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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.
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El Economista (Mexico City) 1/21/10
Mexico’s education problems
During an appearance in front of the “First Permanent Committee” of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (House of Reps.,) the Secretary of Public Security, Genaro Garcia Luna, stated that city police officers in Mexico have an “educational deficit” and pointed out that 70.2% of them lack any education or, at best, have an elementary education. Sixty-one percent of city police are paid less than 4,000 pesos a month. [The Mexican peso exchange rate is currently around 13 to 1 U.S. dollar]
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/21/10
Yet more educational hurdles in Mexico
Juan Castro, head of Mexico’s National Institute for Adult Education, said that it will take at least 30 years to have 33.4 million Mexicans learn to read and write, as well as to have all finish elementary and secondary schooling. He added that the current administration’s goal is to reduce the number of uneducated Mexicans from 45.7% in 2006 to 40.9% in 2012.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 1/21/10
Demonstration in Mexico City demands U.S. immigration reform
On the first anniversary of Pres. Obama’s administration, some 200 persons crowded around the front of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to demand from him a migratory reform that would legalize some 12 million undocumented persons who live in the United States. Elvira Revilla, a Mexican woman who in 2007 “entrenched herself” for a year in a church of the United States to avoid being deported, said, “A year has gone by, and nothing….;” some placards read “No justice, no peace.”
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 1/21/10
More Somalis caught
Four Somali males were found hidden in the sleeping compartment of a tractor trailer at a highway checkpoint in Honduras. The four Somalis, pictured below, were aiming to reach the United States. The Salvadoran truck driver was on his way north after dropping off cargo in Nicaragua. (The photograph below accompanied the article.)
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 1/21/10
Highway blockades: a way of life
(Yesterday, if you happened to be touring on a certain highway in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, you and your vehicle would suddenly have become one of a large number of others unable to proceed because of an unexpected, unauthorized, highway blockage. The reason?): Some people want to get rid of the Mayor of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan, due to “irregularities,” so they blocked the area’s highway. The authorities have not responded. (In the process of gathering relevant news for preparation of the “M3 Report,” we find that blockage of highways is a frequent, common and widespread means of protest – whatever the cause – in many countries of Latin America.)
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 1/21/10
A delicate search
Mexican federal agents near Navojoa, Sonora, found that six women, traveling aboard two different passenger busses, were transporting a total of six kilos (13.2 lbs.) of heroin, concealed around their genitals. The women were headed to Nogales, Sonora.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 1/21/10
Poverty south of the border
“CEPAL”, the Economic Commission for Latin America, reported that last year the number of persons in extreme poverty in Mexico and Central America grew by 800,000. For Latin America as a whole, the report states, the number of poor reached 189 million.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 1/21/10
January of 2008 had been considered as the most violent in the region of Tijuana, Baja California; however, the number of homicides this month has doubled the previous record and now stands at 70. In a house that had been on fire, in Tijuana, firemen found the cadaver of a man who was wrapped in bed covers; his hands and feet were tied. Another man was shot out on the street elsewhere in town. Yet another was found outside a business establishment. Someone had cut off his head.
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