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Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso, Texas
Journalist and author based in El Paso, Texas. Staff writer for the El Paso Times.
Interests: US-Mexico relations, border issues, drug cartels, women's issues, minority issue, movies, reading, travel, and more
Recent Activity
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, was interviewed for MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Mathews on Sept. 17. O'Rourke discusses his efforts to investigate the source of the alleged ISIS threat on the border. (Link to the interview that aired Wednesday http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/projecting-isis-fear-onto-immigration-330452547787). Among other things, O'Rourke mentions his concern over attempts by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Border Cafe
The next U.S. ambassador to Mexico could be Maria Echaveste, former President Bill Clinton's deputy chief of staff. If she is confirmed, she will become the first Hispanic woman to fill the post. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued a statement in support of her... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Border Cafe
Letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, dated Sept, 17, 2014 Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto: I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Border Cafe
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Entrance to narrow alley and basement of building at 101 N. Mesa where mutilated body was found. Side entrance on San Antonio of build where body was found. A plaque describing the historical significance of the site is affixed to the left of the door. (Photos by Diana Washington Valdez/El... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Border Cafe
With the death of author Charles Bowden, the border region lost an important voice and herald. Right to the very end, he was doing what he loved and what he did best, expounding and exposing the major events that the rest of newsland tends to bury or ignore. Bowden wrote... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Border Cafe
Most corrupt per Transparency.org are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia; least corrupt are Denmark and New Zealand.
See map with countries and their rankings http://www.transparency.org/cpi2013/results (The lower the number the lesser the corruption) * Mexico ranks 106 out of 177 * US ranks 19 out of 177 * Canada 9 rank out of 177 Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Border Cafe
URL http://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-recession-recovered-cities/5219/ By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times/July 29, 2014 El Paso, which posted the biggest decrease in poverty, ranked above average in recovering from the Great Recession out of the 150 largest cities in the United States, according to WalletHub's just-released analysis. El Paso ranked 43rd in overall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Border Cafe
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James McCormick and his son James McCormick III watch the Fourth of July "People's Parade" in El Paso, Texas. The parade attrached thousands of El Paso residents, many who had the day from work. The parade featured 84 entries and grand marshal (Ret.) Army Sgt. Major Joe Lopez. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Border Cafe
By now, the whole world has heard about Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, the 11-year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found June 15 near La Joya, Texas. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra, who disclosed several details about the boy on Monday, speculated that the boy may have died from heat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Border Cafe
(The ACLU today released the results of an investigation into immigrant prisons operated by private companies that contrac with the U.S. government. The following is a copy of the ACLU's press release and a link to its report.) ACLU Finds Abuse, Inhumane Conditions, at Little-Known Prisons for Immigrants Run by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
Mexico main country of origin for most U.S. deportations By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times Hispanics made up 97 percent of the people that the U.S. government deported in 2013, according to a new report released today. The report "Detention, Deportation, and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Border Cafe
DEA news release today DEA: COLOMBIANS LAUNDER FUNDS THROUGH COLORADO TO OPERATE MARIJUANA BUSINESS Money was being wired from bank accounts in Colombia to bank accounts in Colorado for purchase of marijuana grow facility DENVER – Hector Diaz, age 49, David Jeffrey Furtado, age 48, Luis Fernand Uribe, age 28,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Border Cafe
Time lapsed video from reader of the Chihuahuas baseball stadium construction Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diand Washington Valdez/El Paso Times Fusion recently reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso held 40 pregnant women in custody during the past year. Fusion, a new national English-language digital TV network affiliated with Univision's Jorge Ramos, cited a document obtained under FOIA for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
This is a verbatim copy of the news release issued today by the US Attorney's Office in New Mexico April 10, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
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How long did it take to count it? The Mexican federal Attorney General's Office released pictures of items seized from one of presumed drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman's homes, which included a collection of gold-plated guns, exotic animals, assault rifles and $22 billion (U.S.) in cash. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
Today Sunshine & Shadows: Public Records and the New Mexico Mental Health Audit Thursday, March 20 - Zuhl Library, 3rd Floor 5:00-6:00 p.m. PROGRAM 6:00-6:30 p.m. RECEPTION Program Outline – (TK) Welcome/Introductions/Order of Events (2-3 minutes) April Anaya, NMSU Library Tribute to Margaret Markham (10 minutes) Todd Dickson, Las Cruces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Border Cafe
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) issued the following press release Thursday. This is a verbatim copy of the release: ICE Texas field offices remove more than 800 sex offenders so far this year More than 2,000 removed every year in past three years DALLAS – The four Texas field... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times A DEA intelligence chief and a DEA high-level official were among those who erroneously reported the death in 2010 of Mexican drug kingpin Nazario "Chayo" Moreno Gonzalez, according to two 2011 DEA reports prepared for U.S. Congressional committees. In one of the DEA... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Border Cafe
http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_25233480/chapo-guzman-should-be-extradited-role-camarena-death Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Border Cafe
Ex-DEA official in California: "Chapo" Guzman allegedly was present during DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena's 1985 torture/interrogation; "Chapo" allegedly received orders to "pick up" Kiki's pilot Alfredo Zavala. (more to come at the elpasotimes.com) Camarena was abducted in Mexico 29 years ago this month by Guadalajara drug cartel operatives. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times Mexican corrido musicians wasted no time in musically chronoicaling the recent capture of legendary kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. The very same day, on Saturday (Feb. 22), a song titled "El Corrido de la Captura de el Chapo 2014," was uploaded on Youtube, credited... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
http://www.chicagocrimecommission.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=783436&module_id=142291 Law enforcement officials in Chicago have blamed Sinaloa drug cartel leader for the spike in drug-related violence in that city. Youths in gangs have been fighting and killing each other for "turfs." Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe
Feb. 22, 2014 Statement by U.S. Attorney General The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence, and corruption. We salute the Government of Mexico, and the professionalism and courage of the Mexican authorities, for this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe