Over the weekend: Arizona border “more secure”; commentary from Nicaragua

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We were most gratified by our readers’ notes of support for the M3 Report.  When we posted the notice that we would be folding our tents at the end of June, citing the reason as lack of resources was perhaps misleading.  The resource we’re lacking is not money.  We’re “Old Patrol,” accustomed to working long shifts underfunded.  No, our problem is lack of writers to help with the job and we’re presently tracking for volunteers within our organization.  If we’re able to capture a few more of our comrades to ease the burden, we may be able to continue.  Stay tuned.
 El Universal (Mexico City) 6/3/10


The state of Mexican law enforcement


The head of The Mexican Federal Office of Public Security (SSP), Genaro Garcia Luna, reports that the condition of police agencies in the country is low.  Three of every five of the country’s  police officers receive salaries of up to 4,000 pesos [about $315] monthly and that 68.3% of them have only basic [grade school ] educations.  Only 4.5% of the officers have a high school education.  Garcia’s report to the National Council for Public Security indicated that 17% of Mexico’s cities have no police force.  Of the more than 2,000 state and city police forces, 88.5% have fewer than 100 officers.




Ton and a half of marihuana seized in Nuevo Laredo


Mexican Army personnel seized 1,554 kilos of marihuana located in an abandoned house in Colonia Voluntad y Trabajo in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.  According to information released by the Federal Justice Department (PGR) the discovery was made during a routine operation. 



El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/4/10


Dirty money seized on way to cleaners


Panama – Panamanian anti-drug agents seized around $500,000 from a Panamanian citizen and three foreigners who were trying to launder the money through a local financial system.  Officials had received information last month that the money from drug trafficking had entered the country and the successful surveillance operation was then set up.  Others involved in the scheme were Colombians and a US citizen.



Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 6/4/10


Mexico’s “brain drain”



Mexico D.F. – The federal sub-secretary of higher education, Rodolfo Tuiran, reported that  the annual net loss of Mexicans with at least a professional-level education has increased in the past decade to nearly 20,000 people per year.  A study indicates that for each 16 Mexicans with a professional education, there is one co-national living in the US.  The study specified that 15% of Mexicans over 15 years of age who reside in the US are in preparatory classes, some 465,000 professional and 125,000 in post-graduate studies.  The sub-secretary said Mexico’s loss of “talent” occurs from those who have higher education and that for every five with masters degrees and every three with doctorates who reside in Mexico, there is another one in the US.



El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/4/10



“Operation Border” begins in Mexico


Between 300 and 400 agents of the Mexican Federal Police (PFP) were deployed to the north of Sonora state to begin “Operation Border.”  Sources in the department said the operations are to combat organized crime in the towns of Altar, Sasabe, Saric, Nogales, Naco and Agua Prieta.  The objective is to seal the border in search of members of criminal gangs through highway checkpoints and city patrols.



El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/4/10


Colombian and Mexican narcos tighten links


Bogota, Colombia – The links between the Colombian and Mexican drug cartels are becoming ever stronger thanks to their control of Pacific maritime routes said the chief of the Judicial Police of Colombia, General Gilberto Ramirez.  The criminal organizations of  both countries carry out their work plans in which the Colombian narcos are in charge of the production and the Mexicans are in charge of the storage of the drugs and delivery to their destinations.  “There is an ever closer relationship between the Mexican and Colombian cartels that strengthens with the domination of the maritime routes through the Pacific and Caribbean and areas from neighboring countries,” the General pointed out.  While the method of transport is predominately by fast-boat, illegal flights over the Atlantic are also used, he explained.




Three minors killed in Reynosa


The Mexican National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) is investigating the deaths of three minors, 13,16 and 17 years of age, that occurred last Wednesday near Reynosa, Tamaulipas, after a pursuit by the Mexican Army.  There was apparently a confrontation, but the Army has secured the area and will not permit entry.  The CNDH received a complaint that instigated the investigation. 




El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 6/4/10



Doing work Americans won’t do?


Fifteen gang members, 14 of them undocumented Mexicans, were arrested by police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by agents from ICE.  Those arrested were gang members of  Brown Pride, Latin Kings, Mexican Posse and C-14.



La Jornada (Mexico City) 6/4/10


The border with Mexico more secure than before: Napolitano


Phoenix, Arizona – Janet Napolitano, head of US Homeland Security denounced the political slogans so frequently made as solutions to border security.  She lamented that “erroneous perceptions” relating to securing the border open public debate that is far from reality.  “If the facts are observed, the border is more secure than ever before.  The truth is we have made much progress in securing the border,” she wrote in an opinion article in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. 



