Category: Breaking News

Mexico’s president cancels White House visit after Trump hits cartels

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled his planned visit to the U.S. where he was expected to meet with President Donald J. Trump. The cancellation comes after Mexico’s government denounced Trump’s new border security measures aimed at interfering with the cash flow of the very Mexican cartels believed to have financed the current Mexican president’s campaign.

On Thursday morning, Peña Nieto took to Twitter to announce that his staff had notified the White House that he would not be going to the scheduled meetings with Trump.

On Wednesday, Trump signed two executive orders dealing with enforcing current immigration laws and the construction of a border wall. Trump specifically called out Mexican cartels in the executive order. In response to the anti-cartel measures, Peña Nieto took to social media, as Breitbart Texas reported.

In addition to denouncing the measure, Peña Nieto announced that he would be ordering the 50 Mexican Consulates in the U.S. to step up their efforts to protect “migrants”. The Mexican president made no mention of the fact that the migrants are one of the largest funding mechanisms for the cartels who reportedly helped him gain his office.

In response to Peña Nieto’s announcement, Trump responded on Twitter that it would be better to cancel the meeting. According to Trump, the U.S.- Mexico relation has been one sided with the current $60 billion trade deficit with Mexico in connection with the current North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mexican President Peña Nieto has been the subject of immaculate investigative reporting in his own country, though his reported ties to Mexican cartels received little attention from the U.S. during the presidency of Barack Obama.

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Mexico arrested the son of a shadowy Sinaloa cartel boss ‘El Azul’

(BUSINESS INSIDER) — The Mexican government announced the arrest of Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon, aka El Negro, on January 19 in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state.

Monzon is reportedly the son of Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, aka El Azul, perhaps the most reclusive and shadowy of the top three figures in the powerful Sinaloa cartel, alongside Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, the latter of whom was recently extradited to the US.

Mexican National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said the anti-drug squad of the country’s federal-police force captured Monzon, 45, and that he “is likely responsible for coordinating a drug distribution network” and “is also likely responsible for administering financial resources of a criminal organization.”

Monzon is also suspected of investing the those financial resources in purchasing property in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Querétero, where he is also suspected of involvement in criminal activities, according to Proceso.

Sales also said that Monzon was accused of generating violence in the border cities of Mexicali and Tijuana, the latter of which is ground zero for an ongoing clash between the Sinaloa cartel and the ascendant Jalisco New Generation cartel.

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Donald Trump: Wall construction will start ‘as soon as we can physically do it’

(BREITBART) — by Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump vowed to start his “big beautiful” wall on the Southern border of the United States immediately during an interview with ABC News anchor David Muir.

When asked for the construction date, Trump said that he would begin the project “as soon as we can physically do it” and confirmed that planning would start “immediately.” He predicted, however, that the actual construction process might take a few months to begin.

The president will travel this afternoon to the Department of Homeland Security to sign several executive orders that deal with border security.

Trump confirmed that ultimately Mexico would pay for the wall, but that the government would get the project started.

He also dismissed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for insisting that his country would not pay for the wall.

“I think he has to say that,” Trump replied, vowing that future negotiations with Mexico would ensure payment from the country.

But he suggested that the wall would be good for Mexico too.

“What I am doing will be good for the United States; it’s also going to be good for Mexico,” Trump said. “We want to have a very stable, solid Mexico.”

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Retiring border chief calls Trump’s wall a waste of time, money

(ABC NEWS) — Donald Trump’s most consistent campaign promise — to build a wall on the United States’ southern border to keep immigrants out — will be a waste of time and money, the head of the Customs and Border Protection agency told ABC News in a final warning just days before leaving office.

“I think that anyone who’s been familiar with the southwest border and the terrain … kind of recognizes that building a wall along the entire southwest border is probably not going to work,” Gil Kerlikowske, the commissioner of the CBP under President Barack Obama since 2014, said shortly before leaving office last Friday.

Over the course of the race to the White House, Trump’s wall idea became more than a simple policy proposal.

Repeatedly featuring in Trump’s speeches and the chants of his supporters, the idea of the wall in many ways came to capture the zeitgeist of his campaign.

And it’s an idea that persisted through the race and afterward, even as other proposals were altered or dropped.

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Mexican cartel stockpiling grenade launchers at Texas border

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — The Mexican cartel known as Los Zetas has been stockpiling Soviet-era rocket propelled grenades, body armor, assault rifles, and ammunition in this border city.

The discovery was made after a special state police unit designed to clash head-on with cartels, gathered intelligence about a business being used to stockpile weapons, information provided to Breitbart Texas by Coahuila authorities revealed.

Following their investigation and after receiving an anonymous tip about a truck with gunmen arriving at the business, investigators obtained a search warrant and had members of Fuerza Coahuila raid a local junkyard in the Buena Vista neighborhood of the city. Because of the high-risk operation, federal police officers and the military arrived to the house to provide backup.

Authorities were not able to locate the gunmen but found five, Soviet-era rocket-propelled grenades, a launcher, 15 tactical vests with bulletproof metal plates, assault rifles, various loaded ammunition magazines, 19 marijuana bundles, and an SUV without license plates.

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‘El Chapo’ Guzman extradited to US

(MEXICO NEWS DAILY) — “El Chapo” Guzman, one of Mexico’s most famous drug lords, is on his way to face criminal charges in the United States, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs has announced.

Joaquín Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was removed from his cell at a federal prison in Ciudad Juárez this afternoon in preparation for extradition to the U.S.

A statement released by the Foreign Affairs Secretariat said a court decided today to reject a request for an amparo, or legal protection, against extradition.

“. . . today, the government of the republic handed over Mr. Guzmán to the authorities of the Unites States of America,” the statement said.

