NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
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a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 3/2/10
Illegal aliens caught in Mexico
In Irapuato, state of Guanajuato, local police rounded up a number of Hondurans and Guatemalans hiding among freight cars in a rail yard. Then, when a train arrived from Mexico City, they found another five riding on top of some cars. Some 22 aliens were arrested, all “undocumented” and all attempting to reach and enter the United States illegally.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 3/2/10
235 illegals detained in different parts of Mexico
Mexico’s federal police reported that some 235 “undocumented immigrants” were detained during the period from Feb. 25 to 27, among them 164 citizens of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who were found crammed in a truck trailer in the state of Veracruz. The driver and six others were arrested when the Central Americans stated they had paid between 2,500 and 6,000 dollars to be taken to Mexico’s northern border.
Another 71 persons, from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras, were detained in various operations in the states of Puebla, Oaxaca, Queretaro and the Distrito Federal.
El Universal (Mexico City) 3/2/10
More immigration officers arrested
Mexico’s “SIEDO” (a federal agency specializing in investigations of organized crime) detained 10 immigration agents and 3 airline employees at Cancun’s international airport, on charges of collusion to allow the entry of a group of Chinese persons with false passports. This is a follow-up on operations carried out in January, when 26 immigration agents were arrested in Cancun. (M3 Report 1/11/10)
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 3/2/10
Pro-immigrant march in the U.S.
The “Centro de Derechos Laborales” (Center for Labor Rights) is organizing a 400 kilometer march in support of an integral immigration reform in the U.S. The event is being programmed from March 12th to the 21st, from Hempstead, NY, to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The organizers have provided two phone lines for more information: (516) 565-5377 and (516) 368-1912.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 3/2/10
Country’s top cop arrested
The Director of Guatemala’s National Civil Police, Baltazar Gomez, as well as Nelly de Bonilla, the chief of “DAIA” (the Anti-narcotics Analysis and Information Division of the National Police,) were both arrested today. Both are charged with corruption, drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and munitions, and other, related activities. The charges relate to an incident on April 24, 2009, when five policemen died in Guatemala during a confrontation with drug traffickers. (M3 Report 4/27/09)
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 3/2/10
Challenges to Guatemalans
“The snow storms and climate change will be largely affecting the work of more than 800,000 Guatemalans who are illegally in the United States, resulting in a drop of about 9 percent in the individual monetary remittances to Guatemalan families.”
[All the following items reflect some of the continued violence in our report area. They are only a representative few and by no means all that were published and seen in various other papers]
El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela) 3/2/10
The metropolitan area of Caracas, Venezuela, had 36 homicides over the weekend, 10 on Friday, 15 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/2/10
On Monday evening in Petatlan (up the coast from Acapulco, state of Guerrero), some men arrived in a vehicle at the house of Francisco Sanchez. One waited outside while others entered the house. They shot and killed Sanchez, who was the Commander of the “Tourist Police” of Petatlan. The killers used AK47 rifles and Sanchez was hit by gunfire “at least” 50 times. The killers fled.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 3/2/10
Four men were shot to death this morning (Tues.) in front of a grade school and of a tech school in Ciudad Juarez. The location “mattered little to the killers, who came to carry out their purpose.” (The photo below relates. In describing a series of other, unrelated killings, another Juarez paper, “Norte,” stated that the number of homicides in Juarez is running ahead of last year’s tally at this date.)
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