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Monday, June 10, 2019

Who Do You Believe - Trump Or the New York Times .....Or, Who Do You Love...? - UPDATE|EDIT 06/11: More Trump Lies So What's New? And More Videos Including A LMFAO One of Donald Trump But It's At The Very End

Just for the time being, it is all smiles from the Morena-AMLO Camp as millions of people on both sides of the border breathed a deep gasping sigh of relief with the news that the Trump threats to impose trade tariffs on Mexico failed. Presidente AMLO is being viewed as the hero of the hour, with a knock 'em out appearance here in Tijuana where tens of thousands of Mexican Nationals swooned and cheered him on for standing up to Trump and saving the dignity of Mexico. Despite the fact that many are viewing the "deal" as  capitulation to Trump's racist standards and Mexico being a willing partner to building Trump's Wall on her southern Border, as The Guardian reported,“[AMLO] doesn’t pay a political price for repressing migrants. And he may gain something of a bonus here and there,” said Federico Estévez, political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. “They fundamentally do not enjoy support in Mexico.” 

But wait hold on to your horses: according to The New York Times, there wasn't a "deal" - the "deal" had already been made months ago; apparently there was plenty of previous knuckling under to the Orange Madman:

 - From The New York Times:

 Mexico Agreed To Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal
 by, Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman - 06/08/19


"WASHINGTON — The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.

Friday’s joint declaration says Mexico agreed to the “deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.” But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said.

The centerpiece of Mr. Trump’s deal was an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed. But that arrangement was reached in December in a pair of painstakingly negotiated diplomatic notes that the two countries exchanged. Ms. Nielsen announced the Migrant Protection Protocols during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee five days before Christmas.

And over the past week, negotiators failed to persuade Mexico to accept a “safe third country” treaty that would have given the United States the legal ability to reject asylum seekers if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.

Mr. Trump hailed the agreement anyway on Saturday, writing on Twitter: “Everyone very excited about the new deal with Mexico!” He thanked the president of Mexico for “working so long and hard” on a plan to reduce the surge of migration into the United States.

It was unclear whether Mr. Trump believed that the agreement truly represented new and broader concessions, or whether the president understood the limits of the deal but accepted it as a face-saving way to escape from the political and economic consequences of imposing tariffs on Mexico, which he began threatening less than two weeks ago.

Having threatened Mexico with an escalating series of tariffs — starting at 5 percent and growing to 25 percent — the president faced enormous criticism from global leaders, business executives, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and members of his own staff that he risked disrupting a critical marketplace.

After nine days of uncertainty, Mr. Trump backed down and accepted Mexico’s promises.

Officials involved with talks said they began in earnest last Sunday, when Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, met over dinner with Mexico’s foreign minister. One senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door negotiations that took place over several days, insisted that the Mexicans agreed to move faster and more aggressively to deter migrants than they ever have before.

Their promise to deploy up to 6,000 national guard troops was larger than their previous pledge. And the Mexican agreement to accelerate the Migrant Protection Protocols could help reduce what Mr. Trump calls “catch and release” of migrants in the United States by giving the country a greater ability to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico.

 

But there remains deep skepticism among some American officials — and even Mr. Trump himself — about whether the Mexicans have agreed to do enough, whether they will follow through on their promises, and whether, even if they do, that will reduce the flow of migrants at the southwestern border.

 

In addition, the Migrant Protection Protocols already face legal challenges by immigrant rights groups who say they violate the migrants’ right to lawyers. A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing the plan, but an appeals court later said it could move forward while the legal challenge proceeds.

 

During a phone call Friday evening when he was briefed on the agreement, Mr. Trump quizzed his lawyers, diplomats and immigration officials about whether they thought the deal would work. His aides said yes, but admitted that they were also realistic that the surge of immigration might continue.

 

“We’ll see if it works,” the president told them, approving the deal before sending out his tweet announcing it.

 

On Saturday, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, said the government looked forward to reducing illegal immigration and making the border “strong and secure” by working with Mexico to fulfill the agreement.

 

Mr. Trump’s decision to use trade as a bludgeon against Mexico was driven in part by his obsession with stopping what he falsely calls an invasion of the country and in part by a desire to satisfy his core supporters, many of who have grown angry at his inability to build his promised border wall.

 

Many of his top advisers, including those who oversee his political and economic agendas, were opposed to the tariff threat. But the president’s ire is regularly stoked by the daily reports he receives on how many migrants have crossed the border in the previous 24 hours.

 

Mr. Trump’s top immigration officials had repeatedly warned the president that results from their work to curb the flow of migrants might not be evident until July, and urged patience.

 

But that effort became more difficult in May, when the numbers spiked to the highest levels of his presidency. During the week of May 24, 5,800 migrants — the highest ever for one day — crossed on a single day. That was quickly followed by a group of 1,036 migrants who were caught on surveillance cameras crossing the border en masse.

 

Mr. Trump later tweeted out the video, and the tariff threat soon followed.

 

Throughout the week’s negotiations, officials on both sides worried about what Mr. Trump would be willing to accept in exchange for pulling back on his tariff threat. That question hung over the talks, which were led one day by Vice President Mike Pence and included Mr. Pompeo and Mr. McAleenan.

 

Mexican officials opened the negotiations with the offer to deploy their new national guard troops against migrants, using a PowerPoint presentation to show their American counterparts that doing so would be a breakthrough in their ability to stop migrants from flowing north through Mexico, often in buses.

In fact, Mexican officials had already made the same promise months earlier when Ms Nielsen met in Miami with Ms. Sanchez and aides to Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican foreign minister. The purpose of the meeting, according to people familiar with it, was to press the Mexicans to act faster.

Ms. Sanchez also told Ms. Nielsen that the Mexican government’s new national guard, which had been created just a month earlier to combat drugs and crime, would be redirected to the border with Guatemala, the entry point for most of the Central American migrants.

