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Pemex Presidential Pipeline


by staff Siphoning Editor, Alejandro Aceite

lajornadabc

Tlapa de Comonfort, January 11.- The decision to implement the strategy against hydrocarbons theft was defined because “they overflowed my plate” due to the high rates of theft, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday, who acknowledged that there is pressures and resistance, but insisted that corruption will end. “It’s over,” sentenced the national president.

During his message in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero – where he started the delivery of supports for people with disabilities – maintained that one of the main problems of the country is not the lack of budget, but corruption, so he called on citizens to take care of and be a guardian that there is no theft of public resources.

He immediately recalled that at the beginning of his administration he received reports showing that the illegal extraction of fuels amounted to “an average of 800 pips of gasoline daily, until they filled my plate and I said:” It’s over. “

President López Obrador reiterated that, in 2018 alone, losses for this crime represented 65 billion pesos, resources that, he said, can now be used in favor of the population.

“Now we have pressures, resistances, but let’s see who gets tired first. It is not going to allow corruption, “added the head of the federal executive.

As part of the fight against corruption, he also exemplified the measures taken by his government to end up with luxuries in the federal administration, such as the presidential plane and the use of the official residence of Los Pinos, now converted into a cultural center.

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Gasoline Shortages


Hundreds of motorists queue at a gas station in Zapopan, Jalisco State, on Jan. 6, 2019 as shortages have been reported in several other Mexican states. (Photo by Ulises RUIZ / AFP)ULISES RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images

by staff Gasoline Editor Fila Rupp  

theglobeandmail.com

An offensive by Mexico’s new government against fuel theft at one of the country’s main refineries has led to days of shortages at gas stations in several central states, as authorities move more fuel by tankers and less by vulnerable pipelines.

A Reuters witness said many gas stations in the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state were closed on Sunday, including those operated by state oil firm Pemex, Spain’s Repsol and BP. There were long lines of motorists at those that were operating.

“I’ve gone to 10 gas stations and nothing, there’s none at any of them,” said Alan Delgado, trying to fill his Buick truck at a BP gas station in Guadalajara. “This is a serious and critical situation because it complicates work and businesses.”

The shortages followed the closure of a pipeline from the Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato, and as Pemex started using more tankers to transport fuel.

Theft by gangs and oil industry workers from Mexico’s state-controlled refineries is a major drain on government resources, but the measures taken to tackle the crime could also weigh on the economy if shortages drag on.

Violent criminal gangs have for years used fuel theft as a way to supplement their income, bleeding money from state coffers and driving bloodshed as they fight rivals and extort oil workers.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, confirmed on Friday that less fuel was being sent through pipelines.

“I ask citizens for understanding and support, because we need to solve this problem together. We are trying to get it resolved soon,” Lopez Obrador said in a televised speech.

Obrador has vowed to tackle theft “outside and inside” Pemex, or Petroleos Mexicanos, which estimates that fuel worth more than 146 billion pesos ($7.40 billion) has been stolen since 2016 alone.

The president said last month that Mexico’s armed forces would take part in security at Pemex installations around the country, including its refinery in Salamanca.

Fuel theft there has been linked to a surge in violence, according to Guanajuato state governor Diego Sinhue.

The Mexican Association of Gasoline Station business owners warned its members on Jan. 3 that no fuel was being transported via the pipeline from the Salamanca refinery.

“You are free to take measures that benefit your customers, to limit the sale (of fuel) to 10 liters per car or whatever you consider necessary to serve the public,” the association said.

Guanajuato governor Sinhue took to Twitter on Sunday, saying that Pemex’s chief executive Octavio Romero “confirmed that after reopening the Salamanca-Leon pipeline, he expects to reestablish service to 100 percent of the gasoline stations during the day.”

It was not immediately clear whether opening that pipeline would reduce shortages in other regions.

Pemex said on Saturday that it is “preferring the use of safer means of transport, which means changes in the logistics for delivery to service stations,” leading to delays in the states of Hidalgo, Mexico, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Pemex said it is aiming to boost distribution in the affected states by up to 20 percent, transporting fuel by tanker trucks and trains.

A May 2017 study commissioned by the national energy regulator found that thieves, between 2009 and 2016, had tapped pipelines roughly every 1.4 kms (0.86 miles) along Pemex’s approximately 14,000 km pipeline network.

The government has not made clear if they see road and rail transport as a long term solution for fuel distribution.

Transporting fuel by road and rail is 12 to 16 times more expensive than by pipeline, said Gonzalo Monroy, a Mexico City-based oil analyst.

