Archive for May 29th, 2009

Guatemalan Immigrants’ Movement (“Migua”) disenchanted with the way immigration reform is being promoted in the United States

May 29, 2009

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Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 5/28/09

The Guatemalan Immigrants’ Movement (“Migua”) expressed its dissatisfaction about the way in which the Guatemalan Congress and Chancery (State Dep’t.) have promoted an immigration reform in the United States. Carlos Gomez, “Migua’s” head in Chicago, complained that the trips various officials have made to the U.S. have not reached the objectives of true immigration reform. Last week they went to talk with Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) one of the strongest supporters of the reform. He is already convinced. Why don’t they go to other senators and officials who still don’t believe in immigration reform, asked Gomez. He added, “it’s like preaching to a pastor” Edgar Ayala, of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALAACC) lamented that Vice Chancellor Miguel Angel Ibarra has requested a temporary workers program in Los Angeles. He commented, “It’s a distraction for immigration reform because the unions get annoyed with that type of labor, since they lower wages. We can’t afford the luxury of making that union angry, since we already have their vote support for the reform.”
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/28/09

Mex. army and local police personnel responded to an anonymous phone call and found 46 handguns, “more than” two thousand rounds of ammo plus 53 “long barrel” firearms, some of which are of a type restricted for exclusive use of the Mex. army. The haul was at an empty lot in Ciudad Juarez. A smaller number of weapons, including an AK-47 and ammo, were also found in a different place in town.
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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 5/28/09

A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft, not otherwise described, spotted a vessel adrift some fifty miles off the coast of the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas. The USCG craft notified the Mexican navy and the result was that five Ecuadoran males were rescued. The five had left from Ecuador and made a stop in Costa Rica; they left there on May 9 but the boat’s engine failed and they’d been for many days without food or water. The five intended to enter the U.S. illegally. “Southeast Mexico is, by land as much as by sea, one of the entry routes into Mexico for the tens of thousands of undocumented Central and South Americans who each year seek to arrive in the United States.”
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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/28/09

Alex Alvarez Gutierrez, the deputy state attorney of the state of Tabasco, survived an attempt on his life by a group of armed killers. Alvarez was heading home in Villahermosa in an armored vehicle and was being escorted by a security group when thugs in other vehicles stopped them and began firing. Thirteen persons, including all the escorts, were wounded.
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Financiero (Mexico City) 5/28/09

In Coatzocoalcos, state of Veracruz, a total of thirty-two Central Americans were located and freed by area police. The 32, all en route to the United States, were being held by extortionists in two houses.
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El Universal (Mexico City) 5/28/09

After a report about six homicide victims found near a highway outside Tepic, state of Nayarit, this paper then goes on to recount the murder of a jewelry store owner plus that of four other persons in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, then the death of a soldier and the wounding of two other soldiers in Pueblo Nuevo, Durango; and about another confrontation between federals and thugs in Zacatecas which resulted in the death of three of the latter. And another man, believed to be a “narco”, who was shot to death in Hermosillo, Sonora. And two motorcycle riders who shot and killed the ex-director of the Jalisco Judicial police. In Nogales, Sonora, two off-duty policemen riding motorcycles in town were shot by unknown persons. One of the policemen was wounded and the other one died.
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/28/09

After a street confrontation, Mex. army personnel seized nine firearms including 4 AK-47’s, an AR15, three sub-machine guns and a .38 Super pistol, plus 43 clips, 5,676 rounds of ammo and four grenades. All this in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, just across from Laredo, Texas. Four thugs managed to flee in a vehicle and escaped arrest.
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