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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.
La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador, San Salvador) 3/12/09
Forty-one Guatemalans, all of them without documents, were detained Wednesday when found in a bus at a highway checkpoint in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Their driver, a Mexican, was also detained.
In 2008 Mexican immigration officials detained more than forty thousand undocumented aliens traveling through Chiapas from various parts of the world.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 3/12/09
Mexico leads the world as the country with the highest number of emigrants, according to UN statistics. The estimate is that from the year 2010 to 2050 three hundred thirty-four thousand persons will leave Mexico each year. After Mexico, the countries with the highest emigration are China, with a yearly exodus of 309,000 persons, then India, 253,000; the Philippines, 175,000; Pakistan 161,000; Indonesia 156,000, and Bangladesh, 148,000.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) , La Jornada (Mexico City) 3/12/09
* Three subjects were detained in Mazatlan at a “safe house.” With them: a .50 cal. Barret rifle with a 100 round loader, six other “long barrel” firearms, 180 loaders for AK47, 35,000 rounds of ammo, grenades, two armored vehicles, half a dozen bullet proof vests with Dep’t. of Justice markings. Two of the three men arrested are police officers.
* Three other men were assassinated in different events in the Culiacan area. A fourth victim was found in the playground area of a park; his throat had been slashed.
The recent statements by Dennis Blair, U.S. National Intelligence Director, that Mexico has no authority over certain places of its own territory have unleashed a torrent of diplomatic backlash. Dozens of newspapers have featured this story, including counterclaims and statements from leading figures in Mexico. What follows is one of the shortest such reports.
El Economista (Mexico City) 3/12/09
“Absurd” that Mexico may lack authority in its territory: FCH” (read: Pres. Calderón)
President Calderón held that a frontal and decisive fight is being carried out against organized crime, for which reason he labeled as “false and absurd” that Mexico be said to lack authority over any point of its territory.
He said “We are advancing on various fronts, first on the short term strengthening the State’s authority in all the national territory. It is absolutely false and absurd that Mexico be said to lack authority over a point of the national territory.”
Further, speaking to the members of the “Americas Society and the Council of the Americas”, the president challenged those who believe the foregoing.
He said “I challenge whoever says so to what point of the national territory he wants to go to and I will take him. I only ask that he doesn’t come for a vacation, as it seems some analysts come to Mexico. What I demand is that we go to any place they want of the national territory and to demonstrate to him the rule of the State.”
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 3/12/09
Mexico’s Federal Police Commissioner, Rodrigo Esparza, questioned the inclusion of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest persons.
Guzman is believed to be the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. He escaped from a maximum security prison in 2001 and there’s currently a five million dollar reward for his capture.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 3/12/09
“At least” six Juarez police officers were “carried off” by uniformed and hooded men who said they were federal agents. Two of the six were taken from their homes and others while on duty and on patrol in their marked units. A report on police radio frequency was said to have stated that the officers are being held by the Dep’t. of Justice, but their relatives are denying this and claiming that the officers have disappeared.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 3/12/09
Three “safe houses” were searched by Mex. military in Caborca, Sonora. (Some 80 mi. SW of Nogales) The military seized 18 assault rifles, some 2,400 rounds of ammo, a grenade, a .50 cal. machine gun, over 100 loaders, a .40 mm. grenade launcher, and pistols. Two men were arrested in one of the houses.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 3/12/09
Eleven killer thugs linked to the Tijuana Cartel were arrested by federal and local police in the La Mesa area of Tijuana. One of them is a Honduran.
Also seized: fourteen “long barrel” firearms, three handguns, 77 loaders, around 3 thousand rounds of ammo, some weed and cocaine, handcuffs, six jackets with federal police markings and one with state police markings.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/12/09
In separate events and in different areas of the state of Guerrero, Mex. army personnel arrested 17 persons who had firearms and drugs. The detainees also had bullet proof vests, assault rifles, loaders and ammunition.
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