The newspaper Milenio reported that the former cartel boss had been transferred from Cefereso No. 9 in Juárez to that city’s international airport to be flown to the U.S.

CNN reported that it had been told by a U.S. official that Mexican authorities had planned to hand Guzmán over before tomorrow’s inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.

Government officials said last fall they expected the hand-over to take place early this year. January marks the first anniversary of Guzman’s capture in Sinaloa, six months after a spectacular escape through a 1.5-kilometer tunnel from the Altiplano federal prison in the State of México.

He had been in custody since February 14 when he was arrested in Mazatlán.

In the U.S. he will face charges of money laundering, drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder.

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Videos reveal raging cartel violence in Mexico’s Cancun

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz

For the second day in a row, the once peaceful Mexican beach resort city of Cancun has become the scene of raging cartel violence.

A series of simultaneous attacks at both the headquarters of the Quintana Roo State Prosecutors Office and the Police Communications Building (C-4) spread terror among the citizens of the resort city. The attack was carried out by cartel gunmen on motorcycles who fired semi-automatic rifles and threw grenades at the buildings and into the streets.

One video taken by citizen journalists provides audio of the large scale gun battle as cartel gunmen and military forces clashed in the city streets.

Another video revealed moments of panic as individuals inside the state prosecutors office sought cover from the raging gun battle outside. In the video, individuals can be heard yelling orders to “stay down” as gunfire can be heard in the background.

A leaked surveillance video obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed the moment that a woman narrowly missed being the victim of a grenade attack. The video shows a woman walking down a city street as she misses an exploding grenade by inches.

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Terrorists, cartels plan border attack for inauguration

(WND) — Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico are planning attacks against U.S.-Mexico border ports around Inauguration Day, according to a report by the Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Jihadist and cartel groups reportedly attacked near the site of a new U.S. Consulate last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which is located directly across the border from Laredo, Texas. The attacks are part of an effort to send incoming President Donald Trump a message about who is in control, the report states.

A deadly shootout took place last week at the construction site of a new $155 million U.S. Consulate building, which is scheduled to be completed in September.

“The Mexican military responded to the attack, law enforcement sources on both sides of the border confirm insisting that their identities be kept confidential for security reasons, and at least three soldiers were either killed or critically wounded in the ambush,” Judicial Watch reported Jan. 12. “A local newspaper in Tamaulipas reported that 13 people died during a shootout in Nuevo Laredo, referring to the deceased as heavily armed ‘delinquents’ with an arsenal that includes 12 automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, grenade, loads of ammunition and drugs in three vehicles, one of them armored. The deceased have not been identified and Mexican authorities will continue to investigate, the article states, attributing the information to a press release issued by Mexico’s Defense Secretary.”

Judicial Watch’s law enforcement and intelligence sources said the recent assault is part of a joint effort of Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico.

“Cartels usually don’t work with jihadists for fear of having the border shut down,” a veteran federal law enforcement official reportedly told Judicial Watch. “But Trump is causing so much disruption in Mexico that they are partnering to send a message as to who is in control. This is as outrageous as a small group of guys crashing planes into U.S. buildings.”

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Mexican cartel murders top security official, 3 more in border city

(BREITBART) — NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas — Members of the Los Zetas cartel ambushed and murdered one of the highest ranking security officials in Tamaulipas. The gunmen also murdered three other law enforcement officials who were with him at the time of the executions.

The Tamaulipas government confirmed to Breitbart Texas the murder of Ricardo Martinez Chavez, the regional head of the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office. The other three victims included a department head, a state prosecutor and a special agent with the Tamaulipas AG’s office. A female officer was also injured in the attack but is recovering at a local hospital.

Details of the attack remain sketchy, but authorities confirmed that the vehicles that the law enforcement officials had been traveling in were ambushed by the gunmen who fired indiscriminately before fleeing. Nuevo Laredo is one of the strongholds of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of the Los Zetas cartel, a criminal organization that has made a name for being one of Mexico’s most sadistic groups.

Martinez Chavez and his staff had joined Tamaulipas law enforcement in October after a new governor was sworn who had been publicly calling out corruption in Mexico and trying to clean law enforcement institutions. The top law enforcement officials had been working in the targeting of Mexican cartel leaders who are responsible for most of the violence in the area.

Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, the new governor of Tamaulipas, has been shaking up the structure of law enforcement in his state in an effort to root out corrupt cops who during previous administrations had been working hand in hand with Mexican drug cartels. Most recently Cabeza de Vaca fired Willy Zuniga Castillo as head of the state’s anti-kidnapping unit and replaced him with Alejandro Lopez Reyes, a highly respected security consultant who has worked with the United Nations in the past. The governor also named Luis Carranza Figon, a top scholar as the head of the Tamaulipas Security System.

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Trump pushes Congress to quickly fund wall

(BREITBART) — Deputies for President-elect Donald Trump are pressing Hill Republicans to appropriate funds by April for a quick start to the construction of a border wall, according to CNN.

The quick spending for the wall would be legally authorized by a long-standing 2006 law, which allows the federal government to build 700 miles of double-layer fencing on the border.

“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border,” GOP Rep. Luke Messer told CNN.

But the Hill appropriations would break a promise, CNN says:

The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border.

In fact, Trump did not claim he would force Mexico to pay the initial costs of the wall, which likely will reduce the huge financial and civic costs imposed by illegal immigration on American communities.

Trump’s demand for quick funding from Congress may help the administration overcome back-room opposition from Democratic and GOP legislators who may try to slow and delay Trump’s border enforcement priorities.

So far, senior GOP leaders have promised they will support Trump’s demand for border security, but they have resisted growing public pressure — and his campaign promise — to reduce legal immigration and companies’ use of guest-workers.

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