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El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 6/10/08
– Mexico’s Sub-Secretary of Foreign Relations for North America, Carlos Rico Ferrat, emphasized the Mexican government’s concern due to the anti-migrant climate being experienced in the United States and also because of the roundups of the “undocumented ones.” He said those actions originate family disintegration and financial breakdown for hundreds of Mexican families. Although he acknowledged that the immigration issue can be temporarily relegated in the United States because of electoral reasons, he pointed out that that country must attend to it because it has 12 million immigrants, half of them Mexicans, living illegally within its territory. In his opinion, the migratory debate must incorporate all the economic and social contributions which migrants bring about to American life.
He added that the roundups concern Mexico due to their degree of complexity since they affect persons settled ten or fifteen years ago in the “American Union.”
– Mexico’s President Calderon met with reporters while on a visit to Spain and said that the lack of data in the United States about actions against drug trafficking gangs in “inconceivable.” ” It’s inconceivable that the Mexican gangs may exist only on the Mexican side and on the other side of the border they disappear by magic, as if they didn’t exist.” He asked for much more cooperation from the United States in policies to reduce consumption and also to pursue criminal networks. He reiterated his amazement that Mexico puts more than 20 thousand persons at the disposition of the country and that there is no specific figure in the United States which reveals this commitment.”
(Note: see our related report of 6/8/08 about the National Drug Intelligence Center.)
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/10/08
A new violence wave in the war between narcotraffickers cost the lives of seven persons by gunfire yesterday in Juarez, including that of a 13 year old girl who was a passenger in a car that was the target of a car-to-car gunfire assault. Four bars were also set on fire.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/10/08
29 radio repeaters, 11 antennas and other solar and satellite communication gear was seized by Mex. military between June 5 and 9 on hills by Caborca and Plutarco Elias Calles, Sonora.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/10/08
Three brothers of local “PRI” (Mex. political party) congressman Oscar Felix Ochoa were arrested in Culiacan after Mex. military searched their house and found 18 kilos of cocaine in wrapped packages, 28 thousand US dollars, a .380 pistol and four vehicles.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/10/08
– This and other papers announced the launching in Houston of a U.S.-Mexico joint program labeled “Armas Cruzadas” that will provide for timely interchange of information and intelligence between ICE and Mex. Customs to control weapons trafficking between the two countries. This program is in addition to ATF’s project “Gunrunner.”
– There were six homicides in Sinaloa. Four others, presumably linked to organized crime, were reported, one in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, another in Ecatepec, state of Mexico, a third one in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, and one more in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. In Jaltipan, Veracruz, the commander of the Municipal Police was executed.
(Note: the attachment to this report is a series of photographs of the victim in Matamoros. Warning: be advised that they are gruesome.)
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