Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn and, eventually, GM corn imports. Under NAFTA, the United States has seen a 400% increase in corn exports to Mexico. Obrador’s policies have begun to favor Mexican producers, particularly small-scale farmers, and to protect consumers alarmed by the rise of chronic diseases associated with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods. GM corn producers and exporters in the US are considering lawsuits against Mexico over the bans. Mexico is only banning GM corn, however, natural corn crops will be allowed to be imported into Mexico. -GEG
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration sent an even stronger aftershock two weeks later, clarifying that the government would also phase out GM corn imports in three years and the ban would include not just corn for human consumption but yellow corn destined primarily for livestock. Under NAFTA, the United States has seen a 400% increase in corn exports to Mexico, the vast majority genetically modified yellow dent corn.
The bold policy moves fulfill a campaign promise by Mexico’s populist president, whose agricultural policies have begun to favor Mexican producers, particularly small-scale farmers, and protect consumers alarmed by the rise of obesity and chronic diseases associated with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods.
In banning glyphosate, the decree cites the precautionary principle and the growing body of scientific research showing the dangers of the chemical, the active ingredient in Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The government had stopped imports of glyphosate since late 2019, citing the World Health Organization’s warning that the chemical is a “probable carcinogen.”
The prohibitions on genetically modified corn, which appear toward the end of the decree, have more profound implications. The immediate ban on permits for cultivation of GM corn formalizes current restrictions, ordered by Mexican courts in 2013 when a citizen lawsuit challenged government permitting of experimental GM corn planting by Monsanto and other multinational seed companies on the grounds of the contamination threat they posed to Mexico’s rich store of native corn varieties. The import ban cites the same environmental threats but goes further, advancing the López Obrador administration’s goals of promoting greater food self-sufficiency in key crops. As the decree states:
“[W]ith the objective of achieving self-sufficiency and food sovereignty, our country must be oriented towards establishing sustainable and culturally adequate agricultural production, through the use of agroecological practices and inputs that are safe for human health, the country’s biocultural diversity and the environment, as well as congruent with the agricultural traditions of Mexico.”
13-Year Old Boy from Oklahoma Shot to Death in Drug Cartel Shootout on Mexican Highway
Oscar Simei López Castillo, 13, an American citizen, died late Saturday when armed men, believed to be drug-cartel members, crashed into their vehicle and opened fire on them in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The highway on which they were traveling was a stretch of road that rival drug gangs are fighting each other to control. Juanita Lopez, Simei’s mother, was driving her two sons to visit family members for a holiday. She and her 10-year old son also were shot multiple times and are in serious condition. -GEG
A 13-year-old boy who lived in Stillwater and attended Westwood Elementary through 2018 was killed Saturday night in what Mexican authorities say appears to have been an ambush by members of a drug cartel.
Oscar Castillo Lopez, 13, was traveling with his 10-year-old brother Neftali, mother Jaunita Castillo Lopez, 41, of Oklahoma City and her uncle Jose Silva Mendoza, of Oklahoma City, as they returned from a holiday trip to visit family in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a city about 427 miles south of the U.S. border.
More family members were following them in a second SUV and the two vehicles were caravanning on a highway that runs parallel with the border and connects Reynosa to Nuevo Laredo.
Multiple media outlets have reported that this highway through the state of Tamaulipas is a dangerous stretch of road because rival drug gangs are fighting for control of it. The attack on the family has been attributed to the Northeast Cartel due to initials written on the window of the abandoned car, but others are said to also be active in the area.
The family was near Neuva Ciudad Guerrero, just across the border from Falcon Heights, Texas, when they were attacked.
Mendoza told Fox 25 in Oklahoma City that he was driving the vehicle carrying his niece and her sons when a vehicle started chasing them.
At least one vehicle collided into their vehicles in an attempt to stop them.
Gunmen blocked the road ahead of them and started shooting, Mendoza said.
