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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.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 12/16/09
“A world without walls?”
[Full transl. of op/col. by Rene Aguilar, titled as above]
Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall that separated communist Germany from occidental Germany, (and) a few years since perestroika significantly altered the socio-economic and geo-politic system of Russia, and also a few years since continental China began to open its rigid communist agenda. Will important changes in other nations of the globe also occur, whether they have communist / socialist / capitalist / monarchical, etc., governments?
The globalized planet would no longer be able to develop nor to survive with anachronistic and paralyzing structures. Will there no longer be concrete walls, nor of water, nor wire fences which force humans to be trapped in their own countries without the hope of discovering other horizons, breathing other airs and getting to know other cultures? The world is wide and belongs to all. Thank you, God, you, who made a gift to humanity of the best individual independence: free will and freedom of conscience. Happy 2010!
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 12/16/09
Emigration of children from Honduras
“Some 10,000 children left Honduras this year to reach a dream in another country, but half of them found a nightmare. Data from the Honduran National Migrations Forum show that between 50 and 60 percent of those minors who emigrated to the United States during this year became victims of people trafficking.” The minors are exposed to extortions and kidnappings. Deportation of minors back to Honduras by land [meaning they are being repatriated from Mexico & Guatemala] has reached 60 to 70 per week. Some 300 have been repatriated from the U.S. by air this year.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 12/16/09 – The following item also made news in at least a dozen other Mexican papers.
A bloody church
In Cuencame, Durango, a cleaning crew in a church started its work this morning (Wed.); there, they saw what they thought was trash left behind in black plastic bags. But there was also blood among the bags. The six bags each contained a human head, so they called the local police. State officials later confirmed that “the bodily parts found belonged to five members of the police force and to one state justice department agent.” The six had been carried off by force Monday night. [The location is in northern Durango, near Parral, Chihuahua.]
El Diario, Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/16/09
Juarez violence continues
“Yesterday the city lived another violent day that left a result of 15 murdered persons and one wounded.” [That is the beginning of an article in “El Diario,” that then goes on to a matter-of-fact description of the different bloody events. This item was included among a secondary listing in the local section’s “Other News.” The main, bold print, local news featured instead such items as the continuation of a commercial plaza project and the call by the Mex. Soc. Sec. agency for persons to initiate paperwork and applications in case they wish to travel to the interior of the country.] “Norte” added that, with yesterday’s toll, Juarez has now reached a total 2,528 victims of homicide this year.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 12/16/09
Violence also goes on in Tijuana
From this paper’s front page: “The wave of violence continues; 8 dead in TJ during the day, and counting.” [That was recorded in at 13:52 hrs.; however, an appended side note reported the subsequent finding of three more victims of assassination in the El Florido section of town.]
Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/16/09
Weed by the river bank
Mex. federal police seized 3,044 lbs. (1,384 kgs.) of marihuana found inside 114 packages among the brush on the Mexican side of the banks of the Rio Grande River near the town of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas. [This is across from Roma, TX, approx. 100 mi. upriver from Brownsville, TX, as the crow flies]
A fairly large number of Central American and Mexican papers reported the introduction of a bill by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to legalize 12 million undocumented immigrants. The event has not yet caused the publication of relating editorials or op/columns.
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