4 U.S. Citizens Killed in Separate Attacks in Mexico
Filed at 12:58 a.m. ET on November 02, 2010 NY Times
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Four U.S. citizens were shot to death in separate attacks in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexican authorities said Monday.
Chihuahua state prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval said Edgar Lopez, 35, of El Paso, Texas, was killed Sunday along with two Mexican men when gunmen opened fire on a group standing outside a house.
On Saturday, a 26-year-old U.S. woman and an American boy were slain shortly after crossing an international bridge from El Paso. Giovanna Herrera and Luis Araiza, 15, were shot to death along with a Mexican man traveling with them just after 11 a.m., Sandoval said.
Sandoval said authorities also identified a 24-year-old woman killed Friday inside a tortilla shop as Lorena Izaguirre, a U.S. citizen and El Paso resident. A Mexican man was also found dead in the store.
Sandoval did not provide any information about possible motive in any of the slayings.
U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed three of the killings but did not have any information about Izaguirre. He said officials had been in touch with the victims' families but offered no other details.
Ciudad Juarez has become one of the world's deadliest cities amid a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels. More than 2,000 people have been killed this year in the city, which is across the border from El Paso.
Also Monday, federal police said they arrested a U.S. man accused of being a member of the Aztecas gang, whose members work as hitmen for the Juarez cartel and operate on both sides of the border. Angel Martinez, 24, was arrested Saturday in Ciudad Juarez when he was traveling with another gang member, the department said.
Elsewhere, three city police officers were gunned down early Monday in a drive-by shooting as they patrolled the heart of Acapulco's upscale tourist district, authorities said.
Another officer was wounded, according to a statement from the Public Safety Department in southern Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.
The officers were patrolling the Puerto Marques area around 1 a.m. when they were ambushed by suspects shooting assault rifles from inside a car, police said.
Violence continues to escalate in the Pacific resort city, days after Mayor Jose Luis Avila Sanchez warned people to stay indoors after dark. Ten other people were killed between Sunday and Monday around the area. Authorities also were trying to determine whether a burned corpse found in a car was the body of a Canadian businessman who disappeared last week.
Meanwhile, the remains of seven people were found Sunday in a mass grave in Nogales, on the Arizona border. Mayor Jose Angel Hernandez said a family walking near the site noticed what appeared to be part of a body sticking up in a riverbed. Officers recovered six bodies and a severed head in the grave. A seventh headless body was found nearby.
In the border city of Tijuana, state police seized more than 14 tons (13 metric tons) of marijuana in two vehicles at a house in the same neighborhood where gunmen killed 13 people at a drug rehab center 10 days ago.
War On CitizenshipReplyDelete
Posted 10/28/2010 07:10 PM ET
Rights: A U.S. Court of Appeals has invalidated an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to vote in state and federal elections. Not only our borders but our voting booths are wide open.
Many of us have witnessed the pride of new U.S. citizens raising their right hand before a judge after learning about our government and Constitution and swearing allegiance to their new country and its laws. On Tuesday, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided by 2-1 to tell others who would like to earn their citizenship — don't bother.
The uber-liberal 9th Circuit decided that you don't have to be a U.S. citizen to vote in our elections, or even be required to prove you are. It struck down Proposition 200, a measure passed by Arizona voters in 2004 requiring individuals to produce proof of citizenship, such as a passport, to register to vote, and a picture ID such as a driver's license, or two pieces of nonphoto ID, in order to cast a ballot.
The law was designed to keep illegal aliens from voting in our elections, which we think they should not be entitled to do. Some 30,000 noncitizens were prevented from registering to vote in the first four years of the law. Georgia is the only other state with a citizenship mandate requirement so it too may face a court challenge.
A joint statement by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, both Republicans, called the ruling "an outrage and a slap in the face to all Arizonans who care about the integrity of their elections."
The 9th Circuit upheld the voting day requirement for identification as a not insurmountable burden for the poor and minorities to overcome, but those are easier to come by and easier to fake. Eight of the 19 9/11 terrorists had sufficient identification to have registered to vote in Virginia and Florida while planning their attacks.
