Guatemala’s President to promote U.S. migratory reform to Obama

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Thursday, 2/18/10

Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2/17/10

Guatemala’s President to promote U.S. migratory reform to Obama

Guatemala’s President, Alvaro Colom, said this morning that he will seek to have his counterparts in Central America to lobby jointly for a meeting or at least a phone call with the U.S. President to speak to him about the migratory reform. The opportunity for Colom to lobby with the regional heads of state will be the “Rio Group” meeting to be held in Cancun, Mexico, next week. (This is the Summit Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Nations, an organization that excludes Canada and the United States.)

During his “Presidential Dispatch” radio program, originating this time from Washington, Colom said, “We are going to ask our companions and friends, presidents of Central America, to seek a meeting with President Obama or a phone communication, so that he may see that we are united.” Guatemala promotes an 11 point initiative so the United States may be aware of it and may take it into account when the time for migratory reform debate comes around, for which reason he has sought the backing of Central American countries.

Benjamin Monterroso, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and migrant communities leader in the United States, stated in the same radio program that it is necessary to promote lobbying in the United States Senate because he deemed that the chances of starting the immigration reform debate cannot be after March 21st; otherwise, the issue will be delayed three or four years.


La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2/17/10

Guatemala’s President visit to the U.S.

Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom is flying to the U.S. today (Wed., 2/17) for a three day visit, with the objective of meeting with Jose Miguel Insunza, Secretary General of the OAS, “to thank him for the support obtained during the crisis in May.” “He will also attend the inauguration of the Guatemalan Consulate in Maryland, and meet with the Secretary General of the U.N., Ban Ki-Moon, to speak about the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. He will also chat with Hillary Clinton about security and justice, the Merida Plan, migratory reform and the effects of climatic change.”


Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 2/17/10

Midget sub found

A “semi-submersible” craft nearing the final stages of construction was destroyed by Colombian marines “within the last hours” near Mosquera, on Colombia’s southwest coast. The craft, hidden in dense growth, was 16.9 meters long, 2.75 meters wide and would have the capacity to transport some 7 tons of cocaine. An adjacent shop building and a campground large enough to house 30 persons were both also destroyed. This is the first seizure of this type of vessel this year. Fifty-four semi-submersibles have been detected and “neutralized” since 1993. Twenty of those 54 were found in 2009.


Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 2/17/10

Weapons in Matamoros

The following seizures were made by Mex. military personnel at #48, Hernan Cortes St., in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. (Right across from Brownsville, TX)

  • 23 grenades; 15 of them .40 cal. , and 3 others for grenade launcher
  • A telescopic sight, a silencer
  • Eleven firearms including 3 shotguns, a machine gun, 5 rifles
  • 3,722 rounds of ammo & 160 clips. Two men were arrested.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/17/10

Weapons very close to El Paso

A resident’s call led Mex. military personnel to an area just northwest of Juarez, and “meters” from the international border. As they approached, some individuals fled but they left behind 12 “long barrel” firearms, including a sub-machine gun, 8 handguns, 83 clips, 4 grenades, 670 kilos of weed, 2 kilos and 574 grams of cocaine, 143 grams of heroin and 7,494 rounds of ammo of various calibers.

(The area involved is by Anapra, immediately south of Sunland Park, NM, a satellite of El Paso, TX)


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/17/10

Police deaths in Durango

Four policemen were assassinated during separate attacks to homes and police stations in the towns of Mezquital and Vicente Guerrero, state of Durango. One of the victims was later found by a garbage dump.

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