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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.

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Note to our readers:  After our notice that the M3 Report would cease at the end of June, your responses continued to inspire us to renew efforts to increase our staff.  We now have one additional reporter and an interested candidate.  We’re not yet completely out of the woods, but enough so for now that we won’t have to break camp.  We will forge on until further notice, and muchas gracias for the encouragement.

Saturday 6/26/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 6/25/10

Narco war seen as destined for failure

Jorge Castaneda, Mexican ex-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and academic, considers the “war” against narcotraffic waged by the government of Felipe Calderon to be destined for failure and pleaded for the legalization of drugs to stop the problem.  Castaneda, who served in the government of Vicente Fox from 2000 to 2003, feels certain that President Calderon made a mistake in launching the fight against narcotraffic.  According to Castaneda, Calderon’s government did so for political reasons that “could not be won.”  In his judgment, the conflict with the drug cartels has greatly increased the violence in Mexico and is assuming a cost, both economically and socially, difficult for the government to take on.  In a press meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the ex-Secretary said that for Mexico to move forward, only two ways exist: the creation of a “Plan Mexico” similar to the “Plan Colombia” with the involvement of the United States, or the legalization of drugs as has been proposed in California (US).  “If he (Calderon) wants to continue in this war, he must take a step forward and ask the only ally he has, the United States, to put money into this,” he affirmed.

The article added that Castaneda began his political activities as a militant communist, but was selected for office by Fox, a conservative.



Immigration reform blockage – the view from Mexico

The US has more than 12 million undocumented aliens, the majority of them Mexicans.  To move forward with their legalization it is necessary to persuade the conservative political class of that country and that job requires more than just simply desire.  The past failed initiatives for immigration reform are signs that, without an ample consensus, the attempts will fail again.  After 9/11, it has been very difficult to place an immigration agenda above that of security.  Legalization has become subordinate to a reinforced control of the border, which, for its extent, seems impossible to accomplish.  To complicate things more, Democrats as well as Republicans have used the undocumented as scapegoats to explain problems like unemployment.  

Now, the president of the US opens another opportunity for reform.  The xenophobic Arizona law permitting the arrest of people on the basis of their racial profile opens a debate that has been lost since George Bush tried without success to pass immigration reform.  As a consequence, an unprecedented coalition of more than 100 Democratic congressmen, mayors, business leaders and magnates — like Rupert Murdoch, owner of the conservative Fox network — whose objective will be to revive legislation efforts to bring the undocumented “out of limbo” and prevent the “orphanage” of nearly 5 million children born in the US of parents without papers.

They know it is not feasible to expel 12 million people who, furthermore, are necessary for the economy.  They also know that it is difficult for a politician to back legalization of the undocumented.  Many US citizens feel threatened by the presence of people of different races, cultures, religions and customs.  The only way to force a change is with an ample coalition, above the political posturing that restrains discussion, to convince the people of the US that a reform is necessary.  

So what can Mexico do to for its countrymen when it involves internal politics of another country?  The Mexican foreign office will have to be alert.  If in any way it can help Mexico in this cause, it is with a responsible and measured voice, with an image of solidarity and not just an anti-imperialist crusade.



Illegals transport drugs: Brewer

The governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, said that the majority of the undocumented migrants that enter the state transport drugs.  Brewer said many of the undocumented come to the country motivated by the desire to find work, but the narco gangs use them as “mules” for transporting drugs.  “I believe that today, under the circumstances that we face, the majority of those who enter the state of Arizona do so under the direction and control of the drug cartels to bring in drugs,” said Brewer.


Blaming migrants a desperate position:  Mexican Senator

The spokesman for the PRI political party in the Mexican Senate, Carlos Jimenez Macias, labeled as “lamentable” the statement by the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, that “many” of the illegal migrants are used as “mules” to transport drugs.  The Senator condemned the “lack of respect” and considered it to be “a desperate attitude” by the governor before the onslaught against the Arizona law by international organizations as well as her own US government.

[Ed. note: “mule” (Sp. “mula”) as used above, is not a pejorative, but rather, a common narco term for a porter of drugs.]


