Kidnappings Of U.S. Citizens On Rise In Mexico

Feb 8, 2008 Full story: Immigration Watchdog 67

“Some of the 26 were recovered, some were hurt and some were killed”

Organized, well-financed and violent Mexican kidnapping cells are targeting a growing number of U.S. citizens visiting communities popular with San Diegans and other California residents. via Immigration Watchdog

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Patriot

Aurora, CO

#23 Feb 20, 2008
ALERT!

Congress seeks increase in number of foreign workers!

In spite of evidence that the U.S. is slipping into a recession, Congressional leaders of both parties are trying to increase the number of visas available for foreign workers. This will lead to fewer jobs and lower wages for America's own workers.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has repeatedly sought to raise the annual limit of H-2B (non-skilled seasonal worker) visas beyond its annual cap of 66,000. Her increase in foreign workers was included in the Senate's fiscal year 2008 spending bill but removed in conference with the House. HR 1843 is a similar stand-alone measure in the House.

The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, chaired by the late Barbara Jordan, recommended the total elimination of the H-2B visa program:
The Commission recommends the elimination of the admission of unskilled workers....It is not in the national interest to admit unskilled workers.

There is no end to the appetite of big businesses and corporations for more foreign workers at lower wages. Let Congress know that America's unemployed workers come first.

ACTION NEEDED

Urge your Senators and Congressional Representative to reject this quest for more cheap labor.

www.senate.gov
Caesar

Lakeside, CA

#24 Feb 20, 2008
I bet North Korea seems pretty "tranquil" and like "paradise" to some people as well. How is it that Mexico cannot advance into a second world country? Seriously...Canada is doing just fine. Step up your game Mexico.
Melissa73

AOL

#25 Feb 22, 2008
I am 22 years old and my parents don't own the home, but have a home that we pay rent on in Ensenada. I have been going to Ensenada since i was 4months old. Ensenada is where i felt safer walking the streets than here in Southern Cali. For the first time i am scared out of my mind to go to Mexico, a place where i basically grew up for 22 years during my summers. This is so sad, but what scares me the most is that i am a white, blonde, green eyed 22 year old American, and i feel that i am an obvious target for a kidnapping. This is really sad and scarry.

“Green card?”

Since: Jan 08

Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

#26 Feb 22, 2008
Melissa73 wrote:
I am 22 years old and my parents don't own the home, but have a home that we pay rent on in Ensenada. I have been going to Ensenada since i was 4months old. Ensenada is where i felt safer walking the streets than here in Southern Cali. For the first time i am scared out of my mind to go to Mexico, a place where i basically grew up for 22 years during my summers. This is so sad, but what scares me the most is that i am a white, blonde, green eyed 22 year old American, and i feel that i am an obvious target for a kidnapping. This is really sad and scarry.
Now,now, I'm sure everything is just fine, maybe we can talk about this over breakfast?
nervous nilly

Los Angeles, CA

#28 Apr 7, 2008
who's kidnapped in mexico, adults or kids?
Tracy

Phoenix, AZ

#29 Apr 14, 2008
My brother was kidnapped last week in an 'Express Kidnapping' scheme in Cabo. We had gotten off in port from a Carnival cruise. The took my brother in demand of a measly $500 payment. But he couldn't get his Amex card to work at any of the ATMs. One of the employees from Carnival was involved. He took me aboard ship, and had me withdrawl $500 from the ships ATM. He was in constant contact with my brother's captors via cell phone.
I can't get Carnival to take this seriously. They 'took a report' but refused to even get the details of the report from us, and we haven't heard anything a week. Does anyone know who we can report this to?
This was the scariest thing I've ever dealt with.
Rusty

Martinez, CA

#30 Jun 25, 2008
Yeah my honey moon was destroyed by a grifter who had the policia in his pocket. Power tripper freak, time share salesman named Kieth Ferguson. His alias is 'Riker' or "rhyker". Nasty stuff. Said he was a time share salesman and an x-member of Sublime (which was bullshit).
Talk to no one in Cabo. Better yet do not go!
Music sucks and the party scene is like Wrigleyville in Chicago but with more stealing whores and fake scary card readers. Esp watch out for the white people living there they want your dinero my friends. As nice as they can seem, theres a reason they are american and hiding in Mexico.

