12 May 2017
Cartel gunmen have murdered a woman who led the search for her daughter’s remains and other victims in northern Mexico. The gunmen killed her on the day Mexico celebrates Mother’s Day.
Mexican authorities have confirmed the murder of Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez, on the night of May 10 in the city of San Fernando, Tamaulipas. As Breitbart Texas reported, San Fernando has a long history of being a stronghold of Los Zetas Cartel, one of the most ruthless criminal organizations in Mexico. Two former Tamaulipas governors are wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice on money laundering charges for their roles as surrogates of the Los Zetas. One of those politicians is also wanted on multiple drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Los Zetas have been behind the execution of 72 Central American immigrants who were murdered in San Fernando in an apparent show of force. The same criminal organization has been singled out as being behind the disappearance of hundreds of victims from San Fernando. In 2011, close to 200 victims were discovered in shallow graves in rural areas near San Fernando. At the time, authorities revealed that the victims may have been kidnapped off passenger buses or may have been motorists traveling one of the state’s main highways near the city.
In 2012, cartel gunmen kidnapped the daughter of Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez. Despite the lack of cooperation from the Mexican federal government, the activist formed a support group that focused on pressuring the government and helping locate missing victims. Rodriguez Martinez was able to locate the mass grave where the gunmen buried her daughter’s body. Through her work, Martinez was able to contribute to the arrest of nine Los Zetas gunmen directly responsible for her daughter’s kidnapping.
According to the Tamaulipas government, Rodriguez Martinez requested government protection after learning that Enrique Yoel Rubio, the main suspect behind her daughter’s murder, was named among the dozens of inmates who broke out of a state prison earlier this year. As Breitbart Texas reported in May, at least 29 members of Los Zetas used a tunnel to break out of the state prison in Ciudad Victoria. The breakout came after the cartel was undergoing an internal fight for territorial control.
While federal authorities ignored Rodriguez’s cry for help, state authorities provided her with a series of police checkups at her home. Information provided to Breitbart Texas by Tamaulipas authorities revealed that Rubio had been arrested shortly after the breakout and has remained behind bars since.
Despite state cops checking in on Rodriguez, unknown cartel gunmen were able to carry out the assassination earlier this week. State officials issued a strong condemnation and claimed they would not let the murder go unsolved.
The ACLU is advising travelers to avoid Texas after the state passed SB4, a new law that allows police officers to investigate a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop.
The group says that the law will lead to “widespread racial profiling baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike.” The travel alert applies to both U.S. citizens and those who might be considering a trip to Texas from abroad.
“We plan to fight this racist and wrongheaded law in the courts and in the streets. Until we defeat it, everyone traveling in or to Texas needs to be aware of what’s in store for them,” Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement. “The Lone Star State will become a ‘show me your papers’ state, where every interaction with law enforcement can become a citizenship interrogation and potentially an illegal arrest.”
SB4 goes into effect on September 1, 2017. We recently profiled the ACLU and how it’s leading the fight against discriminatory laws during the Trump administration.
The Mexican government is expressing regret over a new Texas ban on so-called sanctuary cities, saying the law could step on the rights of its citizens who choose to live just across the border.
The Secretary of Foreign Relations on Monday said in a statement that the Texas law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott “criminalizes even more the phenomenon of immigration.” It says the law foments racial discrimination and will reduce collaboration between police and immigrant communities.
Mexico is Texas’ largest trading partner and shares close ties with the state.
Abbott on Sunday night signed the bill that allows police to ask a person about their immigration status during routine traffic stops. He says the law does away with those who “seek to promote lawlessness in Texas.”
Police in Texas will have to cooperate with federal immigration officials or face fines and jail under a new law cracking down on “sanctuary cities.” Governor Gregg Abbott sidestepped planned protests against the law by signing it on Facebook Live.
Abbot has pointed out that the Supreme Court decision upheld the Arizona law’s provision allowing police to ask about immigration status, and expressed confidence the SB4 will stand up in court.
The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced it intends to challenge the law, which it says encourages racial profiling and will “clog” the state’s jails.
“It will not stand,” ACLU Executive Director Terri Burke said in a statement.
State representative Cesar Blanco, a Democrat, accused the governor of using social media to “get ahead” of planned protests against the bill. Last Monday, 20 people were arrested after a sit-in protest at Abbott’s office and charged with criminal trespassing, according to AP.
The governor’s office said it chose to show the signing via Facebook Live because that is “where most people are getting their news nowadays,” according to Abbott’s spokesman John Wittman.
While almost 5,000 people had an “angry” reaction to the livestream by Monday morning, some 10,000 have either “liked” or “loved” it.
By Rick Wells
Rep Sheila Jackson Lee tells those in the House chamber to keep their eyes on the woman in the photo, a relief, because in doing so they don’t suffer the ocular discomfort and many associated side effects of looking at her.
She and her staff of writers have come up with some real gems for describing the repeal of Obamacare, calling it the “mother of all bombs of healthcare dropped on the American people.” Really, that’s the best she and her team could come up with, that and derisively labeling the AHCA Trumpcare and referring to the President as “Trump the King.”
She brings religion into the discussion, irreverently saying, “May God have mercy on your soul.” She declares that she is a person living with a pre-existing disease, more than one apparently as she didn’t mention her mental illness and instability or her liberalism at all. She only referenced that she is a breast cancer survivor.
She describes the bill as being heartless, with 24 million people being “thrown off of the healthcare and reverse Robin Hood of stealing from the poor or the seniors, laying in their beds where you’re doing an age tax that is five times more than any ‘other’ young person has to pay is disgraceful.” So it’s disgraceful for those young people not to be forced to pay five time as much as an old and sickly person, Rep Lee, in pursuit of your communist equality?
The Democrats could have left our healthcare system alone and avoided all of this mess, but they can’t leave anything alone and it was a critical part of their seizing control over the citizenry. Now that they’ve successfully accomplished that, they’re not satisfied with the efforts to fix the collapsing mess they created.
She continues, railing against “the pittance that you’ve given for pre-existing conditions, $8 billion. They [elusive, unnamed expert sources] say you need $25 billion. Did those experts have a source for magically coming up with the money as well, Rep Lee?
The Commie nutjob closes with a social services spit storm of accusations that ultimately failed to prevent the passage of the AHCA through the House. She said, “I want to stand with the people, I want her [the actress portraying a sick person in the online photo] to live in dignity and to be able to get well. I want to make sure that Medicaid is provided for working families. I want insurance companies who make a lot of profit [incomplete thought but making a profit is enough of a crime to warrant Democrat action].
She ignores the gavel as she raves, “And I want to say this, I don’t want the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, to steal bread from the market because they can’t get any health insurance. She closes with another exercise in blasphemy, saying, “God have mercy on your souls.”
Rep Doug Collins follows that embarrassing display by what is supposedly a grown, professional adult legislator, observing, “Mr. Speaker, if I had to defend Obamacare, I’d go into hysterics too.”
Sheila Jackson Lee is the “mother of all” something herself, something that can’t be mentioned in polite company. And we’d love to drop her.