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) and other Mexican news sources, 6/25/10

Adolescent killed by Border Patrol affirmed to be a smuggler

[A follow-up to previous M3 Reports on this subject. ]

El Paso, Texas – A 15-year-old Mexican killed by gunfire from a Border Patrol agent had prior arrests for smuggling people into the US.  According to federal records examined by the Associated Press, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca had been arrested at least four times since 2008, two of the arrests in the same week in February 2009.  A Border Patrol agent trying to arrest a group illegally crossing the border over the Rio Grande in El Paso on June 7, killed Hernandez by firing toward Mexican territory.  Witnesses said a group of people on the Mexican side had begun throwing rocks at the agents.


La Jornada (Mexico City) 6/25/10
Fear paralyzes the border area
Armed groups staged shootouts this past Thursday morning  on the road from Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, to San Fernando. (The area is only some 20 miles from the Rio Grande River, just southwest of Matamoros.) The shootouts “caused a stoppage of schools, traffic, work and police.”  In the last few days, the state of Tamaulipas is experiencing a wave of nervousness due to the constant confrontations and rumors of shootouts.  The armed encounters are believed to be between Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel.


Important link between Colombia and Sinaloa narcos arrested

Manuel Garibay, an important Mexican narcotrafficker who acted as liaison between cocaine producers in Colombia and the Sinaloa drug cartel was arrested in a farm community near Mexicali, Baja California, Thursday.  Garibay “was responsible for the cocaine traffic from Cali (Colombia) to Mexico for delivery to the criminal organization of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,” said Daniel de la Rosa Amaya, Secretary of Public Security in the state of Baja California.  The narcotrafficker, 52, had been arrested in 1995 in San Diego, California, and placed into the US protected witness program.  Garibay is described as a “dangerous criminal,” accused of various murders and kidnappings, who commanded a group known as “Los Garibay.”


La Nacion (San Jose, Costa Rica) 6/25/10
Ndamamba caught with the goodies
Costa Rican officials became suspicious when Emery Ngoyi Ndamamba, an ex-consul of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zayre) in Mexico up until Oct. ’09, kept making airline trips from Mexico into Costa Rica, arriving at night and leaving early the next morning.  The last time, his briefcases were opened. Ndamamba was carrying 3 million dollars in cash.  He was detained at the airport.

China pressures Costa Rica for visas
Costa Rica’s ambassador to China wrote to his own country’s Vice-Chancellor (equiv: US Under Secretary of State) to report that the Chinese commercial attaché was pressuring Costa Rica’s Ministries of Labor and of Foreign Relations for the approval of visas for one hundred Chinese to enter Costa Rica for construction work.


El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/25/10

US “legals” urged to accept farm worker jobs

San Diego, California – The United Farm Workers union (UFW) called for unemployed US residents and critics of immigration to learn agricultural work.  “We are tired of farm workers, documented and undocumented, being blamed for the recession and budget problems,” said union president, Arturo Rodriguez.  As part of the campaign “take our jobs,” the union invited US “legals” to leave the unemployment lines and learn to work farm labor.  California has accumulated at least 250,000 more unemployed thus far in the recession.  This week, 1.5 million (sic) unemployed Californians used up their two years’ unemployment benefits.  The grape harvest in the Central Valley in August will need approximately 100,000 workers.  The UFW president explained, “there are two issues facing our nation, high unemployment and undocumented workers and many people think they are related.  Missing in the debate of both issues is honest recognition that the food we all eat, at home, in restaurants, offices, including the state government’s palace, comes from the labor of undocumented workers. ”


Sunday 6/27/10

El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/26/10

Hispanic journalists urge US government to block SB 1070

The US National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) urged the US Department of Justice to file a law suit to block the anti-immigrant Arizona law SB 1070.  The NAHJ maintains that the law provides racial profiling because it “criminalizes illegal immigration” and allows local police to arrest any person on suspicion of being undocumented.


