NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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) 1/8/09
Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and consular officers to the US met with their senators and Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) to exchange impressions regarding the political climate in the US. A report released by the Senate said in part, “The senators and consuls agree that although the arrival of a new government in the US is encouraging, it doesn’t necessarily imply an immediate change in the adverse conditions that exist for migrant workers in some regions of that country.”
Police in Moloacan, Veracruz, attempting to break up an assault of an armed group on another group, were met with gunfire. Before the police could repel the attack on themselves, three of them were killed. The attackers fled.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 1/8/09
Mexican soldiers in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero state, arrested another ranking member of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Adrian Rivera Garcia, “El Primo Rivera,” is an alleged cell chief for the criminal organization. The Army also arrested two other alleged cell members who were with Rivera Garcia and seized arms, cocaine and explosive material.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 1/8/09
Four alleged members of the militant criminal group Los Zetas were arrested in Durango city, Durango, by Army troops. In the operation, soldiers also rescued a woman who had been kidnapped and seized arms, drugs and money. The arms seized were typical of the well-stocked cartels and consisted of assault rifles, fragmentation grenades and bulletproof vests.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/8/09
Five people were victims of assassinations in and near Culiacan, Sinaloa, during the night, three in the city and two in the community of El Higueral. The murders were carried out by car-to-car gunfire, all within a half-hour period.
The following cartoon from El Financiero sums up Mexico’s dilemma.