El Paso Times: ‘East Side Slaying First Cartel Hit in El Paso’

I have attached two news articles below that report on the apparent “hit” on a Mexican national, Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, who was residing in El Paso, Texas and was involved in both trucking as well as the violent Mexican Juarez drug cartel.

The fact that this individual was purportedly driving trucks throughout the United States and held a significant position in a violent Mexican drug cartel certainly should raise the question, “Did he use his trucking company in order to move narcotics into and/or around the United States?”

I am at a loss to understand how the news report can claim that the murder of Gonzalez-Galeana is the “first” cartel murder in El Paso.

I also find it strange, to say the least, that the chief of police in El Paso, Greg Allen would attempt to minimize the murder that was committed in his jurisdiction by telling the folks in his city that the murder should not worry them because the guy killed was obviously “targeted” for murder! I have spent 30 years in law enforcement and find Chief Allen’s statement to be highly unusual. It would appear that he was vouching for the “professionalism” of the cartel’s hit men who, I suppose that he believes can be counted on to only kill those involved with the drug trade. I would also have to imagine that he believes that he can count on the cartel’s thugs to never make a mistake and misidentify a target and to always shoot with, literally, “deadly accuracy!”

While he may be attempting to minimize the risks that the people who live in his community face because of the Mexican drug cartels, I think it is interesting to consider a quote that he provided to Newsweek Magazine for an article that appeared in that news magazines edition that hit the newsstands on December 8th of last year.

The news report can be found, in its entirety at:


Here are the first two paragraphs of that article; you will note that Police Chief Allen was quoted at the end of the first paragraph.

Bloodshed On the Border


Life in Juarez, where drug violence has created the equivalent of a failed state on our doorstep.

Arian Campo-Flores and Monica Campbell

From the magazine issue dated Dec 8, 2008

Late one night in January, an ambulance escorted by five unmarked squad cars pulled up to Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Out leaped more than a dozen armed federal agents to protect the patient-Fernando Lozano Sandoval, a commander with the Chihuahua State Investigations Agency. He’d been pumped full of bullets just across the Mexican border in Ciudad Juarez by gunmen believed to have been hired by a drug cartel. Lozano Sandoval’s sole hope of survival was the medical team at Thomason, the only level-one trauma center for nearly 300 miles. U.S. authorities took no chances; in Mexico, assassins regularly raid hospitals to finish off their prey. Throughout Lozano Sandoval’s three-week treatment at Thomason (which proved successful), the Americans funneled visitors through metal detectors, posted guards outside the commander’s room and deployed SWAT teams armed with assault rifles around the hospital’s perimeter. Officers “were ready for war if it should go that route,” says El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen.

Lozano Sandoval was the first in a string of victims of Mexico’s spiraling violence to show up at Thomason this year. Twice more, authorities beefed up security at the hospital to the strictest level-in June, when a high-risk Mexican national was brought in anonymously, and in July, when two Mexican police officials were airlifted to the border and driven across. Beyond those cases, 43 additional patients wounded in Juarez have been treated at Thomason this year, including a 1-year-old girl who was pinned against a wall by a truck involved in a drug-related shooting.

All the patients have been dual citizens of Mexico and the United States or have had the proper documentation to enter the country, says a Thomason spokeswoman. Yet legal issues are beside the point for many El Pasoans. A recent posting in an online forum on border violence summed up the fear of many: “It is only a matter of time before the Mexican drug dealers send assassination squads over to Thomason hospital.” The traffickers already occasionally kidnap Mexicans who have fled north to escape threats of violence in Juarez.

I would urge you to read that entire news article that appeared in Newsweek. It paints a truly disturbing picture about just how much the violence in Mexico threatens the safety of our cities that lie on the other side of the border. What is also of great importance to remember is that more and more members of the violent cartels are entering our country and are bringing with them their methodology of extreme violence and corruption.

Chief of Police Greg Allen’s statements may be intended to calm his town’s residents; however, the evidence clearly contradicts his soothing words.

