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The children continue to suffer

An article in Latino Fox News talks about the suffering and victimization of young Mexican students now attending school in Texas.

They have a lot of psychological issues since they have grown up for over 6 years now in a war zone because of the Mexican drug war.

Even though they are mostly free of physical dangers they still have many emotional issues to work through.

One of the classes they take involve a victimization course in which educators teach about the psychological stages of a mind that has suffered from violence.

But these youth understand and have gone through these stages many, many times and don’t need a constant reminder since they are living through it everyday.

One of the 17-year-old students, Alan Garcias, declared to his classroom crying, “I’ve been through all three stages: impact, recoil, reorganization of my life. My mom goes in and out of recoil stage.”

These troubling times for these students have been a problem in their academic studies that it’s led to some Texas school districts having to provide classes and counseling they teach in the military, since those in the military have been through similar experiences.

Officials aren’t keeping track of the students troubled by the violence on the border seeking help or counseling, but it involves kids from border cities that go to the U.S. for schooling as well as those that have already moved to Texas to go to school.

It’s really sad because many families are afraid to reach out and seek help because they think that if they talk to counselors they would be identified by the criminals that are trying to harm them. So parents encourage their kids to not speak about their issues.

“The emotional difficulties affect them ‘in many areas of academic performance,’ said Alma Leal, professor of counseling at the University of Texas at Brownsville and coordinator for counseling and guidance of the Brownsville Independent School District. They suffer from poor discipline, lack any sense of security and fear losing loved ones.”

One of the courses taught as I mentioned earlier that deals with victimization, also explains how children and teens can talk about their experiences. Keeping those thoughts and feelings inside are not healthy for children.

Counselors have been teaching these classes utilizing the same skills they learned to counsel children of military parents.

“Children fleeing from the cross-border violence and those whose parents have been in combat share issues like separation or loss of a parent, she said. But unlike military children, those coming from Mexico have sometimes been exposed to violence or been victims themselves.”

The issue that they are battling is that the entire community doesn’t understand the importance of helping the children. They are simply “tackling the problem, but we are not solving it.” (<<<Alvaros)

Read the article about this issue here: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/11/28/students-survive-mexican-drug-war-but-struggle-with-emotions-in-texas-schools/#ixzz1f7ybHleX

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New procedure to cure implications of operation fast and furious

On Tuesday October 25 a new a requirement was issued by the federal government after the complication of Operation Fast and Furious in order to stop the steady flow of guns from being purchased and crossed over to Mexico.

The requirement is the collection of private information which includes birth dates, addresses, race, and gender if a buyer purchases two or more semi-automatic rifles bigger than .22 caliber within a span of five days.

Gun sellers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are required to take this information and submit it to the ATF. The ATF claims that this plan will work a lot faster since they will be able to track these gun sales immediately “rather than a multi-day effort to trace the weapons back through the manufacturer, to the seller and eventually the buyer.”

Arizona attorney Stephen Halbrook said that collecting this information from buyers is a privacy invasion and is not the appropriate way to stop the gun flow into Mexico. He said there’s an obvious need to deal with this certain problem, but violating people’s privacy is not the right way to go about it, and that they should use more “traditional law enforcement methods.”

The attorney for the National Shooting Sports Foundation that happens to be suing the ATF just like Halbrook, is concerned that this requirement now applies to 8,500 gun dealers within these four states and it’s unffair because many of these gun stores have no connection to the guns crossing the border whatsoever. He also says he believes that the government made this decision way too quickly “perhaps for political reasons.”

So it’s just a big mess because the government wants to do one thing and the gun sellers and attorneys want to do something different but they’re unsure what to do, and there is no compromise. It seems like nobody knows what they want, they have no set plan of action, no alternatives, it’s appraently something that is not being dealt with in an organized manner. The government is trying to save their own butts while gun sellers see it as an imposition on human rights by invading people’s privacy. All the while, guns are still heading towards Mexico, and the Mexican people are still being killed.

So even though the ATF is being sued by several people, it seems as if they are still going to try to follow through with this plan for now. It’s been said that “two investigations have already been opened in the short time that the new reporting has been required.”

Article Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gun-store-owners-feds-fight-in-court-over-new-requirement-to-report-sales-of-multiple-rifles/2011/10/25/gIQAMNlfGM_story.html

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Wanted: Texan kids for Mexican drug gang

El Paso County Sheriff patrolman Manny Marquez talked to students about the efforts by Mexican drug cartels to lure young people into their organizations.-Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times

“Texas law enforcement officials say several Mexican drug cartels are luring youngsters as young as 11 to work in their smuggling operations,” reports Jim Forsyth from Reuters news.

This first sentence made my heart stop. I mean it’s obvious that they would do this for reasons such as children being easy to control, especially for small amounts of money, and they’re not immediately sought after as suspects, and there’s a significantly smaller scope of consequences for them if they were to be detained, but it’s still a scary thought. As soon as I read that, I pictured my adorable, innocent 11 year old niece; and to think that she could be lured into the hands of the drug cartels is something I would not want to ever encounter.

