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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.
Some opinions regarding the Arizona Law decision
(Note: U.S. District Judge Bolton’s decision in the AZ Law case was prominently featured in Central and South American newspapers and practically dominated press coverage in Mexico. In lieu of repeating these reports, we offer the following op/col by Mexican syndicated writer Sergio Sarmiento, whose works appear in 22 papers. The column is titled as shown below.)
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation revealed some days ago that 55% of U.S. citizens are in favor of Arizona Law SB1070 despite acknowledging that it will generate acts of discrimination. Only 40% oppose it. Many Mexicans have begun to tear their hair due to the law. The truth, nevertheless, is that we Mexicans discriminate more against aliens than do the Americans.
There are few studies about the attitude of Mexicans toward aliens. A poll by the Strategic Communications Cabinet in October 2009 pointed out that 38.1% of Mexicans consider that the number of aliens who live in the country is very high, versus 37.7% who say otherwise. What is surprising is that only 0.5% of the country’s residents were born abroad, a very small number. On the other hand, 12.6% of the population of the U.S. was born outside the country. It seems incredible that someone could suppose that there are too many aliens in Mexico.
If we speak about the rights of immigrants, 65.9% of Mexicans polled think that aliens don’t have any right to criticize what occurs in the country.
Granted that we Mexicans think that we are very tolerant, the minute percentage of the population born in other countries ought to alert us about our error. In Mexico there is an attitude of mistrust which at times becomes an open disdain toward aliens: Americans, Spaniards, Argentines, Chileans, Lebanese, Jews, Africans. We have immigration rules that would be unacceptable in almost any place of the world, such as the one that obligates an immigrant to live economically dependent of their Mexican spouse, instead of promoting their participation in the labor market. Equally discriminatory is the law that places a limit on the number of aliens that a firm may hire. Aliens are also forbidden to buy real estate on the border or on Mexico’s coasts (while Mexicans have invested tens of millions of dollars in U.S. properties.)
Social and racial discrimination is evident in the case of Central American and black immigrants. The difficulties for a technician or alien worker to obtain residence in Mexico are enormous no matter the benefits their work might have. On the other hand, the law provides that the penalty for the loss of employment by an alien is the immediate expulsion from the country, as if losing a job were a crime.
For decades, Mexicans whose father or mother was born outside the country could not be Presidents of the country. Granted that the restrictive legislation we had has been modified to allow for dual citizenship, Mexicans who have it are not allowed to occupy relevant public charges or have certain jobs, such as commercial aircraft pilot. Worst of all is that international studies show that migration, instead of depriving locals from employment, produces economic growth and prosperity for all.
Perhaps one could blame xenophobic attitudes on ignorance. However, what we can’t do is to question the United States about its laws when we have much more restrictive legislation that has resulted in the number of aliens in our country being one of the lowest in the world.
The temporary and partial suspension of some parts of Arizona Law SB1070 will not resolve the problem of the Mexican migrants. The only real solution is very simple. Let us make the necessary in depth economic reforms to allow us to be more productive. One of those reforms is to open our labor market instead of keeping it tied up with laws worse than those of the United States.
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/29/10
Jan Brewer, “persona non grata”
Mexico’s National Chamber of Commerce has asked the congress of the state of Sonora to declare Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer as “persona non grata” due to the AZ Law SB1070.
La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 7/28/10
Ecuador still concerned about Arizona law
Despite Judge Bolton’s ruling blocking certain key portions of the Arizona law, the government of Ecuador today expressed its concern that the intent to criminalize immigrants persists in the United States. In a communiqué, the Ecuadoran Chancery appealed to the sensitivity of American authorities so that a “just and integral” migratory reform may be brought about. According to Ecuadoran officials, that reform must attend to “the clamor of the immigrant community that lives in the United States from some years back, that contributes to the economy of that country and that desires to resolve its migratory status.”
Referring to Judge Bolton’s decision, the Chancery points out that the Arizona law “has not been declared unconstitutional, for which reason it will go into effect this Thursday, July 29.” Likewise, the Chancery reiterated its unrestricted commitment to the defense and protection of the rights of Ecuadoran immigrants in the United States.
