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-- Cable news blamed for rise in Latino 'hate crimes'
-- Mexican cartels plague Atlanta
-- Poll: Mexicans say Mexican-Americans Owe Loyalty to Mexico Over U.S.
-- DEA: No Comment on Drug Cartel Obtaining Intelligence Reports That DEA Provided to High-Level Mexican Authorities
-- More Civilians Killed Last Year in One Mexican Border Town Than All Afghanistan
-- Report: DEA Launches Nationwide Attack on Mexican-Linked Cartels in U.S.
-- Texas Republican: Put Mexican Drug Cartels on State Dept’s List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations
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 Cable news blamed for rise in Latino 'hate crimes'

'La Raza' targets guests who call illegals 'invaders,' blame them

Posted: February 02, 2008 WND

The fierce debate over illegal immigration on cable news channels could be the cause of a purported increase in hate crimes against Latinos, charges the radical Hispanic rights group National Council of La Raza.

The group, which says it's launching a campaign against vilification of immigrants [illegals] and Hispanic Americans, wants to meet executives of the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN and press them to stop "handing hate a microphone" on their programs, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"This surge of hate is being driven by a relatively small but vocal and extreme segment of our society," said Janet Murguia, La Raza's president and chief executive.

Murguia claims a 25-percent increase in hate crimes against Latinos between 2004 and 2006, according to FBI statistics the group compiled.

The group, the Dallas paper reported, has called on Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to renounce his endorsement by Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist, an opponent of open borders who frequently appears on cable news shows.

Gilchrist responded to the Morning News, calling La Raza a racial supremacy group that "dwarfs the combination of Black Panthers, KKK, American Indian Movement and Asian gangs."

As WND reported, La Raza, which means "The Race," was condemned in 2006 by Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., as a radical "pro-illegal immigration lobbying organization that supports racist groups calling for the secession of the western United States as a Hispanic-only homeland."

The Dallas paper said a variety of civil rights organizations have monitored the rise of code words or phrases to describe illegal immigrants, such as an "invading force," "a massive horde" or "swarm." The groups also object to illegals being accused of "bringing crime and disease" to America, including "gang warfare," and of being part of a conspiracy of "reconquista" or "Atzlan" ? the taking back of lands in the southwestern U.S.

The Morning News said CNN Worldwide's CEO agreed to meet with the group, and Murguia will be interviewed Monday night by host Lou Dobbs, a strong opponent of illegal immigration.

Fox News declined comment, and MSNBC officials said they look forward to receiving NCLR's letter, according to the paper.

Murguia said her group wants to solve the problem amicably, but indicated the growing Hispanic community might use its economic clout and put pressure on the advertisers if the networks don't respond.

She also warned that anyone running for political office who embraces the same rhetoric risks defeat.

WND reported in November that La Raza issued a report calling for the release of any illegal aliens who are arrested, if they happen to be parents.

In May, WND reported La Raza had virtual veto power over the immigration bill promoted by the White House that failed amid charges it granted "amnesty" for millions of people who came to the U.S. illegally.

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 Mexican cartels plague Atlanta

 3/9/2009  By Joey Ivansco, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A DEA field agent packs up weapons that were confiscated during a raid in Gwinnett County, Ga., in September.

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ATLANTA — In a city where Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service and Home Depot are the titans of industry, there are new powerful forces on the block: Mexican drug cartels.
Their presence and ruthless tactics are largely unknown to most here. Yet, of the 195 U.S. cities where Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are operating, federal law enforcement officials say Atlanta has emerged as the new gateway to the troubled Southwest border.

Rival drug cartels, the same violent groups warring in Mexico for control of routes to lucrative U.S. markets, have established Atlanta as the principal distribution center for the entire eastern U.S., according to the Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center.

In fiscal year 2008, federal drug authorities seized more drug-related cash in Atlanta — about $70 million — than any other region in the country, Drug Enforcement Administration records show.