Monday 6/28/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 6/27/10

Nine mob executions in Nuevo Leon in 24 hours

The narco-war between organized crime in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, has left nine dead in the metropolitan area.  A total of five attacks occurred throughout the night and into Sunday morning.  To date this year, the border state of Nuevo Leon has suffered nearly 200 such murders, the most violent period in its history.


Nine dead in attack on rehab center

An armed group burst into a drug rehabilitation center in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Saturday firing indiscriminately, killing nine, including the center’s administrator, and wounding nine others.  The group then escaped, leaving behind spent 2.23 caliber and 9 mm shell casings.


El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/27/10

White House seeks direct confrontation with Arizona

Phoenix – The White House this week would initiate a direct confrontation with Arizona over the controversial immigration law by filing a suit in federal court to block enactment of SB 1070.  Arizona’s governor, Jan Brewer, is prepared for the confrontation with the federal government and has gathered some $123,000 in donations to cover costs of legal defense of the new law.  The suit is expected to be filed in the next few days.

-end of report-


  1. Susi Says:

    I am so happy to hear you will continue with your informative information!!!!!!

  2. lyn Says:

    My great great great was a founding member of the Republican Party in the State of Wisconsin, and went out of his way to aid in the election of Lincoln.

    His motivation was that the control of the Federal government by the Southern land and slave owning aristocracy resulted in him being assessed by his county (IN WISCONSIN) for the costs of capturing and returning escaped slaves to their owners. Human beings who escaped to free states to live as free persons and whose apportionment for representation became counted as a whole person and not as 3/5ths of a person as a slave.

    He, as a voting citizen of independent income, and his fellow farmers of same status, became alarmed that the slave owning aristocracy would not stop at just having the black race in perpetual servitude. They saw the consequences of a house divided.

    I am am afraid that this issue: of migration without respect to our constitution: will bring us to civil war within our own borders and also war outside of our borders with our southern neighbor, Mexico.

    We cannot maintain our own nation if we continue apply some of the Constitution to some of the people some of the time, and other parts to none of the people all of the time and yet even other parts to all of the people some of the time.

    For if no person who is an American citizen who has met their responsibilities of citizenship has their constitutional rights respected , or if all persons of the world who by simply stepping upon our soil demand the rights of American citizenship but refuse the responsibilities of our citizenship, of what value is our citizenship?

    I see no outcome that shall avoid us a price extracted of bloodshed.

    I pray, and pray fervently, that I am wrong.

  3. Wayne Says:

    benito, You have heard from some very nice people posting here. Believe me when I say there are many more that are not as nice. We will only be pushed so far and are running out of patience. Take a lesson from our past that you speak of, what will we show the invaders from mexico?

  4. Donald H Says:

    I still do not understand where the Mexicans come up with the idea that their citizens can migrate illegally into the U.S. at will. Arizona’s SB-1070 really has them in an uproar, yet it is based on federal law. The underlying presumption from Mexico is that Mexico acknowledges the border, but ignores that border when it involves Mexican citizens entering the U.S. illegally. Is there something I am missing or has there been some kind of deal made with the U.S. government?

    • Bernina Delgado-Uriarte Says:

      They do it because they can, and the Border Patrol does nothing but “Catch and Release” and a mild “You can’t come over the border for 5 years”. Many illegals know some of the Border Patrol agents by name because they have been detained so many times.

