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.
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 7/30/08
Mexico’s Immigration Dep’t. (“INM”) reported that 23,337 undocumented aliens were detained in the state of Chiapas in the first semester of 2008. Though nearly 60% of them were citizens of Guatemala and another 32% was made up of Hondurans and Salvadorans, there were also 135 Eritreans, 70 Somalis, 60 Ethiopians, 32 Iraqis, 9 Chinese, 3 Palestinians and a scattering of persons from South American countries.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 7/30/08
The head of Mexico’s “INM”, Cecilia Romero, said that Mexico detained 120 thousand undocumented immigrants in 2007, of which 114 thousand were Central Americans. No other nationality listing was shown.
“In Mexico’s southern border there are 1.8 million border crossings annually, of which 85% relate to persons with papers because they work or study in Mexico, and another 15% without papers.”
La Jornada (Mexico City) 7/30/08
196 “INM” officials have been dismissed since 2007 for corruption activities linked to organized crime and for extortion of migrants. An even higher number has been reassigned to different activities or locales.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 7/30/08
“More than 300 thousand Central Americans and some 10 thousand Cubans who seek to reach the United States go across Mexican territory annually; some 200 thousand of the the first mentioned are intercepted and some two thousand of the second (group)”
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 7/30/08
Ecuadoran organizations in New Jersey & Connecticut are preparing to celebrate their Independence Day (Aug. 10) with parades, naming of royalty, art exhibits, dances and folkloric exhibitions. The activities already began on July 25. On August 8 the Ecuadoran flag will be raised in front of the Union City, NJ, City Hall, and a parade is to be held along Bergenline Ave., which crosses through Union City, North Bergen, Gutemberg and West New York.
(Note: Ecuador, slightly smaller than Nevada, is the South American country whose citizens are most often mentioned in the Mexican medias as attempting to reach the United States illegally.)
Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) – part of “o.e.m.”, large natn’l. paper chain – 7/30/08
Two Ecuadoran migrants died Tuesday during a “confrontation” between police and people smugglers in Chiapas. When state police signaled a vehicle to stop, smugglers in a third vehicle opened fire on the patrol unit. The police fired back & a tire on the vehicle transporting the aliens was hit, causing a rollover.
Four other aliens being smuggled were also injured.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 7/30/08
– A Mexican family with legal permanent residence status in the United States opted to return to Mexico a month ago because of nostalgia for their place of origin. They went to Cancun where they owned the “Cristian” (sic) meat shop. But they found themselves caught in the middle of a violent shootout between drug traffickers in the Bonfil area of town, an affair which ended with several persons wounded. The family has now decided to return to the United States where, they said, “the law is indeed applied.” The anonymous person (referring to the shop owner) said if these events had taken place in the United States the police would have acted, “they would have pursued the drug traffickers with helicopters and the local residents would not be as defenseless as they are now in Cancun.”
– In Guasave, Sinaloa, Fredy (sic) and Francisco Flores, brothers, were traveling on highway 15 when they became victims of a car to car gunfire assault and both “were executed by more than one hundred-forty AK-47 bullet impacts.”
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 7/30/08
– The bodies of three persons were found in two different places at dawn today in Culiacan. All three were wrapped in bed clothes held down with tape.
– An officer of the “State Ministerial Police” Vehicle Theft Section was ambushed and killed yesterday morning (Tues.) while on his way to work when he had just gone two blocks from his home. Witnesses reported there were at least seven individuals who took part in the assassination. Two hundred shell casings from AK-47 were found at the scene. This marks the 70th killing of a law enforcement officer in the state of Sinaloa this year.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/30/08
The bodies of yet two more men were found just outside Chihuahua City on the highway to nearby Aldama; their heads, crushed and disfigured, had been repeatedly run over by a vehicle. Two other men were shot to death in Chihuahua.
But in Ciudad Juarez the murder toll reached 12 in less than 24 hours; nine of them took place on Tuesday. And at dawn today (Wed.) a Juarez city police sergeant was murdered “in the style of organized crime” by a group seemingly led by one of his own fellow workers. His death marks the 32nd of law enforcement murders in Juarez this year.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 7/30/08
Fifty state and city police officers are resigning at the end of July in the city and state of Campeche (on the Gulf of Mexico below the state of Yucatan) “for fear of losing their lives at the hands of Los Zetas, a group of hitmen who are part of the Gulf Cartel, and who last week claimed the crimes (murders) of three police officers and one “Pemex” worker.”
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 7/30/08
After a vehicle chase in Ciudad Juarez, Mex. federal police were able to arrest a group of six hitmen led by a 35 yr. of active duty Juarez city police officer. The other five were between 18 and 22 years of age. The group carries out murders and kidnappings. Also seized were 4 AR15 with 240 rounds, 9 AK47 with 2,100 rounds, 34 clips including eight drum type, plus 4 radios, 23 bullet-proof vests.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 7/30/08
At dawn today (Wed.) Mex. federal police arrested three other hitmen in Juarez, moments after the three had riddled a Juarez police officer lieutenant with gunfire. One of the three was identified by his captors as a fellow Juarez police officer.
NOTE: beginning this week the M3 reports will be published Monday through Friday. We will continue to monitor the news on a daily basis. News from the weekends will be reported in Monday’s edition and so noted.
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