European Parliament approves tougher measures for illegal aliens

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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.

a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) , La Jornada & El Universal (both Mexico City)  6/19/08   -Notimex-
After almost three years of debate the European Parliament yesterday approved new policies for expelling illegal immigrants from that group of nations, despite protests from a number of Latin American countries, leftist groups and human rights activists. The hardening of the measures against the undocumented goes along with a general change in public and official opinion against that group which, for example, Italy blames for the increase in violent crime.
In addition to that feeling of public insecurity, the ever stronger economic crisis pressures many governments of the European Union to protect the interests of its own workers.
According to the new rules approved by the governments of the EU, the undocumented may be detained up to 18 months before being expelled and are barred from seeking admission for five years. The EU nations would have to provide basic rights to the detainees including access to free legal assistance; minors or families with minors would be detained only as a last recourse.
More than eight million immigrants, some 30% of them from Latin America, are in “irregular status” in the 27 member countries of the EU. President Correa of Ecuador called the measure “a barbarity” and “an embarrassment” and announced that he will begin regional measures in search of support to repeal the law. President Morales of Bolivia said he will seek a joint plan by Latin America and Africa to combat the plan. And the UN’s Human Rights High Commissioner, Louise Arbour, a Canadian, said that “the persons whose lives are threatened by extreme poverty, hunger, disease and epidemics have the right to try to escape from that situation and they must be given protection.”
Cuarto Poder  (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  6/19/08
“At least” 26 Ecuadoreans and 4 Guatemalans were found hidden in the house (or warehouse) owned by a doctor near Salto de Agua, Chiapas. The doctor, his wife and one other man were part of a ring that transports Ecuadoreans by air from that country to Honduras, and then to the U.S.. The “total package” for each is 12 thousand dollars.
El Diario  (Chihuahua, Chih.)  6/19/08
A dangerous and potentially fatal booby trap, a taut wire, was discovered strung across a dirt road which parallels the border on its north side. The wire was anchored to posts and placed so that it could cause serious injury, or even decapitate, a Border Patrol Agent who might cross it while riding an ATV. The area involved is south of Deming, NM.
El Financiero  (Mexico City) 6/19/08
Eighteen of those 33 Cubans who were “kidnapped” while being transported by bus in Chiapas have now been apprehended by the US Border Patrol around Hidalgo, TX (just across the border from Reynosa, Tamaulipas.) After the “kidnapping” the group had been taken to a “safe house” in Veracruz where they were furnished with fake documents enabling them to travel by bus to the U.S. border. (Our report of 6/13/08 relates)
El Informador   (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/19/08
Shortly before 7 p.m. yesterday (Wed.) thugs walking by hurled two fragmentation grenades at the Jalisco State Public Security facility in Guadalajara. Three police officers were wounded and one of them later died. A chase ensued  and the last report is that eight persons have been arrested, some of whom have been identified as ex-military.
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  6/19/08
Separate actions in the north of Sonora resulted in the seizure of just over a ton of weed around Agua Prieta (just across from Douglas AZ) and Sonoita (across from Lukeville AZ).
In the same area, El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon), reported that State Police arrested three individuals who are part of a group of child smugglers operating from Agua Prieta. When arrested they had a 4 year old girl and a two year old boy with them. They were taking them “to a house on Avenida 13” (13th Ave.) where a woman known as “La Beba” later takes them across to the United States illegally. She was also said to deal in buying and selling of visas.
La Voz de la Frontera  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  6/19/08
(Note: though the following report is not strictly foreign news it is included as an example of what happens at our border ports of entry.)
An man whose name was not released drove an 18 wheeler northbound to the new Port of Entry between Mexicali, B.C.  and Calexico, Calif.; his load was plastic bags. At the inspection facility, gamma rays and K-9’s detected marihuana whose total weight turned out to be 14,519 lbs.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  6/19/08
Four Iraqi males were detained yesterday when they were found traveling in a truck in Tapachula, Chiapas. Their names but no other details were reported.
La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  6/19/08
In Canatlan, Durango, a police officer was murdered; and also in that state, in the town of Nombre de Dios (Name of God) two decapitated men were found inside a vehicle. Their heads were close by, each in a black plastic bag. A man was riddled by gunfire in Acapulco, while in the state of Guanajuato armed thugs and police engaged in a shootout that left one dead on each side and three police officers wounded.
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