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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.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/16/08
The work of forming a National Coalition for Immigration Reform will begin tomorrow (Monday) in the US, according to counselors of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). According to the agreement made during a meeting of the IME last week, the coalition will initiate a campaign to demand a stop to “anti-immigrant raids” in the US. The agreement establishes that Mexican leaders of the coalition will seek contacts with immigrant groups of other nationalities (especially Latin-American) as well as unions, churches, social organizations, businesses, artists and sports people. The intention is to form a National Coalition that would demand immigration reform and to convince US legislators to bring about change. The coalition will also seek to convince president-elect Obama of the necessity to legalize 12 million immigrants, half of which are Mexican. To achieve this, they will point out that 67% of Latinos voted for him and that, in actuality, 83% of the “Mexicans with US citizenship” backed him at the ballot box. In addition to seeking immigration reform during the first year of Obama’s government, they also ask for a temporary worker program with the option of soliciting [permanent ] residence.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/15/08
For the second day, federal agents at the Mexico City airport discovered more pseudo-ephedrine in air shipments. This time there were 50 kilos of the drug in cartons. Unlike yesterday’s seizure, no mention was made of the drug’s origin. Agents are using drug sniffer dogs.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 11/15/08
Yesterday evening two people were killed and two injured in a gunfight at a taco stand in Tijuana. In another incident today, a father and son were murdered together in mid-morning on the streets of Tijuana. The violence later shifted to nearby Rosarito with the murder of a 17-year-old who was gunned down by some 20 shots from an AK-47 while riding his bicycle in town at one o’clock in the afternoon.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/15/08
– The president of the Executive Board of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Cesar Duarte Jaquez, considers that the change of government in the US will favor the migrant situation. He stated, “we hope the change in government gives a change in direction to this historic relationship.”
– Mexico’s ex-president, Vicente Fox, speaking in Dallas, stated that if he had anything he could ask of president-elect Obama, it would be to take down the border fence.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 11/15/08
Last Monday, 27 field workers were abducted at gunpoint from a farm near Culiacan, Sinaloa. Yesterday, 19 of them were released and it is assumed that the others have been, as well. Three narco-banners appeared yesterday in Culiacan indicating that the abductions were ordered by cartel leaders Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. In what the article characterized as an “ironic tone,” the messages criticized the kidnapping of “innocent workers” and added “that it delivered a major blow” and “remember that you also have businesses.” It is believed the message infers trouble between two factions in the Juarez Cartel. The article noted that the major farm operation from which the men were abducted has not been in operation since then.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/16/08
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies is contemplating plans to raise salaries of municipal police as a measure to stop corruption. Municipal police are paid an average of 1,500 pesos ($115) per month. The legislators are also seeking to improve other police benefits, including working conditions, retirements and medical care. According to the data, Army soldiers earn an average of more than twice as much as city police. In prioritizing this initiative, the lawmakers emphasize that it is necessary in order to strengthen local governments against the corrupting influence of organized crime.
In a related story, the Chamber and the Secretary of Treasury agree that the military forces and those charged with the security of the country must soon have hefty increases in their budgets. This would include all federal law enforcement agencies.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 11/16/08
Forty-five Chinese – 29 males and 16 females – were apprehended by Ecuadoran navy personnel when they were found in a fishing boat just off Atacames, a town a short distance south of Esmeraldas, on Ecuador’s far northern coast. The forty-five intended to travel to Central America and after that to reach the United States. All the Chinese were in Ecuador illegally. The three Ecuadoran crewmen on the boat were detained.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 11/16/08
Honduras’ Chancery data show that 1,800 Honduran minors have been returned from the United States this year, a 300% increase over the total for 2007. In 2003 the number didn’t even reach 100.
The number of Honduran adult females deported from the United States this year has reached 3,180, a monthly average of 318. Almost 400,000 Hondurans have been returned in the last ten years.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 11/16/08
– A day of violence left twelve persons dead in various parts of the country, including five at Pajapita, San Marcos. At least two of the victims had their hands and feet tied. Most had been shot.
– Following are portions of an op/column by Luis Morales, titled “Do you want to die by gunshots and then be burned?”
“Travel to Guatemala. It’s the ideal country so that you may find a violent way to die, in one or two days at most, because a death machinery that lubricates its gears with human blood is at work in every part of the national territory.”
The author then goes on to cite a number of examples where tourists and residents have been robbed, murdered and then burned; then he finishes as follows):
“Now well, if you want your body to be blown into bits, small and large, do not travel to Guatemala because criminality is underdeveloped, although these days it reaches high levels of cruelty. You’d be better off buying an airline ticket and heading to the Middle East . If you don’t have the misfortune of having your airplane fall into the sea and drowning, then your dream of a violent death will become a reality. And don’t take what I say the wrong way. It’s all true.”
El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/17/08
The office of the El Debate news chain in Culiacan, Sinaloa, was the target of a grenade attack which shattered glass and damaged the doors and walls of the building. According to official reports, the attack took place shortly after midnight by “at least” two unidentified men who fled on foot. No one was injured in the attack.
Other headlines from Culiacan:
– Two subjects assassinated in Colonia Buenavista
– 5 executed in 2 towns in one night
– Body found in Tierra Blanca
– Youth executed in Colonia Las Quintas
– Driver wounded by bullet.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/17/08
In a few days, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) expects to finalize a “political agreement” to design a system for shielding the electoral campaigns of 2009 against the influences of organized crime.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 11/17/08
Elements of organized crime in Tijuana, Baja California, assassinated 12 people, one of them a 14-year-old girl, and gravely wounded five others yesterday in different parts of the city. Five of those killed were gunned down in a pool hall by AK-47 wielding gunmen.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 11/17/08
According to Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the traditional mass return of migrants to Mexico expected in December may result in their remaining indefinitely due to the economic conditions in the US.
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