  5. Bernina Delgado-Uriarte Says:

    1. Read Az SB 1070
    2. Read the US fed Immigration law
    3. Re-read previous M3 reports
    After you do this, see if you can wrap you head around the point that this is NOT discrimination by race, nation, religion, or anything else you want to throw out there.
    If I went into Mexico, or any other country, without proper and legal documentation, I would be stopped, I would be detained, and locked up, prosecuted, and/or deported.
    I was born and have lived in Arizona for over 49 years. I am 3rd generation US citizen of Swedish descent. I am ashamed of the overall attitude of the Federal Government to treat Arizona as the “Red Headed Step Child” for the last 20+ years. I have had my property vandalized and stolen by “Illegals” in which I have no legal recourse because I.C.E won’t come up to Yavapai county to pick up a few “detainees”. The sheriff’s department won’t arrest them to only have the tax payers of this county pay for their court costs and imprisonment.
    I moved into this rural community, over 20 years ago, from Scottsdale, to raise my children in a healthier environment, only to find out that the trafficking was going on right up Hwy 89, to avoid the I-17, Flagstaff area. We have drop house all around us, whether for drugs, humans, stolen property (mainly vehicles), etc, etc.
    Benito, the Federal Government might not be concerned for my welfare or property, but I have the 2nd amendment of the US Constitution and the gun laws of Arizona to allow me to protect myself. I refuse to be a “victim” because some “illegal” wants to steal my truck, cross my property to get to State Land Trust, slaughter my livestock, destroy my fences, etc., etc.
    Ignorance IS NOT bliss. Educate yourself, because one of these days, you might run into someone who has read the law, been victimized by Illegal Immigrants and is no longer a person of good will or generosity.
    I think I would be correct in saying you are NOT a native or long term legal resident of Arizona, otherwise your comments would have been far different.

  6. JJ Says:

    I want to thank you for planning on continuing the M3Report. It ia a breath of fresh air, giving the many sides of the many problems and I belIeve can help greatly to finding solutions.

    You needed help, so I contacted an American friend or two who had Spanish skills and years of working in Latin American and Mexico countries, suggesting that they might be well appreciated in helping you to continue the M3Report. I hope it brought you some good results.

    Again, thank you for continuing your noble work. Have you considered a modest subscription charge to help your work ?

  7. JJ Says:

    I want to thank you for planning on continuing the M3Report. It ia a breath of fresh air, giving the many sides of the many problems and I beleive can help greatly to finding solutions.
    You needed help, so I contacted a American friend or two who had Spanish skills and years of working in Latin American and Mexico countries, suggesting that they might be well appreciated in helping you to continue the M3Repo4t. I

  8. Justie Says:

    Benito, You could take every word you wrote and turn it around and instead of comparing the U.S. and Mexico, you could compare Mexico to all those countries South of your border. All those poor people that are caught illegally entering Mexico and sent back to where they came from or even maybe getting a prison sentence. Aren’t they part of the worldwide struggle you talk about? Shouldn’t Mexico be opening its borders and helping them? Could it be, heaven forbid, that Mexico is practicing racial profiling? There are so many countries in the world that are poorer than Mexico – so many starving people. Shouldn’t Mexico be helping all of them? Isn’t that what good Socialists do? Since this seems to be your philosophy, I think you should spend your time thinking about how Mexico can help all the poor starving people, just leave America out of your plans. We can take care of ourselves.We have been doing just that for over 200 years. Besides,we are not a socialist country. We have laws and one of them is property rights. We own what is ours. What gives you the right to set yourself up as the distributor of America’s wealth? We do not believe in ‘To Each According To His Ability To Each According To His Need’. According to our laws this would be called THEFT. America has freely given more to the people of the world than all other countries combined. How much has Mexico given? Maybe Mexico should study what it is that America does to make this possible and then implement the system in Mexico. In case you don’t know it’s called Capitalism. This is what anyone that really wanted to help their country would do. Mexico is an Oligarchy – a small ruling class is in charge of everything. This ruling class is sending their poor to the US so they don’t have to spend any money on them. They don’t have to educate them, provide them with any kind of government assistance or medical help – Americans have been doing all this for them for a VERY long time and we are tired of it. You people don’t even say thank you, you just call us names and demand more. Enough is enough. Time for all illegal aliens to go home to wherever they came from and let each country take care of its own.

  9. June Says:

    Re: Immigration Reform Blockage – A view from Mexico.
    Each day the people of this corrupt, lawless nation feel more entitled to invade, colonize and destroy our country. It is first the fault of our own government. They have literally closed their eyes to this tragedy and refuse to protect and defend our borders. We have drug lords ensconsed in Arizona. They have taken over a part of one of our states. This is war. The President needs to send the military and clean out these nests. We need to stop all funds to Mexico – we understand from the AZ. Governor that Mexico gets twice as much funding as is given to protect us. Is there anyone in Washington who has the guts to stand up to that third world country? If our President cared anything about his citizens, he’d send the army, navy and marines to line our border. We can no longer be the dumping ground of the world.