At the time, Ms. Nielsen and the other American negotiators referred to the Mexican promise as the “third border” plan because the Mexicans proposed creating a line of troops around the southern part of their country to keep migrants from moving north.

Mexicans had begun to follow the plan, but not quickly enough for the Trump administration, which said that only about 1,000 Mexican national guard troops were in place by May.

Friday’s agreement with Mexico states that the two countries “will immediately expand” the Migrant Protection Protocols across the entire southern border. To date, migrants have been returned at only three of the busiest ports of entry.

But officials familiar with the program said Saturday that the arrangement struck by the two countries last December always envisioned that it would expand along the entire border. What kept that from happening, they said, was the commitment of resources by both countries.

In the United States, migrants must see immigration judges before they can be sent to wait in Mexico, and a shortage of judges slowed the process. The Mexican government also dragged its feet on providing the shelter, health care, job benefits and basic care that would allow the United States to send the migrants over.


The new deal reiterates that Mexico will provide the “jobs, health care and education” needed to allow the program to expand. But the speed with which the United States can send more migrants to wait in Mexico will still depend on how quickly the government follows through on that promise.


Perhaps the clearest indication that both sides recognize that the deal might prove insufficient is contained in a section of Friday’s agreement titled “Further Action.”

One official familiar with the negotiations said the section was intended to be a serious warning to the Mexican government that Mr. Trump would be paying close attention to the daily reports he received about the number of migrants crossing the border. The official said that if the numbers failed to change — quickly — the president’s anger would bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

“The tariff threat is not gone,” the official said. “It’s suspended.”


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Thank You, New York Times.  Since that report, Trump has blasted the NYTimes as "fake news"....but wait, there's even more...check it out:

 - From The New York Times:

by, Peter Baker - 06/09/19 

 "WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted on Sunday that there were secret, undisclosed elements to his new immigration agreement with Mexico as he sought to deflect criticism that he achieved less than he had claimed with his threat to impose punitive tariffs.

Mr. Trump insisted that Mexico had agreed to take significant actions to stem the flow of migrants at the border with the United States that it had not previously taken and that some of them had yet to be revealed. But he vowed to revive his plan to place tariffs on imports if Mexico does not follow through.

“We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Importantly, some things not mentioned in yesterday press release, one in particular, were agreed upon. That will be announced at the appropriate time.”

Mr. Trump’s tweets came as he assailed The New York Times over a report that the deal that he announced with such fanfare on Friday night consisted largely of actions that Mexico had previously agreed to take in prior discussions. “Another false report in the Failing @nytimes,” Mr. Trump wrote.

The Times issued a statement standing by its article. “We are confident in our reporting, and as with so many other occasions, our stories stand up over time and the president’s denials of them do not,” the statement said.

The idea that the agreement included secret provisions could once again roil relations between the two countries, which have been fraught since Mr. Trump took office. Angry that the number of apprehensions at the border has soared to the highest level in 13 years, Mr. Trump threatened at the end of May to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports starting on Monday and escalating up to 25 percent. He called off the tariffs on Friday night after securing the agreement by Mexico to do more to stop the flow.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico was already under pressure at home not to cave in to what critics called the bullying tactics of a bombastic American leader. As it was, some critics were accusing him of building Mr. Trump’s border wall but on Mexico’s own southern border with its own troops. The suggestion that Mr. López Obrador made additional concessions that have not been disclosed could increase domestic pressure on his government.

Mr. Trump did not elaborate on what secret provisions he was referring to, and the White House did not respond to requests for clarification on Sunday. He may have been hinting at a “safe third country” treaty that the administration has long sought but failed to secure with Mexico.

Under such a treaty, migrants entering Mexico would have to apply for asylum there. The United States would then have the legal ability to reject asylum seekers who tried to enter the country if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.

But officials from both countries said the two sides reached no commitment on such a treaty, and they said the provisions that were included in the deal were essentially reaffirmations of actions Mexico had already agreed to in previous discussions. American officials argued privately that the value of the agreement may be greater dedication by Mexico to actually follow through on such commitments to avoid another threat of tariffs by Mr. Trump.

Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, said the agreement did advance Mexico’s commitment to fighting border crossings beyond previous discussions, citing in particular a promise to deploy a newly formed national guard to its own southern border as well as elsewhere in the country.

“All of it is new,” Mr. McAleenan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I mean, we’ve heard commitments before from Mexico to do more on their southern border. The last time they deployed down there is about four or five hundred officers. This is more than a tenfold commitment to increase their security in Chiapas. That’s where people are entering from Guatemala and southern Mexico.”

Mr. McAleenan did not explain Mr. Trump’s tweets except to say that the two countries would continue to talk about what they could do to combat illegal immigration. “There are going to be further actions, further dialogue with Mexico in immigration, on how to manage the asylum flow in the region,” he said.

While critics questioned the value of the deal after Mr. Trump called off the new tariffs, Mr. McAleenan said the threat made a difference. “People can disagree with the tactics,” he said. “Mexico came to the table with real proposals.”

But the two sides offered divergent descriptions of what would count as success. Mr. McAleenan said Mexico’s actions had to result in “a vast reduction in those numbers” of people crossing the border, which reached a 13-year high in May. But Mexico’s ambassador said the goal was to have the numbers “go down like to previous levels that we had maybe last year or in 2018.”

Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui said Mexico had already been deploying its national guard but would increase it starting on Monday. She described the agreement as less concrete and more of a start to a more precise accord.


“It’s a joint declaration of principles, which is the base that gives us the base for the road map that we have to follow in the incoming months on immigration and cooperation on asylum issues and development in Central America,” she said on “Face the Nation” on CBS.




She suggested there could be elements that had yet to be publicly disclosed. “I think there are a lot of the details that we discussed during the negotiations and during the conversations that we didn’t put in the declaration because this is different — different paths that we are to follow,” she said.

