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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) 7/23/10
Keeping in touch
Dallas (Notimex) – The office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the placement on the internet of a data base that permits locating detained immigrants under the custody of that agency in any part of the country. The data base, called ODLS, is a search tool similar to that used by the Office of Federal Prisons. Those interested in locating a certain detainee can reach the ICE internet site to search by name or by designated alien number.
El Debate (Sinaloa state) 7/23/10
Body search pays off
Two women arriving by air from Culiacan, Sinaloa, to Tijuana, Baja California, when questioned about their reason for the trip, gave contradictory statements to Federal Police and were held for further interrogation. As the questioning continued, the women declared that they were carrying drugs in their genital areas and needed to remove them because of a strong odor they were causing. The police immediately turned them over to medical personnel who discovered that each had a packet inserted containing about a pound of heroin. The total amount of their smuggling venture was estimated at 950 grams.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) And El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/23/10
Explosives seized in Chihuahua
The Mexican Army seized 26 kilos of Tovex explosive and nearly a kilo of Detagel explosive after two shootouts in Simona, Chihuahua, in which nine gangsters were killed and another six arrested, according to official sources. The Army also seized 15 “automatic” rifles, rolls of detonation cable, 10 vehicles and other equipment. The Tovex was in 50 [or 62, depending on the report] “sausages” similar to that used in the recent car bombing in Ciudad Juarez. The explosives are used in Mexican mining operations as well.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/23/10
Costa Rica joins petition against Arizona law
San Jose, Costa Rica – Costa Rica joined the petition presented by the coalition of civil organizations in the US against the Arizona immigration law that criminalizes the undocumented, thus also lending its voice to those of Mexico and other Latin American countries. “Costa Rica, true to its tradition of promotion and defense of human rights has added its voice against the discrimination of those immigrants in the United States,” stressed the Costa Rican Chancellery in a communique.
El Debate (Sinaloa state) 7/24/10
Border Patrol confiscates more drugs
Mexico – Within a period of six days, 14 to 20 July, a total of 3,150 kilos of marihuana was seized by US border agents. Narciso Ramos, spokesman for the US Border Patrol in the Laredo [Texas] Sector, advised that the increase in seizures occurred in different areas patrolled by the agents and at the ports of entry. The value of the seized drug is estimated to be 5.6 million dollars. However, even though the seizures increased, the arrests were minimal since a large part of the drugs were abandoned near the Rio Grande. “The efforts of the agents paid off with the seizure of the drugs. In six days, an impressive amount of marihuana was seized that was destined to the streets of our city and the rest of the country,” Ramos said.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 7/24/10
Protests in Guatemala continue
Guatemala [population roughly that of IL] registers an average of 18 violent murders per day, placing it as one of the most dangerous Latin American countries. For the past several days, hundreds of Guatemalans have carried out demonstrations on the streets of the capital to protest the violence and to denounce the inability and failure of the government of President Alvaro Colom in matters of security. The protests emphasize the increasing criminal activities that are overwhelming the people. “We should not become accustomed to seeing the deaths of our countrymen as being a common occurrence,” asserted Anabella Palomo, a leader of the protest group. Regarding the passive actions of the government, she said that “no more analysis or studies of the problem are necessary …the situation is so critical that it demands immediate and effective action.”
La Jornada (Mexico City) 7/24/10
New narco tactics resemble terrorism: COLEF expert
Tijuana, Baja California – The drug cartels have challenged the government of Mexico more than ever this year with indiscriminate attacks that left dozens of people dead, the assassination of a candidate for governor, the use of a car bomb in Ciudad Juarez and people hanging from bridges in Tijuana and Cuernavaca, among other cities. “The purpose of these types of attacks is precisely to generate terror in people at the social level and this strikes at the soul of the citizenry and generates a hardness of the State,” affirmed Vicente Sanchez Munguia, a researcher at the Northern Border College (COLEF). Although the government has rejected that there is “narcoterrorism,” Sanchez Munguia, a specialist in security and public administration, assured that the escalation of violence on the northern border signifies “a qualitative leap” that resembles “terrorism.” He stated that, “I believe as a society and a government we should have some clear idea in the sense that we are reaching unprecedented situations that put us at high risk.”
The authorities, on the other hand, refuse to speak of terrorism and maintain that the reaction of the criminal organizations is only due to them beginning to feel cornered. “I believe that, beyond the discussions over adjectives and words, we have to worry about interpreting the reality and about confronting it with solutions,” Sanchez Munguia said. He takes issue with the government’s position that organized crime is suffering such harassment by federal forces that the criminals have taken a step backward from direct confrontation and now prefer to carry out their violence at a distance. Another observation he makes are the messages left on walls banners and bodies of victims that indicate the impunity the narcos feel. “Before, it was said that they were messages to their rivals, but now they are to the State, saying ‘here I am and no one can do anything to me.’ This kind of message gives many the impression that there is a lack of authority. It’s a direct challenge to the institutions.”
Sanchez Munguia concludes, “It is said that installing a car bomb is imitating the terrorists, but my perception is otherwise: they are not imitating, they are evolving, which speaks to the necessity for the police agencies to strengthen themselves with intelligence and technology in order to try to counteract the effects that evidently make us think that those groups are overcoming the authorities.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/25/10
“Hate crimes against migrants increase 20% each year”
Each year the number of hate crimes against migrants committed by racist groups in the US along the border with Mexico increases by 20%, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The groups include neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Border Guardians and Minutemen. According to the SPLC, neo-Nazis and KKK are mainly on the Texas border. According to its study, the SPLC determined that there are at least 602 racist groups, also called migrant hunters, along the US-Mexico border. Arizona has the greatest number of attacks against Mexican and Central American migrants, most carried out by ranchers calling themselves Border Guardians and who have connections with the neo-Nazis and the KKK. Enrique Morones Careaga, advisor of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) and director of the Angels of the Border organization, affirmed that anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 give “power and even permission to those groups of migrant hunters to attack the undocumented.”
El Liberal (Popayan, Colombia) 7/25/10
Bad news for sniffers
A technical investigative team (CTI) and Colombian Army troops made a surprise visit to one of the largest cocaine manufacturing laboratories in the department [state] of Cauca. The government forces destroyed the factory that was capable of producing three tons of cocaine weekly.
elsalvador.com (El Salvador) 7/25/10
Archbishop of San Salvador preaches for US migratory reform
During his sermon Sunday, Jose Luis Escobar Alas, Archbishop of San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, advocated for advancing the process for migratory reform in the US for the benefit of all the migrants residing illegally in that country. Also, during his morning prayer, he asked for the repeal of the Arizona law, which he considers threatens the stability of the people.
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