Laredo, TX Sheriff: Cartel hitmen have us outgunned (video)

posted at 4:26 pm on August 29, 2007 by see-dubya

This AP video is both heartbreaking and infuriating. It’s the first I had heard of Heath Rochester and his wife and daughter gone missing in Mexico. AP treats it like American citizens getting kidnapped in Mexico or anywhere is no big deal, but it always is around here.

As for the larger question of Mexico becoming “the next Colombia”, unless South Texas does first, Hot Air helps you to READ MORE ABOUT IT:

Unlike many other drug-related killings, the Laredo slayings often involve careful planning, explicit orders and surveillance of law enforcement officers, Guillen said. And arrests aren’t easy: In most cases, the killers flee back across the border.

Also, the traditional taboos against involving family members and other civilians have disappeared.

“These days, if they have a problem, they kill it,” Holdridge said. “If they have to hose down a car full of five people, they’ll do it.”

Gone also is the grudging respect once accorded U.S. law enforcement. Holdridge said he and his wife have occasionally been followed by suspected cartel members as they drive around town. In fact, [convicted hitman] Reta had the make, model and plates of a law officer’s personal car, Guillen said.

Meanwhile ICE has slashed the number of staff investigating border jumpers and reassigned them to customs:

Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and outspoken critic of lax immigration enforcement, said resources need to be allocated to ensure the removal of criminal illegal aliens from the U.S.

“It lacks wisdom to take 20 percent of your work force who know how to deal with criminal detainees — experienced officers — and make grapefruit inspectors out of them,” Mr. Poe said

Granted, the video and article above mainly discuss US citizens who go to work for Mexican gangs. All the same, as a journalist or “journalist” who writes about these issues now and then, I think I could really use the protection. My grapefruit have been arriving in good condition, thanks.


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Discouraging.
Does anyone know if it is possible for a person to have their U.S. citizenship revoked? And if so how that would be accomplished. Cause it seems to me if there are thugs in America that are part of an international drug cartel, they don’t really need to be citizens and get all the rights that go with that.

VolMagic on August 29, 2007 at 4:34 PM

Discouraging.

VolMagic on August 29, 2007 at 4:34 PM

And frightening. I will be praying for the safety of the good guys.

reine.de.tout on August 29, 2007 at 4:40 PM

This is Chertoff’s promised revenge for the defeat of Shamnesty, make no mistake about it.

doriangrey on August 29, 2007 at 4:45 PM

VolMagic: Basic answer is no, the citizen can terminate the relationship but usually not the government…and the citizen hasto take some affirmative steps toward becoming a non-citizen.

And it’s rare that people end up a citizen of no country.

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 4:46 PM

Nothing to see here.
Move along.

natesnake on August 29, 2007 at 4:50 PM

I’m sure Geraldo can explain it all away.

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM

If only we got rid of ALL THE &%#@ING GUNS EVERYWHERE THIS WOULDN’T HAPPEN! /libdolt.

BKennedy on August 29, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Texas law enforcement was told by Washington that “Help is on the way…” Yea, what? “Comprehensive immigration reform.” Further consultations with the Mexican government about how we should conduct US border policy? And I’m positive that Mexican interests are in no way tainted by ancient, long-dead rumors that Mexican authorities have sometimes been involved in corruption. Feh!

eeyore on August 29, 2007 at 5:25 PM

It’s just as bad here in Arizona, the cartels have setup LP/OP points on many of the smaller mountains all the way from the border to just outside of Phoenix so that they can direct their shipments to avoid capture by law enforcement. And if anyone interferes they get shot at or killed.

They currently terrorize civilians all through the state, breaking into homes, car jacking’s, kidnapping young children.
I don’t see the public putting up with it much longer.

AZPatriot on August 29, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Never thought the U.S. would go out like this. Maybe we need a civil war.

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 5:34 PM

I really don’t see a resolution to this. Our government simply does. not. care. They’re insulated from the problem (for now). Let us eat cake.

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 5:39 PM

In recent months, the violence around Laredo and Nuevo Laredo has quieted down, and no other hit squads have been discovered.

