CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin says cross-border trucking will be secure

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin expressed strong confidence Wednesday in San Diego at a seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, most commonly known by its acronym C-TPAT, that Mexican trucks and the Mexican trucking program will be secure and successful. C-TPAT was started after the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York as a way to keep the…

One dead in gun battle between Military and Narcos in Cd. Mier

NUEVO LAREDO – A gunfight between military forces and alleged drug traffickers that lasted more than an hour in the predawn hours Wednesday left one soldier dead and at least three others injured, authorities confirmed Thursday.An unknown number of traffickers also were killed and injured, authorities said. The assault occurred in Ciudad Mier, about 60 miles east of Nuevo Laredo, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday,…

Rick Flores takes it back; Sheriff wins by 133 votes

Webb County Sheriff\'s Office – Laredo Texas More than 14 hours after the recount of the ballots cast in the April 8 runoff for the Webb County sheriff’s race began, a new victor has emerged.Sheriff Rick Flores was declared the winner over challenger Martin Cuellar by 133 votes. Flores garnered 13,128 votes to Cuellar’s 12,995. Flores initially was reported to have lost the contest by…

Military occupation of US Border to end in August

TUCSON, Ariz. — A program that has rotated thousands of National Guardsmen along the Mexican border to augment U.S. Border Patrol agents comes to a close in four months, despite calls by at least one border governor to extend the Guard’s mission. Operation Jump Start began in mid-2006, deploying up to 6,000 troops at a time during the first 12 months in non-enforcement roles that…

Senate GOP pushes strict bills on immigration enforcement

Editors Notes: What utter crap! With our economy in the crapper, Bush’s Iraq fiasco. And now this meaningless piece of legislation, which with luck, will never clear committee. Let’s see, 2 years imprisonment for crossing the border a second time, as if our prisons are not already overcrowded. Can’t open bank accounts when most don’t have bank accounts and have no desire for one, and…

No to a border wall in Laredo – It will not help

A border wall does nothing but represent racism and fear, said David Almaraz, president of the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter, at a protest Saturday morning.Almaraz was one of approximately 75 Laredo residents who marched from San Agustin Plaza to City Hall in protest of a border wall. Alongside the residents were several city and county officials, all of whom expressed strong opposition to…

History of Mexican Special Forces (GAFES)

With the occupation of the northern frontier of Mexico by the Mexican military, I thought it would be interesting to see just who these guys are. What I found was a very proud, highly trained and specialized force that could stand shoulder to shoulder with any Army unit in the world. The Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (Special Forces Airmobile Group, GAFE) is a very…

Smuggling nukes through Canada easier than Mexico

OTTAWA — On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, a silver SUV stopped on a dirt road along the Canada-U.S. border and a man in a windbreaker and jeans emerged toting a gym bag containing four small canisters of weapons-grade uranium. He walked about eight meters through a scrub field, past a stone obelisk marking the international boundary and a further dozen metres into the United States,…