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DEPT OF STATE
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Nogales (Mexico)
Defer Unnecessary Travel to Nogales 5/27/2014
Due to multiple and ongoing credible threats the Consulate cautions Americans traveling in Nogales or surrounding areas to defer unnecessary travel at this time. Travel at night and to areas not frequented by foreigners should be avoided. U.S. Citizens are urged to take the highest precautions regarding their safety and personal security in and around Nogales.
http://tinyurl.com/l2gjzsa (State Dept. source)
The Bahamas 2014 Crime and Safety Report 5/28/2014
While there has been a slight reduction in 2013 in some crime categories as reported by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), violent crime remains above the 2012 level. Since July 2013, the government has not published national crime statistics. The Bahamas continues to have a high crime rate, particularly on New Providence Island, which has continued to experience escalated levels of violent crime. Home break-ins, theft, and robbery are not confined to any specific part of the island. Generally, most reported crimes were perpetrated against local Bahamians in areas of saturated criminality not typically frequented by tourists. Much more at link below:
http://tinyurl.com/m9o2vce (State Dept. source)
Haiti 2014 Crime and Safety Report 5/28/2014
Crimes increase during holiday seasons and before school sessions begin due to the belief that people are in possession of more cash for gifts and school fees. The most frequently reported crimes against Americans in Port-au-Prince are aggravated assaults, kidnappings, and robberies. Home invasions also remain an item of concern in some parts of Port-au-Prince. Crimes against persons, including gender-based violence, remain a serious problem. Haitians still lack basic policing services, so many residents do not report assaults, rape, and other crime because of lingering — and too-often justified — perceptions of police apathy, incompetence, and corruption. Traditional tourist-oriented crimes, such as pick pocketing and purse snatching, are less frequently reported in Haiti. Much more at link below:
http://tinyurl.com/mrazdtr (State Dept. source)
Peru 2014 Crime and Safety Report 5/28/2014
Crime is a constant problem in Lima and most other parts of Peru. The Regional Security Office (RSO) considers the following neighborhoods to be relatively safe: Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco, La Molina, Camacho, San Borja, Monterrico, and the eastern section of Surco.
Street crime is prevalent in most urban areas, especially in Lima. Pickpocketing, purse snatching, “smash and grab” robberies, the theft of items from unoccupied vehicles, and the theft of vehicle parts (mirrors, lights, etc.) are common crimes. Electronics (especially cameras, laptops, GPSs, smart phones, I-Pods, etc.) rank high on the list of items that criminals target. All U.S. and foreign visitors are vulnerable to crime, as they are often perceived to be wealthier than the local populace and more likely to be carrying greater amounts of cash and other valuables. More at link:
http://tinyurl.com/q5ldrqs (State Dept. source)
Why Is The Chamber Of Commerce Supporting Amnesty?
Illegals Found in Sealed Trailer (TX)
Boehner Says Obama Monument Designation Undermines Border Security
“Boehner declared. “Once again, the president has chosen to bypass the legislative branch — and, in this case, do so in a manner that adds yet another challenge in our ongoing efforts to secure our Southern border. At a time of continued cartel violence in Mexico, we should not be putting any additional restraints on efforts to protect our borders.”
Border Enforcement Dispute Erupts Over New National Monument Designation
South Texas immigrant arrest numbers already surpass last year’s total
U.S Coast Guard Transports Illegal Teens Out of Rio Grande Valley
Border Patrol report: Shift in illegal crossings into Texas rather than to Arizona accelerates
Report: Border Patrol Scrambling To Keep Up With Shifting Immigration Patterns
Children swarming southern border prove a test to Obama’s immigration policy
Scores of undocumented migrants dropped off in Arizona
Officials Under Fire For Dumping Illegal Immigrants In U.S.
As Illegal Aliens Infect Border Agents With Scabies’, Feds Say They DON’T SCREEN Illegals for Diseases
DHS Secretary mulls release of criminal aliens
(Author is a retired Border Patrol Agent)
As Ties With China Unravel, U.S. Companies Head to Mexico
After Hiding In Plain Sight For 20 Years In Rural Pennsylvania, Mexican Trafficker Finally Arrested, Cops Say
From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century
Book Guiding Border Agents on Force Is Released
American Killed In Mexican Border City Hours After U.S. Issues Travel Warning
Border Patrol Merges Technology with Old-Fashion Methods-good video
Border Patrol celebrates 90th birthday
Obama delays DHS deportation review
Lawmakers call on DHS to block immigration enforcement at courthouses
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Immigration holds cease at county jails
Court case in Oregon cast doubt on constitutionality
Justice on the Run
Immigration court evasions reveal weak authority and weak enforcement. (Fugitive aliens now equal more than 841,391, as of 2009)
Court Records Show Massive USCIS Neglect in Chinese Asylum Cases
How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans
Mexican child pornographers now flooding this country
Immigration Factors That Threaten U.S. National Security: American and European fighters in Syria-Mike Cutler
More speak out on overcrowding at Border Patrol jails
The Smallest Victims of Obama’s Immigration Policy
Cartel Billboards: A Sign of the Times?
