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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.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/10/10
The director of Mexico’s “INM” (National Immigration Agency) in Morelia, Michoacán, Julio Ibarrola, stated that constant operations are carried out in night spots, hotels, restaurants, bars and highways for the purpose of finding aliens who might be working in the state (Michoacán) and to verify their legal status. He pointed out that 71 aliens of different nationalities have been located this year, and eight have been deported for not having proper documentation, and added, “In any event, we have the obligation of continuing to be vigilant, we have to verify the status of each one of the aliens because there are some who are able to work in this country, but (only) by meeting certain requirements, and the Mexican laws are amply clear.”
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/10/10
“Immigration’s ugly face” [an op/col. by Raul Benoit]
Staggering along a New York City street, an undocumented Salvadoran immigrant scared the pedestrians because of his erratic attitude. With evident signs of alcohol and perhaps another vice, he showed me a knife wound on his shoulder. I told him to go to a hospital and he answered that he “didn’t have those privileges,” and besides he didn’t trust “people.” He lives on the street and without a doubt, he is a public danger and a potential social charge for the State due to his attitude.
Immigrants, generally indigenous peoples or Latin American farm hands, travel to the United States because of a dream that reaches their provinces as a good news rumor, but when they reach it, the cultural and social impact hits many of them, transforming them, in many cases, into un-adapted ones who frequently contravene laws. Some of them don’t know how to drive, and are a risk on the street. They act indecently in public. They don’t respect the neighbor’s peace. They ignore that one’s own rights end where those of their fellow man begin. I remember that, in Washington, in a neighborhood combined with Anglos, the Latino residents decided to turn the streets into sports fields, where beer and music were part of the daily partying which did not fit well with the neighbors schooled in order.
I’ve also seen fellow countrymen, after work, start mayhem with hops juice [read: beer] on the front of their houses in peaceful communities, when other residents prefer to reach their homes to rest.
Now that the anti-immigrant spirit revived, not only by the Arizona law but because racist groups, some neo-Nazis, aim to criminalize all Hispanics, we must be sensible about how we behave in the United States, a country that gives us opportunities with or without residence papers. A reader asked me, “Why do the gringos [in Lat. Am., a usually pejorative term referring to Anglos] have the obligation of resolving the social and economic problems of Latin America? Why don’t the presidents down south remedy the poverty in their countries instead of demanding the North American politicians to legalize the undocumented ones, with the argument that this is a territory of immigrants?” Certainly, part of the Latin American poverty is caused by the savage economy of rich nations who strangle our people, but, being reasonable, that is no reason for the developed countries to be obligated to receive bandits or persons who violate the law.
It’s as if several neighbors would enter our home by force and we would be obligated to hire them to paint the living room and dining room and, despite that, some of them would rob us and even rape our daughters, but because they are “visitors” we are forced to give them room and board.
Community leaders and we journalists must be consistent with reality; not to allow that Hispanics be generalized, marking us with a cross as if we were delinquents because of having been born to the south, but no one must be allowed to break the law. If we are going to fight for privileges, we must behave properly in the country where we happen to be. If we demand human and citizens’ rights, we must respect the establishment and the common good.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 5/10/10
Mexico’s very expensive fight against crime
In Mexico, enormous amounts of resources are taken away from productive activities in order to prevent and combat the negative effects that insecurity brings about. This hampers development and also the economic growth of the country. This was reported by the “CEESP” (Mexico’s Private Sector Center for Economic Studies.) The CEESP warns that the cost of insecurity in Mexico is more than 15% of the country’s GNP. If crime is not halted, the country can fall into a vicious circle of more inequality and poverty.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 5/10/10
From bad to worse [an op/col. by “Pepe Grillo”]
Mexico’s narco statistics are devastating. During Felipe Calderon’s administration there have been almost 23 thousand assassinations. That is, there’s a dead victim every 55 minutes, according to Miguel Perez, of Monterrey’s “Tec” (Technological Institute.) And Carmen Inchaustegui, a federal congresswoman, says that 20 percent of execution victims are youths and children. Another “Tec” member says that 20 to 40 billion dollars are laundered through currency exchange and insurance firms.
Narco threatens a political party
Several districts and cities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas do not have candidates from the “PAN” pol. party because those interested have received “direct threats” from drug traffickers. The areas involved include Ciudad Mier, Camargo, Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, Rio Bravo and San Fernando, all located at or near the lower Rio Grande River valley. The statements about the threats were made by the PAN party candidate for governor of the state, who added that the rival “PRI” party does have candidates for those locales.
A deadly resume from various sources today
- Durango reports eleven assassinations
- Three executed in Baja California Sur
- Two execution victims found in Cancun. Both decapitated.
(The above three from El Universal (Mexico City)
- Nine murder victims in Tamaulipas (from Excelsior, Mexico City)
- Nine persons were assassinated in Ciudad Juarez and surrounding area yesterday (from El Diario, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)
- The weekend closed with 26 homicides in the small Venezuelan state of Carabobo, just outside Caracas. Twelve of the murders took place on Mother’s Day. (from Globovision, Caracas)
Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/10/10
Asians being smuggled
Two Chinese, two Sri Lankans and a Honduran female were found in a hotel in Merida, Yucatan. All five were apparently awaiting completion of arrangements to enable them to be smuggled into the United States. Their temporary Mexican keeper was arrested.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 5/10/10
Migrant leader on hunger strike as protest
The director of the “International Latin American Coalition” (“CLI”), Oswaldo Cabrera begins a hunger strike today against Arizona’s law SB1070, which criminalizes the undocumented. CLI has expressed its support for the migratory reform proposal presented by Senator Robert Menendez, of New Jersey, and Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois, both of the Democratic Party. Cabrera, who is also the author of the book “Huerfanos de la Migra” (Immigration Orphans), begins at 11:00 a.m. today at the Sion (sic) Lutheran Church, 202 E. 119th St., Manhattan. Other churches, Catholic, Lutheran, Adventist and Reformed, support the Ecuadoran leader’s protest.
Cabrera said, “I am determined to reach the ultimate consequences in order to call the attention of the international community and the political class of the United States.” He added that “the children born in the U.S. demand the return of their deported parents. Eleven million undocumented workers cannot continue to be treated like modern day slaves, without civil, economic and social rights.”
a.b.c. (Mexico City) 5/109/10
Militarization of Mexico’s Customs proposed
The “PRI” (pol. party) has proposed that the operation of Mexico’s 49 Customs facilities be taken over by the military “in order to establish criteria to safeguard national security.” It is believed that all types of products, including drugs, armaments and pirated goods enter the country through the Customs points.
Arturo Zamora Jimenez, federal congressman and member of the National Defense Committee, said that a purge of those 49 points is urgent due to the corruption that allows those items to enter. He pointed out that the United States integrates their Customs into the internal security program, while in Mexico they are considered as a commercial control and monetary income mechanism, far removed from security criteria and strict controls. There are hundreds of corruption reports about the Mexican Customs facilities, known as one of the most porous of the world.
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