(Mexico City) 10/14/08
The “spiral of violence” continues in the country with the report of 28 homicides in the last 24 hours in the states of Chihuahua, Baja California, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
El Financiero & Excelsior (Mexico City) 10/14/08
Although from US news sources, the headline read: “US confirms illegal Mexican military incursion.” The article was in regards to a Washington Times story in which the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection successfully refuted the arguments of the Department of State and the Mexican government that an incident last August when Mexican military crossed into US territory and held a Border Patrol agent at gunpoint was simply a “temporary misunderstanding.” In the story, the Commissioner cleared the issue of whether the border was clearly marked by pointing out that there is a fence and other markers.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 10/14/08
According to the Michoacán migrant office, many Mexicans who are resigned to being poor, prefer to be poor in the US. Many of those in the US who have been affected by the financial problems are moving about the country looking for work rather than returning to Mexico. The main impact to the state is the diminishing revenue from workers in the US rather than those returning.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 10/14/08
Reports from the state of Zacatecas support those from Michoacán. Zacatecan workers in the US are sending less money home. In Zacatecas, 65,000 families live on personal remittances from their relatives working in the US and 75% of the state’s population will be in poverty if the present trend continues.
La Crónica de Hoy (Mexico City) 10/14/08
A report to the committee on migratory matters in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies pointed out that Mexico lacks programs and resources to provide employment and financial support to some three million countrymen who could return to Mexico because of the financial problems in the US. They calculate that 800,000 Mexicans residing in the US are facing losing their homes because of the mortgage crisis. The group’s report said that the major part the 800,000 are undocumented with families and would have no options but to return to their own country.
Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancún, Q.R.) 10/14/08
Officials in Quintana Roo arrested four undocumented people from a bus. Three were from Central America, but one with “oriental features” could not speak Spanish and his origin could not be determined.
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