“Palanquero” [Full transl. of op/col. by Jorge Oviedo Rueda, titled as shown]
Have you, friend reader, heard this name? Perhaps not, but you must remember it because in a short time it may be sadly famous.
It is a North American military base found on Colombian territory. The Pentagon considers it necessary to conduct “wide spectrum” operations in the South American continent, and a support facility to combat the region’s anti-American governments. No free conscience in the world swallows the tale about the combat against the narco-guerilla. Behind that lie is the blind defense of American geo-politics, which cares nothing about the sovereignty of the peoples.
In October of 2009 Colombia and the U.S. signed an accord which permits the Yankees to occupy seven military bases and the use of Colombian territory for its operations. From Palanquero, almost half the continent can be reached by a C-17 without need of resupply; a Yankee Air Force document reveals that Palanquero can be used to carry out intelligence, reconnaissance and espionage operations. The procedures are not new; it’s the old strategy of continental domination maintained by the North Americans since the 19th Century.
The scenarios are new, and the correlation of political forces at the continental level is different. There are governments critical of the North American power. Efforts are being made to design a continental policy for the defense of our sovereignty and our resources. This new attempt to bring to reality the ideas of Bolivar keeps being attacked by the Yankees. For them anything goes. Internal subversion, political destabilization, lies, blackmail, military aggression from Palanquero, it’s all valid. It won’t matter to them if a new genocide begins there. The empire will close its atomic fist, if it deems it necessary.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 7/29/10
“Migration to the United States will not stop”
Martha Cranshaw, a specialist from the Nicaraguan Web of the Migrations Civil Society, commented about the AZ law (prior to the decision by US District Court Judge Bolton) and stated that the AZ law represents a window to xenophobia and that it is not the answer to the entry of undocumented persons, because the detentions will increase but the migration to the United States will not stop.
She also commented that a domino effect of the AZ law in other states could affect the Nicaraguan community, composed of not less than 400,000 persons, and that Nicaragua does not have the economic capacity to absorb them.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 7/28/10
They keep leaving Honduras
The number of Hondurans deported back to their country from the U.S. and Mexico in the last 13 years is about to reach half a million persons. According to the country’s Chancery, the actual number is 480,578, and it covers those deported from 1997 to July 15 of this year. Though each of the yearly numbers was generally less than 5,000 up until the year 2001, they began to increase and reached 83,085 in 2005. This year’s partial figure is 28,110. Although the precise number was not released, it also includes more than 1,000 minors, many of whom travel alone.
El Salvador.com (San Salvador, El Salvador) 7/28/10
Thousands of Salvadoran deportees had criminal records
El Salvador’s Vice Minister for Salvadorans Abroad, Juan Jose Garcia, said that there was a 5% drop in the number of Salvadorans deported back to their country in June of this year in comparison with the equivalent month of 2009. However, the number of deportees returning by land increased 23% overall last year. Of the 11,481 Salvadorans deported from the United States so far this year, 4,590 had committed one or more crimes in the United States.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/29/10
Ciudad Juarez, true to its fame
(The following is the first paragraph of a news item buried among a listing of others in the local news section) “Seven persons were assassinated yesterday afternoon in this city, and during the morning another four individuals were deprived of their lives, therefore 11 persons died at the hands of organized crime.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/29/10
Report: thousands of unaccompanied Mexican minors illegally in Arizona
Mexico’s Dep’t. of Foreign Relations reported that, between January and June of this year, 4,047 unaccompanied Mexican minors who were in the U.S. “without legal documentation” were deported to Mexico from Arizona. Also, that between 400,000 and 530,000 Mexicans could be living in Arizona without documents.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 7/29/10
Mass arrests of police officers in Tijuana
An apparently preliminary report reveals that “more than” 50 police officers of various agencies in Tijuana were arrested between Wednesday night and this morning (Thurs.) Specific numbers and charges were not stated.
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