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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 Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 12/13/08
“Ecuador, stopping point in the traffic of undocumented Chinese”
When officials entered a humble abode in the middle of Guayaquil in early August they found 28 Chinese citizens, the majority of them young women, crammed into two rooms awaiting travel to the United States in search of the American dream.
Fifteen minutes later the same unit searched two other residences (one) in the Lomas de Urdesa and another in Urbanor, from which numerous Chinese had fled after being alerted about the arrival of the authorities.
Weeks later, a Mexican airplane was confiscated by police at the airport in Quito when it was about to be used by 14 undocumented Chinese to fly to Mexico. A Mexican and one Chinese were detained as presumed members of a people-smuggling organization.
In Tulcan, a town bordering with Colombia, 17 Chinese were found in early October wanting to cross illegally into Colombia. The citizen Chen Shu Hong was arrested in that incident; he had in his possession 23 Chinese passports and 10,000 in cash.
Police determined that from Tulcan the Chinese seek to arrive in Tumaco and Buenaventura, on Colombia’s Pacific coast, besides Cali, Bogota and Cucuta, to continue their trip toward the American dream.
The use of Ecuador as a stopping point on the journey towards the United States grew starting on June 20, by decree of President Rafael Correa, this country became the first one in South America to eliminate entry visas for all foreigners. Now, thousands of persons of diverse nationalities freely enter Ecuadoran soil daily.
The Migration chief of Marshall Sucre Airport (Quito’s airport), Major Roberto Moreno, asserted that the growth in the arrival of Chinese is evident since June. He stated, “Some 20 persons with consular visas would arrive in a normal month and now in one month we have had 1,150 Chinese in (the airport at) Quito alone.”
Although the number of Chinese who arrive in this country seeking illegal routes to the United States is unknown, the police every week has new evidence and testimonies ratifying that Ecuador is utilized as a stopping point.
The Dep’t. of Migration of the Police reported that 9,921 Chinese arrived in Ecuador from June to the end of November, almost 30 times more than the 339 Chinese who had entered in the similar period of 2007.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 12/13/08
In Colombia’s northwest, near Panama, a light aircraft without registration markings was found on the landing strip of an hacienda at Mutata, Antioquia. It was loaded with 850 kilos of cocaine, apparently ready for export.
And at Colombia’s southwest corner, at Tablon de Gomez, Narino, police seized 34 kilos of heroin apparently belonging to the “FARC” rebel group.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 12/13/08
The annual return to Mexico from the US by migrants is expected to be much smaller this year. Unlike past years, Mexicans are expected to remain in the US because of two major factors: the economy and the expectation of amnesty under the new administration.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 12/13/08
The first few lines of an editorial From the Treasury to the cartels:
[the editorial was accompanied by the following cartoon]
“One of every three narcos have been military. The other two are politicians or officials”.
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/13/08
Under the provisions of the Merida Initiative, the US will provide Mexico with the “latest generation” of police equipment in the fight against organized crime. In the next few months, the first stage of implementing the initiative will be delivered at a cost of nearly $2 million to provide police agencies detection equipment extending from reading passports to the detecting of explosives. The funds will also provide safety equipment including armored vehicles, bulletproof vests, protective helmets and radio equipment.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 12/13/08
The “Anti Drug Monitor Center” which the U.S. has in Comalapa, El Salvador, alerted the Salvadoran National Police about the “Atoche” shrimp boat. Local agents tracked it and then boarded it three miles offshore and found the boat’s shrimp storage area packed with cocaine. Seven crewmen were arrested. The drug hadn’t been weighed but was estimated at one thousand kilos. Central America’s Pacific coast continues to be a well-used route for drug trafficking.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 12/13/08
Guatemala’s National Migration Dep’t. Statistics reveal that this year 22% of the Guatemalans who left the country with proper documentation have not returned. This percentage is almost identical to the comparable one for 2007, when 23% did not return.
According to experts that number is smaller than the quantity of Guatemalans who abandon the country daily, without documents, and the majority travel to the United States.
El Universal (Mexico City) & other major Mexican newspapers 12/14/08
Another high-profile kidnapping/murder case has aroused a public call for government action to establish better security in Mexico. Silvia Vargas Escalera, 20, was kidnapped in September 2007. Her father, Nelson Vargas, is the ex-leader of the National Sports Commission. The family had made many publicized calls for information regarding their daughter over the past year. Her skeletal remains were discovered this December 5 and her nationally publicized funeral was held yesterday (Saturday). President Calderon attended the funeral with other high officials. Also among those attending was the family of Fernando Marti, another high-profile case where the schoolboy, 14, was kidnapped and murdered. His case in June of this year resulted in massive public demonstrations demanding government action against the unbridled violence in the country. The current Vargas case has amplified that call.
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/15/08
– According to a report from two of Mexico’s human rights organizations, there are “around 400 thousand” orders of arrest pending in the country. The report on the issue of public security presented today also indicates that only 10% of crimes committed in the country are reported and, of those, only one in a hundred receive punishment. They emphasize that this means 99% of reported crimes go unpunished.
– The first paragraph of an editorial, The basis of social hostility:
The 32 governors of this country receive more than 8 million, 500 thousand pesos [over 625 thousand dollars] in bonus and salary, the equivalent to the earnings of some 3,700 people who earn the minimum wage. The [state] representatives of Coahuila will each take home 500 thousand pesos, more than the governor of this state and the federal legislators whose earnings are already high. No law or institution places limits on them; this is the first problem. The second is that the only recourse for doing something to stop the bleeding is through the beneficiaries of the system.
– An armed attack with assault rifles and a fragmentation grenade on a police headquarters in Cd. Altamirano, Guerrero state, left one officer injured and damages to the facility. The attackers escaped.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 12/15/08
– Four bodies executed with shots to the head were discovered yesterday in a vehicle in the south of the state of Zacatecas. An investigation is underway.
– Three people were killed and one injured in separate, apparently gang-related, incidents early today in Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 12/15/08
In a military operation in Buenaventura, Chihuahua state, the Mexican Army seized an arsenal of machine guns, rifles, more than 30 grenades, rocket launchers and rockets, vehicles and nine kilos of marihuana. Also seized were several bulletproof vests, helmets and military-style combat clothing.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/15/08
Four policemen were killed last night in coordinated attacks by armed groups in Cd. Juarez.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 12/15/08
Nine days after the discovery of two “narco-graves” in an abandoned farm near Uruapan, Michoacán state, authorities continue to find the remains of others. So far 11 have been located. The investigation is being carried out by the Mexican drug investigative agency, SIEDO.
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