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Foreign News Report
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.
Arizona’s anti-illegal alien legislation dominates news
(There was quite widespread coverage, both in news and opinion columns, of the continued fixation south of the border regarding the recent legislation enacted by the State of Arizona. Two such examples follow.)
Notiver (Veracruz, Ver.) 5/3/10
Senate asks Obama to confront Arizona’s law jointly
The upper chamber announced today that the President of the Senate of Mexico, Carlos Navarrete, sent a letter to the U.S. President, Barack Obama, in which he asked him to “confront jointly the unjust measures and attempts against human rights of the migrants” approved by the State of Arizona. In the letter, dated April 30, Navarrete asserts that Obama is “an ally” for the Mexican Senate, and that the upper chamber wishes to establish “a permanent communication” with the U.S. Executive in order to monitor the SB1070 law, which allows the State of Arizona to detain any person suspected of not being in the U.S. legally.
The Mexican Senator also expressed to Obama “his willingness to join efforts in this struggle” and asserted that Mexican legislators see “with great concern the anti-immigrant measures that are developing” in Arizona. “We Mexican senators value your recent statements concerning Law SB1070, considering it a mistaken measure which undermines equality and justice”, said the senator of the leftist Partido de la Revolucion Democratica. [Democratic Revolution Party, or “PRD”]
The upper chamber legislators expressed their rejection of that legislation and asked their U.S. counterpart to demand the repeal of that law.
La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 5/3/10
Human Rights group asks Obama to prevent Arizona law from coming into effect
The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) today expressed its repudiation of the State of Arizona’s migratory law since “it even further damages” the immigrants’ human rights, and asked the government of President Obama to impede its coming into effect.
The FIDH held that, although it recognizes “the right of the States to regulate migration itself, turning the phenomenon of migration into a crime goes against the international norms of human rights;” the FIDH includes human rights entities from Guatemala, Argentina, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The FIDH also repudiated “the highly discriminatory and racist method” of the application of this law, which will go into effect in 90 days. The FIDH again demanded from Mexico and the United States a “deep reform” in their migratory legislation. In particular, it asked Mexico “to dismantle as soon as possible the criminal organizations which, in complicity with public officials, have created a web of kidnappings, extortions, tortures and assassinations of migrants who attempt to cross its borders” toward the United States.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 5/3/10
Not only in Ciudad Juarez…
The month of April ended with 385 homicides in El Salvador, and the total for the year has now reached 1,473. This occurs despite the fact that the country’s armed forces have been deployed out on the streets since November of ’09 to support the National Civil Police.
The first two days of May have already brought about 30 assassinations.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 5/3/10
Thousands in Arizona are from Michoacán
Of the six and a half million persons currently in Arizona, 1,133,000 are of Mexican origin, and 120 thousand of these are from Michoacán. Of that last number, some 20 to 30 thousand are undocumented. The data comes from Sayra Mandujano, director of the “Secretaria del Migrante” (Migrants’ Bureau) of the state; she also stated that more than 300 Michoacán residents have been repatriated in 2010.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 5/3/10
Narco silences Mexican press
Editors of Mexican dailies pointed out that today, Freedom of the Press World Day, the press coverage of certain “delicate” matters has been modified or eliminated due to the constant threats from drug traffickers or from regional political powers. “Article 19,” an organization focusing on the defense of freedom of expression, gathered editors from El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, and Cambio de Michoacán. The four agreed that “journalists go out on the street with fear and, on occasion, they don’t go out,” and that some news is not published because the press rooms get “requests that can be taken as veiled threats.” The National Commission on Human Rights reported this Sunday that 61 journalists have been assassinated in Mexico in the last ten years, plus 10 others who have vanished since 2005.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltilo, Coah.) 5/3/10
A sizeable cocaine haul
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel detected and followed a Mexican fishing vessel, the “Charamusca”, southwest of Mexico and heading north in international waters of the Pacific. The result was the seizure of some 2.4 tons of cocaine and the arrest of its five Mexican crewmen. Both the drug and the crewmen were turned over to Mexican naval personnel.
Other item headings in the “National News” section:
- Shootout in Tamaulipas leaves four dead
- Thirty-three murdered over the weekend in Chihuahua
- Seven executed outside bar in Ciudad Juarez
- Eight persons murdered in Guerrero
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