H/t reader kevin a.
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Earlier this month a massive power outage hit Central America, leaving millions of people without electricity for hours. The outage was caused by an overload in the Central American Transmission System in Panama.
Though it mostly affected people in Costa Rica and Panama, the outage also partially affected power in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. These countries all share the same electricity transmission line, which extends approximately 1,130 miles between Panama and Guatemala.
As a growing number of individual states in the U.S. stand up to the federal government on marijuana prohibition, Mexico legalized medical marijuana nationwide on Monday.
Mexican President Enrique PeñaNieto issued a decree, following the bill’s overwhelming approval from Mexico’s Senate in December, with a vote of 98-7, and from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress in April, with a vote of 374-7 vote.
REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Cartel members fighting for control of this border city are again taking up the practice of dismembering victims and using 55- gallon drums filled with fuel to incinerate the remains.
It is unclear how many have been incinerated, however, the fighting in the streets currently exceeds 65 documented casualties. Breitbart Texas has reported on the raging violence between convoys of SUVs and gunmen roaming the streets. Undocumented killings are believed to be cartel kidnappings occurring on a daily basis. The sequestered victims are typically cartel personnel or their kin and are rarely found alive or dead thereafter.
H/t reader kevin a.
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H/t reader kevin a.
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On Monday night In Mexico City, journalists marched together in the streets and painted “In Mexico they are killing us” in front of the Angel of Independence monument. Several vigils were also planned around the county on Tuesday morning the murder of veteran journalist Javier Valdez. Javier Valdez Cárdenas was a Mexican journalist founder of Ríodoce, a newspaper based in Sinaloa, who received several international awards for his writings on drug trafficking and organized crime in the Mexican Drug War.
Several prominent Mexican news outlets went dark on Tuesday to protest the murder of journalists across the country. The brazen midday killing of Valdez has inspired many journalists in Mexico to take direct action. In Mexico, at least five journalists have been gunned down already in this year alone, and over the past 8 years, 99% of attacks on journalists have gone unpunished.
The Mexican foreign secretary called the plan to build walls along the border a “hostile” and “deeply unfriendly” act, and an “aggravating action.” He warned that Mexico intends to conduct a fierce legal battle to stop any border walls that violate the rights of Mexicans.
Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray said building any walls when there are already 600 kilometers of barriers is not only a hostile and deeply unfriendly act, but one that “also is not going to fulfill the objectives that it raises, is not only an aggravating action, but it seems to be frankly a bad idea.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), human trafficking unit, busted two Mexican nationals for allegedly having sex with two teenage females (ages 14 and 17) in exchange for money.
Breitbart Texas contacted the Carter County jail and verified that the men are Mexican nationals with no U.S. identification documents. Breitbart Texas also contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to determine if enforcement officers issued an immigration detainer and the immigration status of the two suspects. Officials could not immediately respond to this inquiry.
According to a transcript obtained by AP of the phone call which took place on Friday morning between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, and which was intended to patch things up between the new president and his Mexican peer a day after Pena Nieto called off his visit to the US, Trump threatened to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself.
The excerpt of the call did not make clear who exactly Trump considered “bad hombres,” – drug cartels, immigrants, or both – or the tone and context of the remark, made in a Friday morning phone call between the leaders. It also did not contain Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s response. Nonetheless, the excerpt “offers a rare and striking look at how the new president is conducting diplomacy behind closed doors.” As AP puts it, Trump’s remark suggest he is using the same tough and blunt talk with world leaders that he used to rally crowds on the campaign trail.
NYU Professor and Mexico’s former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castañeda says Mexico should allow drug cartels to flood narcotics into the United States to punish President Trump deporting illegal immigrants and building the wall. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.
H/t reader kevin a.
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By Ron Paul
Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the US-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.
First, the wall will not work. Texas already started building a border fence about ten years ago. It divided people from their own property across the border, it deprived people of their land through the use of eminent domain, and in the end the problem of drug and human smuggling was not solved.
There will be war in the streets, or at least there could be.
The strong armed tactics against Mexico are not making officials happy south of the border.
Now, with an executive order facilitating the deportation of illegal immigrants – and especially those who have committed criminal offenses – as well as building a wall on the border, President Trump has many Mexicans up in arms.
Jorge Castañeda Gutman, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico, took things a step further during an interview on CNN with Fareed Zakaria when he suggested that Mexico’s previous cooperation with the U.S. in curbing the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants could end.
“… this hostile administration …”
Mexican Sen. Armando Rios Piter warned during an interview with MSNBC Friday that Mexico might abandon its efforts to help defeat ISIS in response to President Donald Trump’s recent actions.
“We should stop collaborating with the United States, with this hostile administration specifically,” Piter told MSNBC, “regarding security issues, regarding antiterrorism that we’ve been working [on] together the last years.”
Some more clarity from Spicer who told reporters the Trump Administration was speaking theoretically about tariffs on Mexico and the 20% border tax floated earlier today is just one solution.
He said the White House was looking for ways to pay for wall along southern border of Mexico, job is to show there are ways to do it
Tariffs could be drafted to focus on a particular sector, no specifics yet on what cos. this tax would apply to, he says
He added that the White House not ready to roll out any border tax at this time, and will continue to have open line of communication with Mexico after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled plans to meet with President Trump; Spicer says cancellation was mutual decision
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Another story whch needs to be appended, because as NBC’s Peter Alexander tweets, According to Spicer the 20% tax on Mexican imports is not a policy proposal but merely an example of options how to pay for the wall.
BREAKING: Spicer tells me 20% tax on Mexican imports is NOT a policy proposal, but example of options how to pay for wall.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 26, 2017
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Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that as part of its plans to make Mexico “pay for the wall”, the Trump administration is considering a 20% border tax on Mexican imports.
President Trump on Wednesday signed directives to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and crack down on U.S. cities that shield illegal immigrants, proceeding quickly on sweeping and divisive plans to curb immigration and boost national security.
As Reuters summarized, the Republican president is also expected to take steps in the coming days to limit legal immigration, including executive orders restricting refugees and blocking the issuing of visas to people from several Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and North African countries including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.
Trump signed two executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security, one ordering construction of a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border and the other moving to strip federal grant money from “sanctuary” states and cities, often governed by Democrats, that harbor illegal immigrants. In cities such as San Francisco local officials, often Democrats, refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on actions against illegal immigrants.