El Salvador diplomats plan for US immigration reform

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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.

Friday, 12/11/09

El Financiero (Mexico City) 12/10/09

El Salvador wants integral immigration reform in the U.S. – [full art. transl.]

El Salvador today expressed its interest in the approval of an integral immigration reform in the United States, one which would allow legalizing thousands of Salvadorans in the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program, which must be renewed periodically. At a press conference along with the Salvadoran chancellor, Hugo Martinez, who is in Washington on an official visit, the vice-minister (read: Undersec. of State) for Salvadorans abroad, Juan Jose Garcia, said that the promotion of a migratory reform “is the most important objective that has been outlined.” The official pointed out, “If that objective does not come about  in the first three months of the coming year, (then) obviously El Salvador would propose an immigration relief for a major number of Salvadorans in irregular status,” by means of a new extension of the TPS.

The TPS, which is a temporary relief by the United States government for countries affected by natural disasters, and which was granted to Salvadorans after the 2001 earthquakes, “is a means which we already have and therefore would not want to let go of it,” said Garcia. Chancellor Martinez announced an accord with the Sub-Secretary of Internal Security (sic) of the United States, Jane Holl Lute, to form a work group to track deportations. That work group will be headed by John Morton, the deputy director of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) (sic) and vice-minister Garcia, who will hold their first meeting in El Salvador in February of 2010. Both officials agreed on the needs of the vulnerable groups, such as women and children, to lessen the impact of repatriations in families and to elaborate a newer version of the Salvadoran program “Welcome home.”

Garcia noted that his country seeks more information about deportees, social relief programs for families separated after deportations and reintegration programs for deportees into Salvadoran society. Other issues, he emphasized, also include people smuggling and organized crime. El Salvador also awaits a reply from the United States about a suspension of deportations as a result of hurricane Ida in that country at the beginning of November of this year.


La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 12/10/09

Update on smugglers’ warehouse

The warehouse in Mexicali found with the 47 AK47 rifles (M3 Report of yesterday) also turned out to have $2,126,450 U.S. dollars, plus 868,580 pesos and also 421.6 kilos of cocaine (927.5 lbs.). The attached photo shows the twelve detainees and some of the cash, cocaine and firearms. All this, in a warehouse just five kilometers (approx. three miles) from Calexico, Calif.


Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) , El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 12/10/09

The work of obscene killers

The nude and mutilated bodies of four men were found this morning (Thurs.) next to a high school in Chilpancingo, the capital of the state of Guerrero. A message left with the bodies read: “Send better trained people. Sinaloans and Michoacánans, come to pick up your f—-n garbage. Respectfully, the chief of chiefs” [profanity censored.] Two of the bodies were totally dismembered and in black plastic bags. Severed body parts of the other two were strewn within a radius of some thirty feet around the entrance to the school. Classes were suspended.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/10/09

Juarez continues to make news

Yesterday, Wednesday, there were sixteen assassinations in Ciudad Juarez. A review of this article shows that all the victims died from gunfire at various times and points of the city. Many of the events’ descriptions also included an additional number of persons wounded. Also in the morning, yesterday, the chief of police of Ciudad Juarez “presented” the 2,400 city police to the governor of the state at a ceremony. The chief stated that armed robbery in Juarez is down over 50% since March; he added figures about firearm seizures (234) and ammo (10,614 rounds.) The Juarez police is the first in Mexico to be authorized to carry “long barrel firearms.”


Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/10/09

Michoacán  bubbling with violence

There have been seven attacks against federal police in various localities of the state of Michoacán  in the last couple of days. At the time of this report, ten people have died: five federal police members, four thugs and one other civilian bystander.


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