Private pilots say border agents go too far
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Addresses Heroin Epidemic At City Council Hearing
“Mexican cartels apparently smuggle the drug up north in tractor-trailers. At rest stops near New York City, the heroin is off-loaded to cars “
Scheme to extort Americans by impersonating DEA Agents foiled
“defendants posed as DEA agents or other representatives of the federal government in order to extort money from individuals in the U.S.”
Drug bust in Caribbean Sea nets nearly US$388 million in cocaine
(5,180 lbs in 93 bales)
U.S. govt. the largest employer of undocumented immigrants
CBP seizes a ton of marijuana in a shipment of limes
Corrupt U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced to More Than Seven Years
Honduran immigrant charged with attacking Border Patrol agent
Lime Costs Back to Normal After Spike in Prices This Past Year
Border Patrol agents shoot at suspected carjacker
(the media continues to not understand the difference between CBP officers that work the ports of entry, including air and sea and the Border Patrol Agents that work between the ports. Most likely it was a CBP port officer that fired the shot.)
Arizona Border Patrol Agents Rescue Distressed Aliens
Teen pleads guilty to manslaughter for fatal chase
Over 100 Illegals Discovered in Stash House
Illegal Alien Suing First Responders Who Rescued Him From Drowning
Illegals held on 299 Rapes of Kids in NC
Man gets 8 years for cartel slaying
Crime in Mexico Costs Companies $5.8 Billion Annually
Cartel Violence Anew in Mexico and Los Zetas Push for a Comeback
Mexico Police Tests Show Deep Corruption Amid Tamaulipas Violence
Federal Government Takes Over Law Enforcement Agencies in Mexican State
The tragedy of Tampico, Mexico: a city of violence, abandoned to the trees
Mexico Posts Trade Surplus of $510 Million in April
Mexican Government Offers $5.4 Million for Information on Missing People
6.2-magnitude earthquake hits near Mexico resort area
Mexican Federal Forces Rescue 68 Central America Migrants Being Held Captive
High-Level Mexican Trade Delegation Heading to Cuba
Mexican Guerrilla Leader Reappears in Public After 5 Years
Mexican Guerrilla Leader Subcomandante Marcos Calls It Quits
Mexican official say he will investigate missing persons in Juarez, other cities
Mexico to Launch New Citizen Patrol in Troubled State
In Mexico, activist mother of missing man is slain
Cartel hitman gunned down inside supermarket in northwest Mexico
Five Members of Same Family Killed in Northwestern Mexico
Security Forces Kill 6 Gunmen in Shootouts in Northern Mexico
Hundreds of Inmates Suffer Food Poisoning at Mexican Prison
Mexican Marines Capture a Top Gulf Cartel Leader
An urgent battleground for Mexico’s drug cartels
Executive of Mexican Oil Services Firm Arrested in Bank-Fraud Case
Gunmen Kill Soldier in Northwest Mexico
Inside Mexico’s Drone Wars
19th Century Aqueduct Found Hidden Under Scrub in Northern Mexico
Cuarto Poder Mexico 5/24/2014
26 Migrants Arrested
The article describes the finding and arrest by Mexican officials of 26 emigrants from Honduras and Guatemala, 15 of them minors, all illegally in Mexico. The group was traveling in a bus, along with their two smugglers. The two smugglers were also arrested. Just an ordinary sample of a day-to-day event.
http://tinyurl.com/q26ed4h (original Spanish)
Honduras Detains Cubans, Guatemalans Headed for U.S.
Guatemalan Police Nab Gang Money Manager
for the feared Mara Salvatrucha gang
Narco-trafficking ring hid cocaine amongst tropical flowers shipped to Europe
Six Killed in Shooting in El Salvador
Gang Truce Has Collapsed, Salvadoran Leader Says
Prensa Libre Guatemala City, Guatemala 5/25/14
Deportations via air increase 5% through May
The number of Guatemalans expelled from the U.S. by air has increased 5% in the first quarter of the year, according to current statistics of the Dirección General de Migración, an agency of the Ministerio de Gobernación.
GUATEMALA CITY. – 22 thousand 124 persons have been deported by air from the U.S. from January 1 to May 21, which means an increase of 5% with respect to the same period in 2013, when the number of the detained was 21 thousand 41, according to what the Migración internet page shows.
Nominally it is the equivalent of one thousand 83 more Guatemalans. Of that total, 19 thousand 356 are males and 57 minors, which adds up to 19 thousand 413, that is, an 88%. As well as two thousand 701 women and 10 minors, which total two thousand 711, that is, 12% respectively.
Last Wednesday the figures show that in May alone the number of deportees by air is three thousand 627, of which three thousand 122 are men, eight minors and 497 women. On average, four thousand 425 Guatemalans are expelled each month from the U.S.
Regarding the data of deportees from Mexico by land, Migración reports 12 thousand 375 Guatemalans from January to May 19.
Nevertheless, Honduran citizens head the list with 15 thousand 559 expulsions, six thousand 191 Salvadorans and 268 Nicaraguans.