The president’s opposition said Mr. Trump had little credibility in claiming a great victory. “In February, @realDonaldTrump declared a bogus emergency to build a wall he said will ‘solve’ immigration,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, wrote on Twitter. “Then he made a bogus tariff threat even GOP in Congress rejected Now he claims a bogus ‘deal’ Mexico volunteered to do months ago Common thread? All bogus.”


In his own tweets on Sunday, Mr. Trump threatened to turn to tariffs again if Mexico did not live up to the agreement and reduce the flow of migrants at the border. He also attacked The Times and CNN for their reporting on the agreement. “The Failing @nytimes, & ratings challenged @CNN, will do anything possible to see our Country fail!” he wrote. “They are truly The Enemy of the People!”
In its statement, The Times responded that “calling the press the enemy is undemocratic and dangerous.”

Undaunted, Mr. Trump repeated his claim in another tweet on Sunday evening: “The Failing @nytimes story on Mexico and Illegal Immigration through our Southern Border has now been proven shockingly false and untrue, bad reporting, and the paper is embarrassed by it. The only problem is that they knew it was Fake News before it went out. Corrupt Media!”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied stories in The Times that were later confirmed as true. Just last week, he assailed The Times and CNN for reporting that he called Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, “nasty” despite a recording where he was clearly heard using the word.

 Last year, he posted on Twitter a distorted version of a meeting he had with A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The Times.

Most notably, he tried to get his White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, to draft a memo falsely denying a Times report that the president had told him to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, according to the report by Mr. Mueller.

Follow Peter Baker on Twitter: @peterbakernyt.


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Thank You uno mas tiempo New York Times.  So, last night I asked Mike, "Who do you believe, Trump or the New York Times? "  He answered: "Anyone who believes Trump is a fucking idiot." It is fair to say and being the nasty woman that I am, we're going with the Times. (;

 - Update/Edit 06/11:  More Trump Lies - so what's new?  Oh, guess what no secret Immigration Deal Exists ! No special BS Agriculture deal exists !!

- From MSN/The New York Times

No Secret Immigration Deal Exists With U.S., Mexico's Foreign Minister Says 
by, Micheal D. Shear and Maggie Haberman

" WASHINGTON — The Mexican foreign minister said Monday that no secret immigration deal existed between his country and the United States, directly contradicting President Trump’s claim on Twitter that a “fully signed and documented” agreement would soon be revealed.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s top diplomat, said at a news conference in Mexico City that there was an understanding that both sides would evaluate the flow of migrants in the coming months. If the number of migrants crossing the United States border is not significantly reduced, he said, both sides have agreed to renew discussions about more aggressive changes to regional asylum rules that could have a bigger effect.

“Let’s have a deadline to see if what we have works, and if not, then we will sit down and look at the measures you propose and those that we propose,” Mr. Ebrard said, describing the understanding reached by negotiators last week.

The public statement served as an official response to several days of tweeting by Mr. Trump, who has reacted angrily to the suggestion that he withdrew his threat of tariffs on all Mexican goods in exchange for a weak deal on immigration.

Mr. Trump has insisted that the agreement reached with Mexico on Friday evening is a strong one, rejecting criticism that it largely called upon the Mexicans to take actions to reduce the flow of immigration that they had already agreed to months earlier.

In a Twitter post on Monday morning, he said, “We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body!”

American officials said Monday that what Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to was the agreement in principle to revisit the migration situation, and they said it gave the United States strong leverage over Mexico to live up to its promises. The numbers will be reviewed in 45 days and again in 90 days, officials said.

The “U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration” that Mr. Trump announced with fanfare on Friday did include a mention of possible “further action.” It said the two countries agreed to “continue their discussions on the terms of additional understandings to address irregular migrant flows and asylum issues, to be completed and announced within 90 days, if necessary.”

One idea that Washington has proposed for years is a “safe third country” arrangement in which migrants who flee persecution in Central American countries would first have to apply for asylum in Mexico. Those who do not could be turned away if they seek refuge in the United States. Mexico has long opposed the idea.

 But there appeared to be a significant disagreement on Monday between the Mexican government and American officials about what the negotiators actually agreed to regarding further action and the possibility of implementing a “safe third country” arrangement.

Administration officials characterized the Mexicans as having all but agreed to asylum changes that would effectively mimic the benefits of “safe third country” as long as it was done regionally, including countries like Guatemala.

Mr. Trump did not specifically mention the idea, but said Monday that “we have an agreement on something they will announce very soon. It’s all done.”

But that was not the understanding described by Mr. Ebrard at his Monday news conference. He told reporters only that Mexican officials would discuss changing asylum rules if the flow of migrants was not substantially reduced in the next several months.

“They will propose safe third country,” Mr. Ebrard said, describing what he expects would be the United States position in any future discussions. “We said it will have to be with the U.N.H.C.R., it will have to be regional,” he said, referring to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Mr. Ebrard said Mexico preferred a regional asylum agreement that would review the flow of migrants across Mexico and Central America, with a number of countries, including Panama and Brazil.

But Mr. Ebrard said any agreement on the asylum changes would have to be negotiated and then approved by the Mexican Senate before it could go into effect. He said the agreement announced Friday effectively delayed that discussion, giving Mexico time to prove to Mr. Trump that it would help reduce the flow of immigration that has so infuriated him since the beginning of his presidency.

Mr. Ebrard also denied that there was an agreement reached on Mexico purchasing additional agricultural goods from the United States, rejecting a claim Mr. Trump made twice on Twitter.

The deal Mr. Trump announced on Friday included two main provisions that he said would slash the number of immigrants flowing into the United States.

One of those was a promise by the Mexicans to deploy their newly constituted national guard to the border with Guatemala. Mexico had agreed to do that in March, but officials said the Mexican government agreed to send more troops more quickly last week.

