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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 Universal (Mexico City) 7/25/08
headline: ” Immigration policy criticized in front of U.S. militaries “ (entire article transl.)
Federal deputies (read: congressmen) questioned the insensitivity and harshness of the American government immigration policy in front of the chiefs of the North Command (General Victor Renuart) and Southern Command (Admiral James Stavidris), by pointing out that for every three Mexicans deported because of their illegal status, one minor stayed abandoned in American territory.
PRI Party member Edmundo Ramirez Martinez said to them, these children are mostly citizens of that country and on average every year 75 thousand minors who are citizens are abandoned due to the immigration policies of the White House, while some 25 thousand Mexican minors suffer the same situation due to the deportations.
The legislator added “If this doesn’t tell you anything, doesn’t move you to reflect, then it means that you don’t care much about the fate of the children who are American citizens and this is grave.”
“It seems to me that this caused them annoyance; they didn’t like this criticism and we could see it right away”, said the deputy in an interview.
Edmundo Ramirez warned that in this context previous to the start of the Merida Initiative, “President Calderon cannot fall into the temptation of reaching accords with these military proposals without consulting with the Legislative Power, since this would be very delicate.”
The PRI Party member was part of a group of nine federal deputies which the North Command invited, by means of the Embassy of the United States, to a roundtable about the role and objectives of the Command, although various topics of interest of the U.S. military chiefs and of the Mexican government were addressed.
Weapons traffic was another of the topics mentioned. Deputy Edmundo Ramirez pointed out that according to official sources from both countries there are at least 12 thousand weapons sales locales on the U.S. border with Mexico.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 7/25/08
headline: ” Organized crime incorporates people trafficking into its activities”
At least four organized crime groups in Mexico have added people trafficking to their original activity of passage of drugs. We’re talking about Los Zetas – armed group of the Gulf Cartel – the Sinaloa Cartel, the Federation and the Juarez Cartel, according to reports from the Foreign Affairs section of the Mex. Dep’t. Of Justice.
In regard to the method of operation, the information points out that it is the “relatives who themselves live in the United States who contact representatives of these criminal groups for the travel of their people.” They pay from 10 to 15 thousand dollars for this. Sub-Attorney General Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos said: “In the context of the movement of migrants, the relatives contract criminal organizations such as Los Zetas and others that are found there: the one from Sinaloa, of The Federation and of the North of Vicente Carrillo, which are the ones who are involved in carrying out these activities.”
According to data from Foreign Affairs, people trafficking represents similar profits for the cartels than those obtained from drug traffic to the U.S.
The heads of this business are inside national territory and not outside the country, as has been said in the case of the alleged Miami mafia. The same drug bosses are the one heading these operations. To carry out illicit activities they use the same high power weapons as for narcotics traffic: mainly AK-47 and AR-15 rifles.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 7/25/08 (full transl.),
At the presentation of a report about the Merida Initiative, designed to support Mexico in the fight against drug traffic, Jose Antonio Ortega Sanchez, president of the Citizen Council for Public Security and Penal Justice, asserted that “Taking the Mexican army out on the streets of the country doesn’t scare anyone anymore, it doesn’t work anymore.”
Ortega said that the fight against drugs by the government of President Calderon lacks strategy and real planning, because it always ends with putting the military out on the street to solve waves of violence, and that “doesn’t scare anyone anymore”, he assured.
In this context of escalated violence, the attorney brought up numbers about executions linked to narcotraffic and pointed out that in the year 2000 there were 1,080 persons executed in all of the country. So far this year, we’re up to more than 2,000 homicides, “and if the trend continues the same, we’ll end 2008 with 4,000 executed.”
He said – We have an average increase of 270% in executions in the last eight years. We see government and society totally asleep, low in spirits and without willingness to face up to this problem about violence.
Concerning the Merida Initiative, he pointed out that it has a very serious defect: “Neither objectives nor goals are put forth; without these, it is more difficult to determine if what was being expected from this program is being met or not.”
The expert warned that the current levels of narcotraffic violence characterize a stage of terrorism in which “we are one step away, or at the point , for these people to start to use car bombs as in Colombia to reply to the actions of the Mexican government.”
