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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 Financiero (Mexico City) 10/15/09
Most Mexicans believe immigration reform would increase migration to the U.S.
[Full transl] . The majority of Mexicans believe that an eventual legalization of millions of undocumented fellow countrymen in the United States will encourage a greater illegal migration toward the United States. This is the result of a new poll carried out in Mexico by the Zogby Poll firm and commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which has been known for maintaining a firm opposition to any migratory reform. According to the CIS, the poll offers a vision about Mexicans on the issue of migration which, in turn, “can also furnish a glance about the possible impact of amnesty.”
The reference deals with the possibility that millions of undocumented [read: illegal aliens] might regularize their status under the benefit of a migratory reform, something that, according to those opposed, would be the equivalent of an amnesty. According to the poll, 56 percent of Mexicans believe that a reform would encourage a greater migration from Mexico, a number which grew to 65 percent among those with relatives in the United States.
Another notorious aspect refers to the feeling of loyalty that Mexicans and Mexican-Americans must have. Some 69 percent of those polled believes that loyalty must be, from the start, toward Mexico, while 20 percent stated for retaining it (sic) toward the United States. Likewise, 69 percent felt that the Mexican government ought to represent not only the interests of the Mexicans in the United States but also that of the Mexican-Americans. The poll showed that although the interest in migrating to the United States is strong despite the current economic crisis, some 39 percent feel that this outflow decreased this year in comparison with 2008. Some 40 percent also said that they know someone who had decided to leave the United States to return to Mexico this year, forced to do so by the economic situation.
The poll was conducted between August and September of this year among a group of 1,400 adult Mexicans, and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.
Milenio (Mexico City) 10/15/09
“A Mexican hell” [full transl. of all but one paragraph]
The “special report about cases of migrant kidnappings”, produced by the National Commission on Human Rights [of Mexico], consists of testimony from 25 victims. The reported deeds, more than just a nightmare, are “an implacable, painful, shameful reality, and nothing is gained from denying it or minimizing it.” But the drama continues almost four months after the public presentation of this report “and the authorities go on without meeting their obligation to provide public security and access to justice…. They remain motionless in the face of the tragedy represented by the kidnapping of thousands of Central American migrants in Mexico”, something which happens with society’s total indifference. The compiled testimony also describes “the cruelty of kidnappers and their accomplices, (and) public servants, be they federal, state or city police.” A profitable activity of organized crime “which involves Mexicans and foreigners.”
While some officials attempt to “deny the magnitude of the abuses, the kidnappers continue to attack the migrants with extortions, beatings and murders, tortures and mutilations, raping of women…..and obtaining illicit profits at the expense of the physical and psychological suffering of those affected.” It’s more important for those negligent officials to try to defend their “image” than to follow the law and to protect human rights. The book includes a DVD recorded last July in different parts of the country and their oral testimony reveals the level of organization, complicity and frequency of the kidnappings of migrants, the violations of their most basic rights and the repeated impunity of the criminals.
In Mexico we treat the Central American migrants worse than the “migra” [read: U.S. Border Patrol] treats our fellow countrymen in the United States. Both groups only seek better opportunities in life, which our system denies them, and in that search they risk everything, from their freedom and personal safety to their life.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/15/09
A citizen’s report led Mexican military personnel to a clandestine synthetic drug lab at Tijerias, in the area of Uruapan, Michoacan. A sizeable amount of chemicals and equipment was located but no arrests were made. This was the fourth “narcolab” found in that area within the last 48 hours.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 10/15/09
Eighty percent of violent carjackings in the state of Coahuila [which borders the U.S.] take place in the city of Torreon, according to the state’s Public Prosecutor’s office. This year there have been 141 such cases in Torreon up until August.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/15/09
More police dismissed
Thirty-three Mexicali city police officers are being dismissed for their repeated failure to take drug detection tests. Another five tested positive for meth and/or marihuana and are also being fired.
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