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Texas DPS Director: People from Countries with ‘Known Terrorism Presence’ Cross Border

“Individuals that come across the Texas-Mexican border from a countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes. We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari. Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around. But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are. So, we’re concerned about that.”

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Are ‘Los Mayitos’ the Face of the Sinaloa Federation After El Chapo?

Since his highly publicized escape from a maximum-security Mexican prison in July, it has been assumed that notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has once again taken the reigns of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. By his side for years has been Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, who has so far escaped arrest. However, both drug lords are estimated to be in their early sixties, which means successors must be designated and groomed. The question is, will any of El Mayo’s four sons—known as “Los Mayitos”—fit this bill?

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Alcalde de Juárez Olvida Historia en Planes de Demanda Absurdas Sobre ‘Sicario’

Como Breitbart Texas informó recientemente, Enrique Serrano Escobar, el alcalde de Ciudad Juárez, México (al sur de El Paso) declaró que pretende demandar a los creadores de la película de ficción “Sicario” en un tribunal estadounidense por “daños morales” a la ciudad. Escobar dijo que la película representa incidentes violentos que no reflejan la actualidad de la ciudad, diciendo el diario El Norte de México, “Daña la imagen de los juarenses.” Sin embargo, Escobar parece haber olvidado que Ciudad Juárez sigue es sede de dos grandes carteles de la droga y más de 400 pandillas callejeras.

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Juárez Mayor Forgets City’s Violent History in Absurd ‘Sicario’ Film Lawsuit Plans

As Breitbart Texas recently reported, Enrique Serrano Escobar, the mayor of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (just south of El Paso, Texas) stated he aims to sue the makers of the fiction film “Sicario” in a U.S. court for “moral damages” to the city. Escobar said the movie depicts violent incidents that don’t currently reflect the city, telling Mexico’s El Norte newspaper, “It hurts the image of Juarenses.” However, Escobar seems to have forgotten that Cuidad Juárez is still host to two major drug cartels and over 400 street gangs.

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New FBI Crime Report Omits Kidnapping and Drug Activity, Paints Misleading Picture of Border

This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which summarizes a year’s worth of violent crime statistics from across the country. At a glance, it shows that violent crime is down across the country and in the State of Texas. However, the data used to make these assessments doesn’t include kidnappings or specify what crimes are drug- or cartel-related, painting a skewed picture of everyday life along some parts of the southwest border.

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Middle America Waking Up to a Mexican Cartel Heroin Nightmare

When most Americans hear the word heroin, they probably imagine a junkie underneath a highway overpass or an aging rock star with a needle sticking out of his arm. But the face of heroin abuse and addiction in America has changed dramatically in the last few years, and Mexican cartel drug traffickers are making sure those deadly little “balloons” filled with black-tar venom get into the hands of Middle America’s youth.


Mexican Meth Overtakes US Sources as Domestic Lab Seizures Plummet

The synthetic drug known as methamphetamine (meth) as steadily increased in the U.S., although domestic production has dropped significantly since one of the key ingredients became highly restricted in 2004. As a result, Mexican meth traffickers have seized upon the market opening and are flooding the U.S. Midwest with Mexican meth.


Opium Harvest More Profitable for Mexican Children than School

A New York Times article reveals that Mexico’s opium harvest is more profitable for Mexican children than a school education would be. America is only just starting to wake up to the scourge of heroin abuse among Midwest middle class youth. The spread of black tar heroin and its rising popularity among a demographic that prefers the heroin high—and lower price tag—to Oxycontin pills is truly horrifying.


India, China Overtaking Mexico as Largest US-Bound Immigration Groups

While much of today’s political debate—and rhetoric—is focusing on Mexican immigrants, pundits and politicians alike have overlooked a very interesting statistic. According to US Census Bureau research released in May 2015, immigrants from China and India, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the US.

Assault, K9 Abuse Charges Against Federal Border Agents Dropped

Assault, K9 Abuse Charges Against Federal Border Agents Dropped

Charges of assault and animal abuse against two federal border agents were dropped in Sana Cruz County, Arizona, courts. A surveillance camera captured U.S. Border Patrol Agent Aldo Arteaga punching a juvenile detainee in the stomach in a Nogales Station holding cell on January 30, 2014. On February 15, 2014, a different surveillance camera recorded U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agent Edgard Garcia forcefully slamming a 7 year-old service dog onto the ground. Arteaga was charged with assault and Garcia was charged with animal abuse.

