Cartels tricking people into becoming drug mules 

Transport a car or some documents into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico and make an easy $500.

That’s the kind of ads drug cartels are unveiling in Tijuana to try and lure people into doing some easy work and making quick cash, Reuters reports.

But drivers should beware – it could be a trap.

"(Drug cartels) are hiring these people for supposedly legal work as couriers, in sales, vehicle delivery and currency exchange houses," Alfredo Arenas, of the State Preventive Police in Mexico's northern Baja California told Reuters.

The State Preventive Police in the Baja say the Mexican drug cartels are offering people to work as couriers and transporters to the United States. Since early 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says more than 50 smuggling cases have been related to people who say they have responded to the ads.

To warn drivers about the advertisement, ICE paid $2,000 to run an ad of their own for 30 days in Tijuana newspapers:

"Warning! Drug traffickers are advertising jobs for drivers to cross to the United States. Don't be a victim of the smugglers' trap."

Squabble at the border over water

There’s a clash over water at the border. The International Boundary and Water Commission decided to release irrigation water from Rio Grande early so Mexican farmers will be able to finish their planting, the Associated Press reported.

Yet in Texas, farmers were hoping for the release to happen later in the summer – as their crops will need it more in the sweltering summer months. Now farmers in El Paso's valley are planting their crops earlier to make the best of the early water release.

Since 1906, a water treaty has been active between the U.S. and Mexico.

Cross-border charity celebrating 50 years on Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Medical Ministries, a non-profit organization near San Diego, is celebrating 50 years of service this Cinco de Mayo. They provide low-cost or free health care for people in Tijuana and several other developing cities in Mexico.

The non-denominational Christian group organizes volunteers to work in the 12 facilities in their program. They also operate mobile dentistry units and provide community health education.

“Nothing gives me more satisfaction than placing a pair of reading glasses on somebody and for the first time in years they’re able to actually read,” said Steve Crews, president of Mexican Medical Ministries.

The group works to heal people not only physically, but also spiritually.

“The experience of sharing and physically assisting somebody with their need and being able to assist them in their spiritual walk, the fellowship that’s created in that, helping out mankind is transforming,” added Crews.

Patrick Manning is a junior reporter for Fox News based out of El Paso, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @Manning_FoxNews. 

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