(USA) NHC REPORT: The first tropical depression has formed in the North Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico ahead of the start of what forecasters are already predicting to be a busy 2021 storm season #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – May.11: While hurricane season officially starts June 1, the National Hurricane Center issued its first special tropical weather outlook Sunday for Tropical Depression One-E giving it a 70% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next two days.

NHC REPORT: Tropical Depression One forms ahead of start of hurricane season: “ Environmental conditions are conducive for further development,” the agency said. “By Monday, environmental conditions are expected to become less favorable as the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward away from Mexico.”


NHC REPORT:

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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705 PM PDT Special Tropical Weather Outlook: The area of disturbed weather southwest of Mexico has become better organized since this morning and now has a 70% chance of becoming a short-lived tropical depression or tropical storm over the next few days.https://t.co/PGa1xgfkFvpic.twitter.com/VoDVSz6t3I— NHC Eastern Pacific (@NHC_Pacific) May 8, 2021

A system is considered a tropical storm when maximum sustained winds reach 39 mph. A storm is classified as a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph.

Forecasters believe there could be as many as 17 named storms for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. It would be the sixth consecutive “above normal” season. Last year, the first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed May 17. The 2020 season had 30 named storms including 13 hurricanes.

>> 2021 Hurricane Season: Experts project ‘above normal’ activity could generate 17 named storms

The formation falls during hurricane preparedness week. For those who might be impacted by the severe storms, it is a time to go over evacuation routes, make a plan in case of a hurricane and ensure supplies are up to date.

It is fairly typical for outlooks to be issued before the official start of hurricane season. Last year, the agency issued 36 tropical weather outlooks before June 1, WTSP reported. This year, the agency decided to start issuing its routine tropical weather outlooks starting May 15.

Hurricane season is June 1 to Nov. 30.

#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: May.11: 2021:

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(MEXICO) JUST IN: Suspected criminals in have used drones to drop explosives on police, injuring two officers on Tuesday in Michoacan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: In August, two rigged drones were found in the car of suspected CJNG members:

Mexico cartel used explosive drones to attack police: ‘Officials think the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is behind Tuesday’s attack in the western state of Michoacán’ The drones are thought to be the latest weapons in a deadly war between the drugs cartel and the security forces and vigilantes opposed to them.

20 hours ago

Road to Aguililla being cleared of debris by the security forces
Roads leading to the city of Aguililla had been blocked by the drugs cartel

New weapon in a deadly fight

Not much detail has been released about Tuesday’s attack but local media said two drones had been used.

It is believed they were rigged in a similar way to the two drones that were found in the car boot of suspected cartel members. 

The drones seized last year had containers taped to them which had been filled with plastic explosives and ball bearings. Experts said they had been set up to be detonated remotely and could have inflicted deadly damage.

The officers injured on Tuesday had been deployed to clear roads leading to the city of Aguililla, in Michoacán, which had been blocked by the cartel to impede the access of the security forces. 

Michoacan State Security DepartmentMembers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel want to control the region, which is where their leader was born

Over the past weeks, hundreds of residents have been fleeing the city in fear as the CJNG and a rival group calling itself United Cartels (Cárteles Unidos), fight for control of the city.

Earlier this month, eight mutilated bodies were found in the area after a particularly deadly fight between the two groups of powerful drug cartels

Aguililla is the birthplace of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho”. 

“El Mencho” is one of Mexico’s most wanted men and the US Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a $10m (£7.2m) reward for information leading to his capture. 

His cartel is one of the most powerful in the country and has been behind some of the deadliest attacks on Mexican security forces, such as a 2015 ambush in Jalisco which left 15 officers dead.

It has spread from his original power base in the state of Jalisco to have an almost nationwide presence. 

Security officials say it was also behind the brazen assassination attempt on Mexico City’s police chief, Omar García Harfuch, last June.

The cartel is believed to have further stepped up its attacks on the security forces in retaliation for the extradition to the United States of El Mencho’s son, Rubén Oseguera González, known as “Menchito” (Little Mencho), on drug trafficking charges and this could become Mexico’s bloodiest year on record

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.22: 2021;

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(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: Mexico has placed more security forces on its southern border as part of its efforts to stem the growing number of migrants from Central America crossing the country and reaching the United States, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.13: Mexico is maintaining a 10,000-troop deployment at its southern border, she said. That number is higher than Mexico had previously announced:

Mexico Has 10,000 Troops in South To Stem Migration, White House Says……….Reuters reported in March that Mexico had launched enforcement operations for rounding up immigrants transiting illegally toward the U.S. border, and stepped up its efforts along its border with Guatemala.

