Foreigners seek naturalization in the Mexican northern border state of Tamaulipas

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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 Financiero (Mexico City) 4/7/09


The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE) said that the northern border state of Tamaulipas shows an increase in resident foreigners seeking to naturalize for various reasons.  The SRE representative in the state said his office has received more than 100 applications of this type.  Of those, 50% are Central Americans who work in the border cities and wish to remain in the country legally.  Another 30 % are Lebanese with more than 20 years residence in Tampico and Madero who have married and have established Mexican families.  Of the others, there are Europeans married to Mexicans and Asians, mostly Chinese, who have less residence time.


A group calling itself “Comando de Justicia Nacional Rigoberto Lopez Perez” announced today that it has taken arms in the mountains of Nicaragua to defend the people from the “establishment of a new familiar and dynastic dictatorship” in the country.  In the communiqué distributed today by internet, the presumed armed group alleged that the present new dictatorship is a return to the corruption of former president Arnoldo Aleman Lacayo.



El Universal (Mexico City) 4/7/09


An ex-high ranking member of the Gulf cartel was released from prison in Texas today, but was immediately taken into custody by US immigration officials.  Jose Manuel Garza Rendon, 46, had been a major boss in the cartel.  He had turned himself over to US authorities in 2001 after his arrest and prosecution in Mexico with 11 other bosses, including the top leader, Osiel Cardenas Guillen.  He pleaded guilty to running drug distribution operations to Houston.  It remains unclear if Garza gave information about his partners or if he agreed to testify against them.  A retired US Customs officer with extensive experience investigating Mexican drug cartels said that when Garza is returned to Mexico, he will spend the rest of his life as a fugitive.  The narcos “have a very good memory,” he said.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/7/09


Two federal police were shot in Tecate, Baja California and are in “grave condition,” according to early reports.  One of the agents received at least nine shots.  Two civilians were also wounded in the attack, a truck driver and a nine-year-old girl.  No further details were given.  

Meanwhile, In Rosarito, down the road from Tijuana, a charred body was found with arms tied behind the back.  Neither the sex nor age had been determined by press time.



Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 4/7/09


Four male members of a family from Zirandaro, Guerrero state, were abducted and murdered.  No details regarding the motive or any suspects were reported.



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