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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.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/5/10
The UN High Commissioner hopeful of immigration reform
Geneva – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Gutierres, expressed hope that the administration of US President Barack Obama “manages to achieve immigration reform.” Gutierres said that above all now “it is very hopeful” that an immigration reform be achieved in the US because the “anti-immigrant” law of Arizona is so negative “that certainly it will trigger something positive.”
Arizona has declared itself racist: Carlos Fuentes
Madrid – Mexican author Carlos Fuentes recommended people with dark skin, mustaches, women with shawls or who speak poor English, not to travel to the state of Arizona since it has “officially declared itself racist.” Arizona has declared “a racism clearly directed at the Mexican and Latin American population in general and starting with purely racial profiling,” he wrote in an article in the Spanish daily El Pais. He criticized the change of position by Senator and ex-presidential candidate John McCain for having reversed himself on his “generous immigration project” with the late Edward Kennedy.
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/5/10
Tourism waning in Arizona
Phoenix – The tourist sector of Arizona has already registered losses between 6 and 10 million dollars through cancellations of meetings and conferences by organizations that have decided to boycott the state because of the “anti-immigrant” law. Kristen Jarnagin, spokeswoman for the Arizona Association of Hotels and Motels, confirmed that some 20 associations or groups have cancelled. This doesn’t include cancellations by individuals and families on vacation, she said.
Political warning from Mexico
Political analyst Eduardo Borunda, in a column titled Arizona: anti-immigrant zone, sums up his rather lengthy commentary with the following two paragraphs:
The Arizona law has as its objective to inhibit migration to the United States and protect the citizens of Arizona, but it provokes in its structure a racial problem and one of violating civil rights. President Barack Obama has in front of him the opportunity of changing the course of history or giving his back to millions of Latinos who gave him the vote to be the first president of color in the United States.
In conclusion, the topics of immigration, civil and human rights, have a new direction in the United States and Mexico. No one can remain with arms crossed, neither the government of Barack Obama nor that of President Felipe Calderon. To remain inactive would cause other states to present similar bills and initiate a more difficult process in the relations between both countries. The commotion has electoral overtones. Will there be a cost at the polls for whoever governs with racial overtones? We await the results of November 2010.
El Universal (Mexico City) 5/5/10
Aeromexico considers stopping flights to Arizona
The Mexican airlines company Aeromexico is weighing the possibility of canceling the flight from Hermosillo, Sonora, to Phoenix, Arizona, due to diminishing passengers as a consequence of the “anti-immigrant” law in Arizona. If the 50-passenger flights continue to be unprofitable, they will have to be canceled, an airline spokesman said.
Navy troops rescue 17 kidnap victims
Mexican Navy troops in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, [across from Brownsville, TX ] rescued 17 people being held in two houses while their kidnappers awaited extortion money from the victims’ relatives in the US. The kidnap victims were located during operations being carried out against organized crime in the city. The watchman over the group was identified by them and arrested.
Explosive device deactivated
The anti-bomb squad in Atizapan, Mexico state, [bordering the Federal District ] deactivated an explosive device in a commercial center of the city. The device was spotted during a routine patrol. According to reports, the object was constructed of a 10-kilogram gas tank, cans of powder with a detonator and a timing device. It was located at the entrance of a supermarket
in the Cristal business center. It is estimated that the device could have affected at least a three block area. It is unknown who planted the device. The center lacks video surveillance.
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