Sunday 6/6/10


El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/5/10


Police challenge Arizona law


Tucson, Arizona – A Tucson police officer, Martin Escobar, is one of several who has joined lawsuits challenging the Arizona law.  The veteran officer, 45, has been with the force 15 years and has worked to cement relations with the Mexican-American community.  He maintains that, with the passing of the tougher enforcement against illegal aliens, some residents stopped reporting crimes such as robberies and domestic violence for fear of being arrested.  The Arizona law requires state and local police to determine the immigration status of any person suspected of being illegally in the country.  In the lawsuit presented in April, Escobar argues that there is no “neutral racial criterion” for identifying immigrants.  He says officers invariably apply the law “based on how a person speaks or looks.”



At the graduation event for 169 new police agents in Guatemala, the Minister of Government, Carlos Menocal, said that the police forces ought to have 60,000 agents in order to protect the citizenry better.  The current force is 24,000, a number that includes 3,000 agents who have not graduated yet.
[But a separate item in the same paper reported the following:]
Government prosecutors are investigating 372 members of the PNC (National Civil Police) including some in supervisory ranks, due to extortion, aggravated robbery, abuse of authority, obstruction of justice, nonfeasance, and others. Currently, 58 agents are being processed and 15 have been fired for participation in criminal acts.




Monday 6/7/10


El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 6/6/10

 “One fence, two worlds” [Full transl. of article, titled as shown]

An endless landscape extends on both sides, the bare and mythical Sonoran desert, and like the one in the Sahara, each year it devours hundreds of human beings, immigrants willing to risk their life in order to go across. Without the landscape, which is identical, the fence changes everything: on one side, Mexico; on the other, the United States. On one side, those who attempt to cross; on the other, every possible system of vigilance, which, even so, turns out to be insufficient.

Sergeant Matthews, one of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies, says “There’s activity here 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” referring to a portion of border quite distant from the nearest town. The fence is not uniform – it cannot be along the 3,000 kilometers of border that separate the United States and Mexico – : at times it has metal sheets several meters tall, but in others it’s a wire fence crossed by a jump. Every year 500,000 persons cross that border, half of them through Arizona.

Patrols, scopes, sensors

A dusty road goes along the border, and it’s used constantly by the Border Patrol and by the Sheriff’s agents who aim to halt the illegal trafficking that takes place here without much concern. There are observation towers, movement sensors, scopes …  Nevertheless, the arrival of those without papers goes on, though it’s the lowest in 10 years.

And also that of the mafias, who traffic in drugs, weapons, money and with human beings.

Sergeant Matthews says, “We’ve been at this game for a long time,” and Tony Estrada, the Sheriff of this county, says, “Every year we keep finding bodies (300 a year,) it’s an endless tragedy.” This is the county where Nogales, Arizona’s most active border crossing point, is located, (and it is) used by 24 million persons a year. Estrada was born in Mexico though he came to the United States at two years of age; he is the only sheriff of Hispanic origin in the state and, along with the one in Tucson, the only one who has publicly opposed Law SB1070 which will start to be applied on July 29, and will allow law enforcement personnel to stop and ask for documentation from anyone who might be suspected of being illegally in the country. The law, promoted by the Governor of Arizona, the Republican Jan Brewer, has been called racist and has provoked an enormous response by the Hispanic community, one without precedent since the Chicano movement of Cesar Chavez in the seventies.

Law based on racial profile

Sheriff Estrada asserts, “It’s a discriminatory law, based on racial profile. I don’t care how they disguise it or what they say, it’s a discriminatory law against the population of Mexican origin. On top of that, we have neither the means nor the budget to apply it. This law is a real nightmare, which will impede us from doing our real work: going after criminals. It’s bad for the image of the state, bad for the economy and, above all, it’s bad because it doesn’t aim to go after the real criminals, the people who commit crimes, not infractions.” “Is there activity?” Sergeant Matthews asks his Border Patrol colleague, when the latter has just come down from an armored conning tower that can be raised with a motor over the border fence. He replies, “We’ve detected four trying to come close to the border, but as soon as they realized that we’ve seen them, they’ve disappeared.”  The possible emigrants were detected from quite far, from a special observation post placed on a hill that watches for any movement with very powerful scopes. The rest of the patrols answer the same question with dry “No news,” “Too hot,” “Too soon.”

The fence as a giant scar

In Nogales, the border pervades it all. It’s visible from everywhere: some hills separate the American Nogales – a few streets full of scattered stores – from the Mexican Nogales, a true city that has 200,000 residents. The fence, because there it’s a real fence, is like a giant scar. On the Mexican side, the houses grow practically leaning on it.