The other provision in Friday’s agreement was an expansion of a plan to allow the United States to force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal case proceeds. The declaration said that “this means that those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico, where they may await the adjudication of their asylum claims.”

A person close to Mr. Trump said Monday that the new agreement was broader than a deal called the Migrant Protection Protocols, which the United States reached with Mexico in December, arguing that the older deal was merely a pilot program at three ports of entry.

But that is not the way Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary at the time, described that deal when she announced it at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec. 20.

“Today, I am announcing historic measures to bring the situation under control,” Ms. Nielsen said, telling lawmakers that under the agreement, the United States had the authority to send asylum seekers to Mexico to wait while their cases are processed.

“I cannot overstate the significance of these developments. We are taking lawful, unilateral action to stop illegal entry now,” Ms. Nielsen said at the hearing. “Our two countries have committed to a major regional plan to solve this crisis.”

In a four-page “ACTION” memo to her top deputies on Jan. 25, Ms. Nielsen directed the Border Patrol and other agencies to implement the agreement. She did not describe it as a pilot program and made no mention of any limitations on where asylum seekers could be made to wait in Mexico.

[Read Kirstjen Nielsen’s January memo.]

That same month, Mexican officials said publicly that they had agreed to begin taking some asylum seekers at the Tijuana crossing from the United States, leaving it ambiguous about how quickly the program would expand to other parts of the border.

The program’s speed soon became a source of tension between the two countries, with American officials demanding to move more quickly and the Mexican government arguing that it was not ready for such an acceleration. 

A federal judge in the United States briefly made the disagreement moot when he suspended the program after it briefly went into effect. But after an appeals court reversed that order at the beginning of May, the United States began quickly forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. 

There are about 10,000 migrants waiting in Mexico for their asylum cases to be processed. But with 144,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally or without documentation in May alone, the program has been overwhelmed.

In a brief news conference on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that the new agreement with Mexico was more substantial than the one Ms. Nielsen negotiated. 

“The scale, the effort, the commitment here is very different from what we were able to achieve back in December,” Mr. Pompeo told reporters. “It’s a fundamentally different commitment about doing this across the entire border at scale.”

Asked about whether there were any other agreements with Mexico that had not been revealed, Mr. Pompeo said: “There were a number of commitments made. I can’t go into them in detail here.”

Michael D. Shear reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York. Edward Wong contributed reporting from Washington, and Elisabeth Malkin and Kirk Semple from Mexico City.
 
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Finally stay tuned to The Intercept's coverage of.....

The War On Immigrants

Of course...

Democracy Now !


 ~ Added bonus to the Update/Edit, more videos !  So one of my neighbors told me he had a really cool video of Bo Diddley and one of Trump which should put a smile on your face I hope... won't be back for a few days.....let's face it, if I blogged all the Trump lies I would be down here forever and really not have a life, so I'll probably miss some (I mean a lot) but will return with the local drug war events as promised.

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Bonus Videos From One Of My Neighbors ! ~~~~~ LMFAO !!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Trump Threatens Mexico - Complete Letter In English Of AMLO's Response To The Orange Madman - Zeta Reports M ay Ends With 194 Executions In Tijuana



Didn't he do this before to both Mexico and Canada - but with steel & aluminum then reneged?  I think this is typical Trump bullshit strongman tactics and an attempted diversion from the ongoing congressional investigations of the Unredacted Mueller Report and the mounting pressure to begin impeachment proceedings. I do not think Trump will be successful, but I might be wrong.

Howdy everyone out there, I have been working and working around here sanding, priming, repairing Paris damage, everything and I'm exhausted but need to get this stuff done before the weather gets hot.We also have been clearing out everything swooping down and showing no  mercy. We'll see about the painting. As far as the inside walls which are textured and everywhere, it all needs to be shop vaced due to the outrageous amount of dust from two years of messy construction around us. I only have five bulbs to go in the back, the side and front look awful and have been replacing my Heissner Gnomes which were destroyed  during the great Xeriscape Garden Disaster.  You can never have too many gnomes ! Look, here is one I found on ebay for a song - it's an oldie, terracotta, probably early post WWII; he is 9 inches tall...although I can't put him outside because he is too precious:


Here is another, this little guy is 13.5 inches tall - this is the hard plastic, adorable:




This one I love, but he is too expensive, he is 17 inches tall, terra-cotta but her starting bid is like $225.00 dollars so forget that unless I win the lottery:




So, I need a few more, completely gnomed out.  Meanwhile I thought this interview with Ambassador John Feeley made sense:


From PBS: 06/01/19|7m 15s

Will Trump's Mexico tariffs Achieve His Immigration Goals? 


And the response from AMLO:

From Zeta:

Aranceles no convienen a nadie, dice AMLO; "haga lo que se debe hacer," le responde Trump en Twitter 
Por, Carlos Alvarez - 05/31/19

***Wait...excuse me, who the fu*k  does Trump think he is and where does he get off telling AMLO to do what he should do?  What an asshole.***  Here it is, pasted for you:

"President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he is confident that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, will rectify his measure of imposing tariffs on Mexican products, assuring that the action does not suit either of the two countries.
 
"I think President Trump will understand that this is not the way things can be resolved, I think there will be a rectification, if not immediately, there must be, because these measures are not convenient for Mexicans but neither to the Americans, "said the Tabasco-born politician, who also affirmed that US citizens are in favor of free trade among nations, and" we must listen to them. "
 
In his morning conference from the National Palace, the Mexican president elaborated on what was said in the letter sent Thursday night to Trump, and emphasized that the US government will not be answered in a desperate way, so it will be prioritized the dialogue and understanding to reach an agreement.
 
Yesterday, the president of Mexico responded to Trump in a letter asking for a dialogue to seek alternatives to the immigration problem. "Remember that I do not lack courage, that I am no coward or timid but that I act on principle," he wrote.
 
