LAREDO, TX – An American citizen and her two young children have reportedly been kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel inside Mexico, and the Biden administration has remained silent.
The Los Zetas cartel is suspected in the disappearance of 39-year-old Gladys Cristina Perez Sanchez and her two children, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 16, and Michelle Cristina Duran, 9.
Gladys Cristina Perez Sanchez, 39, along with Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 16, and Michelle Cristina Duran, 9, were last seen June 13
Laredo family goes missing in Mexico https://t.co/a39taHGEBN
— Daniella Lee (@DaniellalLee) June 20, 2021
They were last seen on June 13 returning to the United States after visiting a sick relative in Sabina Hidalgo, Mexico, about 80 miles from their home in Laredo, Texas.
Friends and family of the missing Americans became concerned when they failed to arrive home and calls Perez Sanchez’s cell phone went to voicemail.
They are believed to have disappeared along the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Highway. The family was in a yellow 2014 Chevrolet Sonic bearing Texas license plates NBX-4740.
🎥 Gladys Cristina Pérez y sus hijos, Juan Carlos Sánchez y Michelle Christina Durán, de 16 y 9 años, desaparecieron cuando viajaban por una peligrosa carretera que va de Nuevo León a Texas.
— Univision Noticias (@UniNoticias) June 19, 2021
Perez Sanchez is employed as a custodian with the United Independent School District, where she worked for three years. Rocio Moore, the district’s Communications Manager, issued a brief statement:
“We found out about this lady had her two kids. It’s something that is very sad. She is employed at United ISD. She’s been working with us for 3 years. We found out this through the social media.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has refused to confirm an investigation is underway, saying only that concerns about missing American citizens should be reported:
“The San Antonio FBI continues to encourage members of the public to contact the FBI if a U.S. citizen friend or relative goes missing in Mexico. Moreover, any threatening communications received in the United States demanding ransom in exchange for the release of a kidnapped victim should also be reported. Concerns about missing U.S. citizens should also be reported to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
“If you are concerned about a U.S. citizen relative or friend who is traveling or living abroad, you may contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or call our Overseas Citizens Services office in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (from outside the United States and Canada, call 202-501-4444).”
⚠️❗️Solicitamos de su colaboración en apoyo a AEI Sabinas Hidalgo para LOCALIZACIÓN de GLADYS CRISTINA PEREZ SANCHEZ, JUAN CARLOS GONZÁLEZ Y MICHELLE CRISTINA DURÁN❗️⚠️
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— Sandra Ábrego (@Sandra_AbregoH) June 16, 2021
Jose Israel, a family member of the missing Americans, described the family as good people:
“Christian people, people who dedicate themselves a lot to the church and God, adding the children are very studious.”
He said that the trip the family planned along the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Highway is known to be dangerous for travelers because of cartel activity:
“The Monterrey Nuevo Laredo Highway is currently called the Bermuda Triangle; he says it’s strange because many people have been disappearing there.”
Gladys Cristina Pérez Sánchez de 39 años y sus hijos Juan Carlos González de 16 y Michelle Cristina Durán de 9,Desaparecieron el 13 de junio del 2021 en la carretera Monterrey – Nuevo Laredo cuando se dirigían de Sabinas Hidalgo Nuevo León a Laredo Texas. pic.twitter.com/CcYuGP4vEH
— Saúl Hernández garcia (@SalHernndezgar1) June 17, 2021
Historically, American citizens traveled through Mexico with relative safety, but much has changed. Cartels have become more brazen closer to the border with the United States since President Joe Biden’s lenient immigration policies resulted in a border crisis.
Cartels see the chaos and influx of people gathering along the border as an opportunity to be exploited. While United States border enforcement is occupied handling the surge of illegal immigrants crossing the border, cartels and other criminal elements take advantage of the weaknesses created in other areas.
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Roads in northern Mexico, especially along Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Highway, have become almost no-man’s land. Mexican authorities are having a difficult time dealing with the increased violence in the north, as the police and military are often outgunned by the cartels.
Apoya a la localización de Gladys Cristina Pérez Sánchez y sus hijos Juan Carlos González y Michelle Cristina Durán de 39,16 y 9 años de edad, desaparecidos el 13/06/2021 a bordo de un vehículo Sonic, salieron de #SabinasHidalgo #NvoLeón a #Laredo #Texas pic.twitter.com/qvw5KGvnwE
— Loba Indomable 🐺🐾🌿🌸🍃🍂 (@loba_indomable) June 17, 2021
Just last week, a convoy carrying more than seven million rounds of ammunition was hijacked while on route from Mexico to Texas. The trucks were ambushed in the violent state of Guanajuato.
As the convoy traveled through the town of Cabana del Rey early Wednesday morning, GPS signals from the transport trucks and their security escorts were lost. The Mexican military immediately responded to the area and found the trucks abandoned and their massive cache of weapons gone.
The violence is not just reaching the northern region of Mexico. The border crisis is reaching inside the United States.
In an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on June 10, FBI Director Christopher Wray said cartel activity “spilling over” into the United States is a “significant security concern.”
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) expressed concern about the flood of migrants and upticks in criminal arrests at the United States-Mexico border, Wray responded:
“There’s no question that the cartel activity on the other side of the border is spilling over in all sorts of ways, and you just put your finger on one that’s extremely concerning to us all.”
— NarcoStudios701 (@Narcostudios701) June 9, 2021
The Border Patrol noted precipitous increases in the arrests of criminal migrants this year. Two weeks ago, Laredo Border Patrol reported an increase of more than 1,200% as a total of 760 criminal migrants have been brought into custody, compared to 60 who were arrested over the same time period last year.
Similarly, Del Rio, Texas, authorities reported a 3,166% increase in the apprehension of migrants with convictions for sex crimes in May. A total of 95 suspected illegal crossers who were previously found guilty of sexual offenses were nabbed in the sector during that time.
Despite the chaos and crime invading the southern border, and the kidnapping of American citizens, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have not visited the border.
There has been no comment or reaction from the White House in response to the kidnapping of the Perez Sanchez family.
Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children! @CBP @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/U91y2g8Lk1
— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) March 31, 2021
Vice President Harris has been placed in charge of handling the border crisis by the President but has not taken any clear action. Dozens of House Republicans called for the President to remove Harris from her leading role at the border, citing “inaction.”
The 56 House lawmakers sent a letter to President Biden June 17, penned by Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman:
“Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand.
“In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and local law enforcement official.”
Meanwhile, Mexican authorities continue to search for the Perez Sanchez family. It remains unclear what the United States is doing, if anything, to find its missing citizens.
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