Moreover, it is also clear that by being a truck driver, the victim of the murder, had access to our entire country. How many more such foreign drivers are using their trucks to deliver more than their official paperwork would indicate?

A couple of months ago, I was invited to appear on “Fox and Friends” to discuss Hilary Clinton’s remarks that it was the drug addiction of many Americans that was filling the coffers of the pernicious Mexican drug cartels. She refused, as do most of our nation’s “leaders” to acknowledge that our nation’s porous borders and addiction to cheap exploitable labor contributes greatly to the crisis in Mexico. There has also been an abject refusal to deal with the fact that Mexico is addicted to the money wired to Mexico by their workers in the United States.

Now there is pressure being brought to bear to permit Mexican trucks to barrel across our nation’s border and head throughout the United States. What is even more incredible is that members of the administration are apparently eager to provide those truckers with unfettered access to our country!

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may make the outrageous assertion that it is “Un-American” to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. I would have to vehemently disagree with that statement. The immigration laws were promulgated with the intention of protecting our citizens and our nation from foreign nationals whose presence in our country would pose a threat to the safety and well being of our nation and our citizens.

Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act enumerates the grounds for which aliens are to be excluded from entering our country.

The link that I have attached below lists the aliens who are ineligible to be issued a visa to enter the United States and hence provide a list of individuals that the law says should be kept out of the United States:


Among those individuals are aliens who have dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who have convictions for felonies, aliens who are smugglers and money launderers, aliens who are pedophiles, aliens who are affiliated with terrorism, aliens who have been previously deported from the United States and aliens who have no means of financial support and may become public charges or may seek employment that they are not permitted to engage in.

This is how the official US government website summarizes these categories of excludible aliens:

(03/20/2009) There are many reasons why a person may be ineligible to enter the United States. The legal descriptions are lengthy and complex, so to help you understand them, we are providing a general description of the most common ones. This list should not be taken as a complete list of reasons to be excluded from entry. ( Legal Descriptions ) In general, you might be denied entry:

  • If you have a communicable disease,
  • If you have a criminal record for crimes of moral turpitude,
  • For possession of or trafficking in a controlled substance,
  • If you have any involvement with terrorism or terrorist organizations (no waivers can be approved for this category),
  • If you have trafficked in persons,
  • If you have been involved in money laundering,
  • If you might become a public charge because of limited financial resources,
  • If you have been previously removed (deported) or have overstayed a previous period of admission to the United States
  • If Nancy Pelosi believes it is “Un-American” to prevent the entry of such aliens into our country, then, we the People should demand that she explain her thinking (or lack thereof!)

    I am angered by the use of deceptive language used by the open border advocates and all too many of our politicians, that George Orwell would have found remarkable. We are, indeed, a “nation of immigrants” but the difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar!

    If Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano believes that aliens who circumvent the inspections process should not be arrested I want to know why. Aliens who run our nation’s borders do so because they know that they may be excluded from the United States because they fall into one or more of these grounds for exclusion from the United States.

    I cannot imagine that as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security that Ms Napolitano’s job description does not make it her responsibility to do everything that she can to keep out those whose presence in our country is contrary to our best interests. If she does not “get this” she needs to find a new job!

    A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

    In less than two years each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. In less than two years more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

    The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do – we must stop sitting on the sidelines!

    The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.

    I implore you to get involved!

    We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance

    This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

    You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

    Democracy is not a spectator sport!

    Lead, follow or get out of the way!

    East Side slaying first cartel hit in El Paso

    By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times

    EL PASO – A man shot and killed outside his home in an upscale East Side neighborhood last month was a midlevel member of the Juarez drug cartel, El Paso police said Wednesday.

    Mexican cartel member shot and killed in El Paso

    Daily Mail

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Police in El Paso, Texas, say a Mexican man shot to death last month in front of a house was a midlevel official in the Juarez drug cartel.

    Michael Cutler
    Michael Cutler, a former Senior INS Investigator, an expert witness in more than a dozen Congressional Hearings is a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to the '911 Families for a Secure America.' He writes about the nexus between immigration and national security.