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Opinion What Trump Didn’t Say About the Massacre in Mexico

18:21  07 november  2019
18:21  07 november  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

At least five dead, including infants, following attack in Mexico

  At least five dead, including infants, following attack in Mexico At least five dead, including infants, following attack in MexicoMexican media reported that the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, associated with a break-away Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago, and that the dead as well as additional missing family members may all be U.S. citizens.

President Trump offered on Tuesday to help Mexico eradicate the cartels, saying on Twitter that the Americans could “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe Family members on social media implored the governments of Mexico and the United States to do something about the intensifying violence in

At least three women and six children from an American Mormon community in northern Mexico have been killed in an ambush in an area notorious for drug traffickers. Julian LeBaron said his cousin was traveling with her four children to the airport when she was attacked and shot in Rancho de la Mora

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a view of a car: A vehicle that had carried members of the Lebaron family who were ambushed on Monday in Bavispe, Mexico.© Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters A vehicle that had carried members of the Lebaron family who were ambushed on Monday in Bavispe, Mexico.

MEXICO CITY — The seven-month-old baby Faith Marie Johnson survived hours without food and water in a bullet-ridden SUV in northern Mexico until her family members arrived. She had miraculously escaped the bullets flying around her. Her mother was among the three women and six children killed on Monday when gunmen ambushed their cars after they left a nearby Mormon community. Five other children survived being shot in the back, jaw, leg, wrist and chest. Those killed were all American citizens. The attack has sparked outrage from Mexico to Utah to the White House and focused American attention once again on violence south of the border.

Trump: US ready to help in 'cleaning out' the 'monsters' who killed Americans

  Trump: US ready to help in 'cleaning out' the 'monsters' who killed Americans President Trump said Tuesday the U.S. is willing to aid Mexico in "cleaning out these monsters," after at least 10 members of a prominent Mormon family were killed in an ambush attack near the border between the two countries. © Getty Trump: US ready to help in 'cleaning out' the 'monsters' who killed Americans The dead included three women and seven children, including two infants, according to a report by the Arizona Republic."If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively," Trump tweeted.....

MEXICO CITY — A conflict between two criminal groups fighting for control of a region in northern Mexico is a focus of the authorities in their investigation into the massacre of On Tuesday, President Trump wrote in a tweet that this is “time for Mexico , with the help of the United States, to wage WAR

President Trump offered to help Mexico eradicate its drug cartels. Mexico ’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that it was up to Mexico to deal with the matter. “We appreciate and thank very much President Trump and any foreign government that wants to help, but in these cases we

Mexican prosecutors blamed cartels fighting a turf war over the lucrative routes smuggling drugs to Americans for the massacre. They said the Mormon families may have been targeted in a case of mistaken identity. Members of that Mormon community have also been outspoken against crime, including Julian LeBarón, who helped rescue the baby from the car. I found Mr. LeBarón to be one of the most inspiring speakers at a series of protests against violence I followed across Mexico in 2011. But the violence has only gotten worse since then.

President Trump responded to the attack on Monday with a series of tweets, calling the cartels “monsters” and offering to help defeat them. “The cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” he wrote. “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.”

Killing of Americans sucks Mexican president into Trump election vortex

  Killing of Americans sucks Mexican president into Trump election vortex The massacre of nine American citizens has dealt a new blow to the Mexican president's aim to free his country of foreign interference, enveloping him in a growing security crisis just as U.S. counterpart Donald Trump seeks re-election. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); On Monday, gunmen killed three women and six children from a Mexican-American Mormon family in northern Mexico, prompting Trump to offer President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador help in wiping out drug gangs he blamed for the ambush.

Mexican authorities investigating the massacre of nine members of a Mormon family in Sonora, Mexico .Credit Luis Torres/EPA, via Shutterstock. It took the administration more than a year to replace its ambassador in Mexico , after the last one resigned in disgust. And Trump ’s insistence that

Mexico 's leader wants to talk to Trump about help on Mormon massacre . The White House said the presidents had spoken about the "growing violent behavior" of drugs cartels and other Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the family may have been mistakenly targeted or caught in the

The president was correct that Mexico’s drug cartels are immensely powerful and engage in monstrous attacks on civilians, which have caused a humanitarian catastrophe here. But he did not say that the United States had already been helping to bankroll a Mexican military crackdown on traffickers since 2008 under a plan known as the Merida Initiative. And perhaps more important, he failed to mention that cartels sow their terror with American guns.

