Twenty-four Law Enforcement Personnel Murdered in Ciudad Juarez so far this year

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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 Diario  (Chihuahua City & Ciudad Juarez editions, Chih.)  7/12/08
–    A homemade “narcomessage” sign was hanged from a pedestrian overpass in Delicias, Chihuahua. The sign threatens the lives of family members of the state governor, Jose Reyes, unless he removes a certain police supervisor and one other person. Local authorities are being tight lipped; the sign was placed a short distance from the home of Reyes’ mother’s house & has now been removed.
–    The cadavers of three men were found on a dirt road in the area of the town of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua. They had been executed with 318 ( three hundred eighteen ) shots from assault rifle and armor piercing caliber firearms. And in Ojinaga (across the Rio Grande from Presidio, TX) two other men fell victim to a hail of heavy caliber bullets; this, out on the street, in broad daylight, in front of business establishments.
–    Two more Juarez policemen fell victim to a car-to-car gunfire assault while on duty in their patrol unit. One died and the other is in “delicate condition” in a hospital. “At least” 24 law enforcement personnel have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez this year.
–    Three other homicides took place within an hour Friday evening in Juarez. In two different events, the victims were all approached and shot out on the street. 
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  7/12/08
At 2000 hours on Thursday, Mex. military “brought to a halt a drug operation” at Mariposa, on the west side of Nogales, Sonora. They found two men in two vehicles apparently fleeing from the US Border Patrol. The men abandoned the vehicles on the Mexican side “and returned to U.S. territory.” In the vehicles (an Escalade & a Dodge Ram, both with AZ lic.) the military found 190 packages of marihuana weighing 1,940 kilos.
Also on Thursday, an off-duty Nogales, Sonora, police officer was found by Mex. military to be driving a 2007 model year p/u stolen from Scottsdale, AZ. He was also armed with a 9 mm. pistol , two clips and ammo.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  7/12/08
(Note: Main front page article follows including photo showing arrival of deportees)
“They close the doors to Guatemalan migrants”
305 deported Guatemalans arrived in the country yesterday in three flights from the United States.
The Guatemalan migrants’ destination or transit countries more and more stiffen their measures to restrict entry into their territory; the co-nationals are expelled and returned to Guatemala after suffering humiliations. This year alone 34 thousand persons have been deported, of which 21 thousand were from Mexico, 13 thousand from the United States and 200 from Spain.
The possibility of finding a better future in another country is more difficult every day for thousands of Guatemalans whose dream is foiled by immigration authorities and controls.
The roundups against immigrants in businesses in the United States, the highway controls in Mexico and the arbitrary and xenophobic attitudes in Spain – which, despite not requiring a visa, has expelled more than 200 Guatemalans, many of them because of their features – have contributed to complicate the situation for migrants and travelers.
In the last few days, it has been Mexico which has intercepted more Guatemalans, which confirms its posture as the big screen filter of migrants (heading) to the United States. According to the Direccion General de Migracion (note: Guatemala’s Immigr. Dep’t.)  21 thousand 925 co-nationals have been expelled just from that country alone, the immense majority of them during their travel to the United States.
One of the last groups, of 77 Guatemalans, was intercepted in the state of Tabasco; in that instance, the migrants were traveling hidden in a trailer. Meanwhile, near that place last Monday, another 115 undocumented Central Americans were intercepted, mostly Guatemalans.
For its part, the United States continues its policy of making the entry of foreign workers more difficult, after three years in which it has broken the record of deported Guatemalans  – in 2005, 11 thousand 25 were deported; in 2006, 18 thousand 305 and in 2007, 23 thousand 68 –  and this year, the tendency points to a new figure since up to date that nation deported 13 thousand 657 co-nationals, including the last three flights of yesterday.
According to interviews carried out by the Human Rights Department, the majority of migrants – 86 percent – admit that their reason for traveling to the United States was the economic factor, while 14 percent sought family reunification, and others said they were escaping the risks of insecurity.
According to migratory data, 23 percent of Guatemalans who leave the country by legal means do not return; many of them have a visa. The majority abandon the country by means of people smuggling networks, who on occasion swindle them.
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