U.S. assailed for it’s immigration enforcement policies

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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.

 La Prensa Grafica  (San Salvador, El Salvador)  8/28/08  – Full transl. –
On Thursday, the government of El Salvador  urged Salvadorans not to travel illegally to the United States because of the danger of dying on the way or being detained and deported back to the country.
The Vice-Chancellor for Salvadorans Abroad, Margarita Escobar, said to the press :”The lecture presented is the following: in the first place to point out the enormous risks involved in traveling in an undocumented manner. We see what happened in Phoenix, Arizona, where there are several dead in an accident and many others where there are assaults and deaths on the way.” Escobar cited that last August 7th five undocumented Salvadorans died in a traffic accident in the American city of Phoenix, when they were traveling in an SUV along with 13 other persons also in illegal status in that country.
Daily, between 200 and 400 Salvadorans weighed down by unemployment or precarious economic situations decide to leave the country and set off on their journey as undocumented ones, the majority to the United States, according to data from international organizations.
According to official figures, in the last three years 216,773 Salvadorans have been deported back to the country from different nations, especially the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The Salvadoran government is also worried by the constant operations which the United States immigration officials carry out in search of undocumented workers in factories and other establishments.
Escobar said “The risk of being detained and deported continues to be felt due to the policy of that country and of the application of its present law about immigration.”
El Salvador carries out a radio campaign warning against traveling undocumented to the United States because of the “dangers” of the trip.
595 persons were detained Monday in a round-up of illegal immigrants in a factory in Laurel, Misisipi (sic), among whom it is presumed there are at least four citizens of El Salvador, according to data from the Chancery. The Vice-Chancellor pointed out the need for a resumption of discussion of the design of an integral immigration policy which can give stability to the millions of people who live in that country illegally.
The official said “Once the political time takes place, Congress must return (to the discussion of) integral immigration reform”
Some 2.8 million Salvadorans live abroad,  2.3 million of them in the United States and their individual monetary remittances are important in upholding the country’s economy..
El Salvador, according to the Central Reserve Bank, closed 2007 with a total of 3.695,3 billion dollars, 6.5% more than in 2006 and this represents 18.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  8/28/08
The auxiliary bishop of the Ciudad Juarez diocese, Jose Guadalupe Torres, criticized the construction of the border fence currently taking place in El Paso and said that it is reprehensible that American officials are building a barrier that divides both countries. He added that this represents a blow to freedom, besides that “it goes against human rights, of free transit, of seeking roads to the well being for all, I believe that building a fence is not the solution (because) all it does is increase the danger for all persons who wish to improve themselves.”
He indicated that despite the barriers which the American officials might install, the migrants will continue to enter that country even though their lives might be at greater risk.
He added: “The migrants have said that even if they put in “a thousand vigilance (sic), install radars and the Minutemen continue, they will go on risking their life as long as they can reach “the American dream” ”
He stated that the building of the fence is not the way and for that reason he asked officials of the neighbor country that, instead of the building project, they should offer sources of employment in conjunction with Mexico and bring about temporary work projects to facilitate the entry of migrants into the United States in an organized and reasonable fashion.
o.e.m. (Natn’l. paper chain in Mex.)  8/28/08
The beginning of a long article detailing a large number of bloody events around the country:
“Violence, criminality and deaths do not cease in the country and have become worse in the last few hours, this, in a week of the signing of the 75 items to combat insecurity thorugh the program of the National Security Council and two days away from the “Let us light up Mexico” citizens’ march.
“The red week” produced 89 executions (sic) and, so far in this administration, organized crime has caused 5 thousand 460 deaths while just yesterday 18 took place in six different localities in the country.
In Mexico, it’s murders one day and likewise in another day.
Seventeen persons have been assassinated in just three days in the state of Sinaloa”
The report then goes on to describe events, places and names.
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato)  8/28/08
The current events section of this paper features an article titled “Roundups instill fear in undocumented persons.” (Regarding the recent ICE operation in Laurel, MS)
Cambio de Michoacan  (Morelia, Michoacan)  8/28/08
Two individuals were arrested by Mex. military in separate events in Indaparapeo, Michoacan. In their vehicles, they had a combined eight long barrel firearms, five pistols, 6 grenades, around 600 rounds of ammo and a goodly quantity and variety of “AFI” uniform components.
El Debate , Noroeste  (Culiacan Sinaloa)  8/28/08  –
Short takes :
–     An execution victim was found yesterday morning on a street by a shopping center in Culiacan. He was wrapped and taped, but his back had been mutilated. The killers had also left a plastic flower arrangement on the body. They had also cut his legs off at the knee. And they had cut off his head.
–     City police captured four suspected hit men, plus weapons, drugs, U.S. & Mex. cash, radios, and three state police badges.
–     Two men from Durango were killed in a car-to-car gunfire assault.
–     A group of men in federal police uniform arrived at a house while the owners were not there. They robbed and ransacked, then left in two patrol units.
Reforma  (Mexico City)  8/28/08
A public opinion poll of 1,560 residents of Mexico asked them how the the country’s insecurity will be following the recent signing of the National Accord.
The results, for the Distrito Federal, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Saltillo, in that order:
Insecurity :  No change:  55%, 49%, 41%,  49% 
                  Worse     :    5%,    3%,   5%,   8%
                  Better     :    34%, 46%, 49%, 42%
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  8/28/08
A new armed attack took place this morning (Thurs.) on the coast of Guerrero between Acapulco & Zihuatanejo. A man, his wife, their two daughters and four other persons were murdered by “heavy caliber” gunfire. Reports indicate these eight could be related to the ambush also this morning of federal and state police, in which one state and one federal agent also died.
La Voz de la Frontera  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  8/28/08
In Mexicali, police found a shop being used as a marihuana deposit; they seized approximately 500 kilos of weed. One man was arrested; also found was  a Ford Expedition (AZ lic. 823XNZ) stolen in Yuma a few days ago.
Frontera  (Tijuana, B.C.) , El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) , El Debate (Culiacan, Sin.) , La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City)  8/28/08
–     50 out of 80 police officers in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, flunked a series of federal evaluation tests and the mayor said they will be let go. (This is just across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, TX)
–     In Tabasco, “at least” 10 officials of the state’s AG’s office resigned from their jobs after the disclosure that the Gulf Cartel had some 200 city, state and federal police agents in that area on their “payroll.”
–     One hundred twenty-nine police officers in Baja California were just dismissed because of various crimes, links with organized crime groups and other such reasons. 65 were police in Tijuana, 25 in Tecate, Rosarito and Ensenada, and 5 with the state police; 17 were “ministerial” police and another 17 were agents in the state AG’s office.
–     In Tecate, Baja Calif., state police found two vehicles parked illegally; the driver of one turned out to be a Tecate P.D. officer, but the vehicle also had a loaded .45 cal. submachine gun, a rifle and marihuana. Both vehicles had been stolen, one of them from Chula Vista, CA.
– end of report –

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