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.
* Sacramento Perez Serrano, Operations Director (2nd in command) of the police in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua “was executed yesterday (Tues.) together with his three escorts, also members of the agency.”
The four were traveling in a patrol pickup truck on a downtown Juarez street when they came under fire from killers in three vehicles. Around one hundred heavy caliber shell casings were found at the scene.
The deputy police chief is the fourth person to be assassinated while holding that office since January 21st of 2008. The city police department is on “maximum alert.”
A follow-up report in “La Jornada” (Mexico City) states that half a dozen hanging banners appeared around Juarez just hours after the execution of the 2nd in command of the Juarez Police. The banners threatened the chief of police, Roberto Orduna, and gave him 48 hours to quit his post or else his life would be at risk.
* Ciudad Juarez has now had as many murders in the first 16 days of this month as it had in all of January. The running tally has reached 154 homicide victims.
(But a later report in the same paper makes this already obsolete): “Four lifeless men, one of them decapitated, found in different parts of the city.”
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 2/18/09
196 Hondurans arrived at Tegucigalpa’s airport following their deportation from the United States. Two of them had arrest orders, one for murder and the other for causing another man’s death.
“Hundreds of countrymen arrive in the country daily, deported from the United States.”
“Despite statistics, about another hundred emigrate to the North American nation, to improve their families’ economic situation due to the difficult financial situation they experience in Honduras.”
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2/18/09
Miguel Angel Ibarra, Guatemala’s Vice Chancellor (Equiv. : Deputy Sec. of State) “condemned the inhumane treatment of immigrants who remain jailed in electrified tents (sic) in Arizona, United States.”
“The Chancery reported that two undocumented Guatemalans remain detained in “Tent City” in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, United States.”
“The detention center is under the command of the sheriff of the county of Maricopa, Joe Arpaio, who subjected some 200 immigrants to inhumane treatment during their arrest in the United States.”
“The migrants find themselves trapped in electrified tents (sic) and their mobility is restricted to miniscule spaces; further, United States press reported that they are prevented access to basic health and sanitation services.”
Diario de Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) 2/18/09
Fifty-five illegal aliens, 37 of them Chinese and the other 18 Guatemalans, were found in two trucks before dawn Wednesday on a dirt road near Comitan, Chiapas. The drivers of the trucks “fled and hid in the bushes.”
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/18/09
* On Tuesday evening three SUV’s approached a highway checkpoint operated by Mex. military west of Nogales, Sonora. Instead of stopping, the occupants opened fire. The soldiers returned fire and hit one of the vehicles. The three vehicles were found some distance away. No people, but there were 329 packages of weed with a total weight of 3 metric tons, 80 kilos.
* At the San Juanico Ranch, Bacum, Sonora (just outside Ciudad Obregon, by the Gulf of Baja): 803 packages of weed weighing a total of 830 kilos, plus a rifle, seats for a light aircraft, 100 liters of aviation gas. All seized by Mex. military.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 2/18/09
“Undocumented immigrants, between unemployment and criminalization.”
Op/column by Carlos Tapia – abstract –
In the United States news about undocumented immigrants take dramatic overtones. The American recession keeps putting thousands of the unemployed out on the street, Hispanics being one of the groups most affected, while anti-immigrant actions get more out of place, such as in the county of Maricopa, Arizona.
Two weeks ago, more than 200 Latin immigrants, dressed like prisoners and forced to march through the streets, were transferred from a Maricopa County, Arizona, jail, to a detention camp on the outskirts of Phoenix. An event that brings to mind the harassment of the Japanese in the United States during the Second World War.
While they were being filmed by television, they were guarded by 50 officers with bullet proof vests, combat clothing, and armed with automatic pistols and rifles, besides of two canine units and a helicopter of the Office of the Sheriff of the county of Maricopa. The transfer, beyond the media spectacle, made a show of the criminalization of the immigrants.
Said situation is inspired by Bush’s immigration policy, who permitted various local authorities to take actions unto themselves to “”confront” undocumented immigration with legal initiatives and activities such as the one previously mentioned, but they are disconcerting to Obama and the Department of Internal (sic) Security.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the labor issue is today one of the Americans’ most important worries. In the public’s perception the financial crisis has become a labor crisis. The worry has quadrupled from October 2008 to February of this year, going from ten to 42 percent.
There is no cause and effect relationship between the criminalization and the unemployment of undocumented immigrants, but the legal initiatives put in motion in some localities have left many undocumented without employment; additionally, the economic recession is already an employment crisis in the United States.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 2/18/09
In Paris, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy, Gerardo Ruiz Mateos, said that if Pres. Calderón’s government had not stressed the fight against narcotraffic, “the next President of the Republic was going to be a narcotrafficker.” He acknowledged that narcotraffic had already imposed a State within a State; “there are several cities in Mexico and various municipalities where they collect their taxes, where they impose the law and where they place mayors, where they demand the right of assurance of security.”
El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, S.L.P.) 2/18/09
Francisco Federico Lopes, State Police Commander in Villahermosa, Tabasco, was killed in front of his house by thugs who used “high caliber” weapons including a fragmentation grenade.
Confrontations between narcos left two dead in the city of Chihuahua and nine in the streets of Juarez; three in Torreon, Coahuila, and one in Lerdo, Durango.
Vanguardia (Saltillo, Coahuila) 2/18/09
The Lagoon Region had a bloody day Tuesday. (The cities of Torreon, Coahuila, and Gomez Palacio, Durango, are neighbors and their general area is called “The Lagoon Region”) A series of confused events resulted in eleven persons murdered and a number of wounded. The violence included several confrontations between rival thugs as well as with military and the use of assault rifles, grenades, houses being riddled by gunfire, shootouts & the closing of the main bridge between the two cities. The Mex. army has now taken over the patrol of the area.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/18/09
* (story headline): “The streets of Reynosa become a combat zone”
There was combat between Mex. army elements and narcotraffickers for more than two hours on Tuesday in front of an elementary school in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. (This is just across the Rio Grande from McAllen, TX and a few miles up-river from Matamoros, which is across from Brownsville)
The outcome was five dead and up to twenty wounded. The combat started when Mex. federal police attempted to stop a convoy of vehicles and their occupants opened fire and used “mortars, grenades and assault rifles.” There are seven men under arrest.
* There were demonstration activities orchestrated by diverse groups protesting against the Mex. army and federal forces operations against narcotraffic in the states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. Chaos prevailed when international border bridges and toll road gates, highways and streets in at least a dozen cities were blocked.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 2/18/09
Luis Aguilar, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, was hit and killed on Jan. 19, 2008 by an alien smuggler fleeing to Mexico and driving a vehicle through the sand dunes of the Imperial Valley, Calif. The smuggler, Jesus Alvino Navarro, was captured but later fled after being released by a court in Sonora, Mexico. He has now been recaptured in Zihuatenejo, Guerrero, and a formal request for his extradition has been presented.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/18/09
Local item report headlines:
* Disappearance of young woman reported: that makes nine
* Semi-buried cadaver of a person found
* Two decapitated bodies found in housing complex
* Man murdered by the side of the Rotario bridge
* Two bodies and one head found.
The attached cartoon from a Juarez paper is in response to the recent comment by Mexico’s Secretary of State. The TV says :”Mexico is not a failed state. Violence is concentrated in three states: Baja California, Sinaloa and Chihuahua.”
The man says: ” Thank goodness ! You see, how that makes me feel calm?
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