situation” — that is, illegal aliens — earlier today in Geneva. It criticized unnamed nations for viewing illegal immigrants “through the lens of sovereignty, border security or law enforcement, sometimes driven by hostile domestic constituencies,” and demanded nations endow illegals with “economic, social, and cultural rights,” including “reproductive healthcare.”
The report seems to be the fruition of Barack Obama’s decision to haul the state of Arizona before the UN Human Rights Council over its differences on domestic policy.
September 27th, 2010
In a flabbergasting request, a coalition of Mexican lawmakers has asked the United States to stop deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes in American courts.
The preposterous demand was made at a recent southern California conference in which the mayors of four Mexican cities that border the U.S. gathered to discuss cross-border issues. The only American mayor who attended the biannual event was San Diego’s Jerry Sanders, evidently because his city hosted it this year at a fancy downtown hotel.
Among the cross-border topics that were addressed at the conference was the deportation of Mexican citizens who have committed violent crimes in the U.S. The felons are persona non grata in their communities, say the mayors of Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, and Nuevo Laredo. They want U.S. officials to stem the deportation of such convicts to their cities, according to a local newspaper report that covered the conference.
Mexican prosecutors say they have recovered 55 bodies from an airshaft of a mine in southern Mexico amid conflicts between drug traffickers.
This appears to be the largest mass grave ever found in the country. The bodies were found in the state of Guerrero, which is one of the most violence-stricken states of Mexico.
“By Saturday night, the total number of bodies recovered from that airshaft was 55, so terminating the work,” Albertico Guinto Sierra, a local official, said on Monday.
The victims were found 100 meters down the airshaft, which is located near the entrance to a mine.
Mexico has endured a staggering level of drug-related violence during over the past few years.
The situation has become worse since the Mexican military crackdown on organized crime.
Over 22,700 have lost their lives in drug-related violence in the past three years.
June 3rd, 2010
Brewer is ready to go to court to fight team Obama
Bring it on.
That’s the attitude Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is taking toward the possibility that the Obama administration could file a legal challenge to her state’s immigration law.
“We’ll meet you in court,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “I have a pretty good record of winning in court.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Department of Justice may challenge the law, which President Obama has called “misguided.” Brewer has staunchly defended the policy — which makes illegal immigration a state crime — and is expected to meet with the president Thursday, a White House official told FoxNews.com.
The White House confirmed the meeting following criticism over reports that Obama would not be able to meet with her while she is in Washington this week. Brewer is in Washington for a meeting with nine other governors appointed by Obama to deal with homeland security issues — she attended that meeting Wednesday morning.