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.
Correo (Guanajuato, Gto.) 11/3/09
(According to this, it’s all OUR fault….)
One migrant a day dies on the border [full transl.]
Statistics from the House of the Migrant indicate that at least one migrant a day dies while attempting to cross to the United States in search of work and a better life for his family, due to the poverty and scarcity of jobs in their native land.
Jose Luis Manzo, coordinator of the “Pious Juan Bautista Scalabrini” Center for Human Rights of the Migrant, pointed out that more than 5 thousand 600 deaths of persons from Central and South America have been recorded in 14 years. He underscored, “Migrants die on the way in their attempt to reach a dignified life for themselves and their families. All of them, children, women, men, have died while crossing the desert or the Rio Bravo [Rio Grande], or in a violent manner.” He emphasized his preoccupation “for the violations which continue to be done to the dignity of migrant persons, who are kidnapped, violated and, worse yet, deprived of life.”
Manzo condemned measures such as physical and virtual fences which divide and criminalize the migrant worker as an enemy, as a delinquent or as a terrorist. He stated that the nearly 5 thousand 600 deaths have occurred since, in 1994, operation Guardian was implemented, which had its origins on the border of Tijuana and San Diego. He pointed out that these measures “more than manifesting a people’s wisdom and civilization, represent the egoism and intolerance which make themselves visible, provoking so much pain and suffering.” He denounced the progressive loss of sensitivity and lack of dignity of the individual, “against which no one ought to dare damage for any reason, neither with the hunt for persons nor with the loss of life.”
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 11/3/09
16% of adults would emigrate
A Gallup poll conducted in 135 nations, and representing 93% of the world’s population, revealed that 16% of adults would like to emigrate. The study was presented at the 3rd Migration & Development World Forum being held at a suburb of Athens, Greece. The United States is the preferred country of destination for those wishing to emigrate, followed by Canada, the U.K., France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia. Included in the 700 million persons who would like to emigrate are 165 million from Sub-Saharan regions and 250 million from Asiatic countries. Of those 700 million, 165 million would like to move to the U.S., while 35 million aspire to move to Spain and 210 million would like to resettle in any European Union country.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 11/3/09
Visa issuance resumed
The U.S. Embassy in Honduras has resumed the issuance of non-immigrant visas. The process had been suspended since Aug. 26 as a means of pressuring the government of Roberto Micheletti, following the presidential succession which took place on June 28. Some 50,000 Hondurans apply each year for visas as students, tourists and for business reasons. Some 35 percent of the applications are denied.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 11/3/09
Grim Salvadoran statistics
Data from El Salvador’s National Police show that up to Nov. 1st of this year, 3,673 persons had been assassinated in El Salvador. 86.6% of the victims were males, mostly between the ages of 18 and 30. The month of October ended with a daily average of 13.9 homicides. Insecurity in general also assails residents of the capital city, San Salvador; 70.8% of them state that their main concern is insecurity. In the last three months, 31.6% of families report that they’ve been victims of some crime; the most common ones of these are muggings and hold-ups out on the street and in passenger buses.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 11/3/09
Chinese nabbed in Colombia
Thirteen Chinese illegally in Colombia were found in a truck and detained at a highway control point in Caldas, south of Medellin. The driver and his assistant are being charged with alien smuggling. Colombian federal officials established that the Chinese had entered from Ecuador and that they aimed to reach the United States. The thirteen have been deported back to Ecuador.
El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 11/3/09
Drugs seized in Colombia
A nation-wide anti-drug operation was carried out by 4,500 National Police in various states of Colombia. It netted 1,269 drug sellers plus two tons of various types of drugs.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 11/3/09 [and several other papers]
Kidnapped reporter found dead
[Yesterday’s M3 Report cited the forcible kidnapping of Jose Bladimir Antuna, a reporter for “El Tiempo de Durango”] The body of reporter Antuna was found Monday night in an empty lot near a park in the capital city of Durango. [Other papers mentioned a different location.] He had been beaten, strangled and shot.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 11/3/09
Mexico and migrant numbers
Mexico’s Public Security Department reported that during the month of October Mexican agents detained “more than” 600 “undocumented migrants” in routine operations around the country. The migrants were seeking to reach the United States. A regional delegate for Mexico’s National Immigration Agency (“INM”) stated that the migration of Central Americans toward the United States has decreased because of the economic situation. The Center for Migratory Studies of the “INM” reported that, from January to August of this year, 441,942 Mexicans were repatriated from the United States to Mexico.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez) 11/3/09
Update on Juarez
“After a weekend crammed with assassinations out on the streets, yesterday afternoon the first homicide on the Day of the Dead took place, which brings the total to six in November and 2,116 for the current year.” The latest victim was believed to be a policeman, repeatedly shot in cold blood in front of witnesses at a store.
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