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Mexican Leader Claims that Drug Lord El Chapo Had Same Powers as a President

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) recently revealed that drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán held the power of a president up until his capture.

The Independent reported that AMLO praised his administration’s efforts to expose public officials who were connected to El Chapo’s notorious Sinaloa cartel.

“There was a time when Guzman Loera was as powerful, or had the influence, that the president had at that time,” AMLO told an audience in the southern city of Palenque. “That made it hard to punish those who had committed crimes. That is now history.”

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These comments came a month after the arrest of Genaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican official in charge of public security matters, who was charged in the United States with receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel. Garcia Luna was politically active when El Chapo was the head of the Sinaloa cartel.

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AMLO’s administration has not investigated former President Felipe Calderon, who was also leader when Garcia Luna was on the Sinaloa cartel payroll. Calderon was accused of accepting a $100 million bribe from the drug lord himself during the 2019 US trial of El Chapo.

AMLO’s “abrazos no balazos” – hugs not bullets – strategy to fighting cartels has yielded dismal results so far into his presidency.

This was most apparent when the Mexican government failed to capture El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzmán. After being arrested, hundreds of cartel gunmen freed Ovidio Guzmán in the Mexican city of Culiacan, while government forces could do nothing to stop these gunmen.

The Mexican president admitted that his government still has work to do in matters of public security. However, he is proud of his anti-corruption efforts.

“We are purifying public life so there is moral authority,” he declared.

Last year, Guzmán received a life sentence in prison without parole and then transferred to a high max-security in Colorado after receiving a conviction in a US court for smuggling large amounts of drugs to the United States during his multiple decades of drug trafficking.

The violence taking place in Mexico has reached almost warlike proportions.

No longer just violent incidents involving conventional firearms, there many instances of cartels using heavy fire power to get the better of government security forces.

Taking this context into account, America must desperately address its border wall situation and get its immigration house in order.

Having a porous border will transport Mexico’s political dysfunction to our towns and cities.

This is one crisis that can be avoided through rational border security policies.

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Biden’s Open Border Policies are a Magnet for Incoming Central American Caravans

The mother of all caravans is coming

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Some things are simply too predictable.  According to Ben Wildon of SaraCarter.com, a new migrant caravan from Central America is quickly forming, and it’s heading northward to the U.S.

Incoming President Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies have become a magnet for migrants who desire entering the U.S. illegally. They know very well that Biden will not drop the hammer when they illegally enter the country. Up to 9,000 migrants have apparently been making their way to the U.S. At least 1,000 of those migrants illegally entered Guatemala on January 15, 2021, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The pro-mass migration group Pueblo Sin Fronteras was ecstatic about the new caravan and urged the incoming Biden administration to welcome them with open arms in a statement that it released recently.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement said.

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In addition, the group stated, ”We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

Additionally, the group called for immigration reform (amnesty) by scrapping laws that make migrants stay in Mexico as their asylum requests are processed.

“A new United States Government is an opportunity to work with the Mexican Government to develop a cooperation plan with Central America to address the causes of migration, together with civil society organizations, as well as an opportunity to increase regional cooperation regarding the persons in need of protection, and to dismantle illegal and inhuman programs such as Remain in Mexico, the United States’ Asylum Cooperation Agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the Title 42 expulsions by the United States authorities,” Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated.

According to a Fox News report, Biden has vowed to provide citizenship to illegal aliens and do away with a number of Trump era policies such as the enforcement of the public charge rule, the temporary immigration moratorium during the Wuhan virus pandemic, and several restrictions to the H1-B visa system that kept legal immigration in check. Additionally, Bden wants to implement a moratorium on ICE deportations.

Curiously, Susan Rice, a Biden administration policy advisor revealed that the U.S. would not be fully opening the borders to migrants right off the bat.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told the Spanish news site EFE. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

These caravans will only grow larger as time goes by. The Biden administration’s weak border policies serve as a magnet for migrants. Border security is a pillar of any coherent political jurisdiction. Failure to secure a border, will inevitably lead to political chaos.

If Republicans are serious about getting back into power, they should unapologetically push for strong border policies, zero tolerance on illegal immigration, and a legal immigration moratorium.

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