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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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Saturday 7/3/10

El Financiero(Mexico City) 7/2/10

Election day

[Ed. note: Sunday was election day in 15 Mexican states for some 2,000 offices, including governors, local representatives, mayors and other local officials.  There has been much concern regarding the influence of the drug cartels in these elections.  Alarcon’s cartoon preceding election day sums it up nicely.]

El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/2/10


Some 500 Hondurans emigrate daily to the US

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – At least 500 Hondurans leave daily for the US to seek “the American dream,” according to the regional human rights commission.  The commissioner of the organization said that monthly, about 15,000 leave the country in search of jobs in the US.  However, most of them are deported back, he added.


Some 20,000 Hondurans have left Arizona

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Some 20,000 Hondurans have left Arizona due to the threat of SB 1070.  The Honduran government has sent authorities to the state to lend assistance to their people.  The Hondurans are seeking refuge in neighboring states like California and Texas, although they prefer California.  This is due to two things.  Some Texas counties are seeking to implement laws similar to Arizona’s “which violate the rights of the migrants,” while California is a state that is boycotting some of Arizona’s commercial and economic activities in protest to the law.





El Universal (Mexico City) 7/2/10


US Consulate attacker arrested

Mexican Federal Police arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, “El Camello,” on charges of orchestrating the March 13 attack on people linked to the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in which three were killed.  Chavez, a gang leader of La Linea, allegedly ordered the murders, including an employee and her husband.  Authorities said Chavez ordered members of the La Linea gang, the armed branch of the Juarez cartel, to murder consular employee Lesley A. Enriquez because she presumably issued visas to members of a rival crime organization.  


Calderon calls for unified political party position against crime

Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for his nation’s political parties to draw up a national policy against crime.  “The strengthening of institution and not their systematic demolition requires precisely not only a State policy, but also conduct with a national vision from all political leaders.  It is for this reason I have called together citizens, civil organizations, political parties and national authorities to discuss how to perfect and strengthen national policy on security matters and strengthen our institutional framework,” the president said.



El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/2/10


Penalties to increase for human smuggling

Mexico City – Mexico will begin to impose greater prison terms and fines for human traffickers.  Federal officials announced that human trafficking will now carry penalties of 8 to 16 years in prison and fines of minimum 15,000 days’ salary.   Up to now, the penalties were 6 to 12 years and 10,000 days’ salary.  The new minimum fine translates to some $64,000.  The penalties increase by 50% if it involves trafficking minors.  The modifications in the law also now permits the authorities to instigate their own investigations.  Previously, it required a citizen report of trafficking.  Most of the human trafficking encountered in Mexico are those being transported through the country to enter the US.  This not only includes foreigners, but Mexican citizens as well.  [Ed. note: The “daily wage” fines are apparently based on Mexico’s minimum daily wage.]



El Debate (Sinaloa state) 7/2/10


Culiacan gains distinction: number 2

The city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, has moved to second place in the world’s most dangerous cities.  Rated by homicides per 100,000 residents, Culiacan is averaging 69, behind only Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, with 191.  Chihuahua city comes in third at 63.



Sunday 7/4/10


El Universal (Mexico City) 7/3/10


Two state police decapitated

The bodies of two Jalisco state police agents were found mutilated and decapitated inside six black plastic bags in Tonala, a suburb of Guadalajara.  Also inside one of the bags was a message written on cardboard.  Both agents had been abducted the morning before at another location in the city.


Woman arrested smuggling heroin in stomach

Customs Border Protection agents arrested a woman for smuggling when she was seeking entry into the US at Pharr, Texas.  The woman, 24, who claimed to be legally immigrated from the Dominican Republic, arrived at the port of entry in a taxi and identified herself as a resident of the Bronx, New York.  When sent into the office for closer inspection, she became very nervous for no discernible reason.  She was then sent for a medical exam which ultimately revealed she had swallowed 10 small packets of heroin with a total of 432 grams, valued at close to $80,000.



El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/3/10


Insecurity closes restaurants in Ciudad Juarez

In the past year and a half, the restaurant business in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, has lost at least 4,000 employees and more than 40% of business due to organized crime.  Extortion, kidnapping and theft make it almost impossible to keep in business.  More than 80% of the businesses pay protection money to criminal gangs that charge from 500 to 5,000 pesos [about $40 to $400] depending on the size of the business.  Accurate figures of business losses to criminals are impossible to achieve since many business owners fear to report them.



