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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.
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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 1/6/10
Mexican public opinion down in the dumps
A national public opinion poll in Mexico recapped its findings by stating that, from 2009 to 2010, Mexicans express a highly deteriorated spirit and consider these to be bad times. Their expectations are low and their self appraisals are negative. Of those polled, 87% feel that the economy is in worse condition than a year ago. When asked what kind of country they wished for, the top two replies were: to leave the economic crisis behind and to have a diminished insecurity.
Nogales still violent
The bodies of six “executed” homicide victims were found within a period of 24 hours in Nogales, Sonora [Just across from Nogales, AZ]
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 1/6/10
Nothing new in Juarez
Ten persons were assassinated and four others wounded in different areas of Ciudad Juarez yesterday (Tues.)
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 1/6/10
“Expulsion” of Mexicans
Mexico’s “INM” (Instituto Nacional de Migracion; the federal immigration agency) reported that 359,455 Mexicans were “expelled” by the U.S. government during the last 11 months.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 1/6/10
Article headlines from the Culiacan area
- Young man is carried off by force from a party and executed in Montesierra
- Student turns up executed in downtown Los Mochis
- Young man executed in Las Arboledas
- Four young men arrested for assault
- Military seize drug and money
- Man knifed three days ago dies at home
- Execution victim found on the road to La Urraca
- Body of execution victim found
- Armed commando attacks a funeral and kills two
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 1/6/10
Report by area military in Mexico
Mexico’s “Second Military Region” includes the states of Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. Its year’s end report of accomplishments during 2009 includes:
- 331 metric tons plus 854 kilos of marihuana seized
- 1 metric ton, 69 kilos of cocaine; 59 kilos of heroin; 1 metric ton 765 kilos of crystal
- 16 “narco tunnels”; 6 clandestine drug labs located
- 10,661,000 dollars; 5,598,000 Mexican pesos seized
- 434 airstrips located
- 1,240 arrests
- 124,824 rounds of ammo; 946 “long barrel” firearms and 501 handguns; 68 aircraft, 11 vessels seized.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 1/6/10
Mexico, a migrant nation [Portion of an op/col. by Manuel Espino, titled as shown]
The Mexican social reality is defined by the migrants; Mexican migrants who search for better living conditions without leaving the national territory, mainly in the center and north of the country. Migrants who slowly and peacefully explore the United States, carrying within their hearts, Mexico, its customs and its traditions, without ever severing their roots.
Migration: a weapon against the crisis. This past December 12th thousands of fellow countrymen arrived at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York, to say prayers asking that United States authorities may approve a migratory reform. A North American legislator of the Democratic Party, Luis Gutierrez, announced the introduction of a proposal of law for migratory reform. With great hope and vision, Joel Magallan, leader of a migrants’ organization, pointed out that “immigrants can be a key factor for economic reactivation when the economic situation is resolved. Once legalized, they could start new businesses, and consumer buying and investment in the economy would increase.” Correct words, no doubt.
An uncertain future: unfortunately, it appears that the migrants’ situation will worsen next year. Experience allows us to foresee that xenophobic, uninformed or politically interested visions could stop the consolidation of a migratory reform in the United States, precisely taking advantage of the fears caused by the crisis.
Without failing to acknowledge that every sovereign State has the duty and the legitimate and unquestionable right of controlling passage across its borders, it is possible to maintain that carrying out its prerogatives in a humanistic manner can contribute to a more fruitful and safe migration. Let us hope that Mexicans, such as the ones who spoke last December 12, far to the north of our country, may count with more political backing and more solidarity from our officials. Every migrant has a valiant and hopeful heart, which lets him face hard challenges while searching for dignity and opportunities. It’s for basic justice to them, who have sacrificed so much, and who have given so much to our nation, that we must grant this acknowledgement and this support which they so deserve in their struggles.
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