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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.
La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua) 6/9/09
Op/col. by Carlos Ball, “Immigrants or emigrants”
Prosperous countries attract immigrants. Such was the case of Argentina at the start of the 20th century; of Venezuela, in the middle of the last century, and of the United States until recently. Argentina and then Venezuela became countries of emigrants. Now, sadly, everything seems to indicate that the United States is not only in the middle of a recession, but that this great country is falling into a hard decadence, brought about by interventionist policies, excessive government expenditures and high taxes. For many years, foreign students who finished their postgraduate studies in this country sought employment here, to stay and later to bring their families. Today they keep studying and graduating from great American universities, but once their studies are complete they usually return to their country of origin or look for employment in Europe or the Far East. Immigration grew from year to year in the United States, from 252,000 in 1991 to 311,000 in 2005, but the numbers have fallen drastically lately. The demand for a workforce, for poorly qualified laborers as much as for engineers, has fallen precipitously. Today, a much smaller number of undocumented Mexicans attempt to cross the border, to the point that border guards have little work and the construction of the big wall – which many Republicans supported passionately – no longer makes any sense. The presumed immigration problem has lately been turning into a real emigration problem. Young and old Americans are going abroad. The young because they get better job opportunities and the retirees because they don’t want or can’t pay the very high property taxes which the politicians have increased without mercy during two or three decades. Then, the people vote with their feet in reply to the excess of interventionism, judicial insecurity, governmental intervention, taxes, inflation and regulations. The aliens who emigrated to the United States suffer many of those same evils in the countries where we were born and grew up, but now we see the American version with grief. President Obama promises to create millions of new jobs with an energy policy which pretends to replace petroleum with wind turbines and the building of solar panels in place of electric power plants. It sounds great and very clean, but every time political decisions substitute that of individuals in a free market, the inevitable result is the exaggerated rise in costs and, therefore, a hard decrease of the general well being. There’s an overabundance of examples of the consequences of well intended socialism, as much in Latin America as in Great Britain and the old Soviet Union. And Obama’s government has already broken the record of printing money in this country. If there’s something which we should have learned a long time ago it’s that peoples’ prosperity and a big government are radically opposite concepts.
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El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/9/09
Nineteen illegal aliens were dropped off from a boat at a beach on the seaside town of Del Mar, north of San Diego and some 40 mi. north of the border with Mexico. The 19 were detained by U.S. Border Patrol Agents; later, just to the south, near La Jolla, CA., the U.S. Coast Guard located the boat that had been used to transport the illegals. The crew, consisting of three illegal Mexicans, was arrested.
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El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 6/9/09
There were thirteen homicides in Honduras in less than 24 hours. The article’s sub-headline reads: The wave of violence keeps hitting the people, overwhelming the operations of the National Police due to the lack of a policy to fight against insecurity.” The paper also printed the following commentary from one of its readers: “Hurrah, Security Minister, golly, you want to beat the record with your ineptitude, what’s your goal? 50 deaths in 24 hours? Hopefully one of those deaths will be you or someone from your family, so that you’ll know how it feels to lose a loved one because of crime, you inept, useless, do-nothing you, you don’t even stop anything, to say nothing of criminals, do us a favor and shoot yourself.” (Honduras is just slightly larger than Tennessee)
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Diario Cambio (Puebla, Puebla) 6/9/09
This morning (Tues.) four thugs boarded a passenger bus traveling between Puebla and Mexico City, then began to rob the passengers; when one resisted, they opened fire and the result was four dead and three wounded. The criminals then fled on foot; one was later captured.
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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 6/9/09
The total of police agents detained in the Monterrey general area, including surrounding communities, has now reached 93. Of those, 78 are under preliminary and temporary arrest. Monterrey city police carried out a protest against the detentions by blocking a number of main thoroughfares with their patrol vehicles.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 6/9/09
At La Union, Guerrero (up the coast from Acapulco) the deputy chief of police and three of his escorts were detained by Mex. army personnel. The four were found to have some weed, 3 assault rifles, 4 pistols and 400 rounds of ammo – all unauthorized – in their possession.
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 6/9/09
A confrontation between thugs and Mex. military took place at Galeria St. # 111, Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The result was the freeing of a kidnap victim and the seizure of 13 firearms, 2 grenades, 13,769 rounds of ammo, some cocaine & weed and a Chev. SUV with Texas lic. 59PYT6. Four subjects were taken into custody.
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Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/9/09
Two murders last night (Mon.) in Juarez brought the city’s homicide tally up to 47 for the first eight days of this month, an average of 5.87 a day.
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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/9/09
“Fewer migrants and more riches” (editorial)
For 60 years, the migration of Mexicans to the United States has been, simultaneously, a blessing and heartache for those who remain here. Many of our fellow citizens, legally or without documents – almost all of them men and women with a clear conviction of improving themselves – have walked North since the Second World War to find their livelihood and, quite often, the future for their family. Their determination has brought about great benefits for them as well as for their relatives in Mexico. The profit of these millions of Mexicans has been such that presently only petroleum and tourism generate more dollars for the country than those which they send here. But the great fruit of their labors, which has made an impact in any town of our nation, as small as it might be, must also make us reflect. Many of the migrants went to the United States because they did not find a way to satisfy their worries; so much so that, according to the Mexico migration Situation (sic), of BBVA Bancomer, despite the fact that many of them have had to tighten up on their expenses due to the recession, they have not stopped sending money to their relatives in our country. Despite the fact that some of them facing the largest unemployment in many years in the United States, they opt for staying on the other side of the border instead of returning to their country. Their courage to migrate has helped financially not only with the family relations they cannot stop but also in easing the need for the creation of jobs that, even though meager, would be much more complicated if the 300 to 400 thousand who go every year did not do so. For the first time in many years the amount of individual monetary remittances is decreasing. Luckily for those who get them, the depreciation of the peso versus the dollar does not reduce their purchasing power. But its fall, on the long run, brings us to realize that the means of support of many Mexicans must depend on our own selves, of the riches that must be generated, for which reason the dependency on foreign resources must be reversed.
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/9/09
The attachment is a photo of some of the weaponry seized after the hours-long shootout in Acapulco on June 8th & 9th: 39 “long barrel” firearms, 13 “short barrel” ones, 20 grenades, 196 clips and 7,287 rounds of ammo of various calibers. But “La Crónica de Hoy” (Mexico City) today reported that three out of the five arrested as a result of that firefight have been found to be “Ministerial Police” officers of the state of Guerrero (where Acapulco is located). And “La Jornada” (also Mexico City) reported that two other policemen were shot to death in Acapulco this morning (Tues.) while they were guarding the facility of a beer distributing company.
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