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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 Universal (Mexico City) 5/19/10
Mexico’s premiere lobbyist in the U.S. Capitol
The 94th U.S.-Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Reunion will take place in Campeche, Mexico, from June 11th to the 13th. Mexican Congressman Porfirio Munoz Ledo, “president of the Foreign Relations Commission” (read: chairman of that congressional committee,) and Idelfonso Guajardo, also a congressman and “president of the Mexico-U.S. friendship group,” agreed that the meeting is the opportunity for congress members of both countries to analyze the migratory problem, in particular that in Arizona. They pointed out that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has assumed a relevant role regarding the migratory issue in relation to law SB1070, for which reason Guajardo called Obama Mexico’s premiere lobbyist in the Capitol.
The U.S. press has given ample coverage today to the visit to the U.S. by Mexico’s President Calderon. The same reports have appeared in the Mexican press and need not be repeated here. Instead, here follows an introspective view by a Mexican journalist.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 5/19/10
“A fractured nation” – Portion of an op/col by Mauricio Merino, titled as shown.
I ask myself if it is possible to build a national identity on the basis of a fractured national cohesion. But what we are experiencing in the year of the Bi-Centennial is instead one of the most tragic and violent moments of our history. Pure violence, with no reference to the memory of the epics of our rebellion. I’m anguished to think that a mixture of egoisms, over-indulgences, ire, loss of hope and impunity has favored the ever more frequent rebirth of crime groups.
Mexico is a hostile place, where there is no hope for a prosperous and peaceful life; where poverty is overcome by taking money from someone who already has it. Where the shortcut to dignity and life consists of disobedience of the laws and of formal authorities.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 5/19/10
Officials of the state of Veracruz and Oaxaca are conducting investigations to ascertain who threw three human heads on an area bordering those two states. On Wednesday morning, unknown persons dumped a man’s head on the front hallway of the City Hall of Tuxtepec. Officials did not disclose the contents of a message left with those remains. The other two heads were found by a nearby bus terminal. The photograph below accompanied this article.
El Sol de Zacatecas (Zacatecas, Zac.) 5/19/10
More Zacatecans in the U.S. than in Zacatecas
A forum titled “Health and Migration in Zacatecas” was held at the Univ. of Zacatecas on May 17 & 18. Among the findings: migration has caused a loss population in 74 percent of that state’s communities, and has also brought inflation, “addiction to individual monetary remittances,” family disintegration and chronic mental conditions to females.
Rodolfo Garcia Zamora, a researcher at that university, said that 43 out of the 58 communities of the state have lost population, and the risk is that Zacatecas might be a “ghost state” by 2020. He added that Jalisco and Michoacan both suffer from the same phenomenon, though to a lesser degree. Also, that the state has 1,380,000 residents, but another 1,650,000 Zacatecans now reside in the United States.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 5/19/10
Heroin in Tijuana
Mexican army personnel responded to an anonymous report and arrested a man who had over 42 kilos of heroin and also 76 kilos of marihuana. The arrest took place at a Tijuana neighborhood in Otay Mesa, an area adjacent to the U.S. border. The drug was valued at some 13 million pesos.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/19/10
A policeman leaves for work
Cesar Rodriguez, 41, a Ciudad Juarez policeman, left his house early this morning (Wed.) on his way to work. But he was then executed “by an armed group” right in front of his wife and children. Rodriguez had a clean record; he is the 52nd officer lost since the onset of “Joint Operation Chihuahua.”
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