Archive for May 7th, 2010

Travel alerts renewed

May 7, 2010

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El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/6/10

 US renews travel alert to Mexico

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – The US Department of State renewed its travel alert today for US residents and consular employees  to take utmost precaution on traveling through the border areas of Mexico, due to the violence generated by organized crime.  In a communiqué, the US Office of Consular Affairs advised that “US citizens who travel by highways to and from the US border across [the states of] Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango and Sinaloa should take special care.”  Cities pointed out for special precaution included Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Nogales [Son.], Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey. The advisory emphasized that “the situation in the north of Mexico remains unstable, the location and time of future armed confrontations cannot be predicted.”


Immigration negotiations with US urged by Mexican legislator

The president of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies [House], Francisco Ramirez Acuna, requested the US government to initiate a discussion to pass an immigration reform law since it is a matter of human rights and a campaign commitment to Latin Americans by President Barack Obama.  “At this moment in which we are all against the legislation enacted in a state in the US (SB 1070) clear and precise decisions are required,” said the legislator.  The representative said that since migratory reform is a matter of human rights it should “serve all those who are in the United States from all nations who lack documentation but have a great desire to contribute to that country.”


 El Universal (Mexico City) 5/6/10

 Mexican Navy makes large seizure

The Mexican Navy seized 80 tons of precursor drugs from a ship from China at the port of Manzanillo, Colima.  The drug, phenyl ethyl acetate,  was discovered in the interior of three containers on the ship, MSC Norasia Alya, in a joint operation carried out by the Navy and the federal Department of Justice (PGR).  The drug can be used for the manufacture of synthetic drugs such as “crack,” “cristal,” and “ecstasy,”


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 5/6/10

 Police laid off in Nuevo Leon for lack of trust

The counsel for Public Security in the state of Nuevo Leon reported that a total of 166 state police have been fired for being considered untrustworthy during the present state administration.  The head of Public Security said that they prefer a smaller police force of good officers rather than a large department that leaves doubts as to their activities.


 El Debate (Sinaloa) 5/6/10

[Commentary: ] To the “rescue “of immigrants

Good are the intentions that move our representatives in the state congress to grant necessary aid to our countrymen who suffer scorn in Arizona, US, and are beginning to be deported to Mexico.  The controversial law SB 1070 made by the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has rocked the government of Mexico, which is seeking, by diplomatic means, the respect of our countrymen who are being treated like criminals for the fact of not having documentation permitting them to work in that part of the US.  

 By Sinaloa being one of the principal neighbors of the US, Arizona has around 30,000 Sinaloans who face an uncertain future with this new law.  This moves the government of Sinaloa and its representatives to seek formulas to rescue our countrymen who are returning to their places of origin.  The representatives propose that the state government create programs that permit restoring those deported to productive activities. 

 On first sight, this seems perfect, but in practice, we think it will be difficult to be able to realize these ideas if we take into account that the opportunities in Sinaloa don’t provide for any more.  There are no job opportunities and this is seen daily among thousands of people who continue hoping for an opportunity that still has not arrived.  The legislators are very aware of the situation that impedes the immigrants.  A thorough rescue is not possible and, even less to promise them work without generating the necessary jobs.

 We must remember that our countrymen emigrated precisely because of the lack of opportunities in their homeland, opportunities that now the government can hardly give them.  The intention, honorable representatives, is very good, but the reality, unfortunately, is another matter.


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