Foreign bishops push for U.S. immigration reform

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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.

Deportation data re Hondurans

El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  8/4/09

The latest flight carrying Honduran deportees from the U.S. arrived yesterday with 130 passengers aboard. Four such flights weekly transport 120 Honduran deportees back to their country, and 15,257 of them have been sent back so far this year. Another 16,028 have been returned by land from Mexico and Guatemala.


Central American bishops pushing immigration reform

La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  8/4/09

“ “A religious source” reported that Central American bishops have agreed to unite behind a campaign to demand the government of the United States and president Obama to approve an integral immigration reform to benefit the millions of Central Americans in that country.”  The Secretary General of Guatemala’s Episcopal Conference, Monsignor Gonzalo de Villa, said that they had written letters to bishops in the United States and to president Obama, and that they also seek the reunification of Central American families who live in the United States as well as “respect for their rights.” “Millions of Central Americans live in the United States and are a factor in helping the deteriorated economies of their countries by sending millions of dollars in individual monetary remittances, though these have decreased because the great majority are there illegally.”


Another seizure of cocaine in Colombia

Armada Nacional de Colombia  (Bogota, Colombia)  8/4/09

Colombian military units seized 1,570 kilos of cocaine and nine “Go Fast” launches equipped with a total of 26 outboard motors. One of the motorboats had 610 gallons of gasoline aboard, which led the military to believe the launches were being prepared for departure. The event took place in a mangrove swamp near the mouth of the Atrato River. [The location is on the west side of the Gulf of Uraba, just east of Colombia’s border with Panama on the Caribbean side. No arrests were mentioned.]


Individual monetary remittances

Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan)  8/4/09

On a world-wide basis only China and India receive more individual monetary remittances from abroad than does Mexico. A report by an office of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies [read: House of Reps.] states that Mexico’s share in 2008 reached 25 billion 145 million dollars, representing 41% of such remittances within the western hemisphere. Official data points out that during the period of Oct-Nov of 2008, Mexican “immigrants” [sic] represented 12.9 percent of the construction industry workforce and 7.3 percent in the manufacturing industry of the United States.


The next three newspaper reports focus on violence in Mexico

  El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero)  8/4/09

[Headlines from a list of state of Guerrero news section]:

* Men wearing AFI [fed. Investigation agency] uniforms carry off a “preventive police” supervisor by force

* Tourist robbed of his car by gun shots in Arteaga

* Tlapehuala businessman carried off by force on Sunday; now they find his body

* No one claims cadaver of middle aged man found at Las Gatas beach

* Man carried off by force in Iguala after the military released him


La Jornada (Mexico City)  8/4/09

A new upsurge of violence brought death to 12 more persons in Chihuahua, Mexico’s deadliest state. Nine of them took place in Ciudad Juarez between Monday night and today [Tues.] Some 2,800 persons have been assassinated here during 2008 and this portion of 2009.


Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  8/4/09

The thirteenth beheading victim of the year in Juarez was found shortly after 1 a.m. The nude man, in his mid 20’s, was found between two sheets; his right arm was wrapped around a plastic bag inside of which was his head. On top of the two sheets was the man’s right ear, also cut off.


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