“I'm Your WORST Naitomea!”

Since: Jun 08

Salem

#31 Jun 25, 2008
maybe
some
us citizens
deserve
to die
hmmm..
the
past
issues
ring a bell?
apsara15

San Francisco, CA

#32 Feb 15, 2009
I'm getting married in San Miguel de Allende in March and wonder if it is still safe to go there. My family has major concerns with the violence from the drug cartel and the kidnappings. Are the roads safe from BJX to SMdA? Are there any precautions we should take?

Thanks!
Truth-teller wrote:
I am shocked. I've lived in Mexico for 5 years after living in San Diego for 10 years. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is hands down the best, safest place I've ever lived. It rocks! I can't believe the stupidity of people who write these generalizations about Mexico. The peacefulness, the beauty, the perfect weather...I'm never leaving. It is wonderful. I wouldn't move back to the US if you PAID me.
Please, don't come here--we want it to stay the paradise it is!
TRUE BLUE

United States

#33 Feb 18, 2009
If I jump off my roof, do you think it would hurt?
QuestionMark

Germantown, OH

#34 Feb 19, 2009
Alex in Los Cabos wrote:
I am a retired American, resident of Mexico for more than 10 years. Every foreigner who comes here needs to understand that Mexico is essentially a country without a police force. The police are the major source of crime in Mexico, and are almost certainly behind the growing epidemic of kidnappings of foreigners. With the collusion and indifference of local government officials -- which is almost universal across Mexico -- the criminal element is free to do whatever it wants to whomever it wants. It is open season on foreigners all year around. And you can bet that this bad situation is going to get worse, much worse. At some point the risks will outweigh the benefits of visiting or retiring in this beautiful country. It isn't there yet but we see no reason for optimism. Our suggestion to Americans and Canadians is to stay out of Mexico.
Then why the heck are you in Mexico?!!! Why shouldn't you be back in the U.S.? I mean, aren't you worried what might happen to you. I know I'm worried about you, dude. Don't you think you're in danger at all -- just a little bit?
MizzKool

Germantown, OH

#35 Feb 19, 2009
QuestionMark wrote:
<quoted text>
Then why the heck are you in Mexico?!!! Why shouldn't you be back in the U.S.? I mean, aren't you worried what might happen to you. I know I'm worried about you, dude. Don't you think you're in danger at all -- just a little bit?
I agree with my son "QuestionMark:" I'm worried about you too. If I could find you, I'd kidnap you and bring you back to the U.S.A!!!!!!!!!!
luv2read

Lexington, TN

#36 Mar 3, 2009
Agent of Chaos wrote:
Just another reason not to go to Mexico nor do any business with them if at all possible.
I hope someone can answer this for me...My child is thinking about going on a mission trip to Ensenada. Do you think it is safe there or would they be at risk for kidnapping there just like anywhere else?

“Stop or I'll shoot”

Since: Nov 08

San Diego via Philly

#38 Mar 5, 2009
luv2read wrote:
<quoted text>
I hope someone can answer this for me...My child is thinking about going on a mission trip to Ensenada. Do you think it is safe there or would they be at risk for kidnapping there just like anywhere else?
I would avoid every part of Mexico like the plague right now.
CarmenSD

Redmond, WA

#39 Mar 9, 2009
luv2read wrote:
<quoted text>
I hope someone can answer this for me...My child is thinking about going on a mission trip to Ensenada. Do you think it is safe there or would they be at risk for kidnapping there just like anywhere else?
I just got back from a mission trip in Ensenada and as long as your child doesn't go walking on the streets in town by themself or do anything else stupid like that they will be fine. Going on the mission trip is too much of an incredible experience to pass up.
MXMAMA