"There are friendly relations with the people of the United States and also economic, cultural relations, more than 3 thousand kilometers of border, 24 million Mexicans live and work in the US, so we are obliged to act with great prudence," said López Obrador. .
 
The Mexican president considered that Mexico is fulfilling its responsibility in immigration policy and assured that it understands that migrants move from their places of origin, in a desperate way, due to lack of opportunity, work and violence.
 
"We have to help so that they do not enter illegally into the United States, but we also have to do it respecting human rights, no authoritarianism, they are human beings [...] In the last hours I have received calls of support from Mexicans of all the sectors, there is a solidarity of the people of Mexico towards our Government, a support as never before, "he said.
 
For his part, Donald Trump said that Mexico has taken advantage of the United States and has made a fortune for decades, in addition to criticizing the Democratic legislators of his country for immigration laws in the United States. "For decades, you can easily solve this problem. It's time to finally do what must be done! "He said in his Twitter social network account.
 
"Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades. Because of the Democrats, our migration laws are bad. Mexico makes a fortune at the expense of the United States, "said Trump, who yesterday announced that he will gradually impose a tariff for all Mexican imports, which would begin with 5 percent on June 10 and could reach 25 percent in October, until the illegal migration to their territory is stopped."

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Just in case you didn't have a chance to read the entire initial AMLO response, here it is in English :

 - From The Mazatlan Post - 05/31/19

This Is the Entire Letter That AMLO Sent To Trump And where He Tells Him That He Is Not Afraid Of Him 


"AMLO sent a letter to the president of the United States in response to the tariffs announced by Donald Trump.

Here the full letter of the President of Mexico to the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

2019 YEAR OF THE CAUDILLO DEL SUR

EMILIANO ZAPATA

PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
MEXICO

Mexico City, May 30, 2019

President Donald Trump:

I am aware of his last position in relation to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I do not want confrontation.

The peoples and nations we represent deserve that, in the face of any conflict in our relations, however serious they may be, we will resort to dialogue and act with prudence and responsibility.

The best president of Mexico, Benito Juárez, maintained excellent relations with the republican hero Abraham Lincoln.

Later, when the oil expropriation, the Democratic president Franklin D. Roosevelt understood the profound reasons that led the patriotic president Lázaro Cárdenas to act in favor of our sovereignty.
By the way, President Roosevelt was a titan of liberties.

Before anyone proclaimed the four fundamental rights of man: the right to freedom of speech; the right to freedom of religion; the right to live free from fear; and the right to live free from misery.

In this thought we put our policy on the immigration issue.

Human beings do not abandon their villages for pleasure but for necessity.

That is why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation for development and helping the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful issue in depth.

You also know that we are fulfilling our responsibility to avoid, as far as possible and without violating human rights, the passage through our country.

It is worth remembering that, in a short time, Mexicans will not need to go to the United States and that migration will be optional, not forced.


This, because we are fighting corruption, the main problem in Mexico as never before! And, in this way, our country will become a power with a social dimension.

Our countrymen will be able to work and be happy where they were born, where their relatives, their customs and their cultures are.

President Trump: social problems are not resolved by taxes or coercive measures.

How to convert the country of fraternity overnight to the world’s migrants in a ghetto, in a closed space, where the right to justice is stigmatized, mistreated, persecuted, expelled and canceled? to those who seek with effort and work to live free from misery?

The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.

With all due respect, although it has the sovereign right to express it, the slogan “United States First” is a fallacy because until the end of time, even over national borders, universal justice and fraternity will prevail.

Specifically, Citizen President: I propose to deepen the dialogue, seek alternatives to fund the migration problem and, please remember that I do not lack courage, I’m not cowardly or timid but I act on principles:



I believe in politics that, among other things, was invented to avoid confrontation and war.
I do not believe in the Law of Talon, in the “tooth for tooth” or in the “eye for an eye” because, if we go to those, we would all be chimuelos or one-eyed.

I believe that statesmen, and even more so those of Nation, are obliged to seek peaceful solutions to controversies and to put into practice, forever, the beautiful ideal of non-violence.

Finally, I propose that you instruct your officials, if you do not mind, to attend representatives of our government, headed by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, who from tomorrow will move to Washington to reach an agreement for the benefit of the two nations.

Nothing by force, everything by reason and Law!

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President of Mexico
National Palace, Plaza de la Constitución s / n, Patio de Honor, 06066 Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
Source: notimex
The Mazatlan Post

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Very Quick and Incomplete Summary Local Events:

 ~ Currently, the peso is climbing back up, wavering between 19 & 20 due to the Maniac Trump which of course is making matters worse for the Mexican people.The stats are no bueno, we are up to 188+ executed in Tijuana the past month of May  with multiple attacks on the authorities, I'll be back with those reports hopefully next week.  Sunday is Election Day down here, so it might be a bit more quiet. Zeta has written an excellent report on the ocean pollution|contamination here and in Rosarito Beach which I will post next time around and you really need to pay attention to this one especially if you are thinking of coming down to go for a dip in the ocean, no visible guerros in RB over Memorial Day Weekend.  We were going to take all this stuff down to the Jornaleros, but it is weird down in Ensenada, more killings, large amounts of dope in all the old familiar places (Punta Banda, La Bocana, San Quintin), so Mike has taken some boxes to the Red Cross, a thousand more to go. Trouble out on the spit again - get this, remember the gringos who bought back their fabulous expensive homes on the spit after the other gringos were kicked out?  They are in trouble now, there is another property dispute, it is deja vu all over again in paradise so they might be history.

