February 25, 2009
Mexican Officials Live in Texas
(El Paso, Texas) In September 2008, it was announced that the Director of the Chihuahua (Mexico) State Police, Saul Hernandez, actually resided in El Paso and crossed the border daily to carry out his duties in Ciudad Juárez.
Hernandez not only didn't live in his jurisdiction, he didn't even live in his own country. The situation was allowed to exist for "reasons of security."
Along the same lines, it's now reported that the mayor of Juárez, Jose Reyes Ferriz, has moved his entire family to El Paso for safety reasons.
"We received information that the Juárez mayor lives in El Paso, and that possibly they were going to come to El Paso to get him," Carrillo said [El Paso Police Detective Carlos Carrillo].Curiously, since officials must head for the hills when elected or appointed, it's easy to contend that the outlaws are actually governing the city of Juárez and the State of Chihuahua. Meanwhile, there's no reason to assume that the outlaws will be deterred by an international border.
"He has not asked us for our help, but it's our duty to protect any resident of our city who may be under threat."
Juárez police said written threats against Reyes Ferriz and his family were left in different parts of Juárez after the police chief, Roberto Orduña Cruz, resigned Friday. The threats were written on the kind of banners and posters that the Juárez drug cartel has used to send messages to police and others.