“I was praying. Praying, praying, praying,” he said. “I didn’t want to die right then … Bullets were everywhere.”
Oscar Lopez was shot multiple times and died at the scene, according to a report by El Tejano. His mother, brother and uncle were transported to a hospital in Nuevo Leon in stable condition. The family members in the other car were not hurt.
Mexican Cop Arrested In Connection To Massacre Of American Mormon Family that Included Three Women and Six Children
Federal authorities arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of Janos, a small town in the state of Chihuahua, following the massacre near the border on November 4, 2019 of three women and six children from Mormon families who were dual citizens of Mexico and America. Fidel Alejandro Villegas was arrested for his alleged ties to La Linea, part of the Juárez drug cartel that is believed to have ambushed the nine relatives last month. Authorities believe that the Mormons got caught between the warring Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels. Mexican law enforcement has long been criticized for being on the payroll of the drug cartels.
The Mexican government estimates more than 250,000 people have been slain in cartel-related violence since 2006. The homicide rate has climbed to historical levels under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with well over 29,000 homicides in 2019 so far.
In a shocking development in the hunt to locate those responsible for the massacre of nine U.S. citizens at the hands of suspected cartel gunmen, authorities arrested a Mexican police chief.
Federal authorities arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of Janos, a small town in the state of Chihuahua, earlier this week, Mexico’s Public Security Ministry announced Friday. Villegas is suspected of not only being involved in local organized crime, but of also having a hand in the killings that took place in November.
The arrest confirms a longstanding criticism of the country’s law enforcement: that many are on cartels’ payroll.
“It’s common knowledge down here that the police work with the criminals,” Julián LeBarón, a relative of the victims, told The New York Times. “They have a monopoly on security and they get paid a wage for protection, and later we find out that they participate in the murder of women and children,” he continued. “These people take resources to protect us and they are murderers themselves.”
The arrest follows the Nov. 4 murders of a binational Mexican-American Mormon family. While driving through a remote area near the southern border, the family was suddenly gunned down by suspected members of a cartel. The massacre left three women and their six children — two of whom were infants — dead. It’s still not entirely clear why the family was targeted, but authorities suspect they were mistakenly suspected of belonging to a rival cartel.
The incident was just one example of the immense violence taking place in Mexico, particularly in the country’s northern region. The Mexican government estimates more than 250,000 people have been slain in cartel-related violence since 2006 — and the violence appears to be only be escalating. The homicide rate has climbed to historical levels under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with well over 29,000 homicides in 2019 so far, surpassing 2018’s sky-high rate.
Pro-Abortion Mob Attempts to Burn Down Catholic Church In Mexico City and Demands an End to the Country’s Ban on Abortion
A group of masked pro-abortion feminists rioted in the streets of Mexico City and attempted to burn down a Catholic cathedral and a government building on Saturday in protest against the country’s ban against abortion. Mexico City and Oaxaca already do permit abortion. Some of the masked marchers destroyed shelters at bus stops, spray painted slogans on public and private property, and attacked police officers, journalists, and bystanders. The police used a largely female contingent that, for the most part, stood down while the feminists wreaked havoc. -GEG
A pro-abortion feminist mob rioted in the streets and attempted to burn down a Catholic cathedral and a government building on Saturday in Mexico City as part of a protest demanding legalized abortion.
Video showed masked antifa lunatics destroying public property and acting worse than wild animals:
Mexican President Blasts Drug Lord El Chapo’s Life Sentence as ‘Inhumane’
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, 62, was found guilty in February of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and synthetic fentanyl into the US for nearly three decades as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The three-month trial in Colorado detailed grisly killings, a bizarre escape and drugs hidden in jalapeno cans. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, and he was ordered to pay $12.6 billion, the amount he is believed to have earned through his illegal business. The government has been unable to locate his assets. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday blasted Guzman’s life sentence as “inhumane” — echoing comments made by the convicted druglord himself.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday blasted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s life sentence as “inhumane” — echoing comments made by the convicted druglord himself.