El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 7/3/10


Semi-submersible boat found

A boat designed for operating almost under the surface was discovered by the Ecuadorian Navy in a remote area near the Colombian border.  The semi-submersible, similar to a submarine, was hidden in an inlet near the coast.  It was the second such discovery in a month.



Monday 7/5/10


El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 7/4/10


US Ambassador to Colombia rejects Arizona law

The US Ambassador to Colombia, William Brownfield, repudiated the new Arizona law against undocumented immigrants.  He said that considering the possibility of rejecting the presence of citizens of other nationalities in his country is illogical since tradition demonstrates otherwise.  “The United States is a country of immigrants,” he declared, during a July 4 celebration.



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  1. norm9do Says:

    The United States of America WAS a land of immigrants in the year 1620 when the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. That was over 350 years ago….for those who are for amnesty to say today we are a land of immigrants in the context that they do is without any substance whatsoever.
    I for one am not an immigrant, along with hundreds of millions of other American natural born citizens. we are the offspring of immigrants perhaps 15 generations ago….

  2. Wayne Says:

    Certainly glad I don’t live in California. 20,000 Hondurans make that clear. Arizona proves that strict enforcement works. As other states adopt similar laws the US will only improve. Why do we not declare war on these invading countries? The President says it is too costly to deport. We have many trains. Trains seemed to work for Germany. When you consider the daily cost of illegal immigration deportation is cheap. At one million dollars a year per soldier just keep a few home to pay for deportation of illegals. The American dream and land of immigrants means squat to me. We need to enforce our laws and make clear to the President and Congress that we mean it.

  3. pf Says:

    You all bring up a valid concern. Why does our government want to reduce us to a third world slum? What is really behind this? Anyone with half a brain can see we are being systematically taken apart piece by piece. Have we been totally infiltrated with subversives? WHY?

  4. patrolagent Says:

    Main point is all the strong talk and energy from all the people against America like(ACLU, LULAC, MALDEF, and loser LA RAZA) would be best used directed at the President of Mexico and the leaders of other countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, etc…). Get them to change their country for the best for its own citizens. So theyill stop coming here. And why on earth would anyone want to make the great United States resemble what Mexicoor any other major city south of the border lookslike.

  5. June Says:

    Some of the many phrases designed to drive me up the wall are : “They come for the American Dream,” and “We are a nation of immigrants.” They are used, I suppose, to forgive the invaders, just as the tag of being poor makes it okay to break and enter for a “better life for their families.” In that case, I plan to visit my neighborhood bank and demand that they give me money to make a better life for MY family.

    As far as the “American Dream,” anyone who laughs at our laws never deserves to have the rewards of this country.

    These are all cop-outs to hid the real reasons for our government wanting to turn this nation into a third world slum. Will we let it happen?

  6. Bernina Delgado-Uriarte Says:

    It used to anger me, the last few months, when CNN, newscasters, political figures and mostly unheard of groups, would vilify 1070. and not have a clue as to what they were talking about. Now I just laugh and say “Bring it on!’
    They are scaring I.A.’s out of Arizona faster then the law that hasn’t even taken effect yet!!!!! With the ACLU’s “Travel Warning” to AI’s, along with it’s downloadable (in Spanish, no less) instructions of what to say if they are stopped by Law Enforcement, I imagine more IA’s were traveling OUT of Arizona than coming in over the 4th of July weekend………….
    Now if there was just a way to incite fear in the criminal sector of the AI’s…..

  7. Donald H Says:

    I see that the predominant ideology of the Central and South American countries is their right to allow their people undocumented access to the U.S. without regard to legal channels available. In fact, they are incensed that the State of Arizona would report and deport their illegal entrants. They still don’t get it. The U.S. is a sovereign nation and has immigration laws that must be followed. Where did these people get such a notion? The U.S. has been a country for over 200 years. The borders have been established through various purchases and war settlement agreements. The free ride is over. Arizona is the first state to take action, since the federal government has been slow to respond to the border invasion. Let’s hope that the rest of the states stand up to this lack of border enforcement. Time to end the wink and nod mentality to illegal aliens in our country. They take jobs that American citizens would do if those jobs were available.

    • pf Says:

      It’s a darned shame the federal government can’t be sued for neglect or dereliction of duty!

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