Hmmm, did something change? Is an increased effort making a difference or should we just give up?

I found this and would love to investigate more, but my day job calls…

MamaAJ on August 29, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Reapers on the border sounds like a strategy.

I think the word might get around pretty quick to the bad guys.

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 5:56 PM

I don’t see the public putting up with it much longer.

Public, hell! I don’t see law enforcement putting up with it much longer. Of course they will be known as “right-wing death squads” when the camel’s back finally breaks.

Woahhs on August 29, 2007 at 6:03 PM

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 4:46 PM

and the citizen hasto take some affirmative steps toward becoming a non-citizen.

Thanks. I just thought that these fellas were kinda taking some proactive steps, like joining international crime organizations and apparently warring on the police agencies of the united states.

It’s just very discouraging.

VolMagic on August 29, 2007 at 6:18 PM

President Bush and all other politicians pushing for the I-35 international corridor should be forced to vacation for 2 weeks in Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

Mexico, at least the border area, is NOT a Third World country. Try FOURTH WORLD. Anbar province is a bucolic countryside in comparison.

Instead of Katie going to Iraq, it would be much more productive for her to shine a light on Laredo. If she’s smart, she knows she’s safer in Baghdad.

fred5678 on August 29, 2007 at 6:25 PM

Kidnappings from sea to shining sea … all along the border. AND INSIDE OUR OWN COUNTRY!

Mr. President, Secretary Chertoff, et al … WAKE THE F#&* UP!

SAN DIEGO: A Mexican businessman testified that his Mexican captors boasted they were unafraid to kidnap people in the United States as they tortured him in a suburban home.
……..

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/29/america/NA-GEN-US-Kidnapping-Ring.php

Via http://www.outragedpatriots.com/

fred5678 on August 29, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Thank you, shrub! Thank you, congress! Don’t we have a national guard around here someplace?

I’m sure Geraldo can explain it all away.
Kini on August 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM

locomotivebreath1901 on August 29, 2007 at 6:47 PM

that’s a nasty one, Fred5678. I added it to the headlines.

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 6:51 PM

that’s a nasty one, Fred5678. I added it to the headlines.

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 6:51 PM

But did you copy the White House and DHS???????
/sarc

fred5678 on August 29, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Reminded me right off of Ted Bell’s new book Spy. Pretty good storyline, and will scare the pants off of you. Not in a fun, Stephen King sort of way, but in an Oh Shiite, it’s really happening kind of way.

bikermailman on August 29, 2007 at 7:16 PM

I’m telling you guys, it’s getting to be a “no mans land” down here. And getting worse all the time.

But the administration spends more time and energy locking up BP agents that shoot some POS in the ass than dealing with the issue of protecting us.

Get ready folks……It’s moving north.

conservnut on August 29, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Don’t we have a national guard around here someplace?

locomotivebreath1901 on August 29, 2007 at 6:47 PM

They’re not in Iraq?

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 7:31 PM

Where is Geraldo? He is supposed to be telling us the obviously Latino sheriff of Laredo, shown in the AP video, is obviously just racist against Latinos. He isn’t, you know, actually standing up for law and order or anything.

Resolute on August 29, 2007 at 7:42 PM

It will be up to us the American people to put an end to this sh*t. Our government is almost as corrupt as the mexican government.PATRIOTS TO THE BORDER!! will be the cry very soon! The state governors better be ahead of the curve on this if they want to keep their jobs! Melt the phone lines down in your state to the governors offices!

build the wall on August 29, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Sad…at least you have a good man like Sheriff Flores..Up here in the state of ILL.(as in sick)..well its every other cop for himself. When you have Dicky TurbinDurbin, the great Osama himself, and cap it off with Richie (I don’t know anything about it) Daley and Bobby Rush, Jessie Jackson Jr. geez I have to stop I’m getting myself nausea.