By Reuters Staff

The operations include members of the National Guard, a militarized police force, along with soldiers and members of the navy and immigration officials. Mexico said on March 22 that it had 8,815 members of the National Guard on its northern and southern borders.

The beefed-up deployment to Mexico’s southern border has resulted in twice as many daily migrant interdictions, Psaki said. A Mexican National Guard member deployed to the area said the force’s daily arrest rate had doubled in recent weeks.

In January, just before U.S. President Joe Biden took office, Guatemala deployed security forces to halt a U.S.-bound caravan of migrants, and Guatemalan government officials have vowed to keep up the pressure. Honduras also deployed forces in response to a small U.S.-bound migrant caravan over Easter.

Earlier, White House aide Tyler Moran said the Biden administration secured agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to put more troops on their own borders. Moran appeared to have been referring to the March deployments.

The Guatemalan defense ministry said it did not have information on the matter. The Mexican and Honduran governments did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick; Additional reporting by Laura Gottesdiener and Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City, Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa and Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Howard Goller

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.13: 2021:

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) ICE/ERO REPORT: Removes convicted ‘Rapist’ from United States to Mexico for public safety #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers removed a convicted rapist and public safety threat, with multiple sexual assault convictions in Oregon, from the United States to Mexico, Tuesday:

ICE removes convicted rapist from US to Mexico: ‘Juan Cortez-Magdaleno, 53, is a Mexican citizen who was granted legal status in the United States in 1991. On Nov. 10, 2004, Cortez-Magdaleno, came to the attention of ERO officers following convictions for two counts of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree, for which he was sentenced to 405 months in prison. ERO officers lodged an immigration detainer with the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) the same day’

ICE lodges immigration detainers on individuals, like Cortez-Magdaleno, who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being removable, so that ICE can take custody of that person when he or she is released from local custody.

“The immigration detainer allows ICE to take custody of individuals who are deemed public safety threats, like Cortez-Magdaleno, versus releasing them to the streets where they could potentially prey on additional children, said ICE’s acting Seattle Field Office Director Michael Melendez.”

On March 1, 2021, the Oregon DOC transferred Cortez-Magdaleno to ICE custody and on March 31, an immigration judge ordered Cortez-Magdaleno removed to Mexico.

On April 6, Cortez-Magdaleno was removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations charter flight and transferred to the custody of Mexican authorities.

ICE is now implementing the interim civil immigration enforcement priorities directed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to focus its limited resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. ICE continues to carry out its duty to enforce the laws of the United States in accordance with the Department’s national security and public safety mission.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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(TEXAS) CBP REPORT: Border crossing entry into the U.S has its problems with illegals trying to get into the country as U.S Issue new guidance today over changes to DACA rules for immigrants #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement announcing that DHS will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to preserve and fortify DACA: “

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on DACA: We are taking action to preserve and fortify DACA. This is in keeping with the President’s memorandum. It is an important step, but only the passage of legislation can give full protection and a path to citizenship to the Dreamers who know the U.S. as their home.”

Last Published Date: March 26, 2021

Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents recently encountered four large groups of illegal aliens: ‘70 Unaccompanied Children Encountered by Border Patrol Near the Rio Grande with 6-more stranded aliens three of them infants and a 9yr-old-child dies trying to cross from Mexico into Texas’

On Wednesday, RGV agents working near the Rio Grande, encountered two large groups of illegal aliens shortly after they made entry into the United States. Agents working near La Grulla, Texas, encountered the first group of 120 individuals early in the morning. The group consisted of 46 family members and 14 unaccompanied alien children (UACs).  Hours later in Hidalgo Texas, agents encountered a second group of 134 people, consisting of 37 family members and 32 UACs.  Seven of the UACs in this group were under the age of 12.

This morning, McAllen Border Patrol agents working near La Joya, Texas, encountered two more groups totaling 148 people. These groups also consisted of mainly family members and UACs. Border Patrol agents continue seeing an increase in UAC encounters along the border. This fiscal year, RGV has seen a 114% increase in UAC apprehensions compared to the same time frame last year.

McAllen UH-60 Crew Rescues Six Stranded Aliens, Three of Them Infants

EDINBURG, Texas – A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the McAllen Air and Marine Branch of Air and Marine Operations (AMO) rescued six illegal aliens that were stuck on a remote peninsula after illegally entering the United States. 

