Can Terrorists Enter the U.S. Through the Mexican Border?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the song that goes 'Ay, Pepito!'?

DEAR MEXICAN: Could it really be possible for a terrorist to sneak into the U.S. through the southern border, or is that just more fearmongoring from the conservatives?

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DEAR GABACHO: Of course it's possible, but we're really not going to know until we find out, right? American officials have gone on the record as stating drug cartels have established ties with groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, yet they haven't offered conclusive proof (and that rumor you heard about al-Qaeda establishing camps in Mexico to train terrorists to look like my Tío Lencho? Pinche false). But I don't think the cartels are so pendejo to assist terrorists hell-bent on destroying America from within—after all, they already have that market to themselves.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Some years ago, we attended a family reunion in Cuba, New Mexico, where the Mexican branch of the family put on a skit; they used a recording of a song, but it has gone missing, and we all would love to find a source to purchase it. The family says it was an old 45 rpm record, but they can't find it now and don't know who the artist was. It's a gas of a song, and if you've never heard it before, I would bet you would have a good laugh over it. The song is about a young Mexican boy who falls in love with a girl (can't remember her name). His daddy tells the boy he can't marry the girl, so the boy asks the daddy why. The daddy replies something like "Maria is your sister, but your mama don't know." In frustration, the boy goes over and cries to his mama about the situation, and the song ends with the mama smirking and telling the son not to worry because "Your daddy's not your daddy, but your daddy don't know." A friend suggested the song might be titled "Hey, Pepito," but we're just not sure. Perhaps in your travels or via your radio audience, you might be able to help me find the correct title and maybe even a source to obtain the track.

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DEAR WABETTE: The name of the canción your family played is "Ay Pepito!"—because that's the memorable chorus of the song (and the girl you mentioned was Marie). The performer was Baby Gaby, part of the Sanchez dynasty of New Mexican music headed by the legendary Al Hurricane (who once played at one of your humble Mexican's book signings in ABQ). But the song's real name is "Shame and Scandal In the Family," and Gaby most likely covered the version sung by Mexican-American artist Trini Lopez. Lopez, in turn, joined legendary American artists such as the Stylistics and Johnny Cash in covering a song called "Shame and Scandal," recorded by ska and reggae titans ranging from the Skatalites to the Wailers (with Peter Tosh in the lead). They, in turn, were giving their spin to a calypso classic originally grabada by Sir Lancelot in the 1940s. And if you think Mexicans taking inspiration from calypso is strange, you obviously don't know the similarly tangled history of "Esa Chica Me Vacila" ("That Chick Teases Me"), the techno-banda favorite by Banda Vallarta Show, a remake of the punta ditty "Ella Me Vacila" ("She Teases Me") by Grupo Kazzabe, itself taken from "Lady Teaser" by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, who got their inspiration for the track from the soca standard "Teaser" by Becket. Back to Baby Gaby: Give him credit for Mexicanizing the song by crooning the lyrics in a Jose Jimenez accent and giving the previously nameless character of the tale the nombre Pepito, proving there are some New Mexicans who are not afraid of their Mexican roots.

 
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Travelin Man
Travelin Man

In reference to the "Ay Pepito" song, would you happen to know if it was preceded by "Maria Teresa y Danilo" or some variation of that? I wasn't familiar with "Ay Pepito", shameful because I'm a New Mexican, but knew the salsa from Hansel y Raul and found the two songs very familiar. Can you shed some light on the connection if any?

quien-soy
quien-soy

There are Hispanics all over Latin America not just New Mexico who do not have Native American roots.Lets face it, there is no such thing as a pure anything. There are very few cultures, nations, ethnic groups or tribes (or what ever) that has not been conquered, invaded or just simply mixed with some other group.

Jeff O'Brien
Jeff O'Brien

Wouldn't even be an issue if US (and Canadian) addicts would stop funding the cartels. But hey, they want to crap in their backyard then complain about the smell. And if you want to really get down to it, the US government is already hooked up one way or another with criminal and terrorist organizations. The US government, US addicts and criminal groups - those are the real cartels.

Boli InMiami
Boli InMiami

If narcos found terror dudes they would probably kidnap them first. And then they would call their gringo lawyers with instructions to contact FBI/DEA to see what kind of goodwill that would buy.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

The terorist come in legally through the airports because the Dum gringos let them in.

DonAlbertoDoyle
DonAlbertoDoyle

“After the war of the 1840s (ed. He means the Invasion, Occupation, and Theft of half the land) the US-Mexican border remained fairly open. Basically the same people lived on the same sides of it, so people would cross to visit relatives or to engage in commerce, or something else.    It was pretty much an open border until the early 1990’s. In 1994, Clinton initiated the program of militarizing the border, and that was extended greatly under George W. Bush in the 2000s—largely under the guise of safety and defence from terrorism. The two key pieces of legislation were called “The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005” and the “Secure Fence Act of 2006″.  That was interesting, and revealing, because the warnings from the security services were that the dangerous border, with regard the possible incursion of terrorists into the US, was the Canadian border. If you take a look, you can see why. The Canadian border is so porous that you and I can cross it in some forested areas. If you were worried about terrorism, you would fortify the Canadian border. Instead, they fortified the Mexican border where there is no threat of terrorism; it was, clearly, for other reasons.”  -- Noam Chomsky, recently,

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

I didn't read the article, but I couldnt imagine that the Narco's would help the terrorists. I would think they wouldnt want to draw any extra attention to themselves. I also think that the rumor under Bush that there is a deal, we'll leave the border alone, you make sure no one comes over with a bomb.

Daniel Carson
Daniel Carson

Exactly. Cartels want money, not attention. Helping out known terrorists groups puts them square in the crosshairs.....

Juan M Escobar
Juan M Escobar

Why people are so stupid to think that terrorists would use Mexican soil to sneak into the U.S.? Most of them hold French or British passports which basically means "No question asked" and Red Carpet Treatment.

Anoosh Jorjorian
Anoosh Jorjorian

"Oh, papa. Quelle malheure, qu'est la malheure pour moi. Oh, papa. Quelle scandale si maman savait ça!" It's on the Africando - All Stars: Betece album.

Russell Contreras
Russell Contreras

"...proving there are some New Mexicans who are not afraid of their Mexican roots." LOL!!!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

You mean their Native American roots - that's where the genes come from that makes a Mexican a Mexican and not a Spaniard (AKA a white European). 

Boli InMiami
Boli InMiami

Good column. Cartels know that if they help out the Qaeda and H-Bollah's, a whole bunch of drone's an Apaches would be raining missiles on them. Big dif being indicted for trafficking in Fed Court in USA than gettin on Obama's "muerte por drone" lista.

Anoosh Jorjorian
Anoosh Jorjorian

Gustavo! Did you know there's a version of that song called "Scandalo/Shoubou" by the Senegalese salsa group, Africando?

ubeesusedbooks
ubeesusedbooks

"proving there are some New Mexicans who are not afraid of their Mexican roots." HAHAHAHAH. So true!!!!!!!

 
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