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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 Financiero (Mexico City) 7/9/10
US extends TPS for Salvadorans
The US extended Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for 217,000 citizens of El Salvador, permitting them to legally work in the country until March 2012. The announcement, published Friday in the Federal Register permits the beneficiaries to reapply for the extension within the following 60 days by paying a fee of $450. The extension does not apply to Salvadorans who entered the US after 13 February 2001. TPS was extended to thousands of Salvadorans for the first time in 2001 after the disastrous earthquakes that occurred in their country that year.
US increases medical benefits for legal aliens
The US government announced the designation of federal funds to improve access of medical coverage for immigrant children and pregnant women of low income families. The new measure will permit the elimination of the states’ Medicaid waiting period of five years before immigrants of low income can receive medical service. The federal funding will include the cost of translation services to surmount language barriers.
NCLR will dedicate meeting to analysis of SB 1070
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), one of the largest Hispanic organizations in the US, will dedicate its annual conference this weekend in San Antonio, Texas, to the analysis of the “anti-immigrant” Arizona law, SB 1070. The conference is expected to be attended by more than 20,000 people and two of the speakers will be Texas Governor Rick Perry who is seeking reelection as a Republican candidate and his Democrat opponent, Bill White. Other attendees will be US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan, Senator Robert Menendez [New Jersey] and Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix, Arizona, a strong opponent of SB 1070.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/9/10
Armed men kill five youths in Durango
Unidentified armed men in Gomez Palacio, Durango, fired into a group of youths gathered on one of the city’s streets, killing two of them outright and three died later at a hospital. Their ages ranged from 14 to 18 years. Gravely wounded in the shooting were two other youths and a man, 38. The killers fled and no arrests were reported.
La Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 7/9/10
Mexican Senators criticize Arizona law in Germany
The president of the Mexican Senate, Carlos Navarrete, traveled to Germany with a group of fellow senators where he denounced the Arizona law, SB 1070. Before the offense against migrants in the US by Arizona’s law, Navarrete said the only way for Mexico not to continue “expelling” their people abroad would be the generation of jobs and economic development to improve the quality of life of their people. “We are facing a very difficult situation with the intent of a US state (Arizona) to legislate very aggressive anti-immigrant policies,” he said.
More than half in US reject suit against Arizona
Mexico is taking note of a Gallup poll that indicates that 80% of Republicans oppose the suit brought by the US Department of Justice against Arizona’s SB 1070 while 56% of Democrats are in favor of it. Independents are 56% against it. As a whole, 50% of the US population oppose the government’s action, 33% are in favor and 17% are undecided.
Novedades de Quintana Roo (Culiacan, QR) 7/9/10
The body of a man found in Cancun had received 18 gunshots in his upper torso and head, mainly from a .223 caliber weapon [likely an AK-47]. Medical examiners concluded his death was caused by the bullet wounds.
La Estrella (Panama) 7/9/10
Drug seizure in Panama
Panamanian officials seized more than 700 kilos of cocaine off the Atlantic coast. The drug was found in an abandoned fast boat, which authorities had towed towed into port before discovering the cargo hidden under a false deck.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/9/10
Honduran children return home
Some 1,300 Honduran children have been repatriated from Mexico after trying to cross the border en route to the “American dream.” The Honduran government this week entered into an agreement to protect minors who migrate to the US. Many of them travel with their parents, but others go alone or with with friends. Many are 6 and 7 years old and travel alone, according to a Honduran official who wants a program of awareness for parents.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and El Diario de Hoy (San Salvador, El Salvador) 7/10/10
Hondurans resume tough trip toward the US
Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico – With fear and uncertainty, a little more than 800 migrants board the train to continue their trip to the US. They have been delayed by the torrential rains in the area that have suspended operations of the rail lines. To avoid the abuses and humiliations against such migrants, their trip has been monitored by a group of agencies that includes the Salvadoran Consulate, who will observe their trip up to the state line of Oaxaca. Before leaving Chiapas, the governor ordered water, food and medicine for the stranded travelers. Central Americans’ trip through Mexico is fraught with dangers of kidnappings, robberies, beatings and other abuses, noted a local priest in charge of their temporary shelter. [Photo relates.]
El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/10/10
Seventh law suit against anti-immigration law filed
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) filed a suit against the “anti-immigrant” law SB 1070 of Arizona, the seventh one filed against the legislation. In the suit filed Friday, LULAC argues that the material used by the government of Arizona to train police how to apply the law is drafted in vague terms and lends itself to any interpretation. As an example, LULAC cites that police are instructed not to base immigration inquiries on ethnic characteristics, but accepts as one criterion that a suspect is not proficient in English. On the other hand, those in favor of the law say they have raised some $500,000 in its defense.
El Debate (Sinaloa state) 7/10/10
Navolato police uninspired
Only four policemen reported for duty in the city of Navolato, Sinaloa, yesterday. Police units went unused. The complaint: “There are four of us for the first shift. There are only two each for the other two shifts. We are stressed and without inclination to go out on patrol.” Six other communities are without police, while in another, some agents are considering resigning. After the recent murder of one of the commanders, 12 officers have asked to resign. Those left say they will continue as long as fear permits because they need the salary, even though their families don’t want them to continue. Those who resign are given 50,000 pesos [about $3,900] severance pay.
El Diario de Hoy (San Salvador, El Salvador) and Prensa Libre (Guatemala) 7/11/10
Narco-submarine intercepted off Guatemalan coast
The Guatemalan Navy intercepted a narco-submarine off the Pacific coast carrying a cargo of at least five tons of cocaine en route to the US. The Navy, in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) intercepted the boat, measuring 17 meters in length, and arrested the four-man crew. A spokesman for the Guatemalan military said the boat had a sleeping compartment, an engine room and cargo space. It was similar to another boat located in October 2009 about 110 miles off the Guatemalan coast loaded with 10 tons of cocaine.
La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua) 7/11/10
Costa Rica will strengthen border security
Costa Rica will strengthen migratory control and anti-drug enforcement along their border with Nicaragua, reported their Minister of Public Safety. In a visit along the Costa Rica-Nicaraguan border, the Costa Rican official expressed an interest in increasing the fight against drug trafficking.
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