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Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia) 7-26-10
Mexican Government still under suspicion
After more than half a century, the Mexican Government is still suspected of not returning a percentage of Bracero wages.
From 1942 to 1964, Mexicans worked in the United States under the Bracero Program. The U.S. Government withheld a percentage of their wages in a savings account that was never repaid. Nearly 4.5 million Mexicans participated in the program. The North American Government withheld 10 percent of the fieldworker wages, which were guaranteed savings for the workers, and transferred the funds to the Banco de Credito Agricola de Mexico, which changed to Banrural and today is known as Financiera Rural.
The problem is that none of the funds were paid out to the former migratory workers and the government never assumed the obligation to make the pay out. Years later, under pressure of organizations representing the ex-Braceros, on April 28, 2005, a law was created to help the former Braceros.
The law required advertisement in the Official Publication of the Federation until 2008 in order to start irregular payments (to the Braceros).
The decision was to pay every Bracero (or surviving family member) a sum of 38,000 pesos. The problem is that funds have not been allocated and as of now there are not sufficient resources to pay, and thousands have received only partial payment.
Months of registration of claims involving deceased and aged claimants have resulted in a logistical nightmare.
According to the organization Braceroproa, every 70 minutes a former Bracero or his widow dies, every 24 hours 17 die and at least 500 die every month. Since January of this year more than 8,000 have passed on.
The government first decided to make an initial payment of 4,000 pesos to each former Bracero but under pressure from organizations changed the law last May to allow payment of 38,000 pesos to the recipients in one lump sum. Braceroproa reports that since March, 39,000 ex-Braceros have received full payment, and some 80,000 to 90,000 have received the partial payment of 4,000 pesos and are waiting for the full payment of 38,000 pesos.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 7-26-10
Convicts commit murders in Torreon
Mexico, D.F. – The Federal Government revealed that inmates in the Cereso (prison) in Gomez Palacio, Durango, were allowed by authorities to leave the prison to commit murders. The inmates were permitted to use weapons and automobiles owned by the government.
In an official statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office, spokesman Ricardo Najera said that prison management is responsible for the crimes perpetrated during the last few months in Torreon, Coahuila, such as the one which occurred on the 18th of July on a farm in which 17 people died.
According to information available, Prison Director Margarita Rojas allowed the inmates to leave at night to commit the crimes.
“She permitted the inmates to leave the prison and to use official weapons and vehicles of the guards to commit the murders. The criminals committed the executions as an adjustment of accounts against members of rival gangs and murdered innocent civilians in the process,” according to Najera.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 7-26-10
Eleven murdered in less than ten hours
Culiacan, Sinaloa – In less then 10 hours, 11 people have been murdered in Sinaloa. Four of them were in Navolato, five in Culiacan, one in Guasave and another in the town of Salvador Alvarado.
Three men and one woman were found murdered on the road to El Castillo in Navolato.
In Culiacan, a burned vehicle that contained four bodies of gunshot victims was found in canal Humaya.
In Guasave, a body with a gunshot to the head was found on the bank of a drain one kilometer from the International Highway.
In Guamuchil, the body of a man with a gunshot to the head was found on a road near the village of Laguna de Palos Blancos.
Other lead stories in El Debate
- Three burned bodies found in Morelos
- Floods affect 10 cities in Chiapas
- Police attacked in N.L., one dead
- Drug distributor detained
- Two with more than 100 gunshot wounds murdered in la Campina
El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 7-26-10
Federal police on red alert
Agents of the Federal Police stationed in Juarez are on Red Alert after arresting several leaders of “La Linea” during the last several hours.
Late Saturday night and early yesterday morning two groups of officers were attacked with gunfire in separate incidents. In one instance, five civilians were arrested and three of them were wounded. In another incident, one policeman was wounded when they tried to stop a vehicle containing some civilians who then fired on them. Two women and one man were wounded and arrested. The driver escaped.
This weekend, narcotics trafficker, Luis Carlos Vazques Barragan, was arrested. He is known as “El 20” and is accused of being the treasurer of “La Linea” and believed to be responsible for ordering the executions of members of rival criminal organizations.
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