“If this keeps happening and expanding to other parts of the country, the Mexican economy is going to have a very tough first quarter,” said Monroy.

Gasoline Theft Inside Job


by staff Gasoline Editors Tomaso y Ricardo

animalpolitico.com

The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, accused this Sunday in Tijuana, Baja California, that the theft of fuel was allowed from the government, “was given to the interior of the government”, and there was an attitude of “full complicity” to the interior of Pemex, for illegal extraction and distribution.

“They stole 60 billion pesos a year of fuel, with the huachicol, they made us believe that it was for the milking of pipelines, the huachicoleros. All a smoke screen, a whole farce, because in reality this robbery was allowed from the government … there was handled the entire system of fuel driving, “said Lopez Obrador in Tijuana, without giving a specific name, on federal authorities or of Pemex that have been involved with that crime.

The president mentioned that the systems of Pemex allow observing on monitors when there are alterations in the pipelines and parallel networks are used, to divert the fuel, for what the authorities were aware day by day, and even from the government of Vicente Fox ” the theft in the Treasury was counted, “and we had to discount about 10 billion pesos.

In the end, he mentioned, that figure reached 60 billion a year, in losses. López Obrador mentioned that in the previous government, an equivalent of more than one thousand pipes per day, of 15 thousand liters each, was stolen. Now, with his government, he said, it has been reduced to an average of 36 pips a day.

The president said that there are “vested interests, very powerful”, but that he will achieve success in the fight against fuel theft.

“They are there pressing, thinking that they will beat us, that they do not want to play the defeated because the law and justice will triumph,” said the federal president.

The declarations of López Obrador, during the presentation of the Free Zone program, occurred while at least six states reported shortages of gasoline, a situation that the federal government attributes to the change in methods of fuel distribution, due to the strategy to face the theft of hydrocarbons.

San Diego Almost Stayed in Mexico


by staff Cartographic Editor Yanet de Yuma  

LATimes

I find it odd that so many people in this country are taking note of the centennial of the outbreak of the Spanish-American war–the sinking of the battleship Maine was on Feb. 15, 1898–while at the same time virtually ignoring an important anniversary in the Mexican-American War.

I refer to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which on Feb. 2, 1848, ended hostilities in a much longer (22 months as opposed to four) conflict.

The Spanish-American War certainly merits attention. It made this country a world power when Washington wrested from Spain not just Caribbean islands like Cuba and Puerto Rico, but key outposts in the Pacific like the Philippines and Guam.

But the spoils of the Mexican War are not to be denigrated. The peace treaty, named after the Mexico City suburb where it was signed, acknowledged the United States’ annexation of Texas as a state and ceded half of Mexico’s territory to this country–land that today includes all or parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Montana.

Other effects of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo also resonate to the present day. Its echoes are heard in debates over everything from illegal immigration to NAFTA to which national team Mexican-born soccer fans in Los Angeles should root for.

To begin with, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo created the first generation of Mexican Americans by guaranteeing the Mexicans who inhabited the ceded territories the right to their property, language and culture. To this day there are Latino activists who cite the treaty, and not more recent civil rights laws, as the legal basis for programs like bilingual education. I personally think such arguments are on shaky ground, given how much things have changed in the Southwest since 1848. But that doesn’t make the argument any less interesting or provocative.

Of more relevance, to my mind, is that the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo put the western end of the U.S.-Mexico border in an utterly illogical–and ultimately rather futile–place.

As the final details of the treaty were being hammered out by diplomats in Mexico City, there was uncertainty almost to the last moment over where exactly to draw a new U.S. border with Mexico. The Mexicans wanted to draw the line at the 37th parallel, just south of Monterey. They assumed the United States would be satisfied with the two fine harbors offered by the San Francisco and Monterey bays. But U.S. negotiators also wanted the harbor at San Diego included in the deal.

According to a San Diego State University historian, Richard Griswold del Castillo, the Mexicans tried to keep San Diego by insisting that the mission there had long been considered the northernmost outpost of Baja California. But their claim was disproved when a young military officer in the U.S. delegation, a Virginian named Robert E. Lee who would go on to fame in the Civil War, researched the Mexican archives and came up with proof that the mission San Diego de Alcala was actually the southernmost outpost of the province of Alta California.

With the conquering army of Gen. Winfield Scott still occupying Mexico City, the U.S. argument carried the day and the U.S.-California border was set at “one marine league due south of the southernmost point ” of San Diego Bay. That is where it runs today, between the San Diego suburb of San Ysidro and the Mexican metropolis of Tijuana.

And for all the controversy that still flies around that border, over drug smuggling and other crimes, immigration, pollution and the like, there is no denying that both San Diego and Tijuana have prospered from the relative openness of their mutual frontier.