San Jacinto, CA

#40 Apr 14, 2009
IM A 21 YEAR OLD "GRINGA" WHO LIVED IN MEXICO FOR 2 YEARS AND HALF TWO BEAUTIFUL HALF MEXICAN CHILDREN. I LIVED IN GUADALAJARA AND IN LOS CABOS. AND I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBELM. UNTIL YOU GET THERE AND UNTIL YOU EXPERIENCE IT..DONT TALK ABOUT IT JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW SOME STATISTICS. IF YOU KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN YOU WONT HAVE A PROBLEM. MOST OF THE AMERICANS WHO GET HARASSED FROM MY EXPERINCE HAD IT COMING TO THEM, WITH THE DRUGS BEING CHEAP AND BEING ON VACATION ACTING LIKE FOOLS DRAWS ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES. I WOULD BE UTTERLY SHOCKED IF I HEARD A STORY OR STASTIC THAT ENVOLVED SOMEONE CLEAN AND RESPECTABLE. WE DONT GO OUT LATE AT NIGHT, WE DONT PARTY, WE BLEND IN BESIDES THE FACT I HAVE BLONDE HAIR. BECAUSE THE RULES ARE LESS STRICT AND THE COPS ARE EASY TO BUY, PPL START ACTING DIFFERENT KNOWING WITH A FEW BUCKS THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING.
Mexi-gal

Southold, NY

#41 Apr 28, 2009
Truth-teller wrote:
I am shocked. I've lived in Mexico for 5 years after living in San Diego for 10 years. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is hands down the best, safest place I've ever lived. It rocks! I can't believe the stupidity of people who write these generalizations about Mexico. The peacefulness, the beauty, the perfect weather...I'm never leaving. It is wonderful. I wouldn't move back to the US if you PAID me.
Please, don't come here--we want it to stay the paradise it is!
Truth-teller,
I am glad to hear you say that. I have spoken to many people who have been to or lived in San Miguel. I am considering buying a home for my mother there in the next year. There is no way she can survive in the US on her SSI retirement. I've been told there is a very large American populous there, and it sounds very safe. I would be interested to know more about the living down there (shopping,cost of living, entertainment, etc.) I also plan on joining her, eventually. To me, a country that lets it's hard working citizens go without the reward of a generous, secure retirement...while giving welfare recipients EVERYTHING, is a bad place to live! The US cares more about catering to the lazy than protecting its middle class; you know, the ones that pay the tab for everyone else? How is the health care down your way?
Thanks a bunch!
whiteman

Woodburn, OR

#42 Apr 28, 2009
All that it boils down to is that mayheco is a very corrupt cesspool, that I would NEVER visit! All mayhecans are on the take, sneaky, lowlife sob's. If they were not in such close proximity to the U.S., they would be much worse than they are. I cannot think of anything good coming out of mayheco. I would much rather vacation in Australia or New Zealand, where you don't have to watch over your shoulder for a beaner cop. These cops are just a joke, these guys look like a bad 70's sterotype beaner w/ the bad mustache trying to look all cool, but just look like a damn fool! Nothing worse than giving a badge to a beaner!
Shay

Oakland, CA

#43 Jul 21, 2009
I am looking for my friend Mark Dempsey. he was living there. he sometimes goes by the name Jim. Does anyone know him?

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Johnny boy

San Diego, CA

#44 Jul 21, 2009
Tracy wrote:
My brother was kidnapped last week in an 'Express Kidnapping' scheme in Cabo. We had gotten off in port from a Carnival cruise. The took my brother in demand of a measly $500 payment. But he couldn't get his Amex card to work at any of the ATMs. One of the employees from Carnival was involved. He took me aboard ship, and had me withdrawl $500 from the ships ATM. He was in constant contact with my brother's captors via cell phone.
I can't get Carnival to take this seriously. They 'took a report' but refused to even get the details of the report from us, and we haven't heard anything a week. Does anyone know who we can report this to?
This was the scariest thing I've ever dealt with.
I would call different media people. Start making it public knowledge and Carnival will suddenly start paying attention. E-mail Geraldo, O'reilly, Vansustren etc. Seriously! Your story makes me upset!

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