The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
“A couple of hundred American cities are infested by members of the Mexican cartels.”
Michael Cutler on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 in an appearance on the “Helen Glover ShowV
Immigration expert says hundreds of U.S. cities have been infiltrated by Mexican cartel members
For years, Southwestern states, particularly Arizona, have been trying
to reduce the porosity of the Mexican-United States border, in part to
control the flow of illegal drugs coming into the country.
Most of us are aware that drugs make their way to our region via Mexico
and that the Mexican cartels are ruthless. But in the Northeast that
threat seems relatively remote.
So we were intrigued when Michael Cutler
made one of his regular appearances on WHJJ’s “Helen Glover Show” and
suggested that the cartels now have a serious presence in hundreds of
Cutler spent 30 years with the former Immigration and Naturalization
Service (most of them as a criminal investigator) and is a fellow with Californians for Population Stabilization, which wants to limit both legal and illegal immigration in that state.
“A couple of hundred American cities are infested by members of the
Mexican cartels, which, by the way, have been responsible for about 35
or 36 thousand people killed in Mexico just since Filipe Calderon became
president,” he said.
First, let’s look at his choice of the provocative — and loaded — verb “infest.”
The word is all too often used as a slur applied to immigrant
populations. Cutler said in an interview that such usage would be
inappropriate. But he said it does apply to the drug traffickers.
“I’m not talking about illegal aliens,” he said. “‘m speaking about the
cartels,” which he characterized as extraordinarily vicious.
So, to be clear, we were interested in applying the Truth-O-Meter
solely to his claim that the reach of Mexican cartels has extended to
hundreds of cities.
To infest is to live as a parasite or, in the words of The American
Heritage Dictionary, “to inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities
large enough to be harmful, threatening or obnoxious.”
We decided that having a drug distribution network in a city would
clearly qualify as an infestation of illegal activity. Just dropping off
drugs for distribution by other groups might not seem to qualify, but
the effect of those deliveries is certainly harmful, threatening or
obnoxious to a community.
We uncovered a series of articles on various websites reporting a
similar claim made in April 2011 by Roberta Jacobson, deputy secretary
of state for Mexico and Canada. According to one of them, she said the
Mexican drug cartels are operating in more than 230 U.S. cities.
When we first heard from Cutler, he said his source was Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary for Homeland Security, who has repeatedly used the 230 number going back at least to 2009.
When we dug a bit deeper, we discovered the source of that estimate.
In December 2008, the U.S. Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center issued its 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment.
It reports that Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) “control
most of the U.S. drug market” with various transportation routes and
strong affiliations with gangs in the United States.
“Law enforcement reporting indicates that Mexican DTOs maintain drug
distribution networks or supply drugs to distributors in at least 230
U.S. cities,” the report says.
The report includes a map showing where Mexican drug organizations were
reported between Jan. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2008. In New England,
it includes Providence, Boston, Hartford, Portland, Fitchburg, Mass.,
and Greenville, N.H.
The 2009 version warns that it may contain outdated information, so we found the most recent report, released in February 2010.
The newer version doesn’t give a count of cities where the cartels have
influence, but it does say that their reach is expanding, “primarily in
areas where the direct influence of Colombian DTOs is diminishing” and
that “they are active in more cities throughout the country than any
The 2010 report also says the Mexican cartels “are increasing their
cooperation with U.S.-based street and prison gangs to distribute drugs
and expand their reach into more rural and suburban areas.” The report
estimated that the United States has more than 900,000 “criminally
active gang members representing approximately 20,000 street gangs in
more than 2,500 cities.”
Most recently, we’ve seen some direct evidence of cartel activity in
Rhode Island. In January, three men whom law enforcement officials say
are linked to a Mexican cartel were arrested in a storage unit in North
Kingstown with 145 pounds of cocaine and $1.2 million in cash.
We should also note other evidence of Mexican cartel influence, even
though it may not involve drugs. In February 2011, federal officials
said they had identified a Mexico-based fraudulent-document trafficking
operation that had cells in 19 cities, including one in Pawtucket. Cell
managers were charged with various counts that included murder,
racketeering, money-laundering and kidnapping. Prosecutors said
kidnapping and beating was used to drive competitors out of the region.
To sum up, Cutler said that “a couple of hundred [U.S.] cities are
infested by the Mexican cartels,” a 2008 Justice Department report said
the cartels either run drug distribution sites or supply illegal drugs
for distribution in 230 cities, and the latest report said the influence
of those cartels have only grown.
We rate his statement True.