UPDATE: Zeta is reporting according to the PGJE that 194 are dead/executed in Tijuana during the last month of May:

 ~ From Zeta:

Cierra Mayo Con 194 Homicidios En Tijuana


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Okay - over and out for now, back to the salt mines: let us hope AMLO sticks to his guns.
 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Zapata Se Queda ? Zeta Updates The Stats of April & May: April:183 Executed in TIJ - As of May 8th: YTD 924 Executed in Baja California And The Violence Is Not Diminishing

Relatives of the real Emiliano Zapata Greet AMLO



Last week when asked at Democracy Now ! how she felt about AMLO's new Presidency, Lila Downs was very kind and tactful and answered, "It is too soon to tell." Meanwhile, Presidente AMLO is getting hit from all sides with criticism, skepticism and doubt.  The most recent reviews, aside from the The Wall St. Journal's scathing portrayal, to long time political opponents, to acclaimed journalists,  to Javier Sicilia's reproach, to Jorge Ramos (who we cherish), to everyone in between including the environmentalists and Zapatistas, are reports from the New York Times.

Here then, pasted for you is Zeta's summary of one of the New York Times reports:

  ~ From Zeta:

 El Nuevo Pais Que AMLO Afirma Construir se Parece Mucho Al Mexico Viejo Que Juro Dejar Atras: NYT
Por, Carlos Alvarez - 05/13/19 

" Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is approaching his first six months in office and the so-called "Fourth Transformation," which he promised after his "overwhelming" electoral victory, has not yet been reflected, The New York Times reported in an extensive interview. reportage, signed by Azam Ahmed and Kirk Semple.
 
"After his vast victory last year, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised a great transformation of the country, in his opinion comparable with the independence of Spain and the Mexican Revolution. But five months after starting his term, the new Mexico he claims to be building is very similar to the old Mexico he swore to leave behind, "the newspaper said.
 
The report of the NYT, entitled: 'AMLO is close to six months of government and Mexico still awaits the fourth transformation', as an example, among many others, the issue of corruption, which López Obrador claims to have eradicated. "However, since taking office he has not announced any significant prosecutions of public officials or other prominent figures on corruption charges," the paper said.
 
"Beyond that, in its first three months, its government awarded more than 70 percent of its contracts directly, without bidding, according to Mexicanos against Corruption and Impunity, a journalism research organization, which symbolizes a strong change in the promise of López Obrador to break with that tradition of Mexican politics. ", abounded the NYT.
 
In terms of security, López Obrador promised to remove the military from the streets, but ended up guaranteeing the Army's role in national security, while homicide rates in Mexico reached their highest levels in more than two decades. indicated the newspaper.
 
Regarding migration, López Obrador began his term of office by welcoming migrants heading north and criticizing the enforcement approach of the previous government. But recently, its management has taken a tougher line and has increased the detention and deportation of people from Central America, and from other countries, who enter Mexico.
 
"Far from counteracting the harsh measures taken by US President Donald Trump along the border, the Mexican president often backs them up, perhaps to avoid a fight with his most important business partner," the Times said.
 
"López Obrador has also alarmed many Mexicans for their threatening statements against the media, including their warnings that reporters should 'behave' or say, 'If you pass by then you know what happens'. An ominous warning in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. At least six journalists have been killed since the current government began. "
 
The New York newspaper recalled, also, that last weekend, "about six thousand protesters" took to the streets to demand the resignation of López Obrador, "frustrated by their polarizing language and distrustful of the policies of their management."
 
However, the NYT said, the Mexican president continues to be very popular in the country, to then receive the most recent survey that places López Obrador's approval rating above 60 percent.
"This is largely due to the fact that it understands the historical distance that existed between the rulers of the nation and its people, and has committed to closing that gap," the US media quoted, and then set an example of the sale of the plane. presidential and the use of commercial flights to move around the country.
 
"He turned the presidential palace into a public cultural center. Cut the highest salaries of public employees and increased the lowest, and said that all public officials are required to declare their assets and possible conflicts of interest. "
 
"These actions reflect their interest in ordinary citizens, a rarity among the leaders of the country whose excesses and indifference have been old traditions of Mexican politics.", The NYT added in its report.
 
In addition to the constitutional reform that classifies corruption, fuel theft and electoral fraud as serious crimes. And as the President's Office told the newspaper, more legislative changes are planned in areas such as labor legislation and education.
 
"López Obrador has also announced a wide range of new programs for the poor, a central promise of his campaign. He has said that if he is successful, his programs could take some twenty million people out of poverty during his six-year term, despite the general questions about how he will pay for all these initiatives. "
 
"The new president also has a majority in both houses of the legislature, which gives him a great advantage. Since the opposition is divided, there are few controls over its power and that gives it a great freedom to fulfill its agenda, but it has also caused critics to worry about their combative attitude, "the Times said.
 
"His political dominance was shown at the beginning of his term when he canceled a $ 13 billion airport project, a decision that cost the nation dearly because the bondholders who backed it were rewarded."
 
The newspaper highlights the morning conferences of López Obrador, through which "he has won many Mexicans with his unusual availability."
 
"From his podium he answers questions about the day's events and talks about everything from infrastructure to baseball. On the contrary, his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto, only held a few press conferences throughout his term. ", Recalled the NYT.
 
"These sessions also show the erratic side of López Obrador: his susceptibilities, his rudeness and his tendency to answer with long and confusing monologues. His many public complaints have made his supporters also attack journalists, which has caused a great deal of confusion in many of them, "said the foreign media."

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Here is the original article, and check out the comments:

 ~ From the New York Times:

A New Revolution? Mexico Still Waiting As Lopez Obrador Nears Half-Year Mark 
By, Azam Ahmed & Kirk Semple - 05/13/19

 
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Also from the New York Times:

Mexico: El Violento Pais Que AMLO No Tiene Baja Control
Por, Jose Luis Pardo Veirus - 05/12/19 

" MEXICO CITY - The exchange on the homicide data held by journalist Jorge Ramos and the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, last month during one of the daily press conferences of the president, led to an important discussion on freedom of expression, but at the cost of overshadowing the underlying theme: Mexico is going through the most violent period of its modern history. Two years ago he broke the record of murders, last year he surpassed it and the projections for this are that the same thing will happen.

