Archive for May 1st, 2009

Demands for immigration reform and open borders continue despite violence and killings

May 1, 2009

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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Foreign News Report

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

La Voz (Morelia, Michoacán) 4/30/09

The body of the police chief at Charo, Michoacán, was found yesterday dumped by the side of a road. His face had been “destroyed”, he had been tortured and his hands were handcuffed. He had been shot “at least” six times with an AK47 rifle.
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/30/09

* On Wednesday, late in the evening, a man and a woman went to the police station at Gomez Palacio, Durango, and asked about a detainee. When the “commander” of the “Joint Unit against Drug Retailing” went to talk to them, they shot him on the spot and killed him. This latest execution took place less than 24 hours after the forcible abduction of the Chief of Security of Prison # 2 of that city.

* After the recent attacks and assassinations of seven Tijuana police, the city began the day with no law enforcement agents and the city’s main street crossings were devoid of police. During the killing of the seven, thugs used the police radio frequency to warn that at least twenty police would be murdered and that it was all ordered by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who has been disputing control of Tijuana as a drug operation base.

* The attachment is a photo of Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, one of the DEA “most wanted” and a leading “Zeta” thug and Gulf Cartel member, shortly after his arrest in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, yesterday (Wed.; this event has been covered by the U.S. national press)

gregorio-sauceda
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 4/30/09

* (Last April 20 we reported on the death of eight Mex. federal agents, mostly “AFI” (Mex. equiv. to FBI), during an attack and failed attempt by thugs to rescue Geronimo Gamez, a Gulf Cartel finance head, who was being transported to prison at Tepic, Nayarit)
A Mexican federal judge has now ordered twelve “AFI” agents to be placed into temporary, 40-day detention; the twelve are under investigation for their possible connection with the failed attempt to liberate Geronimo Gamez.

* Juarez’ wave of violence continued on Wednesday. Two men and a 14 yr. old girl were shot and killed in Guadalupe, in the Juarez Valley; another man was killed while walking out in the street in the Fidel Avila section. And two other men and a woman are in critical condition in a Juarez clinic after being shot while riding in a vehicle. A female police officer, herself a widow of a murdered policeman, was shot and killed outside her home by thugs in a passing vehicle.
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El Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/30/09

There were ten homicides within 24 hrs. in Juarez. Despite the presence of nearly 10 thousand military and federal personnel in the city, homicides have increased more than 17% compared to the previous month and 32% compared to April of 2008. There have been 63 murders in the Juarez area in April of this year.
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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 4/30/09 (full translation of main editorial)

“The immigration issue is about to resurface”
The Obama Administration has announced that it is willing to once again take up the thorny issue of immigration this coming May, in search of a stable solution for a problem that awakens emotional reactions found in American society, but which cannot be left to God’s will, as if a question of high national interest in the great country of the North (sic) did not exist. Obama promised to deal seriously with this issue within a prudently short time after taking over, and that is what he is now attempting to achieve. President Obama still has sufficient fresh political capital; and, instead of rejoicing in maintaining his popularity intact, as a shallow leader would do, he proposes to invest that capital in the most complex areas to give them more possibilities of coming out ahead.

Though the complicated issue of the economy will of course continue to be the U.S.’s main area of concentration – as it will be practically everywhere, and our national case is an example of that – issues such as immigration cannot wait, because it is directly linked with the economy. Those approximately 12 million irregular immigrants (sic) cannot remain in limbo, since that would mean the retention of a focus of tension and insecurity, not only for the United States but also for many countries of origin of those immigrants, whose individual monetary remittances are vital for many area economies. Let us hope that this time, and with the decisive impulse of the new American Administration, it will not enter that maze in which previous attempts have been lost.

There is no policy, anywhere that can be sustained if it isn’t based on a clear principle of realism. And it isn’t a question of doctrine, but of a strict common sense. Reality has its own logic, and to try to tie them to artificial criteria is not only useless but counterproductive. Extravagant ideas, such as building a fence along the very long American-Mexican border, are a pathetic example of that. Or, to a lesser degree, the idea of substituting the immigrants’ wish to go in search of a new life with a simple program of temporary work is also unsustainable.

The basic point of all this theme is of an eminently humane character. A migratory flow as intense and wide as takes place from our countries toward the United States is without a doubt due to important reasons as much in the countries of origin as that of destination. That is to say, nobody is doing anyone any favors, it’s just that each other’s needs are being reflected in reality. In our countries it’s a matter of searching for better living conditions and in the United States it’s about having a sufficient number of people to do work which the native population no longer carries out. These are the basic questions that any “migratory reform” must take up, understand and channel in order to be sustained.

It’s not an easy task, and for that reason taking it up as soon as possible can be the key, when the Obama Administration still has initial freshness, despite the onslaughts it already receives.
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