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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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Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 3/15/10
Mexican senators call on U.S. to share responsibility
Gustavo Madero and Carlos Navarrete are the leaders of the “PAN” & “PRD” party factions, respectively, in the Mexican Senate. They now call upon the United States to assume part of the responsibility for the death of three persons linked to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. Navarrete, who is also President of the Senate, said that he trusted that President Obama’s “indignation” will help the latter to understand that serious condition, “that our country is infested with North American arms,” and added that the assassins “used North American arms that are sold with impunity on the North American side and easily cross the border.”
[This same theme and report, with slight variations, was seen in a number of other Mexican publications today.]
El Diario (Saltillo, Coahuila) 3/15/10
“Obama has failed us”
[A narrative article about two Honduran males trying to reach the United States illegally describes their adventures while crossing Mexico en route to Miami, Fla., to work in the shrimp industry. Two, rather telling short portions of the article follow]
“Have no doubt about that, brother Obama – the President of the United States, Barack – has failed all of us, not only those who reside in the American Union, but especially those of us who live in poor countries, to whom he promised to bring up the migratory accord [emphasis supplied,] says Carlos Orellana Madrid, a Honduran migrant.”
“……. the bad thing is that, as much on the border as once already in American territory, the migra [slang for Border Patrol and ICE agents] is quite aggressive, for that reason I say that brother Obama has failed in his promises of making a reality of the migratory accord he offered; he has already forgotten that he comes from a family of migrants, and leaving for a later time the accord I’m telling you about is the same as denying others the opportunity that his family had at one time.”
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 3/15/10
Honduras: a threat to national security
The weaknesses, lack of coordination and negligence in and among the officialdom in charge of visa issuance and entry and departure controls in Honduras place the country’s national security at risk. Those factors, plus the inefficiency between visa issuance officials and the other officials who must, in some cases, authorize such issuance, have resulted in a failure to record and control no more than 30% of the entry of Chinese and Cubans. These anomalies make Honduras a paradise for people traffickers, and cause the country to be seen as a danger in the matter of immigration security.
The country most affected by these security weaknesses is the United States, since the majority of aliens who enter Honduras illegally aim to reach “the country of the north” in search of the “American Dream.” The major fear of the U.S. is that these migrants might be terrorists who would use Honduran officialdom to enter Honduras without being detected, and then depart for the U.S. to carry out attacks.
Three journalists have been assassinated in different events in Honduras within the last few days. All three murders followed the same pattern: the victims were each killed by car-to-car gunfire assaults.
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 3/15/10
Death on the streets of Nogales
The bodies of four persons were found dumped on a street in Nogales, Sonora, this morning. All four had their hands tied behind their backs and their feet taped together with the same kind of industrial tape that was wrapped around each of their heads. The cause of death was listed as “asphyxia by suffocation.”
Nogales has now had 75 murders this year.
El Diario (Saltillo, Coahuila) 3/15/10
Canada warns about travel to Mexico
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs warned Canadians against travel to Mexico and in particular to Ciudad Juarez unless absolutely necessary, due to the increase of violence linked to drug traffic.
Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 3/15/10
Big pot haul
Seven tons of marihuana were found and seized from a truck, and the three men transporting the weed were arrested. The event took place on the free (no toll) highway between Tecate and Mexicali, Baja Calif.
Violence in the Sierra Madre
An armed group murdered 8 persons in San Juanito and Creel, (two towns in the Sierra Madre, in the southwestern portion of the state of Chihuahua.) Another six were wounded, including a 12 year old girl. Some of the victims were taken out of their homes, then shot and their bodies dumped on nearby highways.
[Most press coverage centered on Pres. Calderon’s third visit to Ciudad Juarez to confer with area officials. Those events and resulting pronouncements are being widely covered by the press on both sides of the border and need not be repeated here.]
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 3/15/10
Violence in Guerrero
A review of the state of Guerrero news item headlines showed that there were nine homicides there, including two inside a hotel in the tourist area of Acapulco.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 3/15/10
And violence on a national basis
Deaths related to organized crime activities in Mexico have reached 2,049 this year. One fourth of them (521) have taken place in the state of Chihuahua. In second place is Sinaloa, with 447; then Baja California, with 201.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/15/10
A different kind of highway checkpoint
Last Sunday evening, at least 40 men, all armed and dressed in “Federal Preventive Police” uniforms, set up a checkpoint on the highway between Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and San Blas, a town in the neighboring state of Nayarit. They would stop traffic, and make the occupants exit and stand off to one side; they then would go through the motions of searching the vehicles. After a while, they suddenly all fled southbound, with at least 15 of the vehicles they had stopped.
El Universal (Mexico City) 3/15/10
More cops and robbers
Four policemen of Cuautitlan, state of Mexico, were arrested in connection with the murder of eleven drivers of vehicles beginning in November of 2009. The victims were assassinated to take their cell phones, credit cards, and amounts of cash varying from 300 to 15,000 pesos. Evidence against the four included the use of the victims’ credit cards and, in one of the assaults, the use of a firearm issued by the police agency. A fifth member of this group remains loose.
[Portions of an op/col. by Felix Fuentes, titled “On the Line”, follow.]
Due to the intense bloodbath and the wave of terror that extend through the Republic, the population claims an immediate halt from the federal and state governments to the panic imposed by the drug cartels. President Calderon promised to detain the ones guilty of the triple homicide suffered by personnel of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. He ought to say the same to the families of the nearly 18 thousand dead recorded during his administration, carried out by the underworld.
People from nearly the whole country cry for their dead, raise their voice and demand an end to this climate of fear and insecurity, suffered by the unstoppable advance of criminality.
From Tijuana to Matamoros, and from Sinaloa to Quintana Roo, passing through Durango, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tabasco, the cartels kidnap, make martyrs of the victims, kill, decapitate, mutilate and dismember bodies, for the purpose of causing terror throughout. Ciudad Juarez, already with 480 victims of execution this year, and considered the world’s most insecure metropolis, made world news due to the close range assassinations of Lesley Ann Enriquez and her husband Arthur H. Rodelf. Both worked in the U.S. Consulate, and they shot them in their car. Also killed was Jorge Albert Salcido, a Mexican employee of the same diplomatic post.
A month ago President Calderon traveled to Ciudad Juarez twice, and, amidst reproaches and speeches, he promised to return tranquility to the people of Juarez. Nothing was gained. The executions continued, such as the nine that took place yesterday in the state, and some eight more, of thugs killed by Navy personnel at a ranch. The killings multiply in tourist centers, such as Acapulco, where there were 43 deaths in two days, including two decapitated ones and a dismembered one. Uniformed police are favorite targets in the port where thugs impose panic, just when the season of spring-breakers started, many of who have cancelled their reservations or leave, fleeing to the United States.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations said they “guarantee the integrity of the persons”, be that of diplomats or of Mexican families in general. Nonsense. That agency, like so many others, is not capable of guaranteeing anything.
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