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August 19, 2011

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Sylvia,

I think it makes sense for an american criminal organization with middle-east background to develop ties with Mexican DTOs, specially because the border has traditionally been used for smuggling all kinds of people, not only Mexicans, in addition to drugs, money and weapons. Nearly half a million central and south americans cross our territories each year seeking to cross the US-Mexico border illegally, among them, there are chinese, egyptians, syrians, Iraqis and all kinds of people from around the world too. Mexico's visa policy are very strict for many of those countries, however criminal organizations bribe them or provide them with student's and professional visa paperwork so that Mexican embassies then grant them visas, but as soon as these middle-easterns get off the plane, they head to the border.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Sinaloa cartel and other provide these kinds of services to those criminal organizations since it is a lot harder to bring their people by other means.

To me, it could also be a sign of weakness for the Sinaloa cartel, that they cannot longer sustain their network and need to get someone on board to partner with them. It is very telling the fact that the Sinaloa cartel is a multibillion dollar operation while the Chaldeans appear to be much smaller.

It's unbelievable that the Mexican Drug Cartels are so close and actually now trying to make their way into the U.S. It makes me mad thinking how it would be here in American if the drug cartels bring the brutal violence from Mexico over the border to the States. Have you guys seen how vicious and dangerous these criminals are? I recently saw this news blog about Cartel News called www.thecartelwar.blogspot.com and it totally blew my mind in disgust to see what these people are capable of. I was totally oblivious, but now I realize that we the people need to do something about it before it's too late. People please wake up!

4 out of the 60 that were arrested were Chaldean people.. to call this chaldean organized is unfair .. how come all the other ethnicity's and races were not mentioned?

Mary - To scare the sh## out of Chaldeans so they behave! Because, for the most part, they are good people -- but quiet and don't get involved. Believe it -- organized Chaldean crime exists.

I've seen parents who do not put their foot down for their juvenile children who are adopting gang-like attitudes. I see them on streets, in markets, in cars. I don't like what I see. These kids and young men have adopted a way of life that is not healthy for Chaldeans, their community or the people of San Diego especially for El Cajon.

Myself, having been a resident of El Cajon and closely associated with Chaldeans, I hope the arrests, if only 4, is a wake-up call to Chaldeans in El Cajon to get involved with their own and shed these bad influences be them Chaldean organized crime or Mexican Drug Cartel.

Personally, I support the deportation of any Chaldean who is not a USA citizen back to Iraq as they obviously don't appreciate what they were given in being brought to USA.

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