In this context, expulsions (up to May 19) total 34 thousand 393 persons, while in 2013 the four month cumulative was 33 thousand 551.
Individual monetary remittances.
The intake of foreign currency due to personal transfers shows an increase of 9% during the first third of the year in comparison with the same period of 2013. In the first four months of the year the arrival of individual monetary remittances is U.S.$ 1 billion 729 million (13 billion 392 million Quetzals) which means an increase of U.S. $ 144 million more than in 2013. The income in 2013 was U.S.$ 1 billion 584 million (12 billion 276 million Quetzals.)
La Prensa Guatemala City, Guatemala 5/25/14
The unceasing emigrant drama
Poverty has made deep marks in Central American geography, and its influence makes every human being react differently to that calamity. Some are resigned to it, in which case their offspring bear the worst part, and many of those don’t even reach an age sufficient enough to be able to realize the sorry trek that is theirs to suffer while they become one more number in this country’s shameful statistic.
Nevertheless, there are many others who refuse to accept this fate and try to overturn this reality even at the cost of their own lives or suffering serious harm. To do so they are even forced to abandon their loved ones to escape poverty or violence and to seek a better future, mainly in the United States, enroute to which they set off on a journey full of obstacles and dangers, even though a high percentage of them never see their dream come true.
Estimates by organizations that aim to help emigrants show that only eight of every ten of the undocumented are successful in their objective of crossing Mexican territory, a number that seems overly optimistic because the crude reality they must face in their task is overwhelming; this is not an ordinary trip, starting from the fact that they don’t have the usual means of transport and that these are constantly inspected by Mexican police, so they must resort to the most extreme possibilities.
That hellish challenge starts for many fellow citizens in Arreaga, a town in (the Mexican state of) Chiapas, the closest town where the train known as the Beast runs, and that presents the best possibility of taking a giant step to reach the objective, but it constitutes one of the hardest tests for the Central Americans, as evidenced by the fact that in an average temperature day this can easily go above 40 degrees (104 F), something that can burn when you travel on the top of a train.
This is one of the harshest tests that Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans must face; they predominate among the thousands of emigrants who are capable of facing the adversity that awaits them along their journey. They accept the challenge of doing it, even at the cost of their own lives, because the obstacles and threats are just as powerful in their own countries from which they flee. Violence and poverty forces them to travel even with some of their children, many of them quite young.
As a result, humanitarian organizations report that since last December there has been a noticeable increase in the number of entire families who seek to reach the United States and this is proved with migratory statistics on both sides of the border. The number of children deported from Mexico has tripled so far this year, something that should be sufficient motive to seek long term solutions to end this migratory flow that is leaving a stream of pain in thousands of families who only seek to flee from the poverty that oppresses them.
http://tinyurl.com/p67c9g7 (Original Spanish)
El Periodico Guatemala City, Guatemala 5/31/14
Emigration is a human right and a personal decision. Everyone has their reasons and they’re all legitimate.
At times it’s as if you were sick and tired of living with an abusive person after having believed for years that you’d be able to change him. You could go on attempting it, why not, miracles do happen, you only have to resist and fight, one day he or she will be moved and will reconsider, they tell you. But it might be that your life will be spent in that, as happened to your parents and grandparents, and well, at the end one hopes for a certain peace, to have some hope about the future of one’s sons, one wishes to foresee an acceptable horizon while still alive and not just in three or four generations.
Something similar happens with the country, though not identical, and when you decide to leave, the truth is that you never completely go away because you carry its culture in your heart and you continue cultivating it in mind and in deeds, (emphasis added) enriching it with new learnings and friendships that will make you feel that the world is large and beautiful, that you’re a human being capable of enjoying life and not just a head louse or an entrenched combatant who goes to bed each night thinking that if he’s not able to change reality, then the children must do it.
The one question in a million is: Does one have the right to delegate to them the responsibility of improving this whorish society? Is it a just thing to impose on the offspring a future with such a heavy and uncertain load, especially when they haven’t asked for it? The answer is delicate. Whatever it might be, it will surely have the sweet and sour taste of life.
http://tinyurl.com/oe3y2dp (Original Spanish)
60,000 Cattle Dead in Bolivia Cold Wave
Brazil police smash major drug cartel with operations in 30 countries
‘Colombian Drug Lord’ alias Pichi Arrested in Panama
Kidnappers Release Colombian Police Commander’s Daughter
46 suspected ‘Rastrojos’ members arrested in north Colombia raids
Sao Paulo Suffers Record 344-Kilometer Traffic Jam
one of the host cities for this summer’s World Cup-214 mi.
Child Dies in Hospital, 32 Now Dead from Colombia Bus Fire
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found in Argentina
16 Die in Bus Crash in Peru
Barbados investigating seven suspected cases of Chikungunya virus
Cubans arrested after near-riot at Cayman Islands detention centre
St Lucia health officials: Chikungunya virus outbreak “much worse” than reports indicate
Bahamas Authorities Detain 53 Migrants
Trinidad gunmen execute two young brothers as mother escapes
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