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July 14, 2010

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 Churches (must) pay cartels to operate

 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 7-13-10

 Morelia – The President of the National Fraternity of Evangelical and Christian Churches, Arturo Farela, revealed that various community churches in the State of Michoacán have been threatened by criminal organizations and must pay for the right to operate.

 He said says that this is a delicate situation they must get through, not only in Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Michoacán but in other states as well.  There have been threats from different people claiming to be members of organized crime. The churches are told they must pay weekly fees according to the number of members, or the number of seats available or else there will be kidnappings or assassinations of the member or of the member’s family.

 The most recent incidents occurred in Michoacán, Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua City and some in the northern regions of Tamaulipas.

 On several occasions, Pastors have told these unidentified persons that Christian Evangelical Churches don’t have the money the persons believe the churches to have but they (the unidentified people) may come and take the tithes and offerings that they do get.  The ones threatening the churches must understand that the churches don’t charge for baptisms nor for any church functions or celebrations, and that these denominations administer to the members free of charge.


 Twenty-three percent of young people in Mexico Can’t find work

 Morelia – The estimate is that 27% of the young people in Mexico (who are not students) don’t work and that 23% of those young people who are looking for employment can’t find it. The same study found that 88% of those young people abandon their education before their 20th birthday.  In Michoacán, the number of people aged 12 to 29 rose to 1,391,705 representing 34% of the total population (of Michoacán).


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 7-13-10

 Exchange of gunfire on Zaragoza International Bridge

 Cd. Juarez – Early Sunday morning occupants of an all-terrain vehicle headed south over the Zaragoza Bridge, fired on U.S. Agents, who returned the fire.  The attackers escaped into Cd. Juarez passing right through the Mexican Port of Entry, according to witnesses who were in line to pass into El Paso. 

 Although U.S. authorities have not confirmed the incident, El Diario found witnesses who were present when the incident occurred.

 Last night, the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso FBI Office, Martha Terrazas said in a written statement, “We cannot confirm that Agents of the CBP have repelled any attacks.”

 A man, who agreed to relate his experience anonymously, told us, “We were in line to return to El Paso, after spending the day in Juarez, when we heard gunshots and saw an SUV (sic) travelling at high speed toward Juarez.  We were very scared.  After about 5 minutes we heard gunshots in Juarez and we were very scared because we had not yet crossed into El Paso.”

 He said the gunfire in Mexico lasted for several minutes. “Although we are afraid every time we go to Juarez, we never want to experience this again,” he said.

 A spokesman for the Federal Police in Juarez said that he knows nothing about any exchange of gunfire on the International Bridge.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7-13-10

 Majority of homicides are the settling of accounts

 Guaymas, Sonora – Honest people do not risk their lives living under the atmosphere of violence in this state.  “Some 98% of the homicides in this state since January are merely the settling of accounts between organized crime gangs,” said Ernesto Munro Palacios, Secretary of the State Public Security Police.  He said that members of society should pay attention to who they associate with and where they go because meeting with people of dubious honor presents a risk.

 “The executions we encounter in this state are between members of organized crime. We have a peaceful state and we mourn the loss of life which is regrettable and we feel it, but we can’t worry about it because these murders are between people who are dedicated to the criminal lifestyle,” he said.


 List of deportable migrants distributed in Utah

 A document distributed anonymously in Utah is frightening the Hispanic community there because it contains a list of 1300 Latin migrants and demands their deportation.

The document, distributed by the unknown group “Concerned Citizens of the United States” is dated April 4, 2010, and contains the names, dates of birth, telephone numbers and addresses of these persons.  For some of these migrants, the list has their social security numbers and the dates of birth of their children.

 “This surpasses everything we have seen in this state. Where did this come from?  This stinks.  This is terrorism,” said Tony Yapias, Director of the Utah Latino Project.  Yapias said that many Utah residents are very frightened that the list may fall into the hands of authorities who will then decide to question them.  The activist said that he is working with other pro-immigrant groups to protect the privacy of those on the list.

 The document did not provide information by which to contact any individual nor the group “Concerned Citizens of the United States.”  The list explains that the group focused on Mexicans and infiltrated certain data bases to extract the information.  Various communication media in Salt Lake City fruitlessly tried to determine the origin of the list but verified that some of the information on the list is incorrect. 

 In a public information release, Virginia Kice, regional spokesperson for ICE, confirmed that her office received the list, but said that her agency receives information from the public on a regular basis.

 -end of report-

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