Yesterday, a McAllen Air Branch based UH60 crew spotted a group of six illegal aliens, three infants and three adults, in distress in a Resaca near McAllen, Texas. Due to no access roads, and the apparent fatigue of the group, the crew elected to find the safest landing area and move to a low hover and deploy an AMO Aviation Enforcement Agent and two Office of Field Operations Special Response Team personnel.

The agents and officers used a crash axe to widen a landing zone, which allowed the crew to make a one-wheel landing. The deployed personnel assisted the migrants to the Black Hawk, and they were safely flown to the levee and handed over to US Border Patrol agents.

9-Year-Old Child Dies Trying To Cross Border Into Texas From Mexico, Officials Say

March 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

EAGLE PASS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 9-year-old child died while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas from Mexico, federal officials said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that patrol agents responded to three individuals who were unresponsive on an island on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande on March 20 near Eagle Pass.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

~CBP~U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Northland returned home to Portsmouth from a patrol in support of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: The Northland crew embarked an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aviation detachment for the patrol to assist in spotting vessels and targets of interest before launching the cutter small boats:

Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol: ‘During the patrol, the crew of the Northland conducted daily law enforcement boardings and patrolled the waters for any illegal fishing boats or gear to ensure fair, safe, and sustainable practices’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/23/2021 09:26 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol

Northland sunrise

Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

Prior to beginning patrol, the Northland crew underwent a training availability to test their ability to respond to a variety of shipboard scenarios, such as engine room fires and defense operations. Immediately following the inspection, the Northland crew sailed to Pensacola, Florida, where they successfully completed a biennial evaluation of shipboard helicopter operations.

Upon leaving Pensacola, the cutter patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line, between the United States and Mexico. Once on scene, the crew began fisheries enforcement, deterring illegal fishing and ensuring compliance with federal laws. 

Constant surveillance led to the interdiction of one vessel illegally fishing in U.S. waters and the retrieval of miles of fishing gear intentionally left behind by foreign fishermen. The Northland’s presence and enforcement of laws ensured the safety, fairness, and longevity of fisheries throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

“I continue to be impressed with the drive and adaptability that the crew demonstrates on a daily basis,” said Cmdr. Patricia Bennett, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Northland. “I am thankful for the crew’s desire for mission excellence, and also grateful for the Northland being afforded the opportunity to conduct domestic fisheries operations. It is a mission that helps ensure the safety of fishermen and helps sustain a natural marine resource with global implications. Halting illegal fishing through the combination of effective policy and enforcement actions is the best way to prevent the detrimental impact to coastal communities, nations reliant upon seafood as a primary source of protein, and the entire oceanic ecosystem.”

The Northland is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter that routinely deploys in support of counter-drug, alien migrant interdiction, fisheries, search and rescue and homeland security missions.

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#HurricaneRosa intensified into a major storm in the Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and little change in strength was expected overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: On the Pacific side, Powerful hurricane ‘Rosa’ may threaten #Phoenix and the desert southwest with strong winds and very heavy rain early next week. #Rosa #tropics #khou11 #houston #weather #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/ddMasZXeYd— david paul (@DavidPaulKHOU) September 27, 2018: Ace Newsroom Live https://ift.tt/2OkA6rU #AceNewsDesk reports

Rosa, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, was about 605 miles (975 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west at almost 9 mph (15 kph).

It is the seventh category 4 hurricane of the season.

“Little significant change in strength is forecast overnight, with some slow weakening anticipated by Saturday, and a larger decrease in wind speed expected early next week,” the NHC said in its advisory.

Swells generated by Rosa are forecast to affect parts of the coastlines of southwestern Mexico, the southern Baja California Peninsula, and southern California later this week and over the weekend.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the Miami-based center said.

However, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, the NHC said.

#Mexico Weather Alert: Tropical Storm #Rosa could become a major hurricane on Thursday Sept 27. Swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of SW Mexico and southern #BajaCalifornia. Swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. http://ow.ly/BZKN30lZlG8 pic.twitter.com/7UhTjSbBme

Reuters: https://t.me/reuters_news/57307 Published: September.28:2018: Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler and Darren Schuettler

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#Mexico Security Alert: On Sept 25, the State AG for Guerrero announced an operation with Mexican armed forces, federal police, state police in #Acapulco: The armed forces have taken over law enforcement for the municipality until further notice – @AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: On September 25, the State Attorney General for Guerrero announced a joint operation with the Mexican armed forces, federal police, and state police in Acapulco. The armed forces have disarmed the municipal police and have taken over law enforcement responsibilities for the municipality until further notice #AceNewsDesk reports

Location: Acapulco, Mexico

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens not to travel to Guerrero state due to crime. Read the entire Mexico Travel Advisory here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/mexico-travel-advisory.html.

