1 million truck violations cited at border crossing? The story behind the story

Today’s El Paso Times has a piece out titled “1 Million Truck Violations Cited at Border Crossing”by Diana Washington who has in the past been a reputable reporter on things concerning the US/Mexico border in El Paso. But the story is misleading and just the sort of thing we expect OOIDA to jump on first thing tomorrow morning. So let’s defuse this bomb before they…

Drug War a Failure in U.S., Mexico

EL PASO, Texas – Academics, journalists and officials said at a conference here that the war on drugs has been a failure in both the United States and Mexico, and that the wave of violence has forced many Mexicans to flee their country and silenced journalists. “Organized crime has Mexican society on the border very quiet and on its knees,” Alfredo Corchado, a correspondent in…

Drug-related kidnappings in El Paso hard to pin down but ICE stands by 6

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency counts six kidnappings last year while the El Paso Police Department contends there were none at all. Three major law enforcement agencies are in disagreement over the number of kidnappings in El Paso last year that were connected to the drug trade and ongoing cartel war in Juarez. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency counts six kidnappings…

El Paso City Council To Debate Legalizing Drugs

Last Tuesday Mayor John Cook vetoed a unanimous city council resolution asking the U.S. Government to have a serious discussion about legalizing narcotics. On Tuesday, city council will have an opportunity to overturn the veto. City Councilman Beto O’Rourke put the item back on the agenda. The amendment to have the drug discussion is part of a bigger resolution introduced by the Border Relations Committee.…

U.S.-Mexico drug war: We’re clucking like chickens

By showing true mettle and grit — by standing with staid backbones — Beto O’Rourke and the seven other city representatives sent others running for the proverbial hills, like chickens, Tuesday. Mayor John Cook and U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes couldn’t run fast enough, bwaak, bwaak. It boiled down to simply asking Congress to at least discuss the feasibility of making drug use legal as a…

U.S.-Mexico border fence is deja vu all over again

One of the most interesting things about years passing and thinking that we progress from year to year is finding out how little some things really change. An Associated Press article out of Washington that appeared in the May 21, 1942, El Paso Herald-Post. The headline “Senate Okays $50,000 For E.P. Border Fence.” “The senate voted $50,000 today to build a 25-mile long barbed-wire fence…

Otero County NM sheriff ordered to halt illegal raids and traffic stops

EL PASO — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction banning Otero County NM sheriff’s deputies from making unlawful stops, intimidation and other unlawful actions targeting undocumented immigrants in Chaparral NM. The decision was issued Friday by Chief U.S. District Judge Martha Vázquez of the New Mexico district. The ruling was a victory for the Border Network for Human Rights represented by the Paso…

El Paso commissioners pass anti-border wall resolution

EL PASO — County commissioners are opposing construction of a wall along the nation’s southern border with a resolution. The El Paso County Commissioners Court voted 3-1 Monday in favor of a resolution that calls for stopping the building of the border wall and says local law enforcement officials should not enforce federal immigration laws. The resolution also emphasizes placing a moratorium on immigration raids,…

The Great Texas TV Truck Race

A day after a fatal highway drag racing crash, a pair of local television live trucks were caught on video in their own race at a local drag strip. The El Paso stations, KDBC-TV and KVIA-TV, were at the legal drag racing strip Friday night when a crowd of onlookers apparently convinced a pair of photographers and a part-time anchorman to race. Charlie Bernal, a…

Cd Juarez Police find another mass grave in residential area

MEXICO CITY— Investigators found parts from at least eight bodies in a series of backyard pits at a house in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The Attorney General’s Office did not say how the victims died or who is believed to have buried their remains, but it did note that 3,740 pounds of marijuana were found in the…

Former Texas Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

WASHINGTON – Pablo Rosario, a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent stationed in El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in El Paso to 24 months imprisonment for violating the civil rights of two illegal aliens. After release from prison, Rosario will be on federal supervised release for one year. Rosario worked as a Border Patrol agent from 2000 to 2006. On July 26,…