Last minute strategy saved the Mérida Initiative

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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.

El Universal (Mexico City) 7/1/08


–  Citing arduous diplomatic and legislative efforts between Mexico and the US as saving the Mérida Initiative, the article describes the negotiations and gives credit to US legislators, referring to the bridge of alliance with “pro-Mexican congressmen like Silvestre Reyes” for making the language of the initiative acceptable. 


–  In the past few hours, violence in the country has left 31executed, among them a ranking police officer in the state of Aguascalientes.



El Debate (Sinaloa) 7/1/08


–  Summing up the count for June in Sinaloa, a “new record” with 133 homicides, 15 of them police officers, was reported.


–  The US is helping Mexico in the establishment of centralized control of forces and intelligence in order to improve coordination between the various Mexican anti-narcotics agencies.  The new command expects to be similar to the interagency anti-narco coordination in the US.



El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 7/1/08


Acting on intelligence information, Mexican Federal Police discovered 500 kilos of marihuana in a railway tank car arriving at Nogales, Sonora.



El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 7/1/08


–  After a car chase in the border town of Palomas, Chihuahua (across from Columbus NM) three men were killed by AK-47 gunfire when their car was riddled with at least 40 rounds.


–  In Parral, Chihuahua, three police agents were wounded in a gun battle with presumed hired killers late yesterday.  Nor further details were available at press time.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 7/1/08


–  According to the president of  the Mexican Employers Association (Comparmex) in Mexicali, Baja California, local legislators should focus more on the needs of the public.  That they are ignoring that fact is reflected in the initiatives presented to the state congress (Baja California).  The matter of security is of primary public concern but is only sixth on the list of 63 initiatives presented to the legislature.


–  Mexican Customs has a double challenge: to confront organized crime and to facilitate and simplify legal commerce.  The agency will be given the importance it warrants during a 5-year plan to modernize it, according to  the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Agustín Carstens.  Speaking at the National Palace in Mexico DF, he said that the challenge at this time is not only to simplify and facilitate legal commerce, but also to do it in a way that fits into the strategy of combatting organized crime.



El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/1/08


–  California’s new law in effect today that prohibits the use of cell phones while driving will affect undocumented Mexicans inclined to commit this infraction.  The law will impact some 2 million unlicensed drivers in California who are accustomed to using cell phones while driving.  If stopped, traffic officers can request documents and, lacking them, a driver can have his car impounded.


–  Mexican astronaut José Hernández Moreno will be part of the NASA team in space next year.  “I will carry tortillas and a Mexican flag into space and hope there are many Mexicans supporting me on the liftoff at Cape Cañaveral,” he said.



Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 7/1/08


During a gun battle with Mexican Army troops in Villaflores, Chiapas, three presumed Zetas  (cartel enforcement group) commtted suicide rather than surrendering.  Others were taken into custody.


Norte (Ciudan Juárez, Chihuahua) 7/1/08


Mexican General Felipe de Jesus Espitia announced the arrival of 1,400 additional troops in Cd. Juárez to reinforce Joint Operation Chihuahua.  In a similar story regarding the operation, the state attorney general asked federal legislators as well as local lawmakers to upgrade the armament of police forces so they can gain equality to combat the criminal element.  She also asked the public for their necessary support of police efforts.  The state chief executive officer said he expects to obtain better equipment for the municipal police, but that to acquire better arms requires permission from the National Secretary of Defense.


La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 7/1/08 


Federal Police in Cancún, Quintana Roo detained 20 Cuban “illegal refugees” found in a safe-house in that city.  The disposition of the case is under consideration.



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