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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.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/1/09
Eight Somalis en route to the U.S. are captured
Honduran immigration agents “surprised” a group of eight undocumented Somalis walking along the Pan American highway a few kilometers past the border inspection station at Guasaule, Honduras. The eight had been dropped off by their two Honduran smugglers short of a police checkpoint; they were supposed to bypass the checkpoint and then rejoin with the two smugglers. When found, the eight atempted to escape but were captured after a chase. Their two Honduran smugglers were paid $100 by each of the Somalis to be taken to El Amatillo, the route that all illegals take when attempting to reach the United States.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 9/1/09
Central Americans expelled from Mexico
Guatemala’s National Immigration Agency reported that Mexican immigration officials expelled 43,365 Central Americans by land between January 2nd and August 24 of this year. The nationality breakdown: 20,014 Guatemalans; 16,010 Hondurans; 6,730 Salvadorans and 611 Nicaraguans. In 2008, Mexico expelled 78,247 Central Americans.
Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/1/09
New homicide record for Juarez
For the first time in history, homicides in Juarez surpassed 300 in any given month. In contrast, there were 186 homicides there in all 2003, and 227 in all 2005. The January-to-August tally for Juarez homicides is now 1,465.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/1/09
Increase in detentions for use of false documents
U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics show a 19% increase in the number of detentions of persons seeking to enter the United States at ports of entry by use of fraudulent documents or by presenting someone else’s documents. The number of these cases has gone from 23,500 in 2006 to 28,021 in 2008. The increase is believed to be due to the difficulty in crossing the border illegally because of the increased vigilance. This year, the number of such cases has increased 39% over 2008 totals.
Milenio (Mexico City) 9/1/09
An exhausting marathon of patriotism
[Portions of an op/column by Roman Revueltas; titled as above]
The insufferable “month of the homeland” begins today. Good grief. You turn on the TV and you hear an overwhelming number of fierce appeals to nationalist fervor, ferocious assertions of our Mexican identity and, above all, ardent oaths about a love that, look here, is not seen anywhere because, ladies and gentlemen, look how we’ve mistreated this country, look how we’ve made it into a garbage dump, and look how we’ll keep on destroying it until there’s no façade left without graffiti, not a forest without illegal cutting of trees, not a stream without contamination or a beach not made dirty. Naturally, we could celebrate to our own desire without awaiting any acknowledgement whatsoever from foreigners. But the speech isn’t just a recounting of good things or qualities; rather, it emphasizes – in an exalted, immeasurable, ferocious and bragging way – the official axiom that “Like Mexico, there is no other.” In reality, to truly celebrate there’s need for less bunches of talk and… more civic spirit.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 9/1/09
[Portion of an op/col. By Federico Reyes, titled as above]
It’s not genetic, but at times it would almost seem so. It would be simply incomprehensible in other latitudes. It goes against the logic of plain self survival, to say nothing about acquiring riches. We ourselves are the first ones worst affected and yet we cannot stop ourselves. I’m talking about the Mexicans’ infinite capacity for destruction. It reaches across all social sectors, it’s not regional nor does it improve with the level of education. It’s up north, in the south, in the low, medium and high income residential areas. It’s done by those in and out of government. It’s a chronic disease. Children who throw rocks at birds, farmers who shoot herons and eagles simply for amusement, women who mistreat public outdoor furniture, youths who damage the seats of the subway or bus where they’ll have to sit again. Benches of the classrooms that become play projectiles, commodes detroyed by kicks even though the aggressor himself needs them. Urban vandalism is quite well known, but that attitude is dramatic in relation to the environment. Newly planted trees that get a stomping, an infinity of garbage that everyone dumps even in the parks and forests, in the lakes and seas. He who comes, let him deal with it, let him clean up and pay for the repairs of the damage, if that is possible. Destruction is an individual act tolerated by all. The damage will be repaired at the cost of the community. As if natural riches had no limit, we use them, we exploit them to the maximum, with great shortsightedness, without caring about the consequences to come. Let us think about the bays, for example. The one in Acapulco was fantastic, it was the pride of our country. Today it’s contaminated, dirty, in a deplorable condition. Other countries would give anything for a place such as Manzanillo. But in Mexico we allow ourselves the luxury of locating auto service stations that dump oil and gasoline in those waters. Vallarta is not much better. It’s thought that there are other bays to exploit, as if they were infinite. Instead of preserving the ones we do have we think about something new, as if they were disposable.
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