López Obrador blamed the strategy of fighting violence with more violence and the legacy of corruption and impunity, but said : "We have controlled the situation, according to our data." It is true that the inheritance is catastrophic: during the last two governments the homicide rate more than doubled. But it is false that the situation is controlled. Around 2,500 people were killed each month in the first four months of their rule. With so little time in power, his statement is also impossible.
 
Lopez Obrador's grandiloquence does not marry well with the violent reality of his country. The prudence of the journalists that the president praised with irony the day after the meeting with Ramos is something he would do well to apply to his own speeches, especially on issues such as homicide. But even more important is that the debate on homicide should focus on the structural nature of violence rather than on statistics.

The murder in Mexico is more complex than the war against drug trafficking , the central axis of their predecessors, or the fight against the huachicoleo -theft of fuel-, one of the initial bets of the López Obrador government. And, although corruption and above all impunity are incentives for murder, they do not explain everything either. There are no magic solutions, not even quick, because violence in Mexico is already part of their being.
 
Sometimes the actions of violence rather than causes are consequences; practices at the service of political and economic interests, legal and illegal. In Mexico, killing has become a cross-cutting solution that serves not only to end the enemy, but to end any present or future annoyance that crosses those powers: fear as a form of social control.
 
The official discourse that only good or bad people who fight a war die is also fallacious. The murder has silenced journalists , activists who oppose mining or megaprojects and, of course, thousands of people who have committed the sin of living in abandoned areas or to which the State only arrives to corrupt or to become an actor criminal more.
 
The homicide is, in addition, only the realization of a constant threat and the expression of something that, in short, is a major phenomenon in the country: violence . The internal displacement -of which there are no figures- is a plausible reality of it. Another is extortion.
 
Saying 'the most violent year in Mexico' means that more than 33,000 people were killed in 2018; also that thousands of threatened people leave their homes with what they have to flee aimlessly; that many others pay a fee to have a business or that they close it because they can not pay; that even the simplest acts such as speaking are subject to the rules of violence and that, in many cases, reporting to the authorities all of the above can also cause death, without knowing very well who has pulled the trigger.

And, although we have an approximate count of the deaths of more than a decade of violence , we still can not measure its consequences. In several states of Mexico, such as Veracruz, clandestine graves continue to appear. The last ones in the La Guapota property: 43 pits and a number of human remains not yet determined . If we do not have accurate accounting, it seems impossible that neither this nor any government has the situation controlled.
 
In the long and vague response that López Obrador gave to Ramos, the president spoke about how part of his strategy is to repair the abandonment of the countryside and the future of young people. He is right, because reducing homicides requires a comprehensive policy, not just security. But we will have to see if this generic discourse becomes concrete public policies. So far the words of López Obrador have not always corresponded to his deeds. It has happened with the shift in the issue of migration and also in security .
 
For example, we still need to know if it occurs and how the announced regulation of marijuana for personal consumption and poppy for the production of medicines. It would not be the solution to the problem of violence, but part of it. It would drive thousands of peasants out of hiding, many young people, who are already engaged in this business in Mexico, the main producer in Latin America of these drugs, and alleviate the overpopulation of the prison system .
 
So far, López Obrador's position has been very similar to combating violence with violence that he criticizes from his predecessors. Against his campaign promises, his star plan is a deepening of the militarist logic that has contributed to bring the country to this situation: the creation of the National Guard .
 
This has been a missed opportunity to create the conditions for a necessary change more adapted to the needs of Mexicans. The military came to the streets twelve years ago under the logic that the police were corrupt to the core. Despite the failure of this strategy, it is impossible to leave overnight, but an institution could be created to prepare the return of security to civil power. To combat an all-encompassing violence, what is needed are good agents to investigate and on whom the community can rely, not large operatives and soldiers who carry out orders.
 
But the gradual demilitarization of public safety added to the regulation of drugs would not be enough either. The violent Mexican reality demands laws to recognize and protect the displaced, an independent justice that investigates the connections between organized and political crime, trained and well-paid policemen that the community can trust and a long-term social package to recover the countryside and young people, the main victims and victimizers of this tragedy. It is logical to think that solving such a structural problem will take longer than the six years of López Obrador's government, but its objective should be to lay the foundations so that one day when a president says "the situation is controlled" there is some truth."
 






 
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 Finally, some updated stats...sorry this took so long:

  ~  Zeta reports the stats from the PGJE; 183 executed en Tijuana:

Cierra Abril Con 183 Ejecutados En Tijuana

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 ~ May started off with separate attacks on the authorities including an armed attack against PEPOs in Sanchez Taboada:

Atacan a Balazos a Agentes de la PEP en la Sanchez Taboada 


Additionally, Municipal Police are attacked by gunmen in colonia San Angel (San Antonio de Los Buenos behind us) - no arrests in either case:

Ahora Agredan a Tiros a Policias Municipales, no se Reportan Lesionados


~ Zeta Reports:


"924 executions in BC during the year"
 
A little more than a week before starting in May, Baja California has 924 people deprived of life in different events. Tijuana leads the list with 745 deaths, followed by Ensenada (60), Rosarito (46), Mexicali (45) and Tecate (28).
 
So far in the fifth month, 50 people swell the statistics of intentional homicides.
 
Here is an account of the events that occurred between Sunday 5 and Thursday 9 May.
 
Sunday 5 A lifeless body burned and covered with blocks and debris, was located in a vacant lot in Leandro Valle. In the General Hospital, Manuel Enrique Salinas Martínez, 36 years old, was killed by a bullet wound two days earlier in Las Delicias. Sandra Luz Oliva Ramírez, 50, was murdered with a knife by her partner, a 53-year-old man, who was assured by the authorities.
 