“A sentence for life in a hostile jail” would be “hard” and not worth
living, said López Obrador at a morning press conference, according to
He did, however, call Guzman out for his murderous ways and drug-fueled life of crime.
“It’s something very painful,” said López Obrador, adding that had “many victims in mind.”
Mexico and Guatemala Respond to President Trump’s ‘Safe Third-Country’ Policy
President Trump introduced the Safe Third-Country rule that requires migrants traveling to the US through another country to apply for asylum in that country first before being eligible for asylum in the US. Mexico and Guatemala are pushing back against this rule, and Mexico says it will not ratify the treaty without authorization from its congress. Guatemala’s constitutional court blocked its president from signing Trump’s proposal. The ACLU said it will sue the Trump administration as soon as the action goes into effect. -GEG
Democrat Congresswoman Secretly Sent Staff to Mexico to Coach Migrants on How to Exploit System to Avoid Waiting in Mexico
Democrat Representative Veronica Escobar was reported to have secretly sent staff to Mexico to coach as many as 6,000 asylum-seekers on how to exploit loopholes under the “remain in Mexico” policy by telling the migrants to pretend that they can’t speak Spanish or that they have health problems. Under the “remain in Mexico” asylum policy, anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish because they have to live in Mexico for up to 5 years until their claim is decided. Critics claim that Democrats, instead of representing Americans, prioritize illegal aliens to gain their votes.
A Democratic congresswoman is sending staff to Mexico’s northern
border town of Ciudad Juárez to find migrants returned from El Paso,
Texas, under the “remain in Mexico” policy, then coaching them to
pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole letting them to
return to the U.S.
The National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel told the Washington Examiner
aides to Rep. Veronica Escobar, who took over 2020 Democratic
presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s district, and the local Catholic
diocese have interviewed thousands of migrants in Juarez over the past
few weeks to find cases where Department of Homeland Security officials
may have wrongly returned people.
“What we believe is happening is Veronica Escobar’s office
is going … to basically second-guess and obstruct work already done by
the Border Patrol,” said one senior union official, who shared evidence
with the Washington Examiner from concerned CBP managers and rank-and-file members. Those documents have been held to protect identities.
Under the bilateral Migration Protection Protocols, or
“Remain in Mexico” policy, anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish
because they may have to reside in Mexico up to five years until a U.S.
federal judge decides their asylum claim. A Democratic politician’s
aides reescorting people back to the port are telling officers the
Central American individual with them cannot speak Spanish despite their
having communicated in it days earlier, CBP officials said.
“What we’re hearing from management is that they’re
attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a
person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand — where a
person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues,”
the union representative said.
Escobar’s team has sought interviews with 6,000 people who
were returned last month, according to one CBP official. The union
learned from an intelligence unit within CBP that those doing the
interviews are wearing recording devices during the interviews to tape
conversations and possibly listen back later.
“They went through and interviewed everybody, cherry-picked
them, brought them back, and now are using them as tag lines. They’re
going over there and manufacturing a lot of these issues,” said the
All three border officials worried the interviews might be
used to suggest the Border Patrol is wrongfully turning away a large
number of asylum-seekers.
“We had finally found a happy medium ‘cause we always get
crapped on when it comes to immigration laws, and then they’re finding
loopholes to bring them back,” the second official said.
Mark H. Metcalf, a former federal immigration judge during
the George W. Bush administration, said the involvement of Escobar’s
office was likely “more of a stunt than a genuine threat to the
integrity of the process.”
“She’s trying to obviously say these people have been
wrongly denied their claims and they’re waiting when they shouldn’t be,”
However, he said a criminal case would exist if Escobar
were found to be complicit in an effort to perpetrate a fraud, which
would have to include knowingly injecting false statements during
interviews, follow-up conversations, and documents presented to U.S.