The drug cartels named these little children, “The Expendables.” How appropriate. Sounds exactly like something they would do to these children…easily dispose of them.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said that evidence has been found from 6 different Mexican drug gangs of “command and control centers” spread throughout Texas, so to speak “enlisting” children to perform simple odd jobs for them for small amounts of cash. To me that’s kind of like, geez they have legitimate centers up and running now? I’m pretty sure it takes some time and planning to set up a center such as this. I don’t exactly know how investigators work, but do they not see any sign of this kind of suspicious activity? Perhaps they’re not looking hard enough, or the drug gangs are just extra sneaky.

The director said they found and arrested 25 minors in just one county this year for “running drugs, acting as lookouts, or doing other work for organized Mexican drug gangs. The cartels are now fanning out, he said, and have operations in all major Texas cities.” All major cities…alright, now this is close to me, and it’s only going to spread and get worse. This is becoming more and more dangerous for a larger amount of people and for some reason it’s becoming more and more difficult to stop this… there’s something we (and Mexico) aren’t doing.

I also wonder things like, do these kids really care about the money? I’m trying to analyze the situation to get a better understanding of how kids put their selves in these predicaments. Like are these kids really poor and feel like they have to do this to take care of their family? Or do they just want a place to fit in? Do they think it’s cool or fun? Or are they forced into it by being threatened to be killed and such? I can’t put myself in that state of mind to understand why I would make myself ever want to be a part of the illegal acts of a drug gang. I just feel really sorry for these kids, they should have the opportunity to live for a brighter future, but instead they’re getting themselves in trouble at a very early age, and it seems almost unfair for them.

The director went on to say that this month “we made an arrest of a 12-year-old boy who was in a stolen pickup truck with 800 pounds of marijuana.” Seriously? That is insane! I hope someone else is as blown away by this as I am. I would like to know, where are these kids’ parents? It drives me crazy when parents and kids don’t communicate. It’s so sad when parents don’t know how to take care of their own child. And occasionally you find those parents that are aware of what’s going on, but they’ll act stupid or clueless, because they don’t want to get involved. It just breaks my heart.

But at least U.S. Customs and Border Protection are doing something about this. They set up a program called “Operation Detour” in which they go to schools and community centers to inform and caution both kids along with parents about these current events and the hazards of the recruiting of young children into Mexican drug gang job offers.

The article ends with the latest released report saying that these Mexican drug gangs are creating a safe sector “’intimidating landowners’ in south Texas into allowing them to use their property as ‘permanent bases’ for drug smuggling activity.”

I’d like to know what they intend on doing about that. It’s nice they released a report and all, but now what…you know about it, ok what course of action will you take? This is happening in Texas, in cities all over, I want to make sure I’m going to be safe, because now this is directly affecting me, and my family, friends, and neighbors around me.

Article Source: http://news.yahoo.com/mexican-drug-cartels-recruiting-texas-children-173402030.html

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What does my own Texas govenor recommend?

Being from Texas myself, I wanted to know what course of action politicians in my home state would take…being so close to all the violence next door in Mexico and whatnot.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who also happens to be currently running for Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, said he would “get the U.S. military involved in Mexico’s war with drug cartels.”

Hmmm, how so Governor?

Well apparently he wants to cooperate with Mexico just as the U.S. and Colombia worked together to battle their country’s drug cartels. He said that the partnership with Colombia was a “coordinated effort” and that “It may take our military working with the Mexican government to win Mexico’s drug war.” He sounds mighty confident that with our military we’re going to win. This sounds like a familiar and reoccurring story.

But this appears to be a boo boo that came out of Perry’s mouth concerning foreign policy. Because it doesn’t seem like Mexico wants help from the U.S. military. Perry’s comments will, if they haven’t already, upset the Mexican government. They have remained forcefully steadfast in their decision to not receive any help from the United State’s military; but that’s a funny thing because they’re plenty willing to receive “more than $1 billion in U.S. aid to take on the cartels.” Has it really reached 1 billion dollars?! That’s crazy! Where has all that money gone? I haven’t seen anything being done to effectively change the outcome of the war. Looks all the same to me, and I’m not even living there, I could only imagine the thoughts of the innocent victims and citizens living in Mexico. Maybe the drug cartels themselves have been stealing all that money, livin the good life, while the Mexican government sits back and watches thousands of other innocent victims die.

I guess Perry isn’t well-informed on foreign issues because he has staggered on this issue before. His other slip up was a “rambling answer during a debate between candidates last month to a question about what he would do as president if the Taliban got hold of nuclear weapons.”

So, it turns out, my interest to know what one of  my home-state politicians would do was a bust. I didn’t discover anything that would spark my interest further. He wants the U.S. military to enter Mexican grounds and take out cartels…and Mexico says NO. End of story.  Maybe I should try out of home-state politicians…

Article Source: http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2011/10/02/perry_suggests_us_military_role_in_mexico_drug_war

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Is ignorance bliss?

I conducted a poll in which I asked 10 people under the age of 21, and 10 people over the age of 21, if they had a stance/opinion, didn’t care about the subject, or just had absolutely no clue about the drug wars and violence occurring currently in Mexico. I was amazed how opposite the two results came out to be, when people over the age of 21 had strong opinions on the matter, whereas the younger crowd seemed to have no idea on what I was asking about. Those who had no opinion seemed to come pretty close to each other, but it seems like those under 21 aren’t receiving education on the current national news. What was even more surprising to me, was the fact that these people I interviewed reside in Texas, where most of the action is very close. Perhaps this is saying something about our youth? What do future generations have to bring to the table…to our nation’s welfare?

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