This year, more than $30 million has been intercepted in the Atlanta area — far more than the $19 million in Los Angeles and $18 million in Chicago.

Atlanta has not seen a fraction of the violence that engulfs much of northern Mexico, but law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about the cartels' expanding operations here.

"The same folks who are rolling heads in the streets of Ciudad Juárez" — El Paso's Mexican neighbor — "are operating in Atlanta. Here, they are just better behaved," says Jack Killorin, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy's federal task force in Atlanta.

The same regional features that appeal to legitimate corporate operations — access to transportation systems and proximity to major U.S. cities — have lured the cartels, Atlanta U.S. Attorney David Nahmias says.

Explosive Hispanic growth

An added attraction for the cartels, say Nahmias and Rodney Benson, the DEA's Atlanta chief, is the explosive growth of the Hispanic community.

Nahmias calls northeast suburban Gwinnett County, about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, the "epicenter" of the region's drug activity.

Gwinnett's Hispanic population surged from 8,470 in 1990 to 64,137 in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Now, 17% of the county's 776,000 people are Hispanic.

"You see Mexican drug-trafficking operations deploying representatives to hide within these communities in plain sight," Benson says. "They were attempting to blend into the same communities as those who were hard-working, law-abiding people."

The cartel representatives here range from the drivers, packagers and money counters to senior figures in the drug trade.

"We've got direct linkages between cartel representatives who take their orders from cartel leadership in Mexico," Benson says.

From the border, shipments of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin are routed over land to Atlanta for storage in a network of stash houses. They are then moved to distribution operations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, the Mid-Atlantic, New York and New England.

Cash is generally moved over the same routes back to the Atlanta area, where balance sheets are reconciled. The bundles of money are turned over to transportation units for bulk shipments back to Mexico, Benson says.

Concern over violence

Although the level of drug-related violence in Mexico has not surfaced in the Atlanta area, recent incidents have raised concerns among law enforcement officials.

Last July, for example, a Rhode Island man who allegedly owed $300,000 to Atlanta-based traffickers was found chained to a wall in the basement of a Lilburn, Ga., home, located in western Gwinnett County.

Benson says the man had been blindfolded, gagged and beaten. Federal investigators, who were alerted to the location, later found the man alive but severely dehydrated. Three Mexican nationals fled the house when authorities approached. All three were captured and a cache of weapons, including an assault rifle, was seized.

"There is no doubt in my mind that … we certainly saved his life," Benson says.

About the same time last year, another man was kidnapped in Gwinnett County for non-payment of drug proceeds. When traffickers went to pick up what they thought was a $2 million ransom, shots were exchanged between the traffickers and police who were working with the victim's family. One of the suspects was killed and the other arrested, Benson says.

Killorin says much of the violence has been related to similar incidents of "intra-cartel discipline" and has not spilled into the streets.

There is no mistaking the groups' influence.

"We know they're here," Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Illana Spellman says, adding that the area's access to interstate highways is a major lure. "Geographically, it's set up perfectly for these kinds of activities."

Johnson reported from Washington, D.C.

 Poll: Mexicans say Mexican-Americans Owe Loyalty to Mexico Over U.S.

October 15, 2009    By Adam Brickley

Demonstrators unveil a 'human billboard' at La Placita Olvera area in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, May 1, 2009 during a march and rally for immigration law reform. Sign reads 'Workers First.'

( - Nearly 70 percent of Mexicans surveyed said that Mexican-Americans – including those born in the United States – owe their primary loyalty to Mexico, not the U.S., according to a Zogby poll commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The in-person poll, taken during August and September, sampled 1,004 Mexicans across the country on subjects related to illegal immigration and amnesty in the United States.

When asked “Should the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans be to Mexico or to the U.S.?” 68.8 percent of respondents in Mexico said that it should be to Mexico, while only 19.7 percent said it should be to the United States. Another 11.5 percent of respondents said they were not sure.