One suspects that is how Lee and the other U.S. negotiators wanted it. For if the U.S. had really wanted a virtually impenetrable border with Mexico, it would have drawn the line somewhere else in 1848. Maybe not below Monterey Bay, but perhaps along the spine of California’s rugged coastal mountains, leaving the ocean side to Mexico.

Imagine a border running from where the Santa Ynez Mountains rise north of Santa Barbara, to the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains that loom above the Los Angeles Basin. From the terminus of those mountain ranges all the way to the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico, the Mojave and Sonora deserts provide another formidable barrier. Even in modern times, such a border would have been virtually impassable by anyone who didn’t have a legitimate reason to cross.

But in 1848, a victorious United States wanted all it could get from Mexico and pretty much came away with it. In the process it got a little more than it bargained for, not least a whole lot of Mexican Americans whose distant cousins continue to live and work in the Southwest, and far beyond it, to this very day.

There are plenty of U.S. citizens who worry about that, I know. But it does help explain why, to most Latinos, the migration of Mexicans back and forth across our southern border seems a perfectly natural and normal part of life. And for all our efforts to change it through immigration restrictions and bigger border fences, we shouldn’t expect it to change very much.

Border Wall Quality Control Tests


by staff Border Editor Esteban Escapar 

We have not yet tried El Yogurt Place in Tijuana.  Flora, fauna and border wall gymnastic views come with your yogurt.  See 2009 video below article.

IMPERIAL BEACH (NEWS 8) – San Diego Border Patrol on Friday announced agents arrested a group of undocumented immigrants after they jumped over a section of temporary barrier as photographers and media outlets filmed.

According to Border Patrol, photographers and media outlets encouraged the group to cross illegally Thursday afternoon.

Agents were notified by a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) operator that a large group of people were staged south of the International Boundary separating the United States and Mexico, in an area known as Yogurt Canyon.

According to Border Patrol, some of the barrier in the area is temporary as the old primary wall undergoes replacement.

Agents reported more than 20 individuals to have been associated with the press. Agents also reported hearing “someone” tell the group to climb over the barrier.

Several people, including multiple cameramen, climbed to the top of the barrier as agents observed multiple people illegally enter the United States in what appeared to be a staged event to capture the illegal crossing on video, according to Border Patrol.

One man, who agents reported as non-compliant, became actively resistant after being handcuffed. Border Patrol said agents used appropriate force to restrain the man without further incident.

“The safe and legal way to seek asylum is at our ports of entry,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott. “If you cross our border illegally, you have committed a crime, and you should expect to be prosecuted.”

Agents apprehended 13 people. Three adult females and four adult men were from Honduras. There were two female children from Honduras. Also in the group were two adult females and one adult male from El Salvador. One child was a boy from Mexico of Salvadoran parents.

Peso v Dollar December


by staff Economic Editor M.G. Krebs 

Migrants Lost in Tijuana


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJeG1-UJj8g

by staff Displaced Persons Editor Tomas Perdido

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After the change of the migrant shelter, which was registered on Thursday, November 29, there is great misinformation and uncertainty among migrants, as well as the media, as they do not exist authorities that can officially detail exactly where are more than six thousand Central Americans that were in the hostel of the Benito Juárez gym in the North Zone, because official figures, only locate two thousand in the new hostel located in the event room “El Barretal “, Located in the East Zone of Tijuana.

It was around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 29 that the trucks began arriving at the Benito Juarez shelter, this after the rains, courtyards and courts where more than six thousand migrants slept were left unused and then closed by health authorities .

However, the relocation was not well received by the Central Americans, that night, according to official figures, less than a thousand migrants, especially women and children, were those who decided to move to the new shelter and despite the fact that the authorities assured that the six thousand refugees were in “El Barretal”, until this Sunday, the authorities have not been able to corroborate that the majority of migrants are in these facilities.

While the municipal government headed by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum officially removed from the responsibilities of migrants, said that the authorities of the National Institute of Migration (INM), would be responsible for reporting and see for the care of the displaced. However, so far, the immigration authorities have not issued any official communication in this regard.

In turn, hundreds of migrants chose to set up improvised camps in the streets surrounding the Benito Juarez gym, in an interview, they have argued that they prefer to stay in this area that is a few steps from the international port of San Ysidro, before going to the new shelter that is located several kilometers from the crossing points to the United States, which is why, from Thursday 29 and until this Sunday, dozens of campsites are observed in the North Zone of Tijuana.