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Between 2007 and 2018, more than 150,000 firearms were definitively traced from Mexican criminals to gun stores and factories in the United States. Many times more are believed to still be in the hands of the cartels. Last year, 70 percent of the weapons that Mexican security forces captured and submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or A.T.F., were confirmed to be made or sold in the United States.

Mexico Mormon attack: Family and authorities piece together what happened to mothers and children in massacre

  Mexico Mormon attack: Family and authorities piece together what happened to mothers and children in massacre All that was left for family members to sift through when they arrived at the scene of a massacre in Mexico on Monday were ash, bones and a car -- ablaze and riddled with bullet holes. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Just that morning, they had seen the three women and their 14 children off to visit family, traveling together for safety. Now, loved ones and investigators are piecing together what happened in the remote mountains where the women and six of their children were killed.

Mexico 's leader wants to talk to Trump about help on Mormon massacre . The White House said the presidents had spoken about the "growing violent behavior" of drugs cartels and other "It was a massacre ," Julian LeBaron, an activist who has denounced criminal groups in the area, told Mexican

Donald Trump has mentioned Mexico frequently on the campaign trail, since the very beginning.

The weapons include thousands of Kalashnikovs and AR-15s, which the cartels can convert to fully automatic, as an A.T.F. firearms expert explained during the trial of Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, a Mexican drug kingpin now in a maximum security federal prison in Colorado. They also include hundreds of .50-caliber sniper rifles, which fire bullets the size of knives that can cut through armor. On Oct. 17, cartel thugs used these types of rifles to attack Mexican troops after Mr. Guzman’s son was arrested in the city of Culiacán; an army video shows a soldier’s leg blown off. In another massacre last month, gangsters fired .50-caliber bullets in an ambush that killed 13 police officers in the state of Michoacan.

These outsized weapons are sold in shops in several states throughout the United States. A.T.F. agents have caught several people involved in smuggling them to Mexico, including one couple sentenced last month in Tucson, Ariz.

Mr. Trump agreed to fight the gun trafficking on a call with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico on Oct. 19, according to Mexican officials. But if he really wants to do that, he needs to back proposals in Congress that have widespread support among Americans. These include the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a bill that would close a loophole that allows traffickers to get weapons, which the House approved in February but the Senate has stalled. A poll published in July found that 89 percent of respondents support mandatory background checks for gun purchases.

American families fleeing Mexico arrive in Arizona days after cartel massacre

  American families fleeing Mexico arrive in Arizona days after cartel massacre A caravan of Mormon families fleeing Mexico following this week's drug cartel ambush that killed nine Americans crossed into Arizona on Saturday.The Arizona Daily Star reported that 18 vehicles carrying about 100 people entered the U.S. via the port of entry in Douglas, Ariz.

She said her family, although American, has lived in Mexico for decades and they are all dual citizens. Trump spoke to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Tuesday, in Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to address the brutal attack and offered to help Mexico flush out

Mexico : up to nine members of US Mormon family killed in ambush. After the murder of US citizens, Donald Trump called on López Obrador to launch a “war” against the cartels, but the massacre also “He didn ’ t say ‘we are thinking of sending a team to Mexico ’ but ‘We are here to help if you want us

Other measures Mr. Trump should support include a bill to make it harder to steal firearms from shops and another bill that would make it harder to build weapons from kits. None of this legislation would stop law-abiding Americans buying firearms, but these bills would make it tougher for cartels to arm up — and continue murdering people.

Of course, the sources of Mexico’s crime problem are complex. And the government here has work to do, too, including making greater efforts to fight the corruption and impunity that enable cartels. To start, Mr. López Obrador needs a coherent security strategy; his call for “hugs not bullets” is clearly not working. But it is so much more difficult for the Mexican security forces to get the edge over gangsters who blow through their vehicles with .50-calibers and have an unlimited supply of rifles.

Mr. Trump has a point when he says that cartels are a bloodthirsty menace that can be compared to an army. But to act on that, he needs to reduce the iron pipeline of gunmetal that makes them so formidable. That power is in his hands.

Ioan Grillo, a contributing opinion writer, is the author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” and, most recently, “Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America.”

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Mexico makes arrests in massacre of American women, children: minister .
Mexico makes arrests in massacre of American women, children: minister"There have been arrests, but it's not up to us to give information," Durazo told reporters in Mexico City.

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