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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.
A Honduran views migratory reform in the United States
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/17/09
(Following is a portion of an op/col. by Raul Molina)
It seems that immigration (in the U.S.) is acceptable only when it deals with the theft of brains and talent from other countries. But that is not the case when the workers of the world propose that, in today’s globalized world, human resources ought to enjoy total mobility. Once again, the leaders of neocolonialism strive to place limits on our aspirations.
Migratory reform has been suspended. This does not mean that Guatemala should stop its efforts to obtain a more just treatment for our fellow citizens. Guatemala is the most victimized country in the area of deportations. We’ll restart the discussions begun a few weeks ago in Chicago to redefine the concrete proposals which Guatemala’s government and society, including the migrants, must take to the United States authorities.
Guatemala must set forth clearly that Guatemalan migration to the North carries with it benefits for the United States economy, but high social costs and no growth for our country. For now, it serves only as an escape valve for our underdevelopment and dependency, but at the risk of losing the younger generations, the country’s future. The United States, as a dominant country which attracts masses of the unemployed and the poor, doesn’t wish the immigration of the undocumented, and neither do we. But the only way to halt the flow from Middle America is to generate growth in this region. If the United States doesn’t understand this, and it seems there is no lucidity, the migration from the south will not stop no matter how many fences, physical, virtual or repressive, they might put up on the border. Until the United States gets serious about the issue, it has the obligation of stopping its policies of persecution and criminalization of what it calls “illegal” immigration; to do otherwise, no matter how many excuses they use, must deserve our permanent and total condemnation.
Illegal alien students pay in-state tuition in some U.S. public universities; they are even admitted to the exclusion of others in order to fulfill minority quotas, but read what happens in Mexico.
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/17/09
According to the Population, Borders and Migratory Issues Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (House of Reps. of Mexico) thousands of migrant children are rejected in public schools in different cities of Mexico due to the lack of a Mexican birth certificate, which will affect their reentry into the national educational system. The chairman of the committee, Edmundo Ramirez Martinez, said “There are complaints from at least two thousand parents in states such as Michoacan, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Queretaro and even the Distrito Federal that, after having returned from the United States some months ago, now they have that impediment from officials in order to enroll their children in public schools.” The PRI (pol. party) federal congressman explained that all those youths have U.S. citizenship and now face rejection and discrimination when they are denied entry into Mexican pre-school, elementary and high school education, “who are denied the enrolment of these children of Mexican parents and origin, due to the lack of a national certificate.” He pointed out that as a result of the crisis in the United States, thousands of families have returned temporarily or permanently to Mexico and now face the dilemma of obtaining a Mexican registration, at the risk of not getting it or simply not wanting to get it for fear that their children might lose their rights as U.S. citizens.
He pointed out that these children who were born in the United States and who have returned to Mexico “are practically non-existent as far as the educational and health systems, which reject them because they cannot prove their Mexican citizenship.”
Two articles in separate papers about recent violence in Mexico
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 8/17/09
Article headings from the state and local news section: Beheaded victim found with narcomessage on highway from Zihuatanejo to Lazaro Cardenas ***** Taco shop owner in Ixtapa shot dead ***** Farmer and three sons murdered in Zapotitlan ***** Two “young men” found tied up and executed in Tres Palos (a town some 15 mi. outside Acapulco). [But “Milenio” (a Mexico City paper) today recapped events in the same area and tallied two beheadings and a total of nine homicides. The two at Tres Palos had been tortured and each had been executed with a coup de grace.]
Heroin shipment found
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/17/09
A 72 box shipment of medicines at Guatemala City’s airport also contained 52 kilos of heroin. [The obviously preliminary report did not indicate the origin or addressee of the shipment]
Honduras revises visa policy
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 8/17/09
The open door policy of Manuel Zelaya’s government had allowed citizens from a variety of countries to enter Honduras with a visa issued by consular officers abroad without the need of approval from the central government. A number of visitors, many with fraudulent documents and aiming to enter the United States illegally, were from China, Ecuador and other Latin American countries. That policy has now been overturned by Honduras’ new government; now applicants from China, Russia, India, Cuba, the Dominican republic and others will have to have their visa application approved at the seat of government in Honduras before a consul may issue a visa.
Continuing violence in the Juarez area
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) – 8/17/09
At least 21 persons were murdered “in the last hours” in Ciudad Juarez and its satellite city of Praxedis Guerrero. Eight of those victims were shot at the “Seven Seven” bar in Juarez. The other thirteen all died late Sunday within a five hour period. Last year, Juarez won the title of the most violent city in Mexico, with more than 1,600 out of the nearly 6,000 that took place in the entire country. According to a main Mexico City paper, this year’s total has reached 4,353.
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