NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 6/30/08
– Following in the wake of the scandal about issuance of unauthorized and /or illegal visas to Cubans to enter Honduras, the government has now halted the issuance of visas to Chinese citizens until the investigation relating to the Cubans is completed. Chinese enter Honduras and are admitted up to a certain length of time. They use this time or its extension to refine their contacts with smugglers to reach the United States illegally. Visa applications by Chinese to Honduras “exceed one hundred annually.”
– Update re our report of yesterday about that large cocaine haul from a boat off Honduras: the value of the drug is 700 million dollars. It was also noted that the name of the boat had been the “Miss Dayanna” but that it had been changed to “Eclipse” at the time of the drug seizure.
Short takes from a paper’s local section –
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/30/08
Short takes from the local section –
– Two persons executed at Colonia Miguel Hidalgo
– Unknown man found executed in Guasave
– Night watchman at Laguna de Canachi found murdered
– Unknown man found dead in El Maviri
– State police officer killed with three shots
– Homicides in the state of Sinaloa have now reached one hundred nineteen so far this month
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) , El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/30/08
Twenty-two illegal aliens, two of them Brazilian females, were found in a truck in Chiapas; the rest were Guatemalans including a three year old traveling with his mother. And two smugglers and their five Honduran passengers were detained at Tenosique, Tabasco, near the Guatemalan border.
Critica (Sonora) 6/30/08
A 5th wheel RV northbound at the Benjamin Hill highway checkpoint was found to be loaded with 582 packages of marihuana weighing 1,750 kilos. The driver, a U.S. citizen from Yuma AZ named Kraig (sic) Thomas Harlan, was detained. (Benjamin Hill is a highway junction town some 80 miles south of Nogales)
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 6/30/08
A band of smugglers in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, rents stolen passports (read: U.S. issued border crossing I.D. cards) to persons with similar physical characteristics to help them cross the border. “Interested parties” pay some 470 dollars for the loan of the passport which they must return to an accompanying person once they are in the U.S.
Potential immigrants contact persons near the Santa Fe international bridge (leading to El Paso, Texas) and have their picture taken in a house; the picture is then compared with hundreds of stolen passports which they have in their possession elsewhere. If they find one with enough likeness, it is rented so the person may cross, a method which “is effective” Thefts of passports have increased in and around Juarez in the last months. Data from the “INM” (Mex. Immigr.) indicate that some 500 thousand Mexicans emigrate to the United States each year.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 6/30/08
The “sub-director of municipal police” of Rincon de Romos, Aguascalientes (a small state in central Mexico), was executed in the presence of his family before dawn today when “at least” ten subjects burst into his house. Police later found “at least” seventy shell casings at the scene.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 6/30/08
An article reporting a “public opinion poll” of 828 Central Americans about freight train travel northbound through Mexico criticized railroad private security personnel, Guatemalan National Police and Mexican city police of various cities for aggression and extortion. (The attachment to this report is a photo accompanying the article.)
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