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Arizona Militia Members Charged with Stealing Cartel Cocaine and Cash

Three members of an Arizona militia have been indicted for allegedly stealing cocaine and cash from drug smugglers. Border bandits and rip crews are nothing new along Arizona’s border with Mexico. These are individuals akin to pirates—drug traffickers who steal loads from other smugglers on the US side of the border so they don’t have to run the risk of physically transporting the drugs from Mexico. Conflicts often arise during these rip-offs (Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by a rip crew in December 2010), but rarely do the identities of bandits shock US law enforcement.

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Judge: Activist Attorneys Can Inspect Four Arizona Immigrant Detention Facilities

A federal judge in Phoenix ruled to allow attorneys representing immigrant rights groups to inspect four immigrant detention facilities in Arizona where the attorneys feel immigrants were held under “inhumane and punitive” conditions on August 14. The order comes following an enormous wave of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who crossed the southwest border in the summer of 2014.

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Cartel Violence Spirals Out of Control in Acapulco Turf War

The coastal resort city of Acapulco has always been known for its beautiful beaches and sparkling waters. But in the last decade it has become a regional epicenter of drug war violence that Mexican authorities have been largely powerless to stop. The most recent wave of killings and kidnappings comes as a result of a turf war between multiple drug organizations that want control of the lucrative port city.

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Analysis: Mexico’s Ability to Provide Security Questioned After ‘El Chapo’ Escape

Two weeks have passed since the scandalous escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán from a maximum-security prison, and speculation is running rampant. There are still no solid clues as to where the kingpin may be holed up. In the meantime, fingers are being pointed across our southwest border and serious questions are being raised about Mexico’s ability to control its drug war at any level.

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Multinational Corporations in Mexico Shutting Down Due to Drug War Violence

There aren’t many smiles to go with a Coke in state of Guerrero, Mexico, these days. FEMSA, the largest franchise Coca-Cola bottling company the world, shut down its distribution centers in Iguala—site of the kidnapping and likely massacre of 43 students nine months ago—and Arcelia while maintaining facilities in other parts of the state.


Opium Now Bigger Cash Crop than Marijuana in Mexico

The plants growing along an increasing number of Mexican hillsides reflect trends in illegal drug use here in the United States. While marijuana fields easily outnumbered poppy plantations in prime Mexican growing regions, both government and international-agency statistics show those numbers have reversed as Mexican-origin heroin use in the US has exploded.


Mexican Border City Taking Down Sign Made of Seized Guns

“No More Weapons!” is the emphatic message posted on this controversial Ciudad Juárez sign intended for travelers entering the city from El Paso. The 26×70-foot billboard has lettering made with seized weapons that were brought into Mexico illegally from the US. However, reportedly as a symbol of good faith toward the United States, crews this week started dismantling the sign.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs Texas border security bills into law. (Photo: Breitbart Texas/Lana Shadwick)

Texas Opening New Intelligence Center to Battle Border Crime

With the signing of House Bill 11 on June 9 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a new intelligence center will be established in Hidalgo County, designed to target border crime more effectively. However, details are unclear regarding how this center’s mission will differ significantly from the multiple fusion and joint intelligence centers located across the state, calling into question whether the $2.1 million start-up cost is justified.

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Major US Banks Closing Border Branches to Fight Money Laundering

As more money continues to flow into the pockets of Mexican drug cartels, traffickers need to maintain a solid network of places—often along the southwest border—where they can launder drug money. However, in an attempt to stymie these efforts, several major US banks have been closing numerous branches in the region and shutting down hundreds of customer accounts.

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Kids Killing Kids: Drug War Violence Impacts Mexican Children

In an act that shocked the residents of a city who thought they had seen it all, five adolescents in the border city of Ciudad Juárez – a stone’s throw from El Paso, TX – between the ages of 11 and 15 are being investigated for stoning, stabbing, and burying a six year-old boy on May 16.

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Op Ed: Heroin Deaths Blind to Socio-Economic Barriers

Today started out like any other Saturday morning, which for me involves checking emails and Facebook. Shortly after starting to scroll through my feed, I saw my friend had shared a heartbreaking story: the strange sentencing dilemma of a heroin dealer who was complicit in the death of her son’s namesake—a teenage boy in upper middle class Middle America.

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