The border is also present due to the constant crossings – – the Mexicans from the other side can cross with a special permit that allows them to travel without a visa as far as Tucson, some 80 kilometers to the north, – –  because the agents of the Border Patrol, on bicycle or at the wheel of their imposing all-terrain vehicles, are everywhere. They have even installed a checkpoint where they stop all the vehicles on the highway that ties Nogales to Tucson. All the border cities look alike – – like all the areas around railroad stations – – there’s something in the air that ties them together, in the type of business, in the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, at least from the American side, it turns out especially hard, and much more since the SB1070 law, approved at the end of April, floats in the air, and even though it  doesn’t become effective until July 29, it has already hurled a veil of fear and has reduced movement a lot. Just chat for a while with some people next to the main border crossing, and the locals will announce that there are two special buses that have just arrived at the control point. Those carry the emigrants without papers who have been captured and who are taken to the border – – almost all of them accept the deportation, because plan B is to stay in a U.S. detention center waiting to have their status resolved. Every day 200 are expelled. In a matter of minutes, their meager belongings are given to them, and with a face to match the occasion, they are sent to the other side. But they all know it clearly, they and the border agents: the immigrants will attempt it again.

[Several readers’ commentaries followed this article:]

  • Is this the democracy that the U.S. promotes? To build concentration camps to fill them with Latinos? They stole half of the Mexican territory, now they jail its legitimate owners? Is this the democracy that Obama and Company preach? Die, let’s jail the immigrant. The gringos have made themselves owners of God’s creation, the desert, the water, the sun, the wind and the air, and still, bootlicking journalists and government officials pay homage to the most vulgar democracy in the U.S.?
  •  It’s incredible that there are people who use lies in the commentaries to make such absurd assertions. In the first place, the U.S. has never stolen Mexican territory. Rather, it was bought in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase Treaty. What the article least states is that the U.S. is the country which most opens doors to immigrants (legal ones.) Even Spain expels illegal immigrants (Africans, Latin Americans.) Every country does it. What happens is that the (political) left of Europe and Latin America criticize and accuse instead of analyzing the country’s situation. 
  • How funny that mute fellow, lands of Mexico, you who know so much and don’t learn more, what was “Mexico” 1519-1821? NEW SPAIN; Spain lost the territories, Mexico claimed them, Mexico lost the territories to the United States. Period. End of paragraph. That’s history and that stays in the past.
  •  The solution to illegal immigration is simpler than it seems but neither of the major parties wants to put it into practice for political reasons. The solution is to criminalize the American employers, and not the illegal worker. But, the employers are not sanctioned because they contribute juicy sums of money to support the campaigns of both political parties, Democrat and Republican. No one wishes to disturb the hen who lays the golden eggs. Bush proposed that all employers should install software to connect them with the Social Security office to verify the authenticity of the individual’s Social Security. If the number turned out to be false, then the subject wasn’t hired. But this measure was rejected by the employers as well as by the public. This is the only solution because they aren’t going to stop the crossing by illegals even if they send the whole American Army to the border’



El Diario de Hoy (San Salvador, El Salvador) 6/6/10


Bus violence in El Salvador

In El Salvador, 512 bus drivers and their helpers have been assassinated from 2006 to date. The death tally this year has already reached 69, while last year the total was 143. (Previous article on this topic have stated that bus crews are subjected to armed robbery and extortion by criminal gangs.) This year, 16 buses have been burned by these thugs. (The photo below accompanied the article.)


El Periodico (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 6/6/10

Firearms leave Guatemalan army arsenal illegally

A total of 26,994 firearms left the Guatemalan army weapons warehouse illegally, and it is presumed that most of the weapons were sold to Century Arms, Inc., of Vermont, USA, and also to Monzer Al Kassar, between May 2006 and May 2007. High ranking officials, including ex-Ministers of Defense, are reportedly involved. The majority of the weapons are solely for military use and their sale or distribution is illegal. Among the relating figures cited in the article: 10 million rounds of ammunition and 13,000 rifles and machine guns..



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5 Responses to “Over the weekend: Arizona border “more secure”; commentary from Nicaragua”

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  2. June Says:

    Will someone tell me why this, and past administrations, have been so terrified of Mexico? Are they afraid the government will stop sending their illegals? Why can’t we have a President who will stand up and say, “We are no longer the dumping ground of the world. Your people are not welcome to walk in. And from now on, each illegal found here will be deported on the spot, and we will stop funding to the offending country. We can’t afford your people any longer, and we’re tired of doing your job.” We have been a laughingstock of the world. We proclaim that we are a country of laws. I think we ceased being that when the first illegal was allowed to stay. No one respects a nation who will not protect its borders and its people, and we haven’t had a leader like that in many years.

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  5. Duke White Says:

    In another lifetime I spent some time working undercover narcotics. This included a shorty time for U.S. Customs under George Hirsch and Jack Salter in El Paso. It didn’t take long to learn that the bad guys and the good guys in Mexico were the same guys.

    I find your M3 report to be the most relevant and complete public source for informatiomn on the drug war anywhere. The insites that your writers bring, not just in reporting but in kinowing what to report would be sadly missed. I hope with all my heart that you can continue. You are a great resource and I thank you all for the hard work you are doing.

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