The present administration, he added, “has no goals or objectives, and least of all a definite strategy in the issue of the anti-drug fight.”
For Jose Antonio Ortega it is an error for Calderon’s government to allow the Department of Public Security to continue being the central axis for actions against narcotraffic. ” The issue must be acted upon by other instances because it is a multidisciplinary matter, and the Department of Security does not have the means nor the human educational and health perspective required to attack this phenomenon.”
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/25/08
(Note: the following is included to show who could be some of the potential future recipients of a general amnesty for illegal aliens and a “path to citizenship”)
“Some five thousand residents of the Mexican community of Mochitlan, Guerrero, participated today in the slaughter of 26 bulls whose blood they drank”
The foregoing was in preparation for the celebration of the patroness of the town, Santa Ana. (Ste. Ann)
In the traditional celebration the inhabitants paraded the bulls through the town and presented them in front of the community’s church and then “sacrificed them” in honor of Sainte Ann. This ceremony is carried out each year on the eve of the “fiesta” of Ste. Ann.
The townspeople took to the streets early and, along with the rhythm of bands, paraded the bulls which were adorned and ridden by men and women. Some locals assert that this event began after the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards in the 16th century.
The people drink mezcal (an alcoholic drink distilled from the maguey cactus) and dance out in the streets as an offering to “our lady” (Ste. Ann) said Fabricio Gomez, a resident of Mochitlan. Besides, the people who drink the blood believe that it will bring them strength and health all year.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 7/25/08
– An undated “Notimex” press agency article posted today reports the seizure by federal agents in Tijuana of 5,711 rounds of ammo, seven firearms, 14 clips and some bullet-proof vests.
– There were four homicides reported in Sinaloa “during the last hours.” One was a Culiacan police officer.
– Mex. army personnel seized 6 metric tons, 63 kilos of marihuana in a storage facility at #211 Ignacio Zaragoza St., Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas. Two subjects were arrested (Note: this is just into Mexico from Falcon Dam, on the Rio Grande)
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 7/25/08
Mex. military seized “approximately” 900 kilos of weed near Rabo de Iguana, in the hill country inland from Zihuatenejo, Guerrero. A scale and packaging equipment were also found at the scene.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 7/25/08
The Attorney General of the state of Guerrero (main city: Acapulco) said that homicides in that state have now reached “at least” 800, and added that 20% are related to organized crime.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 7/25/08
headline: “Between Wednesday and Thursday there were 15 executions (sic) in four states”
sub-headlines: “Two police officers and two minors among the victims”
“Military checkpoints on the access roads to the state of Mexico”
(the long article then goes on to describe details of the carnage. The attached photo relates to one such victim in the Mexico City area)
Excelsior (Mexico City) 7/25/08
Four bodies each in a black plastic bag were dumped on a dirt road near San Pablo Jolalpa (some 20 mi. N.E. of Mexico City; this item was posted Sat. a.m. but gives no date otherwise)
Noroeste (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 7/25/08
A search of a house in the El Toreo area of Mazatlan yielded five arrests (including that of a 14 yr. old) plus “an arsenal”, drugs, more than 208 thousand pesos, hundreds of dollars, clips for firearms, communication equipment, ski masks, scales, a laptop and vehicles. (A typical narcoretail operations base)
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 7/25/08
A man and a woman, both Guatemalans, reached the southern end of the Pan American highway at the border crossing point from Nicaragua south into Costa Rica. An inspection there revealed 750 thousand dollars hidden behind the headlights. Two arrests followed.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 7/25/08
(Following are excerpts from the long main editorial on corruption and criminality within police ranks.)
“They have fallen into the clutches of crime and have become law breaking policemen.”
“A week does not go by in which some member of the National Civic Police is not involved in some illicit deed.”
“”The problem is not new nor exclusive to the country, because from Mexico to Brazil there are abundant complaints against police agents who have participated in murders, thefts, assaults, rapes, humiliations and even extra-judicial executions, just to name some relevant crimes.”
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