Legions on August 29, 2007 at 8:12 PM

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 5:34 PM

I don’t think you are really advocating a civil war and neither am I, but; you stop and think about these outlaws on our southern border and then the islamic fanactics trying to get to us. What is going to happen? Are the U.S. citizens going to rise up and put a stop to this? Just asking.

cjs1943 on August 29, 2007 at 8:16 PM

I don’t think you are really advocating a civil war and neither am I, but; you stop and think about these outlaws on our southern border and then the islamic fanactics trying to get to us. What is going to happen? Are the U.S. citizens going to rise up and put a stop to this? Just asking.

cjs1943 on August 29, 2007 at 8:16 PM

No, I’m not really advocating one. I think if we all tried to do something about the problem, the business interests would immediately have us put down as we represent a real challenge to their power. Then things would carry on as before. What seems more likely is that things will just progress as they are and America will be another Latin American country in a couple of decades. In that case, given the tax burden on the middle class to subsidize their own demographic displacement by the Mexicans, most of the middle class will probably try to leave. Where they’ll go, I have no idea. But it’s insult to injury that we’re paying 35-40% of our paychecks towards subsidizing free ER visits, obstetricians, and welfare payments for people who are actively pushing the real Americans out of their former communities. It’s a sort of “soft ethnic cleansing.” As Bryan has said, our government has elected a new population. True Americans are vanishing.

It is a sort of pincer movement though, the jihadists and the Mexicans (whose grievances sound exactly the same), against the average American. Good thing immigration works both ways. I’d much rather go out with a bang than a fizzle though.

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 8:36 PM

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Good analysis. I’m just afraid that someone will take such a big loss that that will trigger something. Then there are plenty of others just itching, waiting for someone to give them the go-ahead.

cjs1943 on August 29, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Sheriff Flores should be asking for some help from the Texas Rangers and the Highway Patrol. He was told in DC that help is on the way. Whom did the Sheriff speak to exactly? It should not take THIS long for some FBI agents to be dispatched.

But, I guess those in DC have to consider the PC factor, election time, sensitivity, what Elvira has to say, would the Mexican Senate issue another resolution to condemn America for enforcing the law…there are a lot of factors for them to consider…

WHILE MORE PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER GET KIDNAPPED, MURDERED, RAPED, SOLD INTO WHITE SLAVERY…WHATEVER!!!

In the meantime, I hope Sheriff Flores arms his deputies arms themselves to the teeth with all the most potent rifles and shotguns, and if they are forced to have a firefight with the cartel…

TAKE NO PRISONERS, SHERIFF! YOUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE AT STAKE!

The False Dervish on August 29, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Good analysis. I’m just afraid that someone will take such a big loss that that will trigger something. Then there are plenty of others just itching, waiting for someone to give them the go-ahead.

cjs1943 on August 29, 2007 at 9:00 PM

I’m not sure how it will play out. About half of the ‘real’ Americans are so caught up in white guilt that they believe the deserve the scourging of every minority group that wants to give it, regardless of how wicked that group is. The more I read of Mexican culture, the more I understand why it is the way it is. I do admire its tequila and its surf, however. I think its family values extend about as far as taking care of the abuelos, but they also include honor killings and quinceaneras, which signify that a fifteen year-old girl is now on the market.

The other half of America is burning to do something, but for the reasons mentioned above, won’t. If the economy takes a big hit, though, watch out.

The bottom line is that the WSJ and other big business types think that the very idea of a country is out of date. If they had it there way (and they do), anyone who wants to would be able to come here and work as cheaply as the employer wants and then leave after they’re done (wait a minute, that’s what we already have). They also want to continue to use the taxpayer class until they’re in the bottom rung of society as well, put there by paying the other costs of this brave new labor market.

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 10:24 PM

But “it’s like shark’s teeth,” Guillen said. “You pull one out and another one grows in.”

It’s time to kills the shark, guys…

ricer1 on August 30, 2007 at 12:24 PM

In recent months, the violence around Laredo and Nuevo Laredo has quieted down, and no other hit squads have been discovered.

Maybe this is why:
Union: Mexican Trucks Begin Crossing Border Saturday
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/politics/14003768/detail.html?rss=dgo&psp=news

ricer1 on August 30, 2007 at 1:21 PM