A Department of Homeland Security official aware of the
situation said Democrats, nonprofit organizations, and 2020 hopefuls
“are furious that these migrants” are not permitted to “await their
court dates in the U.S., where they have the opportunity to disappear
and slip into the interior never to be seen again.”
“By opposing a system that assists migrants and speeds wait
times, these individuals are exposing a cause that looks more like a
cover story for their political motivations. Any efforts to subvert and
obstruct federal law enforcement operations should receive a full
review,” the Homeland Security official said in a text.
Presidential Candidate, Senator Cory Booker, Travels to Mexico and Walks Previously Deported Illegal Immigrants Across US Border
Senator Booker escorted five women seeking asylum from domestic violence across the Santa Fe bridge from Juárez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas. He brought them back into the US after they were sent back to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) whereby illegal aliens seeking admission to the US from Mexico are returned to Mexico to wait for the duration of their immigration proceedings. Some accused him of breaking the law and many Americans are questioning whom Booker represents.
Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) traveled to Juárez, Mexico Wednesday, where he assisted asylum seekers across the Santa Fe bridge into El Paso, Texas, according to reporters who accompanied Booker.
In a video shared to Twitter this afternoon, Booker is shown holding
up a child and hugging him as he arrived with him in El Paso.
The senator spent 4+ hours speaking w/ the asylum
seekers at the Organización Internacional Para Las Migraciones (OIM) in
Juárez prior to the border crossing. The action comes following the
campaign’s statement to end the border crisis. https://t.co/t3nqwTyyA5pic.twitter.com/t0AllW6d8B
“I’m going to fight for these five folks and do everything I can to
see that they get fairly evaluated,” Booker said after he arrived in El
Paso. “This is a long process that they’re now engaged in and I’m gonna
make sure my office does the right thing…”
“…I’m gonna fight for these five folks and do
everything I can to see that they get fairly evaluated. This is a long
process that they’re now engaged in and I’m gonna make sure my office
does the right thing…” @SenBooker upon arriving across the border pic.twitter.com/PuFbu7p18d
Guatemalan Official Says Mexico Incentivizing Central Americans to Migrate to the US
The Guatemalan Minister of Governance Enrique Degenhart is calling out the Mexican government for its role in enticing Guatemalans and others from Central American countries to leave their homes by offering benefits to them, like work permits and visas, while they migrate north toward the United States.
The Guatemalan Minister of Governance Enrique Degenhart is calling out the Mexican government for its role in the migrant crisis.
me start by saying that our macroeconomic numbers in the country are
very good. We have actually the lowest criminal rates in the country
that we have had in the past 15 or 20 years which means that it’s
probably not a factor of economics or security. What we have identified
and this is part of what we have to work with is the ‘pull factor’ and a
mix of cultural situations that are happening in the country. When I
talk about the pull factor, i’m talking about our neighbor, Mexico –that
unfortunately has been offering different kinds of benefits, admin
benefits like visas and other kinds of work permits and situations that
basically enhance the interests of our Guatemalans on using Mexico as a
route to the U.S.
The U.S.-Mexico border has reached a breaking point, with the number migrants seeking access into America increasing continuously since January.
Mexico Protects Border Following Trump’s Tariff Threat. Immigration Expert Exposes Who Is Driving Mass Migration.
Mexico is deploying its military to its border with Guatemala to stop people from flooding the US border after President Trump threatened to impose a 5% tariff on all Mexican products. Hector Garza, the Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, said that two NGO organizers were arrested in Mexico and are responsible for much of the suffering of migrants because they made false promises to them. Garza also said that the Mexican federal police had actually escorting caravans to the US border.
In April, Mr. Garza wrote that the crisis at the southern border is no accident and he blamed efforts by liberal activists to encourage massive illegal immigration to overwhelm America’s southern border. Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or “People Without Borders,” have worked feverishly behind the scenes to keep the caravans coming, and is linked with the international Quaker movement, historical Democratic Party donors and US government bureaucrats.
by Hector Garza – April 19, 2019
The crisis at the southern border is no accident. It’s the
intentional result of deliberate efforts by liberal activists to
encourage illegal immigration on a massive scale.
