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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 Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 11/18/09
Marihuana in Nogales
Mexican military on patrol in Nogales, Sonora, found 617 kilos of marihuana and a .45 cal. pistol under a tarp on a lot. The weed, in 73 packages, was double wrapped inside dual plastic layers. The packages had powdered soap between the two outside layers to attempt to foil detection.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 11/18/09
Marihuana in Chihuahua
Mexican federal police seized just over eight metric tons of marihuana on the highway between Nuevo Casas Grande and Janos, in the northwestern corner of the state of Chihuahua. (This is just south of the “boot-heel” in the S.W. corner of the state of New Mexico.) Most of the load, 7 tons, 368 kilos, was hidden under a cargo of soft drinks in an 18-wheeler. The balance, 667 kilos, was found stuffed inside the tires of a second truck.
More ho-hum from Ciudad Juarez
The following item was found in the 12th place of this paper’s local news section column: “Another 8 executed yesterday.” [But “Norte”, another Juarez paper, reported that the year’s total in Ciudad Juarez is now 2,243.]
Excelsior (Mexico City) 11/18/09
Marihuana in Tamaulipas
Found abandoned in the bushes near Camargo, Tamaulipas (just across the Rio Grande from Rio Grande City, TX): 46 packages of weed with a total weight of 462 kilos. Nearby: an ’08 Chrysler, also abandoned, but with “two bags with drug,” and bearing TX lic. W68-FVM.
Just another day in Tijuana
In Tijuana, Mex. military personnel detained four subjects who had “crystal”, marihuana, chemical precursors for narcotics, 11 long barrel firearms, 6 handguns, a fragmentation grenade, 2,859 rounds of ammo, 58 clips and four vehicles.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 11/18/09
In Tlaquepaque, Jalisco – just outside Guadalajara – a taxi driver got in touch with police this morning because he saw that the lifeless body of an unidentified man was hanging by the neck from a highway overpass. The victim’s hands were also tied with the same rope.
Ocho Columnas (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 11/18/09
The UN High Commission for Refugees reports that there’s a growing number of African migrants arriving in Latin American countries such as Mexico. According to a UNHCR official for southern Latin America, some of these persons head toward Mexico & Guatemala, while in transit to the United States, while others head to Argentina, Chile & Brazil. These migrants are mainly from Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/18/09
The economy and Mexican migrants
According to the “Situacion Migracion Mexico”, produced by the Studies Service of BBVA Bancomer [a large financial institution], Mexican workers have not been particularly affected by the crisis in the United States in comparison with the general population, nor has there been the massive return of migrants that was being forecast early in the year. It’s calculated that of the eight million jobs lost in the U.S., 10% were those of Mexican migrants as well as those from 2nd and 3rd generations. Of this total, it’s estimated that 80% were those of migrants. Even though the construction, commerce and manufacturing sectors have shown important decreases since 2007 (70% of lost jobs have been in these sectors), Mexicans have been able to place themselves in areas such as tourism, transport and agriculture.
Due to the recent stability shown by the U.S. economy, the perspectives for Mexican migrants have a positive tendency for 2010, which will in turn mean an increase of between 1 and 5% for individual monetary remittances into Mexico.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 11/18/09
Commentaries about the U.S. – Full transl. of portion of an op/col. by Carlos Tapia –
The Latin community marked a triumph when being able to bring about the resignation of Lou Dobbs, well known anti-immigrant announcer of the CNN chain. A coalition of Hispanic origin groups, where the National Council of La Raza stands out, promoted a campaign to insert a paid commercial against Dobbs, but it was rejected by CNN. Still, the pressure kept growing until Lou Dobbs announced his withdrawal on the air. Several of his anti-immigrant hate commentaries can be seen on YouTube. Despite the calls for moderation and the right to response, he built a campaign of lies and verbal abuses against the undocumented, particularly Mexican ones. The resignation of the commentator seemed to frame the announcement by Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Internal Security (sic) of the United States, who affirmed that Obama’s government expects that the Congress of her country will push for an integral immigration reform at the start of 2010. That is good news, but it places the responsibility on the congressmen.
Thus, President Obama frees himself from his campaign promise and prepares himself for other battles. Janet Napolitano affirmed that the reform will have three main bases: a serious and efficient control of immigration, a favorable solution for families and workers, and firmness, but with justice, in the treatment of the twelve million undocumented who are in that country. An example of a serious and efficient control for some Americans is offered by the celebrated Secure Communities Initiative, which the Immigration Service and Customs Control (ICE) [sic] of the Department of Internal Security (DHS) of the United States, which has identified more than 110 thousand criminal aliens. It’s a program in conjunction with local authorities which, since October 2008, has arrested aliens according to three levels: Level 1, homicide, rape and kidnapping (1,900 individuals already deported), and Levels 2 & 3, with more than 100 thousand convicted for robbery and serious crimes against property. Many [of them], undocumented immigrants.
The recent report from Transparency International showed Mexico’s worsening corruption score and standing. The report has triggered a sizeable number of commentaries and also a reaction such as the cartoon below (corrupt-o-meter)
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