Archive for April, 2010

Over the weekend: Arizona law has Mexico’s full attention; Border Patrol assists with cross-border training

April 26, 2010

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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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Saturday 4/24/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 4/22/10

Mexican Senate asks Arizona to veto immigration law

Citing concerns that the law will bring about persecution and intimidation of undocumented immigrants in Arizona, the Mexican Senate exhorted the Arizona government to veto the bill giving police immigration authority.  Further reasons for their request were that the law “will put their [the undocumenteds’ ]  security at risk and also the communities in which they live and cause the harassment of individuals of Hispanic origin, regardless of their immigration status.”


Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations urged to lodge official complaint to US

The PRD party in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies [House] requested that the Secretary of Foreign Relations issue a diplomatic note to the Arizona state legislature opposing the “anti-immigrant” law they approved.  In an interview, PRD Deputy Marcos Ruiz Martinez added that the Mexican Ambassador to the US, Arturo Sarukhan, should also seek means to stop the measure that affects many of their fellow citizens.  The Mexican legislator considers the law “fascist” and that it is necessary for the Mexican government to take legal steps against this type of law.  Noting that the law grants the police in Arizona authority to detain those suspected of being in the country illegally, the deputy said that was a violation of human rights.  Ruiz also recognized that his country must create jobs that Mexico needs in order to stop “expelling” its workforce to the US.



Mexican Human Rights Commission concerned over Arizona “anti-immigrant” law

Citing the universal declaration of human rights that every person has the right to exercise their most essential prerogatives without discrimination, the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) conveyed its concerns about the new Arizona law giving police authority to enforce immigration law.  The CNDH concerns are that the law would be carried out in violation of human rights.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/23/10

Mexico laments ‘Arizona Law’

Mexico, D.F. – The Mexican Ambassador to the US, Arturo Sarukhan, regretted the decision of the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer,  to enact the “anti-immigrant” law SB 1070 and announced that the Mexican authorities will utilize all diplomatic, political and economic resources available to respond to the situation.  “This is racial discrimination,” maintains Sarukhan in a message that he posted on his twitter account.  Hours before the governor’s signing of the bill, President Barack Obama had described the law passed by the Arizona congress as “irresponsible” and “off track.”


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 4/23/10

Anti-immigration law affects Arizona-Mexico relations

Mexico D.F. – The anti-immigration law signed by the governor of Arizona affects the relationship between Arizona and Mexico and obliges the Mexican government “to think about the viability and usefulness of the plans that have been developed with Arizona,” indicated Patricia Espinoza Cantellano, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations.  The Secretary regrets that the Arizona governor did not take into account the valuable contributions of migrants to the economy, society and the culture of Arizona and the United States.  Espinoza maintained that the Mexican government should take actions “to convey to the government of Arizona the Mexican concerns facing the eventual approval of the law without obtaining a positive reply on its part.”  She added that, “the government recognizes the sovereign right of all countries to decide public policies that should apply in its territory,” but in this case she pointed out that she cannot remain indifferent when a measure potentially affects the human rights of thousands of Mexicans.


La Prensa (El Salvador) 4/23/10

Arizona’s ‘anti-immigrant’ law worries El Salvador

The Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Relations stated his concerns over the approval of a tough “anti-immigrant” law in Arizona that requires the state and federal police to verify the immigration status of any person on “reasonable grounds” that they are undocumented.  The foreign relations office fears that the implementation of the law would bring discrimination of people on the basis of “physical aspects or ethnic origin.”


[Ed. note: Readers are urged to notice that, in nearly every story regarding this subject on both sides of the border, this law is referred to as “anti-immigrant,” when in actuality, it should be “anti-illegal immigrant” or even more legally precise, “anti-illegal alien.” ]


Prensa Libre (Guatemala) 4/22/10

Mexico detains 42 migrants, mostly Guatemalans

Mexican police detained 42 undocumented migrants, mostly Guatemalans, traveling on a freight train coming from Arriaga, Chiapas, and destined to Ixtepec, Oaxaca.  The migrants indicated that a group of men carrying large-caliber firearms and with faces covered with ski masks made them get off the train.  The majority of the undocumented, fearing being assaulted or kidnapped, jumped off the tops of the freight cars and fled.  Shortly afterward, those detained learned that the men were Federal Police carrying out operations on the train that carried more than 400 migrants headed for the US.  “We heard two or three gunshots but don’t know if there were any wounded since it was very dark,” related one of the escapees who remained hidden in the brush and later walked to the village of Ixtepec.  A coordinator of the migrant assistance center where the 42 were housed said that no Mexican immigration officers or military participated in the operation.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/23/10

Nearly two tons of marihuana seized

In two separate operations, the Mexican Army seized 1,808 kilos of marihuana and discovered a “crystal” lab in a home in Tijuana.  The marihuana was concealed on a truck ultimately destined to Los Angeles, California.  The truck was also carrying a load of cucumbers.  In the second operation, a home in Colonia Maclovio Rojas was found to have a narco-lab in which “crystal” [a form of methamphetamine] was being produced.  Two men were arrested and 4.6 kilos of crystal seized along with an AK-47 assault rifle.


