The president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed on June 19, 2020 that he personally requested the release of one of the sons of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, following his short capture during a military operation.
The Guardian reported that “Scenes of mayhem during the operation caused López Obrador’s government considerable embarrassment in October as security forces briefly captured Ovidio Guzmán only to let him go hours later as the security forces were overwhelmed by cartel forces.”
During this incident back in October, armed gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel quickly rushed into Culiacán. A siege then popped off as cartel gunmen set up flaming roadblocks and started opening fire in the streets as a means of trying to liberate the drug lord’s Guzmán.
The failed arrest and the resulting chaos raised speculation about the government simply capitulating to drug cartels, and brought up doubts about the president’s plan to revamp Mexico’s public security strategy.
Previously, López Obrador revealed that his security cabinet made the decision to release Ovidio, a decision that he supported to protect residents from the crossfire between cartel henchmen and security forces.
June 19 was the first time the president openly acknowledged that he issued the order himself.
“So as not to put the population at risk … I ordered that this operation be stopped and that this alleged criminal be released,” López Obrador said during a news conference.
López Obrador also noted that a few days after President Donald Trump offered to lay the smack down on the cartel, but Mexico did not accept the American president’s offer.
The U.S. government continues to seek Ovidio’s extradition.
Despite López Obrador’s pledge to craft tighter security policies, Mexico continues to set all-time records when it comes to violence.
In light of this reality of a veritable failed state across our border, the U.S. needs to make border security its #1 priority.
Supreme Court Overturns NY Cuomo’s Coronavirus Restrictions on Houses of Worship
Religious freedom restored.
The US Supreme Court has overturned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, preventing the state from enforcing limits on attendance at religious services.
The decision was reached by a 5-4 ruling on Wednesday night, with recently-confirmed Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett proving to be a decisive vote on overruling the restrictions. Bush administration appointee John Roberts joined progressive judges in voting to allow Cuomo to restrict attendance at religious services.
The ruling justices issued a majority opinion which identified the religious restrictions as a violation of the First Amendment not otherwise applied to “essential” businesses.
Cuomo’s 10 and 25-person occupancy restrictions were decided to “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment,” with justices pointing to a lack of restrictions on other institutions. Catholics of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Orthodox Jews had united in a lawsuit challenging the restrictions, which New York has recently sought to walk back of its own accord. Andrew Cuomo had applied no such restrictions to arbitrary businesses allowed to open, such as acupuncture and nail salons. Meanwhile, religious organizations have been required to turn away worshipers at their doors.
It’s not up to governors to dictate to American citizens whether or not they can attend religious services. Some things are simply best determined by personal conscience, as opposed to governmental mandates.
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