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#Mexico Security Alert: On Sept 25, the State AG for Guerrero announced an operation with Mexican armed forces, federal police, state police in #Acapulco. The armed forces have taken over law enforcement for the municipality until further notice. http://ow.ly/Pb9Y30lYjgc pic.twitter.com/siA4oiVjFn

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TUSCON: ‘ Immigrant in church for past will not leave as she fears deportation to Mexico ‘

#AceNewsReport – TUSCON:Aug.08: Rosa Robles Loreto could leave the small, Tucson church where she has spent the past year. But there is no guarantee she won’t be sent back to Mexico, her native country.

That’s enough to convince her to stay put, seeing her family only when they visit the church and missing her sons’ baseball games and first day at school.

She isn’t alone. Two other immigrants living in the U.S. illegally remain in churches to avoid deportation, all women who are afraid of going to their home country for different reasons. They are like many immigrants left behind by immigration reforms.

Robles Loreto’s case is unique in that her entire family is living in the U.S. illegally. In other cases, her attorney says, the government has granted leniency to immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens as part of President Barack Obama’s policy to try to keep families together.

Robles Loreto says she is not leaving Southside Presbyterian Church until she has certainty that she will not be deported. Her case began five years ago when she was pulled over for a traffic infraction and turned over to immigration authorities. She began living at the church on Aug. 7, 2014.

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MEXICO: ‘ SOLDIERS KILL FIFTEEN PEOPLE IN AN ABANDONED WAREHOUSE AFTER THEY SURRENDER ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 22 – Soldiers killed as many as 15 people after they surrendered in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, according to a National Human Rights Commission report.

Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stains cover a wall above papers marking where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at the rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army’s and prosecutors’ versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico.
Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP
FILE – In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stains cover a wall above papers marking where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at the rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army’s and prosecutors’ versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico.

The document gave the most gruesome version yet of what happened in the June 30 mass killing of 22 alleged gang members, AP said.

The military said all died in a fierce gun battle after soldiers came under fire in the town of San Pedro Limon.

Commission President Raul Plascencia called on prosecutors to investigate “the cover up.”

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#ANS2014

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MEXICO: ‘ AUTHORITIES ARRESTS DRUG GANG LEADER ACCUSED OF COLLUDING WITH CORRUPT POLICE’

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – October 18 – Mexican authorities announced the arrest of the “maximum leader” of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.

Mexico arrests drug cartel leader Sidronio Casarrubias in connection with missing students case

Mexico arrests drug cartel leader Sidronio Casarrubias in connection with missing students case

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the arrest of Guerreros Unidos kingpin Sidronio Casarrubias would open a “new line of investigation that can quickly and more easily get us closer to the truth” in the case.

The announcement came hours after thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco to demand the safe return of the 43 young men, who went missing in the southern state of Guerrero three weeks ago.

Tomas Zeron, director of investigations in the prosecutor’s office, said the “maximum leader” of the Guerrero-based gang was arrested Thursday at a police checkpoint on a highway between Mexico City and the nearby city of Toluca.

The announcement came three days after authorities said another Guerreros Unidos leader, Benjamin Mondragon, killed himself when federal police surrounded him in the central state of Morelos.

Authorities say the gang worked hand-in-hand with corrupt municipal officers in a night of violence in the city of Iguala on September 26 that left six people dead and the 43 aspiring teachers missing.

Iguala’s officers shot at the students’ buses and then handed them to their counterparts in the neighboring town of Cocula, who delivered the 43 young men to the Guerreros Unidos, according to authorities.

Casarrubias denied ordering the attack on the students but was informed when it happened and did nothing to stop it, Murillo Karam said.

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MEXICO: ‘ Teachers & Students Burn State Capitol Building Over Police Corruption ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 14 – Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police.

The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves may contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday.

As an investigation is under-way, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos – an infamous drug cartel.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.

View of the Municipal Palace in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state after students set it on fire on October 13, 2014.(AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)

View of the Municipal Palace in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state after students set it on fire on October 13, 2014.(AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)

The building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, was seen from a distance, engulfed in flames.

According to local authorities, the crowds included hundreds of students and teachers from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, who blockaded the building and used sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack it.

They initially tried to get into the state congress, but police in riot gear repelled the crowd.

