NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
Two Central American papers report on violence in their countries
La Prensa Grafica (8/31/09)
Saturday (29th) closed with 15 homicides in El Salvador. The country has had 312 murders in August, an average of eleven such crimes daily. The year’s total, up until August 30, has now reached 2,797.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/31/09
An article giving a brief description of a variety of such events reports that Sunday (30th) produced 17 victims of homicides in different circumstances and places in Guatemala.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 8/31/09
Pres. Obama asked to end “migratory program”
More than 500 pro-immigrant, civil rights and labor organizations, among others in Southern California, sent a letter last Tuesday (25th) asking President Obama to cancel the national program which gives immigration related authority to state and local agencies in the U.S. They state that the program, known as 287(g), has triggered a series of discriminatory actions and violations of civil rights by law enforcement agents against Hispanic and other minorities.
Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) 8/31/09 (part of large “o.e.m.” paper chain)
Border fence said to reduce illegal border crossings
Cecilia Romero-Castillo, head of Mexico’s National Immigration Agency, said that the flow of Central Americans into Mexico and the migratory flow into the United States have both decreased because of the border fence being built “on the border of that country” and also because of the world economic crisis, “as well as the anti-immigrant policies which have been implemented in the neighbor country to the north.”
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 8/31/09
Deportations continue through Nogales
Even though the “American dream” is in decline and the border has been reinforced, more than 15 thousand illegal aliens were returned to Mexico through Nogales, Arizona, during August, an average of some 500 a day. Lack of available jobs was cited as one of the reasons for the decline in comparison with last year, when the number of deportees fluctuated between 800 and a thousand. The ones who cross these days do so because they already have relatives in the United States.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chiuhuahua) 8/31/09
Persistent violence in Juarez
The latest series of homicides in Ciudad Juarez (just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas) began on Saturday night; twelve hours later, ten persons had been murdered in eight different events around the city. [The article then goes on to give a short, matter-of-fact description of all these deaths.]
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/31/09
Mexico City suburb asks for help re illegal aliens
Tultitlan city officials have asked the state government for assistance to “contain, assist and control the massive migration of Central Americans which has flooded the railroad areas and has generated unsanitary problems, begging, overcrowding of routes and criminality bordering on people trafficking, prostitution and kidnapping.” [Tultitlan is some 16 mi. no. of Mexico City] A Tultitlan police commander asserted that up to 500 Central Americans traveling illegally arrive daily at the Tultitlan railroad yards on freight trains. A city official is asking for the opening of a “special office” to deal with this situation and control the migrants because the problem shows no signs of diminishing in the foreseeable future. He explained that the flow of Central Americans is unstoppable, since some 50 may arrive in the morning, 100 more in the afternoon and at night another 500 or 600, though not all are able to board the freight train cars which will take them illegally to the United States border. The police commander said that these persons are mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Milenio (Mexico City) 8/31/09
Deeds beyond inhumanity
In Mazatlan, Sinaloa, local police responded to a radio dispatch today before dawn. Human remains had been reported on the street. They found a half-meter [some 20”] container with chunks of flesh, the head of a pig and a human torso. The pig’s head had the name of a local musician who was kidnapped Saturday. At the bottom of the container there was also a human forearm and a hand. An hour later a threatening narco-message on a tag board was found at the side of the stairway of a hotel; it referred to federal agents and warned them they would end the same way: on the tag board there was a bottle inside of which was a pair of human eyes. Next to the bottle there was a bag with blood and the head of a pig with another man’s name written on it.
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