Archive for February 4th, 2010

TPS, arsenals and impunity

February 4, 2010

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El Universal (Mexico City) 2/3/10

“Obama wants to make points at the expense of migrants”

The decision of Barack Obama’s administration to request 4 billion 600 million dollars to reinforce the tasks of the Border Patrol (*) and to continue the project of the first stage of the border fence let loose a series of demonstrations of rejection and ill feeling in the Hispanic community of the U.S. and in Mexican experts in migratory issues, who see the measure as the “tomb” of the promised reform. *[Note: since the creation of the “Customs and Border Protection” agency, the Mexican press regularly confuses it and its functions with those unique to the U.S. Border Patrol. The amount cited has not been requested for the Border Patrol.]

Angela Kelly, vice-president of migratory policy of the Center for American Progress, said, “If the White House has already calculated that they will not introduce an immigration reform proposal until after the November mid-term elections, it’s going to have very serious problems because by then it’s going to be quite clear that the record of round-ups and deportations of the Department of Homeland Security, under the management of Janet Napolitano, will have been worse or as bad than during the Bush administration.”

The Democrat representative from Illinois, Luis Gutierrez, reported that community and religious leaders of southern California agreed to implement the same tactic of “making ourselves visible in a march on Washington on March 21st” as a protest due to Obama’s announcement.

Carlos Villanueva, president of the World Association of Mexicans Abroad, and Jose Luis Arzola, ex-president of the Border Committee of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, labeled the hardening of the U.S. immigration policy as elections-oriented and that it is in response to the loss of popularity and the political cost that the health reform had.

“It represents a backward step for the Latino community’s conditions in the United States; it confirms that the round-ups and the hate crimes will continue, and it does away with any hope that the migratory reform will come about, one to which Obama committed himself during his campaign and which earned him 60% of the Latino vote.”

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Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2/3/10

Blood and impunity in Guatemala

Portions of an op/col. by Mario Antonio Sandoval.

Yesterday, two attacks by hired killers resulted in the wounding of a bus driver and six passengers. Since 2010 began, eleven drivers and five helpers have been assassinated due to the indiscriminate and unpunished actions of the criminals; this means an average of three victims per week, one every 30 hours. The worst of it is the passivity with which Guatemalans accept the tragedies. The conformity is equally terrifying. Due to this, the equally passive attitude of officialdom does not surprise anyone.. They don’t even investigate the cases; they get added to the tally of unresolved crimes. The criminals’ disdain for the victims’ lives is a direct result of the certainty of impunity. The criminals know well that 97% of cases are not resolved. Frankly, for them it’s a case of really bad luck, the worst kind, if they are apprehended. Even in that case, they can bribe the officers. And if they reach the judicial system, any legal trick gets them back their freedom to go on committing crimes, to say nothing of the very real possibility of corruption in the detention centers, to let them escape.

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El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 2/3/10

Hondurans fight to extend TPS (Temporary Protection Status)

A group of Hondurans in the U.S. starts their second campaign this Wednesday to ask the U.S. government for an extension of the TPS, which is due to expire on July 5. [Click on the link below for information - in English - from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the TPS.] The goal for the month of February is to send 10,000 postcards and to ask President Barack Obama for an extension of the TPS for the 75,000 Hondurans who can work legally in the U.S. thanks to this program. The third and last campaign will be in March, when the “Francisco Morazan” Honduran organization’s members will go to Washington, D.C. to carry out “intense lobbying” with representatives, senators and the White House to request a migratory reform, one of President Obama’s promises. Their communiqué states: “If that reform doesn’t come about, we’ll ask for the TPS for the Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans.” Today in Miami, organization members will participate in a Mass in honor of the Virgin of Suyapa, whom they’ll ask for peace, harmony for the Honduran people, the extension of the TPS and a just immigration reform. The TPS was granted to Hondurans and Nicaraguans who came to the United States before Hurricane Mitch, in 1998, which devastated both countries.

