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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 Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 6/14/10
Juarez graffiti threatens Border Patrol
“Your death will be avenged” “Your death will be avenged by the organized and mad people” “F—ing Border Patrol in the gun sights.” These are some of the graffiti messages on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande levee area where the shooting of a youth took place some days ago. (The photo below accompanied the article. The caption reads: “Demonstrators with rocks in hand shouted their repudiation at the agents.”)
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Ranking Mexican senator calls for death penalty for Border Patrol Agent
Luis Alberto Villarreal Garcia, President of the Foreign Relations Commission for North America of the Mexican Senate, said “Criminal or penal justice in Texas would give capital punishment to a Mexican in a similar case of the type of close range, cold blood homicide, and it seems to me that this is what should be imposed on the border agent.” He also stated that the same sanction must apply to the ones responsible for the assassination of Anastacio Hernandez. (The taser gun case at the San Ysidro port of entry.)
El Liberal (Popayan Colombia) 6/13/10
More illegals caught in Colombia
Shortly after Colombian police detained five Somalis traveling in a bus in southwestern Colombia (M3 Report of 6/14/10), officers at the same highway checkpoint detained six men from Bangladesh, all illegally in Colombia, traveling northbound in two taxis from Ipiales (a town on Colombia’s border with Ecuador) toward Cali, a trip of some 200 miles.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 6/14/10 – and several others –
Ten Mexican federal police ambushed and murdered
Mexican police leaving Zitacuaro, Michoacan, in several vehicles suddenly found the highway exits blocked this morning (Mon.); at that time unknown assailants opened fire and ten members of the police died and others were wounded. An unknown number of the killers was also believed to be dead or wounded. A land and air operation was undergoing at press time and data on other dead and wounded was not available.
And near Los Aldama, Nuevo Leon, thugs fired on vehicles with military passengers. The eventual result: seven thugs dead.
a.b.c. (Mexico City) 6/14/10 Portions of an op/col. by Arturo Cid del Prado, titled as shown
The hot border
From the time that the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande River) has been the border between both nations, perhaps only Villa’s intrusion into American territory, 94 years ago, has provoked a moment as difficult as the one being experienced today. The two assassinations of migrants in less than 15 days at the hands of border police demonstrate the level of tension and hatred which is developing. The attack, literally in bunches, by 20 border police on a detainee who resisted being deported, and the shooting of a youth, almost a boy, for throwing rocks at the police while they were arresting his friends for trying to cross illegally, added streams of water to a glass that is overflowing by itself.
Murders are not justifiable, but if we don’t understand them in the context of a hot border it will be difficult to advance in search of a solution. Indignation is justified and justifiable, but not enough to understand, even less resolve, what takes place there. The border is no longer just a crossing by “wet backs,” (sic) it is also a zone of extreme violence, gangs, and mafias which generate an accelerated social disintegration. Mexico must go from indignation and racism toward intelligent public policies and efficient diplomatic actions, without having this imply an abandonment of the judicial process against the guilty.
As strange and out of place as it may sound, the most important thing now is to remain calm to cool things down. The issue of the hot border is not going to be resolved with strong declarations, anti-immigrant laws or presidential handshakes. It requires a different and joint way of looking at the problem on both sides and that, for now, is something that isn’t seen.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/14/10
Juarez weekend report
- Last Friday : 11 assassinations
- Saturday: 8 assassinations
- Sunday: another 11 assassinations
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/14/10
Drug shipment found
“More than 2,682 packages” with cocaine and ephedrine were found and seized by Mexican officials last week at the port of Manzanillo, state of Colima. The drug was in a container of wooden floorboards aboard the SS Charlotte C. Rickmers.
Two different reports about seizures in the state of Sinaloa
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 6/14/10
A spokesperson for the Joint Operation Culiacan-Navolato reported that, in the state of Sinaloa, 14 tons of marihuana, $267,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency, 7,000 rounds of ammo, 125 firearms, 45 vehicles and 17 houses were seized from May 31st to June 11th.
El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, SLP) 6/14/10
A “safe house” near the Sinaloa township of Ranchito was found to have 6.258 tons of marihuana, five “automatic rifles” and 2,684 rounds of ammo. And in Culiacan, a couple of men were arrested in possession of drugs, firearms and ammo; one of them, Alberto Cervantes Cota, happens to be a state police officer.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 6/14/10
Another day at the Mexicali-to-Calexico border crossing
Among the routine northbound vehicle crossings from Mexicali, Baja Calif., to Calexico, Calif., port inspectors found that four were being used to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Seven persons were arrested, five of them residents of Mexicali. The cocaine haul added up to over 100 kilos.
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