El Debate (Sinaloa) 4/23/10

Seven killed in gun battle in Durango

One arrest, seven gangsters dead, three Mexican military wounded and a ton of marihuana seized were the results of an armed confrontation in the municipality of San Dimas, Durango.  Also seized in the aftermath of the battle were 14 light trucks, 2 Hummers, a Barrett .50 caliber rifle, 11 AK-47 assault rifles, 1 M-16 and 2 AR-15 rifles.  The military also found 30 military-type camouflage uniforms which the criminal gang used to usurp authority by establishing control centers, searching homes, carrying out homicides, making illegal arrests and other crimes.


[Op/ed column by regular columnist Katia D’Atigues: ]  Organized Crime vs. Disorganized State

[The title said it all.]


El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) and La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/23/10

Six police and one youth killed in Juarez

The mayor of Cd. Juarez lamented the deaths of six police agents gunned down in the city at midday.  Also killed in the gunfire was a 17-year-old bystander.  Five of those killed were Federal Police and the other, a municipal policemen.  They were ambushed by a group of men armed with attack rifles.  In light of the situation in Cd. Juarez, the mayor ordered a red alert security level and put all police patrols on high alert, requiring them to travel together in at least three units.


El Universal (Mexico City) 4/23/10

Narcos winning because of better arms: B. Clinton

Acapulco, Guerrero – Ex-president of the US, Bill Clinton, considers that the war against narcotraffic and organized crime is being lost because the criminals have better arms and that the flight of people to the US because of insecurity is making a “very crazy” situation in the US.  At a banking meeting in Acapulco, Clinton spoke out for putting locks on the sale of arms so that no citizen would have access to them and, in addition, to prohibit other countries from commercializing in arms.  “You are losing against the narcotraffickers because their representatives in the US continue buying arms.  I insist that in this we should prohibit the sale of arms and that it not be legal for any citizen to  buy them,” he said.


Sunday 4/25/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 4/24/10

[The news today was dominated by the Arizona law.  Following are headlines and their sub-headings from only this one newspaper.]

Presidency condemns the approval of Arizona law

The federal government stressed that the criminalization of the migratory phenomenon, far from contributing to the cooperation and collaboration between Mexico and that country, represents an obstacle to the solution of common problems.

Mexican governors condemn Arizona law

They warn that it is time to halt the hardheadedness and abuse against hundreds of immigrants.

Economic boycott against Arizona likely

The enactment of an anti-immigrant law has caused the American Association of Immigration Lawyers to cancel its national convention in the state; meanwhile Hispanic truckers will not haul or collect freight.

Latinos seek to “knock down” Arizona law

Hispanic activists prepare to interpose petitions against the legislation that criminalizes undocumented immigrants.

Brewer-Obama fight over Arizona law anticipated

US dailies agree that the recent enactment of the anti-immigrant law in Arizona will reactivate the national debate on immigration.

Arizona criminalizes Latin appearance

The new law obliges police agents to question any person about his migratory situation, just on the suspicion that the individual is living illegally in that country.

Thousands of Latinos say no to “Hitlerian” law in US

Obama repudiates new regulation as “irresponsible” and “off track.”


Monday 4/26/10

La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/25/10

Mexican anti-narco agents train with Border Patrol

Nogales, Sonora – An anti-narcotics training program initiated this year between Mexican Federal Police and the US Border Patrol has so far turned out 48 graduates with nine more in training.  An instructor from the Border Patrol, Tom Pittman, remarked during a break in a training session that the Mexican agents “are in a state of combat with drug traffickers and cartels all the time.  We hope that this will help them prevail, to win, to survive.”  The training program has also benefitted the Border Patrol in Nogales, Arizona.  They have received quick response from their Mexican colleagues when there are incidents along the line as when Mexican traffickers attack them with rocks.  Border Patrol Agent David Jimarez pointed out that attacks against US agents fell by two-thirds to an average of three per week since the program began.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 4/25/10

Load of marihuana seized in Caborca, Sonora

A trailer with a double bottom loaded with nearly two tons of marihuana was intercepted in Caborca, a town some 50 miles south of the border town of Sasabe, Arizona.  The Mexican Army arrested the three residents of Culiacan, Sinaloa, at a checkpoint transporting the 1,750m kilos of the drug.


El Universal (Mexico City) 4/25/10

Mexican Congress ready to wade in on Arizona Law

Mexican Senator Santiago Creel will move that the Congress approve this week a point of agreement to solicit the US government to stop Arizona’s so called “anti-immigration law.”  The senator, a member of President Calderon’s PAN party, qualified the Arizona law as “anti-Mexico” and was confident that it would be “vetoed and contested” by the US Supreme Court. 


Arizona Law disgraceful: Senator

The leader of the Mexican senate’s Commission on Foreign Relations in North America, Luis Alberto Villarreal, described the “Arizona law against migrants” as disgraceful and calls for steps to avoid a “domino effect” by other states passing similar laws, saying that today it’s Arizona, but tomorrow it could be another state.


[Heading and sub-heading only.]  Legislation SB 1070 threatens the American dream

The desert border dividing Sonora and Arizona has changed in the past decade into one of the preferred points for human smugglers to carry out their illicit activities.


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