“Kidnapping in Phoenix attracts immigrants whose American dream is to make it big in the underworld. In Mexico, cartels limit their options. But cartel control is weak in Phoenix. Many resort to kidnappings because ‘for once, they’re the guys with the gun, the one with the power. Phoenix detective Arnulfo Salgado. L.A. Times
Kidnapping for ransom averages about one a day in Phoenix but “police estimate that twice that number go unreported.” And “most every victim and suspect is connected to the drug-smuggling world, usually tracing back to the western Mexican state of Sinaloa…”
“Like construction or restaurant work, kidnapping in Phoenix relies on cheap Mexican laborers. The grunt work, like guarding the victim, is often done by young, unemployed illegal immigrants, desperate for work, who sign on for $50 to $200 a day.
“Certain Phoenix bars,–Senor Lucky’s, Bronco Bar and El Gran Mercado–are known as places where kidnappers recruit, much the way builders go to Home Depot to hire day laborers…”
“Kidnapping for profit has long been a trend in Latin America…where drug cartels began abducting their rivals for ransom…” But now they have moved to attacking business owners.
Phoenix first noticed this type of violence ‘in the human-smuggling trade in 1999 in ‘The O.K. Corral Case.’ A group of armed kidnappers abducted nine illegal immigrants from a stash house in Phoenix and took them to a motel, where they were ordered to turn over names of family from where the kidnappers could demand ransom.
‘Gunfire broke out during negotiations, killing three people, including a 15-year-old hostage, in the crossfire.”
ICE spokesman Vinnie Picard: “These are people with no regard for human life, and they see people as commodities.”
And in Texas, two Mexican American teenagers from Laredo are doing time in prison for a number of assassinations they carried out there as hit men for the Gulf Cartel.
Rosalio Reta and Gabriel Cardona were recruited by the Mexican Zetas, American trained soldiers who joined the cartel and provided the hit men for the U.S. side of the border. They recruited Mexican American teenagers as young as 13 to carry out the assassinations.
In an interview, Reta said, “I thought I was superman. I loved doing it, killing that first person.”
The two Laredo teenagers “received six-month military-style training on a Mexican ranch. Investigators say Cardona and Reta were paid $500 a week as a retainer, to sit and wait for the call to kill. Then they were paid up to $50,000 and 2 kilos of cocaine for carrying out a hit. The teenagers lived in several safe houses around Laredo and drove around town in a $70,000 Mecedes -Benz.” See the CNN video ‘American Teenage Cartel Hitmen.’
On Feb. 26, 2009, the Justice Department announced the arrest of “more than 730 people across the country in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and its infiltration into U.S. cities.” L. A. Times
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee said:
“A battle is building on the border, and U.S. cities are getting caught in the crossfire. Congress must address the violence before more lives are lost.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “the dimensions of what we are breaking up today had nationwide implications here.” (in the U.S.)
Holder later commented on the nature of the threat:
“International drug-trafficking organizations pose a sustained, serious threat. They are national security threats…They are lucrative, they are violent and they are operated with stunning planning and precision.”
The article added that “many of those in the United States were low-level operatives; some were illegal immigrants.”
If the Obama administration understands the gravity of the situation, it should place armed national guardsmen on our border with Mexico to aid the border patrol in intercepting all illegal traffic into the United States, including illegal immigrants, drug runners, cartel members and possible Islamic terrorists. Use the DEA and other agencies to launch a war against the “national security threats” within our borders.
Note to Obama. Tell La Raza, MALDEF and other groups that you have a constitutional duty to secure America’s borders and protect American citizens from invasion and domestic violence.
Read the story of Arizona rancher Roger Barnett, who has captured large groups of illegals on his ranch over the years. See photo above. He’s doing the job our government will not do. He was recently sued by the pro-illegal alien organization MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) for $32 million on behalf of the illegals he caught on March 7, 2004.