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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 Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/9/09
From the land of Pancho Villa
Palomas, Chihuahua, is the Mexican town from which Pancho Villa launched his historic attack across the border and raided Columbus, New Mexico. Now Palomas, some sixty miles west of Ciudad Juarez, has made the news again: its mayor, Estanislao Garcia, was carried off by force Thursday morning. His bullet riddled and burned body was found in the rear seat of his burned vehicle later in the day. A full account, in English, may be seen in this New Mexico newspaper:
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/9/09
A better day in Juarez
Thursday the eighth was one of the least violent days of the month in Juarez. Only seven persons were executed, one of them a female police officer.
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 10/9/09
Sea voyagers caught
The Colombian Coast Guard intercepted a craft eleven miles west of San Andres Is., a Colombian island on the Caribbean. The vessel, which “was heading into international waters”, had no documentation, no sailing permit nor emergency equipment. The three man crew was transporting three other Colombians, three “Africans” (no nationality indicated) and one Peruvian.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 10/9/09
State of Michoacán and emigration
Antonio Garcia is a Mexican congressman and chairman of the “Migratory Affairs Committee.” He attended the “First Conference about the Rights of Migrants” and stated that insecurity in Michoacán is now the second reason for migration away from that state. He added that, for decades, the lack of employment has caused 99% of the state’s cities and towns to evidence the results of the departure of the work force to the other side of the border. There are 3.5 million residents in the U.S. who are of Michoacán origin.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 10/9/09
Murder most vile
Rogelio Sanchez was kidnapped in Tijuana on Wednesday morning. Today (Fri.) at dawn, his nude, bruised and mutilated body was found hanging by the neck from a cable tied to a highway overpass in Tijuana. The remains evidenced not only signs of a beating, but his killers had also cut off Sanchez’ genitals and had placed them in his mouth and around his neck. [“La Cronica de Hoy”, a Mexico City paper, reported that Sanchez was a state employee who issued drivers’ licenses and was suspected of issuing them to cartel members.]
Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/9/09
Just another shootout
Following up on events from last week, police & army personnel went this morning (Fri.) to an area of Magdalena, Jalisco. The result was a shootout with thugs, three of whom died and eight were arrested, including three wounded. “High caliber” firearms were also seized.
And three pairs of victims, killed execution style, were also found Friday at dawn near Cuautla, state of Morelos. All six were gagged, tied up and had their faces covered. They had all been finished off by a coup de grace. [The original report on this was about four victims. A newer report in “Excelsior” (Mexico City) upped the tally]
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/9/09
Violence in Guerrero
Violence in the state of Guerrero resulted in eleven persons being executed in less than 24 hours. The events took place in various cities, including Acapulco. There, two were assassinated in separate events.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/10/09
National Police on emergency
El Salvador’s National Police has declared itself to be in a state of emergency due to the number of homicides taking place in the country. The year’s tally of assassinations has reached 3,338 victims “up to a couple of days ago”, and the current month’s daily average is 16. The country’s president has spoken about participation of the armed forces with police patrols to combat criminality. One reader commented: “Gentlemen, the only solution is for the Black Shadow to come back and clean up. Understand once and for all.”
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 10/10/09
A group of Chinese and Salvadorans was detained on Friday morning at a checkpoint near Comitan, state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala. The immigrants were aboard a passenger bus and had recently entered Mexico from Guatemala. Their guide or smuggler, if he was also on the bus, was not identified.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/10/09
Mexican press accounts report that up to 48 persons were murdered by organized crime in various parts of Mexico on Friday. The nation’s current homicide tally for the year has now surpassed 5,780.
El Sol de Zacatecas (Zacatecas, Zac.) 10/11/09 (part of nationwide “o.e.m.” chain)
Mexican senator criticizes 287(g)
Mexican Senator Claudia Corichi Garcia emphasized her rejection of the 287(g) program implemented in the United States. [That section of the Immigration & Nationality Act which authorizes agreements between the federal government and state and local law enforcement agencies so that the latter’s trained officers may perform immigration law enforcement duties] The senator stated that this program foments the detention of migrants with racial profiling, and that it generates ”racist overtones.” She added that this is a clear violation of the human rights of Mexican fellow countrymen abroad and that there is “an enormous preoccupation because of the permanent violations of the human rights of Mexican migrants in the United States and Canada.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/11/09
Mexican population data
A high official of Mexico’s National Population Council stated that Mexico’s population will reach 108.4 million in 2010. He added that births will total 1.94 million, while some 527,000 persons will die and another 556,000 will emigrate.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 10/11/09
Travelers to Tijuana warned
Relatives of murder and kidnapping victims in Tijuana have started a campaign to alert travelers crossing the border to Tijuana about the need for awareness regarding the increase and impunity of those crimes in Tijuana. The leader of a citizens’ group stated that 1,700 such cases have occurred in the last seven years, but he also acknowledged that not all cases have been reported and that the official tally is much below reality. The mother of a U.S. citizen presently being held for ransom has applied for permission to demonstrate about this danger on the U.S. side of the border crossing. Groups of people beating pots and pans and carrying placards have been demonstrating in front of local government’s offices in Tijuana.
Milenio (Mexico City) 10/11/09
Beginning at six o’clock Sunday morning, four homicide victims were found in various parts of Acapulco, state of Guerrero. The first three were killed execution style; threatening messages were left with each of those bodies. The fourth was shot on the head a number of times and then dumped in a canal behind a bus depot.
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