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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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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 3/9/10
The word, from the U.S. Ambassador
The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, dealt with various facets on the issue of immigration during a recent visit to the Mexican state of Zacatecas. While discussing them, he reportedly stated that there’s no date for immigration reform; “it’s most probable that the introduction of that program will wait until after this coming November.”
Mexican females in the U.S.
Mexico’s “Secretaria de Gobernacion” (“Dep’t. of Government” ; no U.S. equiv.) reported that about 5.3 million Mexican women live in the United States, and that nearly 2.4 million of them are in the workforce in low skill jobs such as cleaning, food preparation, maintenance, and in agriculture and manufacturing, in part due to their status as “undocumented.”
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 3/9/10
Anarchy rules on the border
[Re the Guatemala-Mexico border] The anarchy that prevails on the borders of the country is the best ally of and a paradise for organized crime, which takes advantage of the situation to move across weapons, drugs, people and merchandise. A Guatemalan army report says that on the dividing line of the country’s boundaries with Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras there are some 1,200 blind crossings, of which 125 can be used by vehicles. The only thing that separates many Guatemalan residential areas from Mexico are markers (see photo below) placed 200 meters apart; there’s no other barrier, and anyone can cross on foot or in a vehicle, without any legal restriction.
According to Ubaldo Villatoro, Executive Director of Guatemala’s National Migrations Board, at least 500 thousand undocumented, from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa, cross the country’s borders each year.
Tiempo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 3/9/10
Double cocaine hauls
Two multi-national operations resulted in the seizure of over two tons of cocaine last weekend. First, a “go-fast” launch carrying 1.5 tons of the drug was intercepted in international waters of the Caribbean off Honduras. That one also netted four arrests. Then, on the Pacific side, off Panama, another suspect launch was chased; its crew of four Colombians managed to beach the boat and flee, but all were later captured by Panamanian police. That second boat was reported to have been loaded with 760 kilos of cocaine. U.S. Coast Guard units took part in both events. The drug was being transported to the United States.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 3/9/10
Weed on the Pacific
A fishing boat carrying 3,625 kilos of marihuana was intercepted by Mexican military personnel near the town of Guerrero Negro. (Shown on the map to be the northern limits of Baja California Sur, on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula.)
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) & El Universal (Mexico City)
And more weed in Tijuana
At a warehouse for construction materials on the east side of Tijuana, police and soldiers found 4,630 kilos of weed and 30 kilos of “crystal.” The custodian, a 56 yr. old Mexican, had a .38 revolver and a loaded AK47 rifle. The weed was in 444 packages.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 3/9/10
El Salvador bleeding
Salvadoran police recorded twenty “violent deaths” during the past weekend. The year’s tally of homicides has now reached 791. A group of the country’s business leaders has criticized the government for its inability to contain the violence, while the president, during a meeting with Barack Obama, proposes more aid from the U.S. to confront the problem.
El Universal (Mexico City) 3/9/10
Dissatisfaction with democracy
Abuse of power, corruption and broken promises are some of the reasons 70 percent of Mexicans are dissatisfied with their democracy, according to a recent poll. Those three items are the same as some of the answers given five years ago to questions concerning dissatisfaction with the government. The 70 percent figure is 11 points higher than in a survey taken in 2002. Fifty percent of those surveyed considered the government “unstable” or “very unstable.” Some 21% consider the government stable, and the rest either had no opinion or did not answer. The poll’s margin of error is 3.2%.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 3/9/10
Political parties of Michoacán agree to be civil during 2010
The Electoral Institute of Michoacán and various officials of the political parties of the state agreed this morning to comply with all laws and to conduct themselves civilly in all political matters.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 3/9/10
Police become gunfire targets
Four policemen, among them a group chief, have been shot and killed within the last 12 hours in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
El Diario (Chihuahua City, Chih.) 3/9/10
Violence in a Chihuahua prison
Rival gangs of thugs in prison clashed at the “Cereso” (Mexico routinely call its jails “Cereso”, an acronym for “Centro de Rehabilitacion Social”) at the town of Aquiles Serdan, state of Chihuahua. The two sides are identified as the “Aztecs” and the “Mexicles”, the latter affiliated with “La Linea”, a larger organized crime group.) The conflict between the rival gang members produced five dead and 14 wounded, some of them critically.
Diario de Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 3/9/10
H1N1 data from Jalisco
State health officials in Jalisco reported that a total of 4,261 persons in the state have suffered from the recent H1N1 virus and that, of these, 1,219 are current cases. Overall, sixteen deaths have resulted, the most recent one being on February 7th. Yesterday the State Laboratory confirmed two new cases.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 3/9/10
Disparity in health spending between US citizens and immigrants
According to a study titled “Gastos por el Cuidado a la Salud de los Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos,” in the year 2006, immigrants in the U.S. spent an average of $1,904 dollars on health care, while the average spent by U.S. citizens was $3,723. The report appears in the March issue of “Health Affairs.”
New website emerges
There is a new (two day old) website that is dedicated to publishing recent photographs and videos of narcotraffickers, people smugglers and illegal aliens. The videos and photos are taken by hidden cameras along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Diego, Calif., to Brownsville, Texas. Viewers will be stunned by what they see. The cameras record movements of armed thugs, vehicles laden with contraband, and other criminal acts.
The group is not affiliated with any militia, anti-illegal alien or other controversial organization. They are all citizens like us, who are alarmed by our government’s failure to secure our borders.
The site is located at http://secureborderintel.org
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