Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly defended his controversial “Hugs, Not Bullets” strategy in combating cartel violence Wednesday; just hours after a daylight ambush left nine Americans -mostly children- dead.
“President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador brushed off criticisms against his government’s position and reiterated Wednesday during his daily media briefing that violence was not the answer or appropriate response to the growing deaths at the hands of cartels,” reports Fox News.
“It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” he asked. “That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”
“We are carrying out a different policy because the policy that was applied during 36 years was a resounding failure and it caused a lot of damage, a lot of sadness, a lot of deaths, a lot of losses for Mexicans,” he added. “We will not continue with the same and we will show that our proposal works, despite it not being easy. We are confident that we will achieve good results.”
The victims were members of a Mormon-offshoot community that have lived in Northern Mexico for decades.
President Trump urged Mexico to “wage war” against the cartels after the daylight ambush.
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DEVELOPING: Mexican Cartel Massacre Leaves 9 Americans Dead, Including 6 Children
A cartel shootout in northern Mexico left at least 9 Americans dead -including six children- when a motorcade from a Mormon-offshoot community was ambushed in broad daylight.
“At least six children and three women living in a faith-based community of U.S. citizens in Mexico were shot to death Monday in the northern part of the country, and six more children were wounded and one missing after their convoy came under fire during a brazen daylight ambush believed to have been carried out by gunmen affiliated with the cartels,” reports Fox News.
“Relatives said the victims live in the La Mora religious community in northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona. They said the group was attacked while traveling in a convoy of three SUVs. Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the SUV convoy for rival gangs,” adds Fox.
According to family members, the cartel kidnapped members of the motorcade following the shootout.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates throughout the day.
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HOMELAND SECURITY: US ‘Closely Monitoring’ Migrant Caravan for Cartels, Gang Members
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Sunday that US officials are “closely monitoring” the growing migrant caravan for gang members and drug cartels as it approaches the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement over the weekend warning Americans of the threat posed by “transnational criminal organizations” that may seek to infiltrate the massive group of undocumented workers from Central America.
“While we closely monitor the caravan crisis, we must remain mindful of the transnational criminal organizations and other criminals that prey on the vulnerabilities of those undertaking the irregular migration journey,” Nielsen said in a statement.
“We shall work with our partners in the region to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law all who seek to encourage and profit from irregular migration,” she added.
The ‘migrant caravan’ is now estimated at 7,000 people and is expected to reach the United States border within days.
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