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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 Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/27/10
Large Mexican union calls for boycott of U.S. products and breaking of diplomatic relations
Just prior to Arizona Law SB1070 going into effect, Mexico’s National Confederation of Social, Field Workers and Communal Farms Organizations announced a boycott of U.S. origin products. At a press conference, Sergio de Alba Avila, the organization’s president, stated that he will demand the Mexican government to break diplomatic relations with the United States if that anti-immigrant law goes into effect.
After defining his confederation as a center-left group, he added that its members will distribute lists in self service and department stores identifying U.S. products so that customers will not buy them. He also stated that they intend to mount a cybernetic protest by having internet users flood the state of Arizona’s web pages with messages against the law in question. They will also be sending electronic messages to the governor of the state of Arizona, as well as congressmen, senators and to the U.S. president.
He added that they will ask the Mexican Chancellor (Sec. of State,) Patricia Espinosa, to harden the Mexican government’s policy against the referenced law and, if necessary, to break relations with the United States if that law is applied against fellow nationals. Further, that they might join protest actions being called for by other groups of migrants, such as the blockage of international crossing points, among others.
Further increase in Mexico’s organized crime violence foreseen
The president of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (House of Reps.,) Ruben Moreira, warned that if the federal government continues with the same tactics against organized crime, the year will end up with 16,000 dead. At the start of the current administration the tally was 100 a month. Moreira also added that “Today we have a security problem such as we’ve never had during the last 70 years.”
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 7/28/10
Smuggled aliens found in Mexico
Eight men from Bangladesh were found by Mexican federal police in the false double bottom of a tractor trailer in Chiapas. A further search in the truck’s cabin turned up two Cubans who admitted they were heading to the United States. The driver and his assistant, both Mexican, were arrested. (The article does not specify when this took place and only gives a kilometer marking on the Pan Am highway for the location of the event.)
El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/28/10
“Migration is not subject to a document or a law”
The governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato, Juan Manuel Oliva, is also the head of the Migratory Affairs Commission of Mexico’s National Conference of Governors. At a press conference, he stated that, “We are awaiting the decision of the United States courts to invalidate Law SB1070, which criminalizes undocumented migration in Arizona.” He added that the law violates the migrants’ human rights, something inconceivable in a nation founded by immigrants. He was therefore very pleased that individuals and organizations had filed legal challenges against the law, though he acknowledged the right of the United States to decide upon its own laws. He also recalled the speech by President Barack Obama “in the sense that migration is not subject to a document or a law, but to the loyalty that migrants might have toward the receiving country.”
Poverty increasing and education not keeping pace in Mexico
Every year, 445,000 youths abandon high school in Mexico due to poverty and violence, while another 1,144,000 more don’t even reach that educational level to begin with, and as a result, they enlarge the ranks of child labor including sexual exploitation, according to Mario Luis Fuentes, director general of CEIDAS, the Center for Studies and Investigation in Development and Social Assistance. Fuentes added that the number of Mexico’s poor has increased by 11 million from 2006 to date, and now totals 56 million.
El Universal (Mexico City) 7/278/10
Mexico’s criminal cartels now ranked 3rd in the world
In the last three years the presence of Mexican cartels has increased 735% in the black lists kept by the United States, Canada, the European Union and Asia. This growth has now made Mexico’s criminal groups the third most important in the world, above similar groups in Italy and Colombia and behind only Russian and Chinese mafias. The information comes from Edgardo Buscaglia, a member of Mexico’s Institute of Technology in Mexico City, who added that Mexican cartels are really criminal groups that include portions of the Mexican government, portions of the Mexican legal structure and portions of the Mexican armed forces.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 7/28/10
Police chief murdered
The chief of the Ministerial Police in Rosarito, Baja Calif. (just south of Tijuana,) and another ministerial police agent were sitting in the chief’s vehicle in front of the police facility on Tuesday night when armed subjects arrived in another vehicle and “emptied their rifles” at the two and then fled. The police chief died and the other agent was wounded and taken to a hospital in Tijuana.
One reader commented: “And as usual, the criminals fled and no one knows their whereabouts. It seems to be another settling of accounts among CRIMINALS, like the thousands that take place monthly in this country.”
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La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 7/28/10
Police chief’s execution believed probably linked to people trafficking
Rommel Moreno, the Baja California State Att’y. General, said that the execution of the chief of the Ministerial Police in Rosarito is probably due to traffic of undocumented persons. Several undocumented in the area were arrested two hours prior to the execution of the police chief.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 7/28/10
More police assassinated
Three Mexican federal police agents stopped a tractor trailer for a routine check on the Puebla-Orizaba highway (southeast of Mexico City), but then two other vehicles came up and their occupants, some ten subjects, opened fire with high power weapons and killed all three police agents. The tractor trailer and the thugs fled, but left behind one of their vehicles, a Cadillac Escalade.
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