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Cantinflas In Charge, or Mexican Officials in NYC

Last week we looked on with revulsion and fear as Mexican officials revealed that they had found six dozen bodies at a remote ranch near the U.S. border. It was the biggest single discovery of its kind in Mexico’s increasingly bloody drug war. The Mexicans came across the bodies of the migrant workers after a series of firefights with drug gang members. This followed the gunfight that resulted in bullets flying into America, as well as various stories of Mexican military incursions across the border.

So the Mexican government has decided to do something about. And what are they going to do? They are going to increase their presence in Staten Island, N.Y. That’s right. Staten Island. Now, I am NYC born and raised, and I can testify that Staten Island is more like the country than the city. Staten Island is a quiet, largely residential borough of New York City. So why is the Mexican government interested in it?

Well, the Staten Island neighborhood of Port Richmond has seen a large influx of Mexican illegal immigrants. Police are investigating an assault on a Hispanic man in Staten Island as a possible hate crime and, according to the police, this is at least the sixth violent, ethnically charged incident that has taken place in the neighborhood since April. Community leaders are all atwitter, urging residents to remain alert. New York City police have been monitoring the situation and investigating the reported assaults as local crimes.

The statements of the Mexican government promising to get involved have caused Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to order what many observers say is the most concentrated police mobilization since the World Trade Center disaster.

The main street of Port Richmond was swiftly transformed into what the New York Times described as a war zone atmosphere, with over 120 newly assigned officers, high-intensity lighting, two huge “sky tower” police observation posts, frequent helicopter overflights and 20 police cars to watch the center of the relatively small neighborhood. Several long-term residents described it as a constant hornet’s nest of activity.

This all before the Mexican government actually got involved! But while the crime of the 72 dead bodies goes unsolved, largely because the narco-terrorists own the Mexican government, the Mexicans started “breaking bad” to the residents of New York.

“We will act decisively in order to protect our citizens and will actively promote that those guilty of these vicious attacks are brought to justice expeditiously. We are working hand-in-hand with local authorities on all levels,” said Consul General of Mexico in New York, Ruben Beltran in an email to the Staten Island Advance. One wishes he had the backbone to demand the same of his own people. According to the Advance, this latest incident has promoted the Mexican Consulate to post personnel in Staten Island until further notice. This move is an effort to safeguard the rights of individuals and effectively assist and provide information to the Mexican residents of this area, according to Beltran.

There is, of course, some question as to whether this is a hate crime spree, or just local residents fed up with what they describe as the horrendous conditions the largely illegal immigrants have brought to their community. Community residents, many of whom are black first-time homeowners, told of constant disputes, alcohol and drug sales, late night disruptions, trespassing and public urination.

At a major community gathering held at the historic St. Phillip Baptist Church, speakers addressed the current situation in the neighborhood and the borough, while Mexican consular officials looked on. Others in the audience, who declined to testify, spoke of men wearing clothes bearing symbols of La Raza, Aztlan and other militant pro-Mexican groups. They also spoke of repeated attempts to summon the state liquor authority’s enforcement agency to deal with the surging illegal liquor sales in the area, with little in the way of a response .

The latest victim, ironically, declared his beating to be a hate crime, not because he had been involved in a related incident or because the suspects wanted to steal his belongings. In what is a telling coda to this story, the victim said, “It was a hate crime.” And, of course, he said it in Spanish.

There are two real points to this story, though. The first is: Under what authority or right does Mexico feel they can “post” people in our streets? If they are protecting Mexican citizens who are here illegally, they should identify them so we can deport them. If they are American citizens, we should make it clear to them that we can do it ourselves, without the help of corrupt Mexican officials. The second point is the utter corruption and complicity of the Mexican government in the international drug trade. Every day we read more and more stories of the violence and crime that are destroying Mexico from within. It’s no wonder so many Mexicans leave. I would too, if I lived there. The Mexicans making noise about a few beatings would do well to remember Jesus’ command to “remove the beam from your own eye, before you worry about the speck in your brother’s eye.” This is all a smokescreen to divert attention from the war zone on our southern border.

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  1. August 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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