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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 Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/24/10
Corruption in Mexican Customs
Mexican Customs personnel in the area of Ciudad Juarez reported pressures by organized crime so that the latter may be allowed to continue the contraband introduction of firearms and other merchandise into the interior of Mexico. Last August, Mexico’s customs function was taken over by a new agency, “OCE” (Operadores de Comercio Exterior: Foreign Commerce Operators,) after the prior agency was found to be heavily involved with organized crime. However, corruption has now continued with the “OCE” personnel due to bribes and threats, and two of its members have been murdered within the last month. A standard “quota” per vehicle allowed entry without inspection is $200 dollars, which lets in weapons, cash, ammo, or whatever. At the highway checkpoint at Kilometer 72, the OCE’s get $500 to $1,000 dollars a day from “mordidas” and deals they’ve reached with the smugglers. They pay for parties and blowouts with no attempt at disguise. One OCE said, “We’re worse than ever.”
Some police news
- Ten city police at Tulansingo, state of Hidalgo, were surprised at change of shift time: they were arrested by special federal agents due to their links with organized crime. Three others had been arrested the day before.
- In Sinaloa, six police were murdered within 24 hours.
- In Chihuahua, two agents of the police Intelligence Unit, including the local chief, were murdered by a group armed with assault rifles.
- Sixty more law enforcement personnel in the Ciudad Juarez area were dismissed yesterday after failing “trustworthiness” exams. This includes 12 state police and a couple of investigators.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 6/24/10
“Legislators want to ‘Sterilize’” AZ law SB1070
Mexican congressmen and leaders of migrants’ organizations met with state legislators from Arizona at the Mexican congressional facility “to manifest their preoccupation for the racial discrimination and the acts assaulting human rights that the law SB1070 can bring when it goes into effect.” The organizations also requested the Mexican legislators’ assistance regarding the actions of Mexican officials, so that in those cases when Mexican families attempt to return to their country, they won’t be objects of harassment on the Mexican side of the border.
The participants from Arizona explained the law as well as the actions they’ve taken to prevent it from going into effect. The participants, all Democrats, included David Lujan, Mary Peralta, Peter Silverman, Cynthia Aragon and Jorge Garcia, as well as Mexico’s Consul in Phoenix, AZ.
El Liberal (Popayan Colombia) 6/24/10
Illegal aliens in Colombia
Police in Cauca, (southwest Colombia,) detained 5 Haitians illegally in the country. The five had entered from Ecuador around Ipiales, a town on the border with Ecuador. Local police reported that some 180 illegal aliens, mainly Chinese and Haitians, have been detained in the area in the past couple of years. A local police commander of the police at Cauca, Lt. Col. Carlos Rodriguez Cortes, stated that these last five aimed to reach the United States.
El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 6/24/10
Corrupt consul jailed
Gerardo Raul Dorado Davila, an ex-Colombian consul in Ecuador, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Colombia’s highest court. The ex-consul was found guilty of having issued visas illegally to Chinese in Ecuador to enable them to enter Colombia, even though the Chinese hadn’t met the requisites of the law.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/24/10
Nine men were arrested in Xochistlahuacan, state of Guerrero, when found with 1.8 tons of marihuana, a .12 ga. shotgun and some ammo.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/24/10
Narco campgrounds found
A joint operation by police and Mexican army personnel in the hill country around Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, yielded 13 “narcograves with six dismembered human remains,” eight campgrounds, eight vehicles and almost 2 tons of weed.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 6/24/10
Fremont, Nebraska, in the news
Reacting to the recent vote in Fremont, Nebraska, which prohibits housing rental to aliens illegally in the country, El Salvador’s Ministry of Foreign Relations yesterday expressed its “profound preoccupation” due to these new “xenophobic laws.” Juan Jose Garcia, Vice-Minister for Salvadorans abroad, said that they have hopes that the Arizona law will not become reality, and added, “We hope that the steps President Obama is taking by means of the Secretary of State will be able to halt this legislation which violates democratic principles and human rights.”
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 6/24/10
Seen at Mexico’s southern border
Three to five buses loaded with some 200 Guatemalan deportees arrive at Mexico’s border with Guatemala on a daily basis, according to Raul Orozco, Chief of Migration at the El Carmen border area. A reporter from this paper observed that many of these persons re-cross the border between the two countries by going across the Suchiate River, and once again they start the long and dangerous journey in search of the longed for “American dream.”
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