Breaking News: Mexico Border Prison Break
by THE EDITORS
December 18, 2010
More than 140 criminals escaped from a prison in Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico, yesterday evening. They left by a main entrance of the prison, highlighting the poor security of Mexico’s jails. The head of the jail, Jesus Horacio Sepulveda, has also disappeared. Whether he was in collusion with the convicts who escaped, or if he was taken as a hostage, is unclear.
Hours after the prison break, a SUV vehicle blew up outside a police station in the small town of Zuazua, on the outskirts of Monterrey. Two people were injured in the blast, which took place near Mexico’s business center.
The center where the convicts escaped was the Executions of Sanctions Center. The escape was reported shortly after the 7 pm. roll call. Governor Eugenio Hernandez said that the convicxts left by the laundry entrance, and claimed that the inmates had been acting with the cooperation of prison staff.
What should be worrying for Americans is the proximity of this jail to the border, close to Laredo in Texas. Cross-border crime is common. The image above shows a house in Laredo Nuevo whose outer wall is pock-marked with bullet holes. Many of those who escaped were active in drug gangs. The prison holds 1,000 inmates, with the majority incarcerated for crimes connected with drug running and kidnapping.
The figure of those who had escaped has been revised upward, to now be 159. This year, a total of 12, 456 people have died in Mexico’s increasingly violent wars between drug gangs, a war that has gone on for four years.
If the figure of 148 escapees is confirmed, it would bring to 349 the number of people who have escaped this year from prisons in Tamaulipas. The tally as of Sept. 10 was 201, including 85 men who busted out of a prison in Reynosa, neighboring McAllen, Texas.
A report from November 2010 in the LA Times quotes from a woman commuter in Tamaulipas state who says:
“Mexico has been sacrificed and sold to the narcos. It is the narcos who have the power. The narcos rule our lives. They order. We must obey.”
While Mexico cannot control the drug gangs, it is more important than ever to ensure the Mexican/U.S. border is secured effectively. Will the administration respond to American citizens’ fears and enforce the border and uphold its own laws against illegal immigration?
This administration seems to be scared of offending certain groups in America and consequently losing Hispanic support, it would rather play down the threat and put everyone at risk, legitimate Mexican migrants included.