    • pf Says:

      I can’t figure out the president. Arizona is clearly in a crises. Our national parkland along the border is now a no-mans land. It is being stolen right out from under us – and what does Obama do about it? – Nothing! He’s got to know what a crises this has become. What is his game? Has he sold us out? It certainly would appear so.

  10. uniteas1 Says:

    Benito…Sounds as though you possibly could be from Mexico. And now talking of American values and laws that have been formed over our years of history.

    And yes we have some rough spots in our past and I am sure we will get more bruises as time goes by.

    But please sir. Don’t try mixing legally and ILLEGALLY. No matter how you cut the cake it is a crime to navigate across our borders intentionally and willfully without the proper visas or passports. It is actually breaking an international law which makes that person a criminal.

    And DO NOT TALK of America’s past as being shameful since Mexico’s record is not SPOTLESS along with the rest of Latin and South America. Your record I would say is a lot worse then here in the USA.

    From you quoted”Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free” unquote. So tell me genius. Why doesn’t the countries south of our border do just that? Protect their people and furnish necessities to live free and raise their standard of living? Why must it be America that has to do the job for them?

    Another quote from Benito”It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened”unquote. These ILLEGALS are threatening America and the way of life! Not to mention our standard of living. So they now have INFRINGED on my rights.

    And while you are at it ,look at Mexico’s southern border and how they protect that. They are a lot more harsh then we ever were.

    And you also mentioned discrimination. People are tired and frustrated not just at the criminals coming across the border. They are equally or even more frustrated with a government that has been absent from protecting the border and enforcing our existing laws.

  11. Suzanne Says:


  12. Suzanne Says:

    Benito…don’t you think that our laws should also apply equally to all?

    You talk about the women and non-whites and voting…well that was discrimination no doubt because it was based on sex and skin color but “illegals” are not a sex or a race. They are “interlopers” of many races INCLUDING white people.

    What about my rights as an American citizen to NOT have my jobs taken and MY borders trampled?????

  13. Wopper Says:

    Benito said “I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” This true for a “legal citizen” of the United States of America! My grad parents and my wifes grand parents came here “legally.,” not like some theif in the night. If you want what we have here, we have a legal system for you to obtain it. It is more than obvious you want what we have here. May I suggest if you’re not willing to come here legally, you start protesting in your own country in order to change the laws there. That is the only way you can change it, in order to make a better place for you and everyone else in the world. We are free men and women here in America because we stood up and fought for it. Sadly it appears you, and millions of more Mexican’s would rather run away and not deal with it. Where is your pride? Do you have any idea how you look in the eyes of the rest of the world?

  14. Dorsey Shaw Says:

    I am so glad to learn that the M3 Report will contenue. It is so refreshing to hear the other sides to the reports we recieve from our Information centers.
    Please let us, Your subscriber’s, Know if we can do anything to help M3 to Keep going. Thanks again for all your work, As a former Law Enforcement Officer I know how some times our work goes unrewarded. You are all Great Americans.

  15. Benito Says:

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

    • Suzanne Says:

      Benito…don’t you think that our laws should also apply equally to all?

      You talk about the women and non-whites and voting…well that was discrimination no doubt because it was based on sex and skin color but “illegals” are not a sex or a race. They are “interlopers” of many races INCLUDING white people.

      What about my rights as an American citizen to NOT have my jobs taken and MY borders trampled?????

    • Donald H Says:

      As I see it, this general statement applies: Americans obey their laws; Mexicans disobey American laws. Somewhere along the time line, Mexicans acquired the idea that migration across the U.S.-Mexican border is a birthright of Mexicans, no one else, just Mexicans. Americans do not share that view. We are now insisting that those laws are to be followed. Hence, Arizona’s SB-1070 was generated. Immigration into the U.S. is NOT a right of the world’s populations. Immigration into the U.S. is NOT a right of Mexicans. The State of Arizona has drawn a line in the sand. No more uncontrolled immigration. Mexicans in particular have abused their migratory status. Immigrate legally or stay out!

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