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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.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 1/21/09
Two Mex. “federal deputies” (Congressmen) of the “PRD” party, along with Elvira Arellano (the woman who took refuge for months in a Chicago church and was subsequently deported) presented a letter dated Jan. 21 at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
The letter, addressed to the new U.S. President, is said to state: Specifically, we write to ask you to take the urgent necessary measures to which you committed yourself during the campaign to obtain a just and integral migratory reform in the United States.
The Mex. legislators, backed by some twenty migrant organizations in both countries, also request a halt of round-ups and deportations.
Economista (Mexico City) 1/21/09
(The following is an extract from an article regarding the Compean & Ramos issue)
“Bush commutes the sentence of two border officials”
On Monday the Government of Mexico criticized Bush’s decision to pardon the agents, asserting that it was the product of a pressure campaign by anti-immigrant groups in the United States.
In a press conference, Carlos Rico, sub-Secretary of Mexico’s Chancery for North America, said “All along these pressures we have expressed our most firm opposition that this would happen.” (Direct quote) Transl. note: read: While all these pressures were going on we kept expressing our firm opposition to them)
He added “It seems to us that it sends a bad message, a message of impunity.”
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 1/21/09 (also found in several other papers)
A long column titled “President Obama” by the syndicated Mexican writer Miguel Angel Granados Chapa begins by mentioning one of President Bush’s last official acts and then going on at length to praise the new president. Granados has degrees in both law and journalism, but his opening paragraph contains a gross factual error.
“According to his idiosyncrasy, George Bush closed his Presidency with a support gesture for the worst United States: he pardoned (sic) two agents of the Migra who murdered (sic) a Mexican from the back, a drug trafficker and undocumented.”
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 1/21/09
Item headlines from the “Local News” section:
– Red alert due to execution of another two state police.
– Two decapitated bodies found
– Man murdered in front of elementary school
– Two heads abandoned in Guadalupe are identified
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 1/21/09
El Salvador’s National Police reported that there were 15 homicides in that country yesterday and that six of them took place in San Salvador, the capital city. One of the victims was a bus company manager who was shot apparently for refusing to surrender to monetary extortion demands by thugs.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 1/21/09
Mex. army personnel found and dismantled a “narcolab” in El Alcalde, Michoacan. This marks the third such event within one week in that state; last weekend another drug production facility was found just 15 kilometers away..
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 1/21/09
“In 2008 Colombia had the lowest homicide tally in 30 yrs” – (extract) –
According to police figures there were 16,140 homicides last year, which represents a rate of 33 violent deaths for each 100 thousand inhabitants. Nevertheless,, some (state) capitals such as Medellin registered an increase in the number of assassinations.
Other cities, like Cali, continue to have indicators much above the national average, even though they have been improving in the last years. In that city the crime rate closed with 66 for each 100 thousand inhabitants; that is, double that of the nation. Yet, just two years ago it was above 70.
2009 also starts up better in general numbers: there were 163 fewer homicides in the first 17 days of January than in the same period of 2007.
Nevertheless, the country continues to bathe in red if it is measured according to international indicators, which are up to two times smaller.
In America, countries such as Venezuela and El Salvador report higher totals even though, on paper, they don’t have such complex crime factors as the ones that face Colombia.
Police reported 17,198 homicides in 2007 in Colombia.
The attachment is a cartoon from “Critica” (Sonora): a kneeling Pres. Calderon prays to “Saint Obama” and says: “We ask you, Lord, to work together, “elbow with elbow” (read: shoulder to shoulder) in our bilateral problems, above all, and for the good of my administration, regarding the economy.”
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