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=848f7f2ef0745210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=848f7f2ef0745210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

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a.b.c. (Mexico City) 2/3/10

Mexico, not the place where to invest

Portions of an op/col. by Francisco Cardenas Cruz, regularly titled “Political Pulse”

As President Felipe Calderon ended his visit to Japan, he assured that country’s business leaders that “Mexico is a very good place for investments”, at the same time that, after deploring and condemning the assassination of 18 young men in Ciudad Juarez, he announced that his government analyzes the widening and strengthening , o-o-o-ne more time [sic], of its strategy in that Chihuahuan city for the purpose of “improving the actions against such high impact crime, like the one we repudiate today.” During the Mexico-Japan meeting in Tokyo, he stated that our country is “a profitable place, with a growing economy, with a young population with an average of 27 years of age”, the very same one that was massacred last Sunday morning during a party in that border city, the same as in Torreon, where 10 young men were riddled with gunfire by armed groups, or the one in Tepic, where five fell dead, or the one at Magdalena, Sonora, where there were seven more victims.

And he repeated, ad nauseam, that he is “absolutely determined” to make Mexico a safe country, confronting criminal organizations that have been deteriorating the country’s life for many years now, the same country that he labeled as “a very good place to invest,” and that he aims to totally establish the rule of law, to combat crime with all the State’s power, and to cleanse the police and judicial structures so that one may rely on stronger and more professional security institutions. Words that have been heard on endless occasions, and commitments that have not been kept, while thousands and thousands of persons keep falling due to volleys from high powered rifles. Violence which not only takes place in that city in Chihuahua, but in many others in all corners of the republic, and violence that, due to inability, fear, corruption or complicity, has not been faced due to ignorance or inability.

Mexico today is not the best place where to invest. Nor will it be, if organized crime and narcotraffic keep infiltrating areas of the federal and state governments, as they do now, to say nothing of the agencies supposedly charged with “combating” them. What happens on a daily basis in almost the entire country confirms this,

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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 2/3/10

El Salvador: a violent country

Tiny El Salvador doesn’t lack violence. February 2010 has just started and the homicide tally has already reached 30. Some 434 persons have already become victims of assassination in 2010. The National Police says that in most cases firearms were used and that most victims were males.

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Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/3/10

Author of Juarez massacre identified

The “intellectual author” of the recent massacre of youths in Ciudad Juarez has been identified as Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez. He is also the boss of “La Linea,” a criminal enforcement group of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes cartel, which controls extortions and “quota collections” from businesses, kidnapping gangs, carjackings and alien smuggling. Last year, Acosta was a state police officer. He was let go when he failed to pass a “trustworthiness” exam. There’s a million pesos reward for Acosta, aka “El Blablazo”, “El Diez” and “El Diego.”

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El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, S.L.P.) 2/3/10

Murder most foul

Villa de Reyes is a town some 20 miles south of San Luis Potosi. Near there, local residents found the nude body of a man who had several stab wounds on his chest and who had been “90 percent” covered with lye. His head had also been cut off and could not be found.

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Three different newspapers. Three different arsenals found.

Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 2/3/10

Mexico’s 8th Military Zone Hqs., based in Reynosa, Tamaulipas [right across from McAllen, TX] reported the following seizures for Jan. 16th to 31st of this year:

  • Six metric tons plus 727 kilos of marihuana
  • 198 firearm clips, 80 firearms, 51 of them “long barrel”
  • 6,223 rounds of ammo
  • 24 grenades, 58 vehicles (five of them armored)
  • 59 persons arrested

Most related events took place around the nearby cities of Camargo, Madero, Miguel Aleman and Jaumave.

El Universal (Mexico City) 2/3/10

Mexican army personnel found a security house at El Dorado, some 35. mi. south of Culiacan, Sinaloa. Inside:

  • Fifty-five automatic rifles: AK47, AR15, G3 & FAL; several made in Germany, Spain and Belgium
  • A .50 cal. machine gun capable of bringing down aircraft
  • A .66 cal. grenade launcher and a rocket launcher of the same caliber
  • 6,887 rounds of ammo; 46 loaded clips
  • 311 kilos of weed

Tamaulipas en linea (Matamoros, Tamps.) 2/3/10

A Mexican army patrol spotted an “abandoned” Nissan SUV on a street in Matamoros. Inside:

  • 4 hand grenades; 2 AK 47 rifles, a .223 carbine
  • 3 “anti-personnel” rockets
  • 23 clips and 810 rounds for AK47; 59 rounds of other calibers.

The vehicle had Texas license 356FYG. Both photos below relate to the weaponry.

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