Mexico: Release US Marine Immediately or Should Face Political Consequences, Including an “Immigration Tax”

Mexico wants to play tough guy with the United States over the unlawful detaining of former U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi. I’ve been watching Spanish-language news on this matter and it is clear they want to make political points on immigration and other issues. It is going to politically backfire. Mexico wants a lot from the …

Immigration Reform???

There will be no immigration reform this year. There. I posted it. I can imagine the shock coming from both the left and the right. Every election year cycle the cry for immigration reform goes out. The cry for immigration reform is the beginning of a political kabuki theatre. There is anticipated hope and then …

Immigration Reform Political Engine is on Fumes

The Gang of Eight immigration reform opener was second term political payback to loyal Democratic Party constituencies that had been clamoring for it for some time. The timing followed a fairly typical political script that had been used by other administrations. From the start, I never thought any reform would pass. Pro-amnesty advocates were being a …

South of the Border Win

The good guys won a big one this week south of the US-Mexico border. Mexican (and I’ll add US) authorities have captured a notorious thug, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, Z-40) — a leader of the Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas. Thanks in great part to groups such as the Zetas, there are likely more …

Six Americans Killed in Mexico this November; Washington Tone Deaf

Our NAFTA and long-time partner is struggling to contain an insurgency that threatens to redo the political and economic landscape of Mexico for decades to come.  A few days ago Texas Governor suggested that every option be put on the table to deal with this problem, including the military because we have the “same situation …

Around Town …

Earlier this month, the Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued new guidance on Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS), i.e., hawala, hundi, fei ch’ien, or phoe kuan, among others. While an Iranian opposition group claims to have a exposed a secret nuclear facility in Iran,  the U.S. Government seeks the extradition of a …

Congresswoman Myrick: Hezbollah on the Southern Border?

Based only on publicly available information, the answer to the headline question should be, very likely.  To that end, Representative Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina) yesterday released a video regarding new information about Hezbollah operating in Mexico and along the Southern US border. Earlier this summer Myrick also released a video about the letter she sent …