Mexican bishops disappointed in Obama

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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.

Wednesday, 11/25/09

Excelsior (Mexico City) 11/24/09

“Mexican bishops disappointed in Obama”

“Vatican City. – A group of Mexican bishops rejected the migratory policy of Barack Obama, President of the United States, whose government has requested the reinforcement of the border fence. The prelates of Ciudad Juarez, Renato Ascencio Leon, and of Yucatan, Emilio Carlos Berbe, joined in pointing out that they do not expect any change in the current immigration policy of the current American administration.

The bishop (Ascencio) asserted that the work of sensitizing the authorities, promoted by the Catholic Church in the United States, is rather focused on an ‘intense lobbying’ in the Senate because the policy can only be changed by means of the legislators.

The bishop (Ascencio) pointed out that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the priority theme ‘for many’ came to be national security and not immigration. ‘We are in a different time from that 9-11, we must have them realize that the migrants are needy persons who are hopeful of the support of the pastoral agents, the Church and the governments.’

Speaking for himself, Emilio Carlos Berbe, also a member of the migrations section of the Apostolic See, pointed out as an obstacle the existence of American politicians who place security out in front. He said ‘These sectors of the legislative and executive policy tend to increase security measures, forgetting that, granted that their concern for their country is legitimate, it’s necessary to build bridges and not fences.’ “


Tal Cual Digital (Caracas, Venezuela) 11/24/09

Mayhem in Caracas

The city of Caracas once again met the dawn in mourning. Hundreds of families lost close relatives during the weekend because there were 62 homicides in the capital city of Venezuela.


Los Andes (Puno, Peru) 11/24/09

Cops and robbers time again

Colonel Elard Esquivel, head of the Peruvian National Police Academy in Puno, Peru, disclosed that ten academy cadets have been expelled for drinking on the premises, stealing from their fellow cadets, and coming to formation while drunk. The article also commented: “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 11/24/09

More cops and robbers

In Nogales, Sonora, Rodolfo Bermudez saw two men arrive at a hotel in the car that had been stolen from him. He went to the city police to report the event. The city police investigated at the hotel and found that the two thieves are officers of the State Public Security Agency. The two were arrested.


Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 11/24/09

“We want to go and come freely: Jose Hernandez”

“There are many of us who want to go and come freely from our land,” said the Michoacán-origin astronaut Jose Hernandez Moreno during the presentation of the book ‘The local impact as part of a bi-national migrant strategy,’ after clarifying that his stance is a personal matter and not that of the United States government or NASA.” “It’s good to see that a legislation to guarantee the rights of the migrants is being created. Michoacán is the leader in issues like this, it’s the only one with a Migrant’s Department.” He pointed out that there are many Mexican-American businessmen who “have triumphed quite well and who may be looking for investment opportunities in Michoacán, I think you should consider them, there are many of us who want to go and come freely to our land.” [An accompanying photo showed Hernandez arriving at the event, clad in an astronaut’s uniform; the caption stated that the book presentation took place at the “State Congress.”]


El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/24/09

Mexican population growth

Mexico’s population grew from 57 million in 1974 to 107.6 million in 2009. Mexico has also become a country of destination, transit and origin of migrants; while in 1974 the flow of emigrants reached 138,000 persons, this year that number is triple. All the preceding is from a book titled “The demographic situation in 2009. 35 years of population policy,” and  presented by the Secretary General of the National Population Council of Mexico.


El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 11/24/09

Crime in Guerrero

Heriberto Salinas, Secretary of Public Security of the state of Guerrero, said that executions linked to organized crime have already reached 900 this year. Two auxiliary police agents were assassinated Sunday. Salinas denied that this large number of homicides may have overwhelmed local law enforcement.


Diario Rotativo (Queretaro, Qro.) 11/24/09

Flow of pregnant migrants increases in Mexico

800 pregnant migrant women who had entered Mexico through the state of Tabasco have been assisted this year by the Beta Group [a search & rescue group] of Mexico’s National Migration Agency. Most of them evidence signs of imminent miscarriage due to the conditions in which they travel from their countries of origin while attempting to reach the United States. These events have increased during the last two years, so assistance to these migrants has become a priority, according to Beatriz Valdez Salas, Beta Group coordinator in Tabasco.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 11/24/09

More from the Beta group

A Beta Group coordinator in Tijuana, just back from training with the U.S. Border Patrol’s “Borstar” [the USBP’s search & rescue group] said he was told that the U.S. Border Patrol had a 12% increase in rescue operations last fiscal year and that during that time apprehensions reached 556,041 persons who were entering the U.S. illegally.


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