Many jurisdictions now accept Mexico's "Matricula Consular" and other foreign-issued documents as legal ID. But for someone whose very presence may be illegal, providing a false ID while lying to a registrar is not a deterrent.
In recent years, we have tried to make it easier and easier to vote in an effort to increase voter turnout. In addition to the traditional absentee ballots, originally intended for people with real excuses, we have motor voter, same-day voting and voting by mail, all opportunities for fraud and corruption.
Some very close races will be decided by voters who are not US citizens. Legal citizens, those that foot the bill, should be given every protection to see that this does not happen.ReplyDelete
An out of control court is doing the opposite. This needs to change.
A political party that condones this type of outrage deserves to be defeated, not compromised with. They need to be exposed to what they are, anti-American.
Yes, there is such a thing as anti-American.
Any of these races can rest on the voting of illegalsReplyDelete
ARIZONA - Sen. John McCain coasting to fifth term after tough GOP primary. Gov. Jan Brewer also on track toward re-election. Four House Democrats in trouble.
NEVADA - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in extremely close race with Republican Sharron Angle in state with 14.4 percent joblessness.
NEW MEXICO- GOP prosecutor Susana Martinez slight favorite for governor in race against Diane Denish. GOP aims for two Democratic House seats.
TEXAS - GOP Gov. Rick Perry favored over Bill White for new term. Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards tries to hang on.
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Judge John T. Noonan Jr. grilled administration lawyers at a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He took aim at the core of the Justice Department's argument: that the Arizona statute is "preempted" by federal law and is especially troublesome because it requires mandatory immigration status checks in certain circumstances.
"I've read your brief, I've read the District Court opinion, I've heard your interchange with my two colleagues, and I don't understand your argument," Noonan told deputy solicitor general Edwin S. Kneedler. "We are dependent as a court on counsel being responsive. . . . You keep saying the problem is that a state officer is told to do something. That's not a matter of preemption. . . . I would think the proper thing to do is to concede that this is a point where you don't have an argument."
"With respect, I do believe we have an argument," said Kneedler, who asserts that the Arizona law is unconstitutional and threatens civil liberties by subjecting lawful immigrants to "interrogation and police surveillance.''
Today, throttle the Democrats.ReplyDelete
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this weekend promised to force the Senate to vote on an immigration bill, the Dream Act, in a lame-duck session of Congress next month.ReplyDelete
Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat who is in a desperate battle to keep his Senate seat, told Univision's "Al Punto," a Sunday political talk show, that he has the right as majority leader to decide what legislation reaches the floor, and said he is "a believer in needing to do something" on immigration.
The slaughter of the Libs. Day one.ReplyDelete
It's gonna make for some great TV, tonight. Maybe I'll pop a few beers, and watch MSNBC. :)
Of course, you got Palin, and Fat-ass Rove at the same table on Fox News. The sissy will probably have a case of the vapors or somethin.
I wish she'd reach over and grab a handful of that pudgy butt, and say, "Hey Karl Baby, how's it hangin?"
I know the nerd-turd would faint, dead away.
I'v been listening to a little discussion of these cases on the Midnight Truckers, to which I've become addicted. They're all going to the Supreme Court, where of course we have Kagan, who, when she was dean of Harvard Law, dropped the requirement to study constitutional law, putting in it's place a study of international law.ReplyDelete
It's all just outrageous.
I'm going down to vote at 8am, at the old Union Hall.
Easier to vote if you're an illegal alien than if you're in the military.ReplyDelete
They will appoint Me Chief Justice before Obumfuck wins a case in front of Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, and Kennedy.ReplyDelete
Not after he embarrassed them in front of the country at the State of the Union address.
You'd make a great chief justice, guvnor.ReplyDelete
You are right, Rufus, and you can bet they have kept score, the Justices, that is.ReplyDelete
The Rangers got their collective asses handed to them.ReplyDelete