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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) 10/7/08
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, emphasized that the problem of violence and crime in the Americas is critical and its development has become a plague that causes more deaths than AIDS and affects the nations more than the economic crisis. He urges the member countries to recognize the threat and to coordinate in reducing it. He pointed out that the problem is connected to drug traffic by organized crime and requires the cooperation of all member nations to confront it.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 10/7/08
Us Attorney General Michael Mukasey said in an interview at the US Embassy in Mexico City that despite the bombing in Morelia Michoacán and the wave of execution murders in Mexico, he does not consider that a security crisis exists in the country.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 10/7/08
– The Attorney General of the state of México, in a press conference regarding the assassination of the mayor of Ixtapan de la Sal, reported that 14 members of a criminal group in custody said they carried out the murder because the mayor would not allow their criminal activities of extortion of businesses and drug sales.
– Narco banners appeared in 30 cities of seven states in Mexico with messages apparently from the Gulf Cartel accusing their rival gang, “La Familia,” of the September 15 bombing in Morelia, Michoacán and offering rewards for their capture. The messages appeared in the states of Tamaulipas, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Durango, Sonora and Veracruz.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/7/08
The Mexican Secretary of Government [no US equiv.] reported that 60% of the public perceive the laws of the country as used to defend the powerful interests or as an easy excuse to commit injustices. A sub-secretary of the department added, “In our country, statistics are not necessary to know that the citizens have no confidence that democracy can guarantee their well-being.”
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/7/08
Mexican drug cartels buy drugs directly from the Colombian rebel organization, FARC, which has become one of their most important suppliers, according to Sergio Jaramillo, Colombia’s Vice-minister of Defense. “It worries us in particular the strengthening, the connections between the Mexican cartels and FARC,” he said. FARC controls the major part of cocaine production in Colombia, he pointed out.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 10/7/08
As a result of the slowing US economy, there is a drop in remittances to Mexico of nearly 700 million pesos [about $55 million USD] compared to last year. Nonetheless, there appears to be no real danger to the Mexican economy. Mexican families are not badly affected because only 6% of those considered poor receive remittances from abroad, compared to the 60% who are not in poverty.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 10/7/08
Around 400 calls reporting extortion and kidnapping have been received by the Mexico D.F. Department of Justice since August 4 when the telephone number was publicly released for that purpose.
El Sol de México (Mexico City) 10/7/08
Mexico has become a bridge for “Cuban traffic.” Last year nearly 15,000 people from that island entered the US after crossing into Mexico, reported Edmundo Ramírez Martínez of the Mexican federal Chamber of Deputies. For every Cuban who enters at Florida, four enter the US through Mexico. For this reason, his party (PRI) is urging the government to sign a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to regulate the illegal entry of Cubans into the country and to eradicate the smuggling networks and corruption by authorities. Photo relates.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/6/08
– El Salvador’s “Direccion Nacional de Migracion” reported that up until Oct. 2 of this year 4,747 Salvadorans with criminal records have been deported from the United States. Last year in the same period the number was 3,475. The majority of the deportees were in jail because of theft, homicide, drug traffic, kidnapping and rape. The Salvadoran authorities affirmed that these deportations contribute to the increase of violence which prevails in El Salvador. It is one of the most dangerous countries of Latin America, with a rate of more than 60 homicides per 100,000 population.
– Six National Police agents assigned to El Salvador’s northern border area have been arrested and charged with extortion. The six were demanding and collecting cash from undocumented persons traveling north to Guatemala.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/5/08
Guatemala’s “Direccion Nacional de Migracion” declared itself incapable of combating the organized crime mafias at its borders and considers it an urgent matter to create an agency to guard over the entries and exits to and from the country. Immigration officials are not armed or equipped with vehicles, so they can only watch while these gangs operate.
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