Steven Camarota, director of research at the CIS, told that the Spanish phrase translated as “Mexican-Americans” (“los estadounidenses de origen mexicano”) was carefully selected to ensure that respondents knew that it included those born in the U.S. He particularly stressed the Spanish word ‘estadounidenses.’

“It means ‘United States-ian’ -- (that's) how it translates,” he said, “and it’s understood by everyone in Mexico to include, clearly, people born in the United States of Mexican ancestry.”

Camarota also told that just over one-third of respondents (36 percent) said that they would come to the U.S., if they could. Of that group, 68 percent said they think that Mexican-Americans owe loyalty to Mexico over the United States.

The data shows that the percentage of potential illegal immigrants who hold that belief is nearly identical to the percentage among the general Mexican population, Camarota said.

Other poll results centered on how Mexico itself would react to an amnesty in the United States -- which was the reason for the poll, according to Camarota.

“How an amnesty would be perceived or received in that country is important to think about if you’re arguing for legalization,” he noted. “That’s the number one reason we did it.”

The results clearly showed that illegal immigration tends to encourage more people to emigrate in the future. he said.

“In Mexico, Mexicans overwhelmingly – especially those who have family here (in the U.S. )– overwhelmingly say that it (amnesty) would encourage illegal immigration in the future.”

In fact, 56.2 percent of respondents did indeed answer “more likely” when asked, “If the U.S. gave permanent legal status to undocumented immigrants (migrantes indocumentados), do you think it would make your friends and family members more likely or less likely to go to the U.S. as indocumentados, or would it make no difference?”

Just over 16 percent said that it would make them less likely to come to the U.S., while 19.6 percent said that it would make no difference. Another 7.6 responded that they were not sure.

Camarota was careful to note the limitations of the poll.

“It doesn’t tell us what Mexican-Americans think, it tells us what the expectation of Mexican-Americans is among Mexicans,” he said.

Nevertheless, the poll does have its uses, he added.

“(It) tells us what kind of society Mexican immigrants came out of, what the expectation is for those who go here,” Camarota told

He also said that, when asking which nation Mexican-Americans should be loyal to, “If you’re asking the question in Mexico, you don’t have to worry that people will give a guarded answer.”

Calls to Mexican-American and immgration groups were not returned.

 DEA: No Comment on Drug Cartel Obtaining Intelligence Reports That DEA Provided to High-Level Mexican Authorities

May 24, 2010    By Edwin Mora

DEA agents in a training exercise. (Wikipedia Commons)

( -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) declined to comment on reports that a drug cartel from the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa had access to documents detailing Mexico’s counter-narcotic operations, including information that the DEA had provided to high-level officials in Mexico’s Public Safety Department.

On May 10, the Mexican daily newspaper Reforma reported that the leaked documents, copies of which were obtained by Reforma, constituted evidence that the Sinaloa cartel, one of the strongest in Mexico, “has an efficient system for obtaining information from the main intelligence agencies of the [Mexican] state, allowing it to even obtain the reports that the DEA provides to Mexico.”

In response to’s request for comment, David Ausiello, a pubic affairs specialist at the DEA, said in an e-mail on May 17, “We are going to decline to comment on that report/story.”

When contacted the attorney general’s office of Mexico back on May 7, spokesperson Macias Vences Viviana said the office would respond, but it has yet to provide any comment to on the issue.

The Reforma article revealed that at least up until the Mexican military seized the leaked documents in May 2009, Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, who remains a fugitive, was well aware of “every step” surrounding anti-drug operations by Mexico’s federal government.

The leaked documents were presumably used to anticipate steps taken by the Mexican government against Guzman’s drug cartel.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. (Wikipedia Commons)
The Mexican military seized the leaked documents when they arrested cartel member Roberto Beltran Burgos on May 29, 2009. The documents were listed as evidence in the criminal charges filed against him. Burgos denied owning the Hummer truck in which the papers were found.

