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National Guard role on border clarified

May 27, 2010

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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/26/10

 Mexico asks National Guard to combat crime and not immigrants

Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) requested that the 1,200 US National Guard soldiers sent to the Mexican border by President Obama be used to pursue organized criminals and not immigrants.  “Mexico is confident that the personnel of the National Guard will strengthen the operations to combat transnational organized crime that exists on both sides of the border and (…) not undertake activities directly connected to the application of migratory laws,” said Secretary Patricia Espinosa Cantellano in a communique.  In the message, she reiterated that the Mexican government respects “the sovereign decisions” of the US, but demanded that this decision of Obama’s result in “channeling additional resources” to reinforce the prevention of “illegal traffic of arms and cash money to Mexico.”

 In a related story, Joel Hernandez, judicial adviser for the SRE explained that the Mexican government has no recourse in the International Court to legally stop Arizona’s new law, SB 1070, for lack of jurisdictional grounds to challenge a state law.  Mexico can only assist in US law suits as “friend of the court.”


 El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 5/26/10

 Illegal entrants can rest easy

Washington, D.C. – The US National Guard sent to reinforce the border will seek to stop “illegal traffic” and not be used to enforce immigration law, the US State Department affirmed today.  The Mexican government had requested that the soldiers not be used against immigrants.  “What the president announced today is totally consistent with our efforts to do our part in counteracting violence” and “to halt the flow of dangerous people and property: arms and drugs,” said the State Department’s spokesman, Philip Crowley.  “It doesn’t have to do with immigration.  It doesn’t have to do with the flow of certain things that come to this side of the border,” Crowley said,


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/26/10

“Arizona’s neo-Nazi Law” 
“The Council of Ministers [read: Cabinet ] announced yesterday that Honduras will file a lawsuit against the law that criminalizes illegal immigration in Arizona.”  Alden Rivera, Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations [read: Deputy Secretary of State ] said that a team of lawyers will be sent to carry out the legal procedures so that the legislation may be nullified.  The SB1070, or “neo-Nazi law” to its critics, permits state agents to ask for documents from persons who present “reasonable doubt” of being undocumented immigrants
[The article had one reply from a reader, as follows: 
“What do you mean, neo-Nazi Law? Quit fomenting hatred, you bunch of ignoramuses, so-called journalists. The laws of the countries have to be respected, and one ought to think that they do it for a good reason, instead of trying to stick it in people’s heads that it is pure discrimination.  On the contrary, you, who have influence on the race, should advise us to behave well in the USA because here they label us as noisy, disorderly, (and) that we fill up the jails, are on welfare, that our teenagers leave school to get pregnant, etc. The Gringos flee from the Latino barrios, because we are a problem. It’d be better for you to tell the people to go to school to learn English, it’s free, instead of passing the time watching soap operas and drinking Bud Weiser.” (sic)ís/Ediciones/2010/05/26/Noticias/Demandas-contra-ley-neonazi-de-Arizona
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 5/26/10
Mexican senator hopes for “integral migratory reform” 
Manuel Velasco, aka “Blondie,” a Mexican senator from the state of Chiapas, said that no wall, “be it of concrete, of racist laws, or of military personnel, will be the final solution that Mexico and the United States seek to bring to a halt shared problems such as the illegal traffic of firearms nor to normalize the interchange of manpower.” He warned that the presence of U.S. military could provoke grave violations of the human rights of migrants who cross to the “American Union,” adding that the final solution is for the United States to bring about an integral migratory reform that would do justice to millions of undocumented workers.

 -end of report-

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