Immigration Reform – The pressure is on!

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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.

La Hora  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  6/4/09   – full transl.; a  3 headline article –

– MIGRANTS: Reform could begin to take shape                                                             – Expectations due to meeting with Obama                                                                     – Leaders of undocumented immigrants in the United States keep asking themselves what working plans, what periods of time and requirements will the Guatemalan government , by means of its Chancery, ask for so that the migratory reform will  favorable them.

The undocumented person keeps waiting without knowing what tactics and concrete diplomatic strategies will demonstrate the efficiency of the Department of Foreign Relations and its operational arm originated by Conamigua ( Guatemalan National Council for attention to Migrants ). One cruel reality is that the total number of Guatemalan immigrants in the United States could surpass one million 500 thousand between children, adolescents, adults, the elderly; women and men. The coming days of June 8 and 23rd will be of expectation or possibility for 60 percent of more than that number of undocumented Guatemalans who are waiting to legalize their stay in the United States.                                                                          HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY                                                                                  Julio Cesar Villatoro, a representative of the Legislative Organism to “Conamigua”, reports that more than 20 American Democrat congressmen and also Republican who are in favor of migratory reform will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House next Monday. He explained that it’s foreseen that the American congressman, Luis Gutierrez, will preside over the work group on immigration and that he will describe to the president about the items analyzed which justify the need to modernize the immigration policy of that country, obsolete in the 21st century. Then, the Guatemalan deputy added, on Tuesday, June 23rd, deputies of the area congresses, including Guatemala, will meet with congressman Gutierrez and Nydia Velasquez, president of the Caucus which brings Hispanic congressmen together, who will report items dealt with in the oval office with president Obama. The parliamentarian underlined that our countries have gone to fight for a TPS many times, as did president Colom in his first meeting held in Washington with president Bush; to talk about TPS is not a migratory claim, to talk about stopping deportations is not a migratory reform, the integral migratory reform that is wanted is that a legalization be brought about.                                                                CRUDE REALITY                                                                                                Pursued by ferocious dogs, highlighted by satellite with a Global Positioning System (GPS) on land, electronic eyes with heat sensors, police without much human sensibility, a metal barrier and at best the solitude of the desert with cold at night and intense heat during the day, are the trials that the undocumented must deal with to enter the American dream. The Mexico-U.S. border is armored, when the undocumented ends his trajectory aboard the famous “train of death” which leaves from Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and is free of any accident he finds the famous “border” full of vehicle patrols and mounted police, real and not as in a Hollywood movie. Arizona has become the territory where more undocumented of all nationalities have been concentrated in an inhuman manner with denunciations and charges. On top of that is the unemployment estimated to date at near 14 million of ceased jobs, according to the Sub-Secretary of Foreign relations of Guatemala. Juan Garcia, leader of immigrants in Rhode Island, United States, recently thanked the Guatemalan Chancery for having provided US $15 thousand to help alleviate the hunger of the detainees in Arizona some months ago. But he also warned that the time for massive “lobbying” with congressional members is drawing to a close, while some members of “Conamigua” Assessment Council have limited themselves to having coffee in hotels and have not taken the issue seriously “because a negotiator who speaks English is urgent”, he emphasized.                                  DIPLOMATIC PROMISE                                                                                       Haroldo Rodas, Guatemalan Chancellor, (Sec. of State) in a recent visit to Guatemala’s Congress, asserts that the Guatemalan president has exchanged correspondence with the American government so that an integral migratory reform may be considered.  Rodas said –“What is left is a continuity about what has to be done in Washington with the Central American ambassadors, and, if it is possible, the coordination of all the very powerful leaders who are already in the United States, not only from Guatemala but from El Salvador.” The Foreign Relations Minister added that afterward a joint meeting of area heads of state with president Obama ought to be brought about “when considered convenient, to be able to push for the proposal to be brought about.”

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El Universo  (Guayaquil, Ecuador) – and others – 6/4/09

4 Brazilians, 2 Ecuadorans, 97 Guatemalans, 7 Hondurans and 38 Salvadorans were all found by Mex. immigration agents. The 148 illegal aliens were stuffed and camouflaged inside a tractor trailer on a highway in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Their driver, a Mexican, was arrested by Mexican officials.

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El Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  6/4/09

“Narcoplanes fall like rain in the north of Honduras.” This morning (Thurs.) two aircraft that, “according to official information, were transporting drugs” fell on Honduran territory. The Vice-Minister of Security said that one fell near Guanoja Island and the other landed around Cozuna.

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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora)  6/4/09

An older model pickup was used to go into the United States by using a ramp over the vehicle barriers placed on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Miguel, west of Sasabe, Arizona. The truck fell of the ramp’s rails and was located by US Border Patrol Agents. The p/u’s double bottom was found to hold 314 lbs. of weed.

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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/4/09

Juarez police is on red alert after the assassination of three of its members in 24 hours, all said to have been connected to “links with organized crime.” The Juarez P.D. has lost four agents in five days and 12 this year, all by homicide. A total of 34 members of the area’s various law enforcement agencies have been victims this year.

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El Espectador  (Bogota, Colombia)  6/4/09

The Colombian navy found two more “mini-subs” hidden in a national park in the southwestern Colombian state of Narino, bordering on the Pacific Ocean. One craft was complete and the other was in the final stages of construction. This brings to five the number of mini-subs seized in one week.

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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  6/4/09

Yesterday (Wed.) an armed group opened fire on the police installation in Caborca, Sonora, as well as against some vehicles and businesses. More than 200 shell casings from AK47 were found on one street. Occupants of two vehicles were said to have been carried off by force.                                                                                 A separate article in “El Imparcial” (Hermosillo, Sonora) reported that the bodies of five “executed” men were found Thursday in a light truck on a highway near Caborca and that they might be those who took part in the shootings in Caborca. A later report in “Milenio” (Mexico City) stated that the body count had risen to eleven, all found inside a Yukon truck on the Caborca to Sonoita highway. (This is an area to the south and west of Nogales, AZ) Nine of these bodies were mutilated.

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Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  6/4/09

At around 12:30 p.m. today, “at least” thirty Mex. army personnel burst into the City Police facilities at Tecate, Baja Calif; they took with them seven police supervisors as well as the police chief and his deputy to Tijuana for interrogation.

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Excelsior (Mexico City)  6/4/09

Two “Investigative Ministerial Police”, one of them the commander, fell victim to a car-to-car firearm attack on the coastal highway just north of Acapulco, Guerrero. The two had been assigned to an area called Zapata, at the entrance to the port of Acapulco.

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Milenio  (Mexico City)  6/4/09

Military operations in the area of Monterrey continued for the fourth day and the total of detained law enforcement personnel has risen to 74. (M3 Report of 6/3/09). Fifty-eight of them are now under a 30 day preliminary detention court order.

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Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/4/09

On average, five members of law enforcement have been assassinated in the Juarez area each month since January of 2008. The total since that date has now reached 91. Nine others have survived attacks on their life.

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