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#ANS2014

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MEXICO: ‘ GOVERNOR SAYS SOME OF THE BODIES RECOVERED FROM MASS GRAVES ARE NOT ALL MISSING STUDENTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 12 – Some of the bodies recovered from the mass grave in Mexico are not those of 43 missing students, Angel Aguirre, the governor of violence-racked Guerrero state, said.

He also did not say how many bodies were identified.

“I can say that some of the bodies, according to the work of forensics experts, do not correspond to the youths from Ayotzinapa, he said.

The grave was found at the beginning of October on the outskirts of Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students went missing on September 27 after a protest in support of the rights of rural teachers.

#ANS2014

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NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:

ENERGY: 

Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”

ECONOMIC: 

Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”

SECURITY: 

Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.

IMMIGRATION: 

Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.

CHAIRED BY: 

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.

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MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave Contained 28 Bodies but Immediate Identification not Possible due to State of Remains ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO (Iguala) – October 06 – A clandestine grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city where police clashed with student protesters a week ago contained 28 bodies but the remains are too damaged for immediate identification, state officials said AP reported.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the 43 college students reported missing after the violent confrontation in Iguala, located about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

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MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave May Contain 43 Students Missing After Recent Clashes With Local Police ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – October 05  – A mass-grave has been unearthed in in southern Mexico by security forces investigating the role of local police in clashes with students, raising fears the pits might hold 43 students missing since the confrontations.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco did not say Saturday night how many bodies were in six burial pits uncovered on a hillside on the outskirts of the southern town of Iguala, and he declined to speculate about whether the dead were the missing students.

The students were protesting against what they claimed are discriminatory hiring practices for teachers that favour urban students over rural ones.

“It would be irresponsible” to jump to conclusions before tests to identify the bodies, Blanco said. Officials said the federal Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission had sent teams of experts to aid state authorities in identifying the remains.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said the victims had been “savagely slaughtered.”

About 100 soldiers, marines and federal and state police cordoned off the area where the grave site was found in the poor Pueblo Viejo district of Iguala, which is about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

“The Mexican state cannot permit such an outrageous incident to go unpunished,” said Mexican Federal Chief of Investigations Tomas Zeron.

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MEXICO: ‘ Three Mexican Soldiers Accused of Murdering 22 Suspected Gang-Members ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 01 – Three Mexican soldiers have been accused of murdering 22 suspected gang members, Reuters cited the country’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo as saying on Tuesday.

Murillo stated that the three soldiers in question entered a warehouse, where the suspects were hiding, and opened fire with “no justification whatsoever,” The Canadian Press reported.

The soldiers were detained among the group of eight troops over the June 30 killing in the town of Tlatlaya in the State of Mexico.

The state borders with Guerrero and Michoacan States, which are known for their gang violence.

The accusation challenges the army’s interpretation that the suspects died in a shoot-out.

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' Drug Cartels Steal Billions of Dollars in Oil '

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – September 25 – Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry AP reported.

But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars’ worth of oil from pipelines.

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‘ Drug Cartels Steal Oil From Petroleos Mexicanos ‘

Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated.

So far this year, thieves across Mexico have drilled 2,481 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, up more than one-third from the same period of 2013.

Pemex estimates it’s lost some 7.5 million barrels worth $1.15 billion.

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MEXICO: ‘ More Than 2,000 People Evacuated As Hurricane Norbert Arrives ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – September 07 – More than 2,000 people were evacuated and a fishing village of 7,000 residents suffered severe flooding, as Hurricane Norbert came close to Mexico’s Pacific coast on Saturday, according to officials cited by AFP.

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With winds of up to 185 km/h (115 miles per hour), the storm increased to a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the US National Weather Service.

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It has, however, been moving away from the west coast of the Baja California peninsula.

It’s expected that the storm will weaken in the next 24 hours.

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‘ Federal and State Police Raid Home in Zamora and Rescue 458 Children Suffering Sexual Abuse ‘

#AceWorldNews MEXICO CITY (Michoacan) – July 16 – Federal and state police officers raided a group home Tuesday in the western state of Michoacan and rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will in filthy conditions, Mexico‘s top prosecutor said (AP)

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Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said police also rescued 138 adults from the Great Family group home in the city of Zamora.

The group home residents were kept in deplorable conditions, fed rotten food and made to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas and many of them were never allowed to leave the premises, Murillo Karam said at a news conference attended by top federal investigators and Michoacan Gov. Salvador Jara.

“I’m in utter dismay because we weren’t expecting the conditions we found at the group home,” Jara said.

Police detained the home’s owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight workers for questioning, Murillo Karam said.

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