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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.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 7/8/10
Mexican children joining migration to the United States
An official of the state of Guanajuato stated that “alerts have been turned on” due to the migration of children. The state’s Secretary of Social and Human development pointed out that 193,000 persons have been repatriated to Mexico so far this year, and that 9,620 of them were boys and girls. Of the grand total, 16,551 were from Guanajuato, including 800 minors.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/8/10
Seventy-one Central Americans detained
Mexican officials reported yesterday (Wed.) that law enforcement personnel had detained 71 “undocumented Central Americans,” almost all Hondurans, who were traveling “clandestinely aboard the exterior of a freight train” in Acayucan, state of Veracruz. Sixty-five of the detainees are Hondurans, 3 are from Guatemala, 2 from El Salvador and 1 from Nicaragua.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 7/8/10
Exodus of Mexicans from Arizona increases
The president of the Migratory Affairs Commission of the Michoacan state congress, Antonio Garcia Conejo, said that the exodus of Mexicans from Arizona has “intensified” between 40 and 50 percent, mainly to Nevada and Texas. With two weeks to go before Arizona‘s law SB1070 becomes effective, the legislator noted that some 10,000 to 12,000 persons from the state of Michoacan were residing in Arizona “without papers.” (The article, without attribution, also repeats the common error of saying that the Arizona law would cause law enforcement personnel to detain all Latinos, due simply to their appearance, to verify that they are carrying their papers and, if not, to be arrested.)
Diario 21 (Iguala, Guerrero) 7/8/10
More killings in Guerrero
A deep ravine near Taxco, state of Guerrero, has yielded the cadavers of five men, all showing signs of torture and executed by multiple gunshots. The depth of the ravine creates the possibility that yet more human remains might be found. Police officials are not releasing any more information about the matter because it could be a similar situation to that in the La Concha mine in May, when the bodies of more than 55 executed victims were found.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/8/10
More problems with Mexico’s Customs
Numerous resignations of Mexican customs inspectors (OCE) assigned to international border crossings have cause a shortage of personnel. At certain times, only three inspectors are on duty and, at night, they are relieved by soldiers and the crossing points may be without any of the OCE personnel because the few who are there go to sleep. A customs official stated that “This allows that at certain times there’s free passage into Mexico of everything, including weapons, some soldiers inspect little and do not seize anything or don’t want to seize anything.”
The resignations of customs personnel is attributed to pressures from the various organized crime groups, including smugglers who seek to control these employees and to bring all kinds of illicit merchandise into Mexico. A second generation of OCE personnel is expected to enter on duty in August. (M3 Report of 6/25/10 relates.)
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 7/8/10
Twelve vehicles were stolen in Torreon this past Tuesday, all at gunpoint and mostly from women drivers. The daily average of such events there is now 7.6, according to the state’s AG office.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 7/8/10
Mexican army personnel seized the following, found hidden “from among the bushes” at the Las Tinojas ranch, near Ensenada, Baja Calif.
- A .50 cal. Barrett rifle
- A grenade launcher and eight grenades
- 4 AK 47 assault rifles and 330 rounds for those weapons
- 83 rounds of .50 cal. ammo
(Ensenada is some 50 mi. south of Tijuana.)
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