Regarding the fate of the more than six thousand migrants who were staying at the Benito Juarez shelter, the authorities have only been able to report that until Saturday evening, they had only registered two thousand 188 migrants in Barretal, however, as well. Access to the press and personnel outside this hostel has been restricted.

This Sunday from an early hour, in the perimeter of the shelter located in the East Zone, dozens of Central American migrants were seen asking for money from motorists and bystanders, while in the North Zone of Tijuana, at least two hundred migrants meet at the He expects to be transferred to the “Barretal”, however, the municipal government, they said, informed them that they will have to wait until Monday for his transfer.

Although the whereabouts of most of the six thousand migrants who were originally in the Benito Juarez shelter have not been officially reported, it has not been confirmed either by the authorities themselves whether or not they have knowledge of the whereabouts of Most of them have not formally announced the migrant census in the new shelter.

Saturday Protest Fizzles


by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Happy to find out that Saturday’s “By All Means Necessary” march fizzled and no border disruptions occurred.  Wait times at the border Saturday were significant due to the normal weekend patterns of December shopping.

Plenty of nervous questioning about the planned protest was in social media.  Como Esta La Linea Tijuana has over 300,000 members and is a too much information source for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossing waits.

As of 10AM Sunday, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa waits are normal, if not quicker than usual. Above photo at dawn Sunday, SY regular lanes.

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Central American migrants who still remained outside the “Benito Juárez” sports unit in the center of the city, began to mobilize, and cleaned the place, as some have indicated that they accept the proposal of the authorities of the three levels of government, of moving to the new lodge enabled in the entertainment center “El Barretal” located in the eastern part of the city.

By 1p.m. this Saturday, there had not been any of the demonstrations that were announced yesterday through pamphlets, and that in turn mobilized police authorities, while a group of Central Americans went up a few moments ago to a transport unit saying : “Let’s go to the shelter … Let the gringos fight!”, In reference to the fact that the organizers of the frustrated demonstrations, seemed to be from groups coming from other parts, particularly from the United States.

One of those pamphlets that called for a demonstration in favor of Central American migrants demanded: “Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed to close! “And they called for a demonstration at 11 am, from the Benito Juarez shelter, where until today there were still more than 5 thousand Central Americans who had not been relocated, many of them because of their refusal to to do it, since some people inside those same caravans, assured them that they were deceived by the authorities, that supposedly would take them “to the jail in Tecate”.

Mario Osuna Jiménez, Secretary of Social Development of the government of Tijuana, informed that until this morning still in El Barretal, there were a total of thousand 255 sheltered, of which 857 are men; 166, women; 102 are girls, and 130 are boys.

 

Saturday San Ysidro Border Protest


by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Hope all is peaceful today.  Good luck at San Ysidro border today.  11AM is the planned beginning of the march at Benito Juarez Sports Complex.

KUSI

KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
The flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.

The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.

Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.

Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.

The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.

Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”

Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.

Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.

It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.

Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange.

Immigrant Fake Families


by staff Adoption Editor Martha Kent 

dailycaller

The Department of Homeland Security released data Tuesday about the propensity of illegal immigrants to pose as parents in order to gain easier access into the United States.

According to data from DHS, there has been a 110 percent increase in male adults showing up at the border with children. Further, DHS separated 507 illegal immigrants between April 19 and September 30 because they fraudulently claimed they were part of a family unit.

170 family units were separated because DHS found no familial relation — 139 of the people in those fake families were children. Eighty-seven family units were separated because a person posing as a child turned out to be 18 years or older.

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

DHS tied the increase in fraudulent families to the Flores v. Reno Settlement, which limits the time that illegal immigrant children can be detained by U.S. officials. Because of the limit, children are often released with their parents into the United States pending future immigration proceedings.

“This well-known loophole acts a magnet for family units and entices smugglers to use children as a way to gain access to the United States by posing a family unit,” DHS said.

According to a report from the Associated Press in 2014, the Obama administration tried to speed up the release of illegal immigrant children from U.S. custody and ended up placing children with “caregivers” with whom the children had no relation.

MCALLEN, TX - JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Almost 30 of these children ended up with caregivers who exposed the children to labor trafficking, sexual abuse, abuse and neglect.

As The Daily Caller reported in June, “HHS lowered standards [in 2014] by ceasing required fingerprinting of much of the adults claiming children as theirs. In April 2014, HHS ceased asking for original copies of birth certificates from most sponsors to prove who they were.”

Fraudulent family units are not the only instance of illegal immigrants using children to their advantage. On Monday, border agents claimed that members of the migrant caravan pushed women and children to the front of their group while launching rocks at agents, effectively using the vulnerable migrants as human shields.

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