Reforma further reorted that the Guzman cartel was presumably able to obtain “precise information about the government’s operations and targets at just the right time, allowing it to evade them.”

The leaked documents contained detailed information, including shared-DEA intelligence that was meant to be seen only by high-level officials within Mexico’s Public Safety Department.

One annotation in the seized documents, apparently made by a drug trafficker, revealed that the cartel had access to investigations said to originate from the DEA.

It read, “Note: Here also informs about today’s investigations driven by … military intelligence and some by the DEA.”

The exclusive documents included “descriptions of ranks and responsibilities, code names, e-mail addresses, cell phone numbers and the identification numbers for the Nextel radios used by the main federal armed forces support commanders,” Reforma reported.

In addition, the Mexican military also seized a ledger that apparently listed code names for police commanders on the cartel’s payroll. Reforma noted that the list “has not been completely deciphered.”

In regards to the leaked documents, the Associated Press (AP) reported on May 11 that, according to U.S. law enforcement authorities, “Guzman had largely won the battle for the lucrative and hotly contested trafficking route through the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.”

“More than 22,700 people have been killed in drug violence since [Mexican President Felipe] Calderon launched his anti-cartel offensive after taking office in December 2006,” the report added.

Furthermore, the AP reported that Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for Mexico’s attorney general's office, said he could neither confirm nor deny the legitimacy of the leaked documents.

In November 2008, a probe of corruption at the top levels of Mexican law enforcement known as “Operation Clean House” ousted that country’s former anti-drug czar, Noe Ramirez, along with other top officials for allegedly working with a drug cartel. Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of passing intelligence to drug gangsters from Sinaloa.

President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon during a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
After the revelation that the Sinaloa cartel had access to restricted government documents, Samuel Gonzalez, the country’s former top anti-drug prosecutor, said, “What I see clearly here ... is that the process of infiltration continues” among Mexican police, according to the AP’s May 11 report.

“Allegations have long circulated that Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna, who emerged as the top law enforcement officer after Operation Clean House, may have somehow favored the Sinaloa cartel headed by Guzman,” reported the AP.

AP continued: “Garcia Luna has denied any link to the Sinaloa cartel, and Calderon has said the department has fought all the cartels equally. No firm proof of favoritism has ever been presented, but the arrests of top drug capos have hit all of Mexico's other cartels, while leaving Sinaloa's leadership largely untouched.”

Guzman “El Chapo” has been successful in evading authorities apparently because of classified information to which he has gained access. He remains at large. Forbes magazine, in 2008, listed him as one of the richest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

 More Civilians Killed Last Year in One Mexican Border Town Than All Afghanistan

February 25, 2011    By Edwin Mora

[1] A federal police helicopter flies over Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

( - More civilians were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, than were killed in all of Afghanistan.

There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan.

On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010 census [2], than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook [3].

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and published in a CRS report [4] released on Feb. 3. The number of civilians killed in Juarez was compiled by Molly Molloy, a research librarian at New Mexico State University who maintains a count of murders Juarez and published it on the Frontera List Web site. Molloy’s work on civilian murders in Juarez was also referenced in a recent CRS report [5] on Mexican drug cartels.

Much of the violence in Juárez is sparked by drug trafficking organizations battling over one of the major smuggling corridors into the United States.

In Afghanistan, the U.S. is in the tenth year of a war that has continued since the U.S. invaded the country in late 2001 to overthrow the Taliban regime that had given sanctuary to al Qaeda and to prevent al Qaeda from using that country as a base for terrorist attacks against the United States.

U.S. forces suffered 497 casualties in Afghanistan last year, making 2010 the deadliest year of the war for U.S. military personnel. Through Dec. 31, 2010, U.S. forces had suffered a total of 1,358 casualties in Afghanistan throughout the course of the war.

The CRS said that of the 2,421 civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010, more than 60 percent were killed by “anti-government elements, which include the Taliban and other individuals or groups who engage in armed conflict with the government of Afghanistan or members of the International Military Forces.”