Monday 6 A 40-year-old stranger was found dead in the Las Torres neighborhood. A calcinated lifeless body was found in the trunk of a sedan vehicle without license plates and no visible serial number, in a vacant lot in the Margarita Morán neighborhood. On Boulevard 2000, at the height of Real de San Francisco, a subject was shot by members of the Municipal Police of Tijuana when, after a persecution and shooting at the agents, he tried to steal a patrol; At the scene of the crime were a gray Chevrolet Equinox and a Chevrolet Tornado, five base bushings 223, ten 9 mm base sockets, a vehicle SSPM P-2891 and a firearm model 09 High Point .
 
In Urbi Villa Prado, a stranger aged around 30 years was found dead with injuries to the neck and abdomen; On the site, expert witnesses located six 40-caliber casings. Ernesto Ruvalcaba Sauceda, 57 years old, was shot dead when he was in the Guaycura subdivision. A rotten corpse with injuries from gunfire was found in Paseos del Vergel. A metallic knife was located in the place where a stranger was murdered in the colony Leandro Valle. In La Morita a man of 40 years was executed; six 9 mm sockets were found scattered in the area.
 
Tuesday 7. In Los Alamos the discovery of the lifeless body of a 45-year-old man wrapped in a black plastic bag was found. On the side of the corpse was a message with the following caption: " ANTONIO MATA PEDRO GUAJICALCO SIGAN CHINGANDO PEOPLE AND SO ARE GOING TO END NOT TO BE POLICE SIT A SENSE ... AS THIS WHIP RATA PR NO KNOWLEDGE HAD.
The bodies of a man and a woman were found dead in Camino Verde; next to the deceased, their perpetrators left a card with the following message: "THIS IS GOING TO PASS TO ALL THE CHAPULINES" PUTOS. In the place, two 40 mm caliber casings were packed.
In the El Encinal neighborhood, a 35-year-old man was shot in the face, head and abdomen. In Montes Olímpicos, five shots ended the life of Cristhian Daniel Flores, 25; according to witnesses, his attacker was dressed in black and fled foot-land. A male between 45 and 50 years old was killed by gunshot wounds to his chest at El Pipila, where experts found nine nine-mm-caliber gun shells. With gunshot wounds to the head, the body of a 45-year-old stranger was found at the entrance of a second-home address in Las Flores.
 
Wednesday 8 On the Vía Rápida Poniente, at the height of the Astor hotel, inside the canalization was located a dead person of approximately 45 years. While at the General Hospital died Antonio López Palafox, 41, after being wounded by a bullet in the thorax in the Ciudad Jardín neighborhood."


 ~  May 13th @ 2:52 pm Zeta Reports we are now at 70 executed en Tijuana:

Ocho Ejecutados en Las Ultimas Horas 

 
An employee of a mechanical workshop was shot dead in front of the business located in the vicinity of the Sanchez Taboada neighborhood, at noon on May 13. With this fact add up to 70 crimes so far in May.

It was around 12:00 hours when it was reported that a person had been shot to death while he was repairing a vehicle on Virgo Street and Sanchez Taboada Avenue.
The man, between 25 and 30 years old, known as "Lupe", was declared lifeless in the place.
 
Yesterday, at around 0620 hours, in a building located on the corner of the Empire Street and the Aztec Empire of the Imperial Valley, the burnt body of a person was located.

 Two hours later another burned body was found on Avenida Internacional in Colonia Libertad.
After a male of 25 years, was found dead wrapped in a blue blanket, in private Oriol 60 of Natura Fractionation.
 
Human remains inside two blue suitcases were found in a dirt section in San Pedro alley in Colonia Libertad.
 
A 45-year-old stranger was murdered in a house used as a "picadero" on Sinaloa street in the Mexico neighborhood.
 
This morning of Monday 13 in a red suitcase, were located the lower extremities of a person on Fermina Rivera Street of colonia del Rio . A card with a legend was left next to the remains.
 
Wrapped in a brown blanket was found between garbage and brush a body without life, in Angostura street in the Villa of Baja California.
 
No arrests so far."


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~ Still, there are even more, so make that 72+ dead in Tijuana this month:

 - Hallan Restos Humanos en Las Delicias 

- Tres Sujetos Intentan Asaltar Transporte de Ruta y Ejecutan a Pasajero 


 
Courtesy Zeta



~ Although no one was actually killed in this attack, it should be mentioned: 

 - 05/09:  Municipal Police have been accused of the harassment of two young PRD Brigadistas after they had been attacked by gunfire in SA de Los Buenos.  The young men  who were the victims of the assault were said to have been manhandled by the policia; one who had been shot in his hand was actually handcuffed.  However, Julian Leyzaola (PRD candidate for Mayor) remarked he would not press charges for an investigation since he simply does not trust the authorities - particularly since they have been ineffective in dealing with the violence/crime which plagues the city. Something to keep in mind if you are thinking of coming down here.

PRD Denuncia Acoso Por La Municipal Tras Ser Baleados Dos de Sus Brigadistas
Por, Uriel Saucedo


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You can keep up with all the latest inclusive of the gringo who was being pursued by Police and rammed into 17 vehicles and ran over 5 to 7 people attempting to flee...we'll be watching this for more details on this one - good pics and video here.  Importantly pre-election fever consumes the region.


 Zeta Tijuana 



  BTW, Frontera has changed their format, Carmen Gutierrez is still reporting from Rosarito Beach, hopefully they will bring back their political cartoons and the entire editorial board, they are missed.

 

I'll be back in a few days with updates on Ensenada where things are not going so good.  Paris is awaiting her "Himalayan Yak" chew bone from Amazon, and I am still going nuts trying to get things done around here, knees are holding out. (;