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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 Universal (Mexico City) 5/20/10
Mexican senator calls for US to vote Democratic
Speaking from the US while part of President Calderon’s entourage, the president of the Mexican senate, Carlos Navarrete Ruiz, called on the Hispanic community to deliver a triumphant victory to the Democratic party in order to assist the White House in negotiating an immigration reform. The senator of the left-leaning PRD party said, “I have no problem expressing that, as I see the circumstances in the US Congress, it would be useful and would serve Mexico if the migrants give a victory to the Democrats to increase the majority in congress and this will permit the reform that is needed to protect migrants.” [Only five readers’ comments followed this story. All accused their own politicians of meddling in US politics.]
El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/20/10
Republicans reject Calderon’s request
A request by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to re-establish prohibiting the sales of “automatic assault weapons” was rejected by US Republican legislators, although Democrats estimate they have the power to bring it about. Republican Senator John Cornyn said, “I have much respect for President Calderon and his commitment to combat the cartels, but I don’t believe that US citizens should relinquish any of their liberties in answer to problems of another country.”
El Debate (Sinaloa) 5/20/10
Mexican Army frees 55 hostages
The Mexican Army liberated 55 Central and South Americans being held captive in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Responding to a citizen report, the soldiers found and freed the undocumented migrants and arrested six of their captors. Among the migrants were five minors and 12 women.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/20/10
Increase in migrants deported
Despite Arizona’s disputed law SB 1070 which is not yet in effect, the number of deportations through Nogales, Sonora, has already increased nearly threefold, according to the city’s mayor, Jose Angel Hernandez Barajas. “We don’t have to await SB 1070,” he said, “the problem is already here.” [From the wording of the article, and its reference to Central Americans, it would appear that the “deportations” are simply those departing south voluntarily rather than by official means.]
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/20/10
Providence, RI – The state of Rhode Island is considering legislation similar to Arizona’s SB 1070. According to an official communique issued by the state, the law would authorize “competent authorities” to determine, “during legal contact with the individual,” a person’s immigration status if there was “suspicion” that the person could be illegal. The law would also provide that if the person is illegal and is in convicted of a law violation, he would be turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The bill was introduced by Peter G. Palumbo, a Democrat.
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