Right now, the “mother of all caravans” is reportedly forming in
Central America, with the Mexican government predicting that more than
20,000 people will eventually join the human convoy as it traverses
thousands of miles in the rising springtime temperatures of Mexico on
its way to the U.S. border.
The anticipated mass of illegal immigrants in that caravan will only exacerbate an already-dire situation for our Border Patrol agents, whose resources have already been stretched to the “breaking point” by a surge of border-crossers. More than 100,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in March alone, and at the current pace, at least 1.2 million people will have crossed the border illegally by the end of 2019.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that DHS is treating the situation as a “Cat 5 hurricane disaster.”
Even Barack Obama’s right-hand man on immigration recently labeled the situation as a crisis.
“By anyone’s definition, by any measure, right now we have a crisis
at our southern border,” former Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson said, noting that “there were 4,000 apprehensions
in one day alone this past week.”
While the surge isn’t being fueled exclusively by caravans, a large
proportion of the illegal immigrants now being apprehended at the border
arrive in “family groups” – a designation that Border Patrol agents say
is vulnerable to exploitation by human smugglers pretending to be the
parents of minor children in order to gain faster and easier access to
In just the first five months of fiscal year 2019, at least 70 groups
of 100 or more illegal immigrants have been apprehended, compared to 13
in FY 2018 and just two in FY 2017.
We are also experiencing an epidemic of “asylum” claims because most
of the illegal immigrants now arriving at the border have been coached
to recite specific statements that trigger automatic asylum hearings.
Those hearings are often scheduled for months or even years in the
future, and in the meantime, the claimants are able to roam freely in
The outside assistance that is helping illegal immigrants who arrive
individually or in small groups to navigate loopholes in our immigration
laws, however, is nothing compared to the logistical demands of
organizing thousands of migrants into a single caravan. Every person in a
migrant caravan needs food, water, and other basic necessities for the
duration of a journey that can last weeks or months, and requires them
to endure some of the most inhospitable terrain and climates known to
man. Healthcare, tents, and other provisions also cost money.
Since the migrants themselves are said to be fleeing economic
deprivation in their home countries, the money to keep the caravans
moving must come from somewhere else.
Videos such as the one uncovered last year showing handfuls of cash
being handed out to members of a previous migrant caravan speak for
themselves. But who’s doing the organizing?
The New York Times would have you believe that the mass exodus is
happening organically, suggesting in an October article that word of
mouth turned a group that originally numbered less than 200 migrants
into a full-fledged caravan of more than 4,000 people. While the Times
acknowledged that unnamed “advocacy groups” had sponsored previous
caravans as a way of drawing attention to their cause, it noted that “no
group has claimed responsibility for organizing [that particular]
The Times, however, is only partially correct. While no single group
is in charge of orchestrating the migrant crisis, groups such as Pueblo
Sin Fronteras, or “People Without Borders,” have worked feverishly
behind the scenes to keep the caravans coming – a fact that even The
Washington Post and L.A. Times had to admit.
A separate investigative report revealed that Pueblo Sin Fronteras is
linked with “the international Quaker movement, historical Democratic
Party donors, U.S. government bureaucrats, and perhaps even a senior
In Mexico, police arrested two prominent immigration rights activists Wednesday. Cristóbal Sánchez was arrested by six plainclothes police officers outside his home in Mexico City and driven away in an unmarked car. And in the border town of Sonoyta, Sonora, police detained Irineo Mujica, director of the organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders. In a statement, the group called both arrests illegal and said the activists were targeted by the Mexican government for their humanitarian aid work with asylum seekers. Mujica has worked closely with Scott Warren, a humanitarian aid volunteer with the group No More Deaths in Tucson, Arizona, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing water, clean clothes and beds to two asylum seekers in the Sonoran Desert. On Wednesday, Scott Warren told a jury at his trial his actions were motivated by three intentions: relief of suffering, respect for human dignity, and the right to self-determination.
