U.S. takes the heat over illegal immigration and Mexican trucking

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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 Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  3/25/09
A newly released report by Amnesty International criticized the treatment of persons being held for immigration law violations in the U.S.; the item was reported in this paper and elicited the following response from a Honduran reader:
” That’s the way the racist gringo beasts are, I say that from experience because I lived in that country for some years, they respect no one, the only ones who amount to anything are the white and blond Anglo-Saxons and Europeans. Racism has not changed. To them, one is an animal and a mental retard who doesn’t deserve good jobs nor good food nor good houses.”
 Cambio de Michoacan  (Morelia, Michoacan)  3/25/09
Portion of an op/column dealing with current US/Mexico affairs. Its title : “Visions in conflict”

“The commercial relationship between both countries has been marked by the American arrogance; such is the case about the entry of Mexican trucks into U.S. soil. Likewise, there is the issue of the free circulation of the work force, where undocumented migration is criminalized and seen as a threat.”

El Universal  (Mexico City)  3/25/09
*     101 undocumented Central and South Americans were detained in Nezahualcoyotl, State of Mexico. The migrants were traveling in a cloned “Correos de Mexico” (Mex. Postal Svc.) truck in which they aimed to reach the United States. When it stopped, it parked improperly and police happened to notice that the paint job was not the same as that on other mail trucks; they also saw a number of men climbing down the truck’s auxiliary roof ladder. They turned out to be from Ecuador and various Central American countries. Eight smugglers were arrested. One, Enrique, said that when they were detained the police took 850 pesos from him. German, another Guatemalan, also stated the police had taken 350 pesos from him.
Another group of 32 Central Americans was detained in Teotihuacan, also in the state of Mexico, in the morning; no connection was found between the two smuggled groups.
*     Marisela Morales Ibanez, head of Mexico’s “SIEDO” (equiv. DEA) reported that since the current administration took over (Dec. 1, 2006) until March 13 there have been 10,475 homicides linked to organized crime . Of these, 242 have been beheadings and almost 10% of the total (997) were public servants of the three levels of government.
The report also lists the following seizures:
4,263 tos of marihuana
77 tons of cocaine
“more than” 131 thousand firearms and 2,770 grenades
337 million U.S. dollars and over 154 million pesos
45 thousand narcotraffickers arrested, including six leaders
*    Six Tijuana police officers were detained by Mex. military at the end of last week due to their participation in “illicit activities.” Today, five more Tijuana policemen were detained for the same reason. The mayor of Tijuana said that the command structure of the city police will continue to be in charge of the military.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  3/25/09
Armed men killed four rivals outside a bar in the city of Lazareo Cardenas, Michoacan. When police and some military arrived the killers fled but left behind one kidnapped man and also assault rifles, pistols, loaders and ammo.
Diario Xalapa  (Xalapa, Veracruz)  3/25/09
On Tuesday in Chiapas, Mex. military discovered that there were 79 undocumented immigrants in a truck trailer with a refrigerated box. Ten of the aliens are from Brazil and the balance from various Central American countries. The driver was arrested.
Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan)  3/25/09
Hunger and desperation led fifteen smuggled and abandoned Chinese in Merida to sell their U.S. dollars at 10 pesos instead of at the regular exchange rate of over 14 pesos to one dollar.
The group of “illegal Asiatics” arrived in Merida a week ago and their “pollero” either abandoned them or had problems with another group, but he hasn’t returned to the Yucatan capital. The Chinese are stuffed into a kind of safe house in the hotel near the Plaza Grande.
The transit of illegal Central Americans, Asiatics and South Americans through Merida is frequent and the flow is a weekly one, in groups of twenty as a minimum. “Mara Salvatrucha” gangsters have also passed through Merida. The Chinese apparently were still in captivity in the hotel up to yesterday.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  3/25/09
A glance at the local news section showed four different events ending in four homicides and one failed car-to-car gunfire assault. One of the homicide victims was a policeman, killed by AK47 fire just outside his home.
El Diario de Coahuila  (Torreon, Coahuila)  3/25/09
An hours long gun battle took place between Mex. military and an armed group on a highway just S.E. of Torreon. Five persons died, including a four year old boy traveling with his mother in a bus.
El Sur  (Acapulco, Guerrero)  3/25/09
A “preventive police” officer was shot and killed Tuesday while riding a motorcycle on the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 3/25/09  (and others)
In Mexico City, four armed subjects burst into a bus and assaulted and robbed two passengers, both French, who had just conducted business at a currency exchange store. One of the victims died on the spot and the other was taken to a hospital. The thugs fled in a vehicle which apparently had been following the two victims. Two months ago another French citizen was assaulted and murdered outside Mexico City’s airport; he had also just exchanged some currency.
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