In a major development for Mexico Riviera cruising, industry giant Princess Cruises has canceled calls in Puerto Vallarta for the rest of the year, citing safety concerns.
The move comes three months after Princess and several other lines pulled out of nearby Mazatlan, Mexico, also over safety concerns.
“As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and based on the continued violence in these areas, we’ve made the decision to cancel our calls to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan,” Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy tells USA TODAY.
While several lines have dropped calls in Mazatlan this year, Princess is the first major operator to cancel calls in Puerto Vallarta, and the move raises questions about the viability of the Mexican Riviera as a cruise destination.
[Fulano’s note: With Puerto Vallarta now being bypassed by cruise lines, as well as Acapulco and Mazatlan which were dropped earlier this year, the remaining Mexican Riviera destinations of Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada also become less viable. Fewer people will be willing to take a 7-day cruise if they can only disembark in two Mexican ports.]
Jorge Castañeda, a professor at New York University and former foreign minister of Mexico, is the author, most recently, of “Mañana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans.” He writes:
“A willingness to make deals with criminals attests to another deeply ingrained Mexican trait that I deal with in my new book, “Mañana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans”: an extreme disregard and lack of respect for the law. A recent poll carried out by Banamex and Fundación Este País asked respondents whether they thought citizens of Mexico respected its laws. About 49% said rarely or never, and only 6% replied always. The rule of law does not really exist in Mexico today, in big and small matters alike.”
Imagen Radio ran a poll on what Mexicans thought of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon’s release, after being charged with possession of 88 weapons. The results: of 5,390 respondents 96% said that the rich avoid justice, while 4% said he was innocent.
When Troy police spotted Miguel Rojas-Villanueva last October, the 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico was passed out behind the wheel of his pickup.
It was 1 a.m., and Rojas-Villanueva was stopped in the center lane of northbound I-75, near Rochester Road, with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the limit at which someone can be convicted of drunken driving.
Six months earlier, authorities had sent him back to Mexico for driving drunk in Troy on a suspended license and cocaine possession.
This time, they took a different tack with the man who has illegally entered the U.S. five times: They prosecuted him in federal criminal court.
He got 12 months in prison, plus deportation and a felony conviction that dashes any hope of legally rejoining his wife, a U.S. citizen, in Rochester Hills.
Clenbuterol is a steroid that when fed to cattle causes them to rapidly add muscle, and hence value, when sold for slaughter. When the meat is eaten by humans, it can cause heart palpitations and rapid breathing. In this video interview, the cattle rancher is saying that 60% of the cattle in Mexico are contaminated with the steroid and the authorities know about it, but are corrupt.
11 Latin American countries added their voices to legal efforts to halt Georgia’s tough new crackdown on illegal immigration.
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru joined the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and several other civil and immigrant rights groups in arguing the Georgia law is unconstitutional because it’s preempted by federal law.
Their federal class-action lawsuit also asks U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash to keep the measure from going into effect while their case is still pending.
A group of 21 undocumented immigrants being held in New Mexico is asking not to be deported to Mexico through the northern states of Chihuahua, Coahuila or Tamaulipas, where they fear they could become victims of organized crime, the El Paso Times reported.
The group, detained at the Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia, said in letters written to the immigrant-rights group, No More Deaths, that they feared falling prey to violence, extortion or forced recruitment by the Zetas drug cartel, the Times said.
A No More Deaths news release said the detainees are asking to be deported through the Mexican state of Sonora and have called on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for help, the paper reported.
“They’re not asking not to be deported,” said Sally Meisen Helder, a volunteer with No More Deaths. “The immigrants asked us to intervene to avoid being deported along the Texas and New Mexico borders because their feeling is that it’s all Zetas territory.”
One member of the group said in a letter that he had been deported before through Texas and was kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by local police when he returned to Mexico, the Times said.