The Mexican cartels are expanding control over their local territories by providing “humanitarian services” aid to the poor and vulnerable populations. This development has created a shadow government that is more effective and visible to the Mexican people, and which will cause complications for U.S./Mexico relations and border security.
This “goodwill” the cartels gain with the Mexican people is dangerous for the U.S. in efforts to secure the border. The aid provided by the cartels gains not only support and sympathy but also recruits.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder rate in Mexico dropped only slightly in April 2020. Nationwide in Mexico, there were 3,020 murders in April, slightly down from March’s 3,158 figure.
Since stores, factories, and other businesses have been closed, and with considerable reductions in traffic and movement of people, the violence and killings were expected to decline. However, much of the violence appears linked to disputes between rival drug gangs.
In one silver-lining for Mexico, there have been very few mass lootings of stores. Only a half dozen such incidents occurred from mid-March to mid-April and none in May. But these figures maybe because the cartels have delivered humanitarian aid (some boxes with drug kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman’s picture on it) to the many poor communities.
The government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has lost considerable respect recently. He pulled back the military police when they tried to arrest the son of “El Chapo” and the gunmen fought back. He has also admitted publicly that his government cannot fight against the cartels and propose a “hugs, not bullets” strategy to fight crime.
Mexico’s government has become a “basket case” under liberal/leftist Lopez Obrador as president with the cartels as a shadow government. Unless the Mexican government becomes more effective in serving and protecting its people, the U.S. may have to deal with the criminals more directly.
The FBI is considering the shooting at the U.S. Naval airbase in Corpus Christi, TX, a “terrorist” incident, and it demonstrates how America is under attack from without and within. Americans need to defend themselves against domestic threats, but also control immigration and secure the borders.
On Thursday, May 21, a gunman sped into the naval base and open fire, wounding a sailor before being killed by base security officers. Reports say that the shooter tried to rush through a gate at the naval base in a vehicle, but security personnel put up a barrier in time to stop the shooting. The gunman then got out of the car and opened fire, wounding a Navy security officer, but he was killed by security personnel during the exchange of fire.
The FBI has said there is a second potential suspect is at large, but they have not explained what has led them to believe the shooting is related to terrorism.
The leftist/liberal Washington Post has an opinion piece written by Shalyn Fluharty, director of the pro-open borders Dilley Pro Bono Project, which represents women and children seeking asylum. Fluharty advocates the release of illegal aliens who are detained and seeking asylum in the U.S., but why not release them back into Mexico or their home counties?
The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX is designed to house “families” that are awaiting asylum hearings. However, Fluharty and other open-borders advocates are demanding the release of the detainees over the COVID-19 health concerns.
Josue Daniel Claros-Trajedo, a 19-year-old illegal alien, been arrested and charged with firing a gun at helicopters responding to a deadly HPD chopper crash on May 2, 2020. The incident resulted in the death of HPD Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox and pilot Chase Cormier.
According to court documents, Claros-Trajedo at least shot five rounds into the air shortly after the helicopter crash around 2 a.m. He allegedly fired one shot before the crash, but it's not clear if he was aiming at the HPD helicopter. A video shows the HPD helicopter spinning out of control and crashing to the ground.
According to witnesses, Claros-Trajedo hid the guns he shot in an air vent in his apartment. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, and also faces charges of discharging a firearm in a metro area, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and unlawfully carrying a weapon. There were reports of shots fired before and after the crash and Police Chief Art Acevedo said six people were arrested.
Claros-Trajedo is being held on a $100,000 bond and an immigration hold.
This crime is another example of criminal behavior by illegal aliens in America. Sadly, Democrats and the liberal news media overlook and, in some cases justify, their bad behavior.
While Americans are going through various stages of panic, concern, and acceptance of the COVID-19, the Mexican government has been in a near state of denial in advising its citizens. When the COVID-19 epidemic hits Mexico’s general population hard (and it will), there will probably be a panic that will drive people across the border into the U.S., mostly illegally. America needs to prepare now.
Mexican states like the northern state of Chihuahua, are currently quarantining people who are removed from the U.S. however, Mexico is not isolating its citizens. The Mexican government is also providing little preventive information to the citizens.