“Pro-government forces caused 21% of the total civilian deaths,” said CRS.

 Report: DEA Launches Nationwide Attack on Mexican-Linked Cartels in U.S.

February 25, 2011   By Susan Jones

( - Prompted by the recent murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, federal authorities, aided by state and local police, launched a nationwide crackdown on drug-traffickers and their allies this week, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Authorities were still making arrests on Thursday across the country and in Central America, Colombia and Brazil, and they predicted hundreds of people would be arrested by Friday morning.

Robert Rutt, the special agent in charge of Houston's ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, said U.S. authorities are targeting gangsters and their associates in response to ICE agent Jaime Zapata's murder.

"While the murder is personal to ICE, we are arresting transnational gang members and drug traffickers who have links to Mexican cartels because of their criminal activity and not simply out of retaliation," the paper quoted Rutt as saying.

"Quite frankly, this operation was long overdue," said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). White House Drug Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske commended agents and officers involved in the sweep.

 Texas Republican: Put Mexican Drug Cartels on State Dept’s List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations
Friday, April 01, 2011    By Penny Starr    CNSNews

[1] Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) held a hearing on March 31, 2011 about winning what he described as a war between Mexico, the United States and Mexican drug cartels.

( – Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) introduced legislation on Wednesday that would direct Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) – a designation that would put them on the same list as al Qaeda, the Taliban and Hezbollah.

The designation by the State Department also would make the named cartels subject to the same sanctions as other terrorist organizations, including the freezing of the cartels’ monetary assets and the criminal prosecution of those that provide “material support or resources” to an FTO.

“Cartels kidnap, kill, and mutilate innocent civilians, elected officials and law enforcement, using gruesome tactics to intimidate government officials and citizens to abide by their rules,” said McCaul, chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations and Management Subcommittee, which held a hearing on the cartels on Thursday.

McCaul called the violence and killings caused by the cartels “acts of terrorism.”

His bill, H.R. 1270 [2], says the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism reported that “FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.”

The bill also cites the recent deaths of Americans at the hands of Mexican drug cartels, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was gunned down by cartel members in Mexico as he was driving back to the United States. Cartel members also shot American David Hartley while he was jet skiing on Falcon Lake, which lies between Mexico and Texas.

[3] At the March 31, 2011 hearing, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) showed a photo of the truck that was attacked by Mexican drug cartels on Feb. 15 that killed Special Agent Jaime Zapata. Special agent Victor Avila survived the incident but was badly injured. ( Starr)

“When Americans at home and abroad, including agents assigned to protect the United States borders and national security, are targeted, threatened, and attacked by such foreign entities, it serves as a continual threat to the safety and security of the United States and its people,” the bill states.

The cartels named in the bill are the Arellano Feliz Organization, the Los Zetas Cartel, the Beltran Leyva Organization, La Familiia Michoacana, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Gulf Cartel/New Federation.

McCaul called the struggle against the drug cartels a “war on our doorstep,” and said that the United States should “explore a joint military and intelligence operation with Mexico” to stop the cartels. He said this strategy was successful when the United States and Columbia partnered to stop Columbian drug cartels.

Democrats at the hearing downplayed the “spill-over” drug cartel violence in the United States and credited Mexico for its efforts to stop the drug gangs.

“Our focus must remain on common sense strategies that will aid Mexico in responding to this very serious problem while respecting their status as a sovereign country, fostering the commerce that exists between two nations, and acknowledging that Mexican authorities have been successful, with and without U.S. assistance, in arresting and eliminating the heads of some of the most dangerous Mexican Drug Trafficking Operations,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) said at the hearing.

None of the witnesses at the hearing expressed support for McCaul’s legislation. However, Brian Nichols, deputy assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs at the State Department, said, “Cartel activities have expanded into extortion, kidnapping, immigrant smuggling, protection rackets, and domestic drug retailing, making these illicit enterprises more profitable and violent than ever.”

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