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Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 1/10/09
“The U.S. is asked to discontinue eight measures”
The Guatemalan Immigrants’ Movement (“MIGUA”) requested the president elect of the United States, Barack Obama, to suspend eight policies which the American government carries out against undocumented aliens, among them round-ups and massive deportations, the accords which obligate local authorities to support the work of the Office of Immigration and Customs (sic) (ICE, in English) and the crime of identity theft.
In a document, a copy of which was delivered to Obama’s work team during the last week of December of 2008, MIGUA requested that “It is a just thing that a moratorium be declared of the round-ups which ICE carries out against individuals and communities, until Congress approves a migratory reform law.”
Last year 27 thousand 875 undocumented Guatemalans were deported to the country, four thousand more than in 2007.
The pro-immigrant organization also asked that ICE stop pressuring local authorities to apply federal immigration laws.
Further, MIGUA stated that a regulation which the Department of Homeland Security intends to publish – sanctioning employers and workers when a discrepancy is detected in Social Security cards – ought to be discontinued. Currently, employers have the duty of declaring their salary expenses to the Social Security Administration by means of a form. When the data of the workers do not coincide with those registered with the SSA, the agency sends the employers a “No match” letter, which could determine a person’s immigration status.
Ben Monterroso, executive director of the National Workers’ Syndicate, based in Los Angeles, California, stated “”we acknowledge there are some 12 million undocumented in the country – of which one million could be from Guatemala – whose Social Security card could be incompatible with the system.” He added that with this procedure the Americans can also be negatively affected because the active data banks have a margin of error between 8 and 10 percent.
MIGUA asked that the U.S. Government repeal the initiative to create a standardized identification with digital readout (Real ID) and that it discontinue the charge of identity theft against undocumented foreigners. According to the communiqué “It is judicially unjustified and ought to cease immediately.” Furthermore, it asked that practices of discrimination and exploitation against migrants and the use of the E-Verify system (Electronic Verification) be eradicated.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/10/09
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon gave assurance that the objective of his meeting with Barak Obama in Washington next Monday is “to consider the true scope of responsibility of the bilateral relations.” He indicated that the meeting will show the importance Mexico has to the US, and vice versa, on crucial issues for both countries. The meeting, to take place in the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, has the support of Calderon’s main rival political parties. The following day, Tuesday, the Mexican president is to meet with President Bush at the White House.
Regarding the relations between Mexico and the US, Mexican historian Enrique Krauze said that he urges the federal government to make a change in direction in its relations with the US, since “it is evident that the perception of Mexico as a failed nation is beginning to spread in Washington’s corridors.” Krauze said that in order to reverse the impression, “publicity isn’t enough: what’s lacking, besides tangible results in the war against crime, is to imagine and implement a new relationship with the US that advances the points in a bilateral agenda, but above all, to persuade them to modify their comfortable perception of the drug trafficking and the violence.” He said that in Mexico, “we live a war, a war … unforeseen, unjust, brutal, uncertain… I don’t know if we can win it.”
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon); Cuarto Poder (Chiapas); and El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 1/10/09
Chiapas state police yesterday fired on a truck carrying a group of 24 undocumented Central Americans and Asians traveling through the municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas killing three and wounding eight. According to the survivors, the police aggression happened around 6 a.m. in the indigenous community of Carmen Arcolete. One of the wounded, a Salvadoran, said the group of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, Ecuadorians and Asians were headed for the US. Local witnesses said the police in several vehicles were chasing the truck and began firing without provocation.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 1/10/09
Two senior police officers, on duty answering a call in an official vehicle, were shot to death in Chihuahua City Friday evening. The shots were fired from another vehicle, wounding the driver and causing him to lose control and crash into a light signal. The killers then left their vehicle and finished off the officers at close range, then fled.
Three more victims of execution murders were discovered Friday in separate areas of Ciudad Juarez. All had shots to the head and one had the hands tied. No arrests have been made.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/10/09
The first paragraph of a column by Carlos Balderas:
The freedom of the press is a true reflection of the level of development of democracy. In Mexico, those who practice journalism find themselves under threat, not only from organized crime groups, but also from impunity, the direct aggressions of representatives of the country and from the growing stigmatization the government has begun to show toward the press.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/11/09
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Thomas Shannon, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said the US has the obligation and interest in helping Mexico in the fight against narcotraffic. “We recognize we have a problem of drug demand that causes confrontations in Mexico and that there exists arms traffic and money laundering from the US.” The US official stated that Mexico must win the war against narcotraffic and to do so relies on the leadership and political will of President Felipe Calderón. He emphasized that the drug cartels, operating in the cities, using telecommunications and banks, are most vulnerable, a big advantage for Mexico.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 1/11/09
The Mexican Army seized 101 packets of marihuana, weighing over a metric ton, in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua. Although there were no arrests, the seizure is an important blow to the criminal organization operating in the area. An encouraging note is that the operation was instigated by an anonymous tip to the Army. [Part of the government’s strategy is to develop public cooperation.]
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 1/11/09
In an ironic twist, less than 24 hours after the city government of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, announced that their’s was the “safest city in the country,” a taxi driver was attacked by two of his young passengers who slit his throat, ejected him onto the street and robbed him. Luckily, he survived due to quick emergency aid. The evening before, the city had hosted a public banquet and festivities celebrating the city’s listing as number one in security in Mexico.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/11/09
Three men were gunned down by AK-47 fire this morning in a rural area near San Ignacio, Sinaloa. They were killed in a vehicle-to-vehicle attack.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/12/09
Mexican President Felipe Calderón arrived in Washington last evening for his anticipated three-day meetings in the US. One editorial began: “After two years of asking the US to assume its responsibility for the drug traffic and the violence in Mexico, President Felipe Calderón achieved acceptance of a parcel of support from that country. Nevertheless, those enduring prejudices — distrust, unilateralism and contempt — diminished the Merida Initiative to conditions and bureaucratization. Today, in his meeting with Barak Obama, President Calderon must make it clear that without belated cooperation, narcotraffic will not be defeated.
The Beltran Leyva drug cartel has reportedly given the order to “clean out” members of the rival gang, Los Zetas, from the state of Jalisco. This signals an end to an unwritten pact from early 2008 that halted the violent fighting between the criminal groups and that extended to other states, mainly Guerrero, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/12/08
Three armed men in a light truck shot to death the Chief of Police in Cuautitlán de Garcia Barragan, Jalisco, in front of his home. He was the cousin of the former mayor of the town who was also killed in an ambush two years ago.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 1/12/09
El Financiero’s cartoon commentary regarding Calderón ‘s visit. It alludes to a controversial remark made by ex-President Vicente Fox last year.
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