Colombia’s most powerful drug trafficker captured

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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 Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador)  4/15/09

 *    Colombian police captured Daniel Rendon, aka “Don Mario”, at dawn Wednesday. Rendon is ranked as the country’s most powerful drug trafficker. He had a 1.3 million dollar reward posted for his arrest.

*    In March of 2008 the government of Belgium promised a new and more flexible policy that would set the criteria for issuance of residence permits to undocumented aliens. However, no such new policy has yet been agreed upon. Because of this, hundreds of such aliens from a number of African countries are protesting and some 600 have gone on a hunger strike to force the government into granting them permanent residence status. But Rolf Folter, spokesman for the Belgian Immigration Department, said “Their demands cannot be accepted by force. We have some 500 persons on a hunger strike. If we give in, tomorrow we’ll have 5,000 and the days after, 50,000 “

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La Hora  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  4/15/09

“Holy Week” (as the week preceding Easter is called throughout Latin America) produced 117 homicides in Guatemala. The National Police arrested 1,236 persons and seized 142 firearms.

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Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  4/15/09

The flow of Central Americans across Mexico’s southern border continues because of corruption and lack of control by Mexico’s “INM” (Immigration Agency) and despite the U.S.’s economic recession. Though, officially, the number of such crossers has decreased, very few of them are detained by the “INM”, which is believed to have links with the smugglers and thus allow the passage of people without papers.

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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 4/15/09

(The recent arrest in Tracy, Calif., of the 28 yr. old Sunday School teacher charged with the murder of 8 yr. old Sandra Cantu, her own daughter’s playmate, illustrates a continuously seen and apparent  near obsession in the Mexican media about reporting of items in relation to a person’s  hispanic status. The following headline relating to this story appeared in 70 papers of this chain.)

“Woman accused in homicide of Hispanic girl in the U.S.”

(This strikes an unavoidable parallel to the exclusivity and self segregation inherent in such organizations as LULAC, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, La Raza, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and others).

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El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  4/15/09

Emilio Gamboa, the “coordinator” of the “P.R.I.”  (the pol. Party which controlled Mexico for most of the last century) in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (House of Reps.) warned that if a declaration about immigration is not issued during the visit of the U.S. president, then the voice of 12 million Mexicans who live “in the neighboring country” (and) who ask for solidarity and support from the Mexican government will be ignored.

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El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila)  4/15/09

Ten persons were assassinated in the state of Chihuahua on Tuesday; seven in rural, mountain areas and three near the state’s capital. (But a report in “La Jornada”  (Mexico City) later today raised that total to thirteen).

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