Murders in Juarez and surrounding area show a 67% increase over same period last year.

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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 Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/2/09

671 persons were murdered during the first five months of this year in Ciudad Juarez and its neighboring Juarez Valley area, a 67% increase over last year’s comparable period. Last month ended with one of the most violent streaks of the year, with 34 homicides during the last weekend.

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Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 6/2/09

Two Mex. immigration agents were “processed” by a federal judge in Mexico City for their “presumed responsibility” in the crime of traffic of undocumented aliens. The two, who worked at Mexico City’s airport, are charged with allowing the illegal entry into Mexico of an unspecified number of Chinese who lacked the required documentation.  It is presumed that the ex-agents collaborated with a network trafficking in undocumented Chinese and that the group would later assist the aliens to cross the border of the United States. Each year hundreds of thousands of undocumented aliens, mainly from Central America, enter Mexico to try to cross over from this country to the United States.

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El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora (Nogales news section)) 6/2/09

Three undocumented Chinese “migrants” were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol Agents of the Tucson Sector while entering the United States illegally. (The specific area was not indicated)

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El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/2/09

In Culiacan, Mex. military detained six subjects – two of them 17 years of age – and seized 8 AK47’s, 9 pistols, 48 clips, 1,343 rounds of ammo as well as some weed, 4 “tactical” vests, vehicles and cash.

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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco),  La Cronica de Hoy, Milenio (both Mexico City) 6/2/09

In a follow-up of operations in the Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, area  (reported yesterday), two chiefs of police and three “Public Security Secretaries” of Escobedo and Guadalupe were arrested this morning; both locales are satellite cities of Monterrey. Some dozen plus other rank-and-file officers were also added to the number arrested in this second day of sweeps in the Monterrey area. By mid-afternoon Tuesday the total of detainees had risen to 58. * * * The mayor of Ocampo, Durango, was shot to death Monday afternoon by an armed group. He had survived a previous attempt on his life in November of 2008.

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La Jornada  (Mexico City)  6/2/09

Bernardo Davila, the “sub-delegate” of the State of Veracruz’ Dep’t. of Public Security, was shot to death inside the agency’s office at dawn Tuesday. Another, unnamed officer also was shot and killed at the same time.

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El Sol de Mexico  (Mexico City)  6/2/09

Antonio Garcia Cornejo, chairman of the legislative committee on Migratory Issues (not otherwise identified) said that the Mexican state of Michoacan leads all others in the number of migrants it originates, mainly to the United States, and that this has reached three million persons.

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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora)  6/2/09

Is Mexico a country where the State does not exercise control over parts of its territory, leaving it at the hands of crime? Various Mexicans believe so. According to a publication in the capital’s “Milenio” daily, documents of the federal “Secretaría de Seguridad Pública” (“SSP” – Dep’t. of Public Security) reveal that there are 980 “zones of impunity”, or of high crime incidence, in which Mexicans perceive that criminal groups carry on without control and without the federal government and its security organs defending the citizenry from the criminals effectively. Despite  repeated statements by the Mexican government to the effect that “there isn’t a single spot of national territory that escapes from the control of the State”, the reality is that they portray official documents about which Mexicans, in general, have a very different idea. And a highly negative one.  In the north, middle, south and east of Mexico the citizens’ perception about the power of the State is critical: thousands of Mexicans report having been victims of crime without having received government’s help, the same in large cities, such as the Distrito federal and Monterrey, as in predominantly rural towns.    This information is found in a declassified document of the “SSP” requested by Milenio through the Federal Transparency Law following the visit of the secretary of State of the U.S., Hillary Clinton, to Mexico. Clinton’s visit, which took place last March, ended with the delivery to the American diplomat of a report from the Secretary of the “SSP”, Genaro Garcia Luna, who informed her of the existence of “223 areas of impunity” in the whole country. (Thus far the full translation) When Milenio  asked the “SSP” to identify those 223 areas, the answer, two months later, revealed that the actual number is much larger than that reported to the U.S.’s Sec. of State.

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