Mexico Says It Is Holding Back 250K Migrants in Response to Trump’s Tariff Threat
After President Trump threatened to raise tariffs on Mexico if it continues to allow mass migration into the US, Mexico’s top diplomats issued a veiled threat suggesting that without their efforts, 250,000 more Central American migrants could proceed north to the US border. In recent months, Mexican officials have provided buses and security for thousands of migrants moving to the US border with increasing efficiency. US Immigration authorities are expected to apprehend over 1 million migrants crossing the border by the end of 2019.
Mexico’s top diplomats issued a veiled threat to the U.S. government
suggesting that without their efforts, 250,000 more Central American
migrants could proceed north. The statement follows President Donald
Trump’s threat of raising a 5 percent tariff if Mexico does not
strengthen its borders.
On Monday evening, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat posted a statement claiming the country was effectively providing humanitarian visas to Central American migrants and strengthening immigration enforcement operations in southern Mexico.
“Without these important Mexican efforts in immigration matters, the U.S. would receive 250,000 additional migrants, only in 2019,” the prepared statement revealed. The veiled threat was buried at in the middle of a document where Mexican officials claimed to have deported more than 80,000 migrants and arrested 400 suspected smugglers in conjunction with U.S. officials.
Trump Vows to Impose 5% Tariff on All Goods Imported from Mexico – and Increase It Every Month to 25% in October Unless Illegal Migrants Stop Crossing the Border to the US
The border crisis has increased since Trump took office, despite his effort to build a wall. US officials reported that 80,000 people are being held in custody, while 4,500 more migrants enter the US each day. President Trump vowed to impose a 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico, adding an additional 5% each month until it reaches 25%, and then he claims he will only end it when there is a substantial decrease in ‘illegal migrants’ crossing the border into the US. Trump said he was acting under the powers granted to him by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
President Trump announced the five percent tariff on Mexican imports on Thursday via Twiter
The tariffs will start at 5 percent on June 10 before increasing every month unless Mexico takes steps to stop the surge
will remain at 25 percent until ‘Mexico substantially stops the illegal
inflow of aliens’, a statement from the White House said
move was a dramatic escalation of his battle to control a tide of
illegal immigrants that has increased despite his efforts to build a
U.S. officials said 80,000 people are being held in custody with an average of 4,500 arriving daily
President Donald Trump has vowed to impose
a five percent tariff on all goods from Mexico – and claims he will
only end it when ‘illegal migrants’ stop crossing the border into the
In a surprise announcement that
could compromise a major trade deal, Trump tweeted news of the tariff on
Thursday in a bid to pressure Mexico to do more to crack down in the
surge of migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.
tariffs will start at 5 percent on June 10 before jumping to 10 percent
on July 1, 15 percent on August 1, 20 percent on September 1 and go up
to 25 percent on October 1 unless Mexico takes steps to stop the surge.
‘On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,’ he tweeted.
‘The Tariff will gradually increase until
the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied at which time the Tariffs
will be removed.’
In a follow up
statement from the White House, Trump said the tariff’s would
permanently remain at 25 percent until ‘Mexico substantially stops the
illegal inflow of aliens’.
move was a dramatic escalation of his battle to control a tide of
illegal immigrants that has increased despite his efforts to build a
border wall and take other steps.
U.S. officials said 80,000 people are being held in custody with an average of 4,500 arriving daily.
the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions
taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment,
the tariffs will be removed,’ Trump said.
deputy foreign minister for North America, Jesus Seade, said on
Thursday that it would be disastrous if Trump goes through with his
threat to impose the tariffs.
‘It would be extremely serious… If this is put in place, we must respond vigorously,’ Seade said.