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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 Universal (Mexico City) 12/9/09
Unwanted immigration policy
Leaders of organizations of Mexicans in the U.S. announced yesterday that they will ask Janet Napolitano, Secretary of National Security (sic), to halt the firm anti-immigrant policy. Activists of the Mexican-American Coalition for Migratory Reform are searching for support from at least 500 pro-immigrant organizations for a letter that they will deliver to Napolitano in the next few days. In it, they assert that, instead of promoting a migratory reform in the first year of government, Barack Obama aims to “intensify the execution” of anti-immigrant policies.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.), Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/9/09
Drug facility, right by the border
A preliminary report states that 47 AK47 rifles, an unspecified number of packages, apparently of drugs, and four vehicles have been seized by Mex. military at warehouse #409 on Fundidores Ave., Mexicali. Twelve persons were detained. “Excelsior” added that this location is at Colonia Industrial, just some 3 miles from Calexico, Calif., and that some of the vehicles found are trucks with hidden compartments for the transport of drugs. An unspecified amount of money was also seized.
Milenio (Mexico City) 12/9/09
Border area seizures
Mexico’s PGR (read: Dep’t. of Justice) reported the seizure, during the month of November, of more than 30 tons of marihuana, 872 firearms, eight grenades, 11,412 rounds of ammo and 108 vehicles, all in the border area of the state of Tamaulipas, mainly in the cities of Reynosa, Matamoros, Miguel Aleman and Camargo. 202 persons were also detained. [The area involved is just across the lower Rio Grande River from Texas.]
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 12/9/09
Warnings about Guatemala
The embassies of the United States, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom in Guatemala have all issued alerts and warnings to their citizens regarding the high levels of criminality taking place in that country. The warning from the Spanish Embassy reads: “Security conditions in Guatemala have deteriorated significantly in the last months. Besides an important increase in recorded common crimes, particularly in reference to auto theft, assaults, express kidnappings, holdups, physical and sexual aggressions, there has also been detected an increase in criminal activity related to drug traffic.”
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 12/9/09
On Tuesday, there were five execution-style assassinations in Nogales, Sonora [right across from Nogales, AZ,] and three other persons were wounded by gunfire. The shell casings found were all from the caliber of an AK47 rifle.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 12/9/09
On Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, Mex. military and state police intercepted a ten vehicle caravan with some 30 armed men near Cuencame, Durango. A shootout ensued and “at least” 10 hired killers died. The thugs also fired on a helicopter carrying the state’s Director of Investigation, and managed to wound three persons riding in the aircraft. The federal forces later managed to free six kidnap victims from a nearby ranch, including a policeman. “Some” of the thugs managed to escape. Following the shootout, the military seized 20 AK47 and 8 AR15 rifles, 5,000 rounds of ammo and 4 grenades. Seven vehicles, some reported stolen, were also seized.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/9/09
Two separate, but typical, Chihuahua events
– – The bodies of seven men, hands tied behind their back, were found this morning (Wed.) dumped in a group by the side of the road between the cities of Chihuahua and Parral.
– – A report timed in by this paper at 12:29 p.m. stated that seven persons had been assassinated in Ciudad Juarez “in the last few hours” today. A separate report stated that yesterday (Tues.) there were 10 victims of homicide in Ciudad Juarez.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 12/9/09
Comment on widespread criminality
“Narcoviolence goes on, unstoppable. The residents of Hermosillo, Cananea and Navojoa (Sonora) were terrorized by a number of attacks, the explosions of at least 6 grenades and the finding of at least 5 executed ones in Nogales.” “And Ciudad Juarez commemorated the 350th anniversary of its foundation yesterday under a shadow of fear, since 9 assassinated persons were found in different points of the emblematic border.”
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 12/9/09
Cops and robbers
On Dec. 4, an “armed commando” broke into a jail at Escobedo, Nuevo Leon (a satellite city of Monterrey) and “rescued” 23 inmates. In the process, they killed two federal investigation agents. Now, five persons have been detained in connection with that event; all five have been flown to Mexico City in government aircraft to prevent their liberation by accomplices. Of the five, three are officers of the State Investigation Agency (of Nuevo Leon); the other two are police agents of the Nuevo Leon Public Security Agency. None of the 23 “rescued” persons has been heard from since their escape.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/9/09
“The best part of Tijuana is San Diego”
[Following is the last paragraph of an op/col. by Victor Gordoa, who recently took part in a conference in Tijuana. There, he was repeatedly asked about his perception of Tijuana, in his words, “a corrupt, violent city, and thus permissive and dangerous.”]
The problem becomes greater due to the enormous contrast one experiences upon crossing the border toward San Diego, California. I crossed on foot to save much time in lines of cars, and it was really incredible to perceive that everything changed after a few steps: the colors, the sensation of space, the cleanliness, the upkeep of public places, the vehicular order and the pedestrian transit, well…. even the sky looked different. The greatest impact was to observe that the Mexicans who had just crossed suddenly changed and acted differently, as if, by osmosis, they had a contagion of good civic behavior, of discipline, of good manners, and, of course, the fear of being scolded or arrested by an official whom they know they would not be able to corrupt as in the Tijuana side. This gave me much to think about and to ask myself the causes of such a dramatic contrast, and to come up with at least three elements that produce it and which to me seem to be: the real exercise of authority, in the U.S. it is carried out without other considerations, but not in Mexico, which gives rise to the feeling of fear that inhibits criminal conduct. The degree of corruption that, though not exempt from the American side, is going to be infinitely smaller there, and harder to find. The degree of education, the gringos have not tossed the teaching of civic spirit into the trashcan, on the contrary, they inoculate it from childhood. We don’t even remember its definition. Thus, I’m not surprised at the great difference between both images, simply, the stimuli they generate are not the same, thus we perceive them differently.
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