Anchor Babies – The Unresolved Issue!

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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.

(Note: the following item made it into just one local area paper in Mexico. But it is included in our report and is presented in its entirety because it is typically representative of events which have been taking place for at least some four decades in our southern border: women in late stage pregnancy crossing the border illegally to give birth in the United States. This case only happened to make the news because the woman, seven months pregnant, tripped and fell and had to receive medical attention. Certainly, sizeable numbers of others have not fallen or been apprehended during the past decades while our three main branches of government have been dealing  with other issues. But the question of “anchor babies” and the issue of the citizenship of persons born from illegal aliens in the United States remains unresolved.)
La Cronica  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  8/20/08
the headline read: “Pregnant woman deported”  (full transl.)
Ana Rosa Martinez Andrade, seven months pregnant and 37 years of age, crossed into the United States with a group of five undocumented persons and the smuggler, who accompanied her until she fell among the brushwood near a canal.
Martinez Andrade was deported (sic) yesterday around 10:00 and taken to the General Hospital after falling following her crossing to Calexico, United States, where she began to flee after she took herself into the neighboring country.
The future mother said that she joined the group of migrants and that the “pollero” (read: smuggler) warned her that it would be at her own risk and doing; and that they would not help her in case they had to run.
“I fell when I was running and no one stopped, that was when I asked the Border Patrol for help and they took me to the border, they treated me well and they even looked concerned.”
A native of Jalisco, where she worked as a waitress, Martinez Andrade arrived in this capital city two days ago and it was Monday at dawn when she crossed into the neighboring country to go to Los Angeles, where she would get together with her brothers. After staying 40 minutes at the General Hospital, Martinez Andrade was released, given that after evaluating the harm from the fall, neither she nor her child were deemed to be in danger.
Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan)  8/20/08
(Relevant portion abstracts from an op/column by Mario Barghomz follow. It is titled: “Violence in Mexico.” Answering a question about violence in Mexico, the author says):
When they asked Frankenstein about his wicked and violent character, he answered “I’m bad because I am a wretch and a swine”. Let’s agree that his unhappiness was not only because he was ugly, but because of his resentment in not fitting in a world where he did not belong, his ire at being looked down on, totally alien from the well being of others.
In this sense, when people do not fit in or feel looked down upon, they tend to become resentful and to torment themselves, to feel pushed toward vice, prostitution  and crime.
Since 1920 opportunities have become harder to come by for at least two generations for those who have suffered misery and disgrace. Our statistical indices of unemployment, poverty and poor education are very high and of such a degree of violence, kidnapping, prostitution and assassination that (I only assume this from a scientific perspective (sic) ) congenital traits of evil have been created in the most dangerous assassins.
Mexico does not need more policemen, but instead that they be better prepared, that they be educated and professional, who love what they do and are paid well for it. More jails or longer sentences or death sentences are not needed, but instead to be happier and more enthusiastic, more supportive and less hypocritical. A country with a more worthwhile level of existence, with more and better education, specially for the lower classes. It needs to be a less corrupt and more ethical country, with a more humane level of love. Only in this way will we take away from ourselves that horrible Frankenstein syndrome.
El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  8/20/08
(Portions of an op/column titled “Violent democracy” follow. The author is not named.)
Chihuahua is the most violent state. According to the geography of executions four of every ten deaths linked to narcotraffic take place there.. In Chihuahua democracy and development go hand in hand with violence. Good coexists with evil. Chihuahua is an extreme case, but when we analyze the entirety of places we find other similar cases.  For example, 54% of executions (sic) take place in the 10 most developed  places. We find two other states that evidence those anomalous symptoms of violence, development and executions: Baja California and Nuevo Leon. The democratic credentials of both are the best which the country has. Nuevo Leon is the second most developed state and Baja California the third. Unfortunately, both rank in the top ten of violence.
Historically, Mexico has been a country of contradictions but seldom have they been so evident. Today, the country’s most developed area is immersed in a spiral of violence. The questions is, how long will its democratic and financial institutions last in such an adverse context.
La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  8/20/08
Mexico’s Sub-Secretary of Government, Ana Teresa Aranda Orozco, insisted on the need for a long reach immigration reform in which the United States recognizes the role of Mexicans in the building of the prosperity of the neighbor country and the deep inter-dependence between both nations.
The basic existence of strong asymmetries in the standards of living of large social groups triggers the migratory flows, adding “which neither the seas, burning deserts or high technology fences are able to contain.”
The SubSecretary of “Poblacion, Migracion y Asuntos Religiosos” (Population, Migration and Religious Affairs) expressed that migration requires and integral focus and must stop being seen as a threat and no longer be dealt with only from the perspective of national security.
She added “Governments must understand that in a globalized world, and one of deep contrasts in the levels of development between countries, the international human displacements will deepen.”
She pointed out that no one can prosper alone in the world, nor surrounded by poverty, hunger, injustice and oppression, because those who seek prosperity will inevitably come to the well appointed table of the fortunate and generous ones.
Aranda Orozco also referred to the immigration which arrives in Mexico through the southern border and reported that in the last half decade some 193 thousand persons per year have been detained, who are part of flows composed mainly of Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans.
She acknowledged that a very high percentage of the illegal migratory movement which enters through the border with Guatemala is controlled by criminal groups which deal with people trafficking and whose activities are not only a risk to the life of those persons but also for the security of the Mexican nation.
Due to this, she made quite clear that that illegal traffic is a phenomenon which is fought against with all available resources and with all the power of the law.
(Note: it is interesting to see that a high ranking Mexican official states that Mexico’s southern border will be defended against illegal entry with all available resources in part due to the national security needs of Mexico. But she also argues that the  United States must not do the same, nor seek to protect its borders only from the perspective of national security.)
Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  8/20/08
The Juarez Hospital Center took emergency measures after an “armed commando” assassinated some persons with gunfire right outside the hospital building and when army personnel burst into the hospital facilities. Now, gunshot victims and emergency cases are not being attended during the night.
El Universo  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)  8/20/08
A shrimp boat named “The Lord of Justice” was found some 170 miles NE of San Cristobal, part of the Galapagos Islands. It wasn’t fishing. Instead, it was transporting 34 males (6 of them minors) and 31 females (5 of them minors). All 65 Ecuadoreans aimed to reach Central America and their destination was the United States. All have now been returned to Ecuador by Ecuadorean officials.
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  8/20/08
There have been seven “execution style” homicides in Nogales, Sonora, in the past week. 
Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  8/20/08
There have been seven “execution style” homicides in Tijuana in the last three days.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  8/20/08
headline: “The narcowar leaves 12 more “executed” in Chihuahua.
A businessman in Baja California and a rancher in Sinaloa were assassinated Tuesday when they resisted being kidnapped.
In Jalisco, a federal police agent was forcibly carried off, a practice that does not have the objective of payment for ransom, but that of assassination.
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