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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 Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/17/10
Arizona’s law: a domino effect?
“The nightmare becomes reality: the SB1070 law approved in the state of Arizona, United States, begins to have a domino effect in other parts of the U.S. territory.” Residents of Freemont, Nebraska, will vote on June 22 on a referendum on a municipal ordinance that would prohibit the sale or rent of housing to undocumented immigrants. In Miami, Francisco Portillo, “a leader of Hondurans in that city,” said that the Honduran community has denounced that local police are asking for documents from Latinos whom they suspect to be undocumented.
Meanwhile, Jorge Rivera, of the Honduran Association in Dallas, Texas, commented that several city mayors “are analyzing the possibility of approving laws similar to the SB1070.” It is estimated that there are around 30 million migrants in the U.S., and that more than half lack proper documents. The Honduran Chancery (read: Dep’t. of State) estimates that somewhat over one million Hondurans reside in the U.S., and that 65 percent of them do not have documents.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 5/16/10
“The Democrats need us”
(From a wide ranging interview with David Campos, born in Guatemala, now a member of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, Calif.)
In his effort to protect fellow citizens and other aliens who live in San Francisco, Campos has fought to defend its status as “sanctuary city” and to impede local law enforcement from assuming the role of Immigration agents, such as detaining aliens to question their status and carrying out round-ups and detentions. He stated, “What happened in Arizona is a message to the federal government that, if it doesn’t do something, these problems will continue. Now, in the mid-term elections, the role of the Latino community is important, because President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress were elected by the migrants, and they would lose power without the Latino vote. The Democrats need us.”
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 5/17/10
“Sweet home Arizona” Portion of an op/col. by Martha Guadalupe Romero, titled as shown.
It is immoral, in the middle of a world economic crisis, and the free trade treaties that allow the movement of capital, that the mobility of the poor be criminalized, who only seek decent work in order to survive. The United States is one of the world’s major recipients of migrants, but it has not yet ratified the International Convention about Protection of the Migrant Workers’ Rights, which became effective in 2003. Migration is a right, and it must be respected according to relating international law.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 5/16/10
Narco labs moving to Central America
While making reference to the finding of a “narco lab” in Nicaragua last September, General Julio Cesar Aviles, “chief of the Nicaraguan army,” said that drug producers may seek to install laboratories in the area of Central America. Nicaragua has served as a distribution point for narcotics destined to the U.S. and Europe. Law enforcement agencies have found the new method of the Colombian mafia: they take cocaine base, or paste, from Colombia and have it processed in Central America into pure cocaine, crack or “angel dust,” the drugs with best markets in the streets of Amsterdam, New York, Madrid and Barcelona. Six such labs have also been dismantled in the Dominican Republic.
The Santiago Times (Santiago, Chile) 5/17/10
Update on Pakistani subject Muhammad Saif Rehman Khan
(An English language article on the suspect who was arrested with traces of explosives at U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. Click link below for full article)
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 5/17/10
On Sunday (15th) around dawn Mex. military seized 8 tons plus 459 kilos of marihuana from a “semi-abandoned” house at kilometer 18.5 of the highway to San Luis Rio Colorado (just south of Yuma, AZ.) The weed was in 1,192 packages. No arrests were made.
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 5/17/10
“Fire in a truck with illegals”
The article following that headline in the paper: “A truck that supposedly transported some 30 undocumented persons caught on fire on the north by-pass around kilometer three, seemingly due to a short circuit; city authorities reported that the passengers fled to an unknown destination.” (That was the entire article, other than mentioning the make of the truck.)
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 5/17/10
The weekend in El Salvador
“At least 24 persons were assassinated this weekend in different points of El Salvador, according to statistics of the National Civil Police. And the wave of violence continues unstoppable, because this morning the lifeless body of a man was found at 5:20 a.m. at kilometer 12 ½ of the Pan American Highway, in front of a house of prayer in the municipality of Soyapango.” In May, there have been 190 homicides up to the 16th, an average of 12 daily. The year’s total has now reached 1,633 assassinations.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/17/10
A secondary listing of items in the “Local” section included the following:
“Yesterday, another thirteen persons assassinated.” But that article didn’t include a separate report found about two decapitated victims, at least one of them a city policeman. The victims were dressed in women’s clothing by their killers, who also used a black marker to draw the face of a pig and of a scorpion, plus the message “this is for the ones who go on not believing,” all on the victims’ stomach area.
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