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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 Universal (Mexico City) 7/30/10
Devastating blow to Sinaloa drug cartel
The death of narco-boss Igancio (Ignacio?) ‘Nacho’ Coronel was described as a devastating blow that will affect the operational ability of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Coronel was killed in his luxury home in Zapopan, Jalisco, in a shootout with Mexican Army troops in which the leader of the military operation was killed and another wounded. Coronel was described as the right-hand man of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, head of the powerful cartel and top of Mexico’s most wanted. According to Mexican authorities, Coronel’s death will alter the flow of cocaine and methamphetamine to the US.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 7/30/10
Probable successor to ‘Nacho’ Coronel dies
The Mexican Army delivered yet another blow to the Sinaloa drug cartel by taking down a nephew of Ignacio Coronel, killed last Thursday [above story]. Mario Carrasco Coronel, “El Gallo,” was located Friday in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in another military operation and, when resisting arrest by firing at the soldiers, was promptly killed. “El Gallo” was considered to be a probable replacement for his uncle ‘Nacho’ whose life ended the same way the day before.
U.S. Border Patrol rescues six migrants
The US Border Patrol rescued a total of six undocumented illegal crossers in the desert west of Calexico, California, July 25, saving five of them from possible heat strokes. The group had become lost after crossing. One of them showed serious signs of disorientation and required medical attention. The Border Patrol gave him first aid until medical help arrived. [There was only one reader comment. It noted that no one else had made any comments and pointed out in rather salty language that if the story had been about the Patrol doing something bad, the readers would be spewing hate at the gringos.]
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 7/30/10
US Ambassador: “Arizona violates US Constitution”
US Ambassador to Nicaragua, Robert Callahan, described the controversial Arizona law as “unconstitutional and a violation of human rights.” Callahan explained his personal opinion: “I am completely in agreement with my president because our Constitution has an article that speaks to equal treatment under the law and, for me, the Arizona law is a violation of this article.” The Ambassador stated that next year, the US government will be dedicated to working on an immigration reform for the purpose that immigrants enter the country legally, since they represent a major part of the economy and culture of his country. “We do have laws concerning legal immigration to the US, but we don’t apply the laws. There is almost complete chaos in our immigration policy. It is then necessary for [Congress to pass] a clear, just law that we can use to assure that immigrants who want to go to the United States can go, but in a legal way,” the Ambassador said.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/30/10
A day without the US
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua – The US Consulate in Cd. Juarez closed last Thursday for an indefinite period due to unspecified threats. The US Department of State said that it is evaluating the threats while the office is closed. On Friday, an estimated 300 people seeking visa applications and other services were left stranded outside the building wondering what to do. A State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, said there was certain information about threats that they were evaluating and that it was difficult to determine if the threats were directed at the area or the consulate itself. Many of those having appointments for consular services had traveled long distances and complained about the inconvenience of the sudden closing. “What kind of help is this?” asked one of them. The governor of the state of Chihuahua offered security support to re-open the consulate due to the volume of Mexicans who need services to cross into the US.
El Universal (Mexico City) 7/31/10
Ransom for kidnapped journalists: publicity
Last week, four journalists, three from TV stations and one from a newspaper, were kidnapped by elements of organized crime in Gomez Palacio, Durango. Today (Saturday), the Mexican Secretary of Federal Public Security, Genaro Garcia Luna, reported that the Sinaloa drug cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman orchestrated the kidnappings for publicity about the criminal organization. All four journalists have been released with stories of negotiations in which their companies yielded to demands by “El Chapo” to broadcast information about his criminal activities.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas state) 7/31/10
Racist terrorism against Mexicans in Arizona
[Opinion columnist Mario Ruiz Redondo in a column titled as above writes in part:]
The pack of white power hounds has been set loose in full force this Thursday, July 29, in Arizona, United States, against 600,000 dark-skinned Mexicans — nine percent of the state’s population — who have entered illegally into this extremely racist space of the so-called American Union, bordering Sonora. Upon enactment of law SB 1070, introduced by Governor Janice K. Brewer, the full force of local and federal anti-immigration police [will be] to eliminate all presence of undesirable Mexicas [referring to native Mexicans] found undocumented on US soil in search of the dream that has now become a nightmare.
[The column continues at length in this vein with accusations of xenophobia, hate, injustice, Nazi tactics and an historical reference to Arizona being a part of Mexico that was “given” to the US by then President Santa Anna. It concludes with what might be considered a travel advisory: ] Governor Brewer forgets that, with her attitude, she can incite more than one Mexican, who in solidarity with his compatriots (can) implement similar systems of violent aggression on US nationals in our country, with all the terrorist and racial overtones that she has introduced. Something like reviving that slogan of an eye for an eye …
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/1/10
Texas leads in Guatemalan alien arrests
A study by the Guatemalan Human Rights Agency (PDH) regarding deportations of Guatemalans from the US showed that, of arrests of undocumented Guatemalan aliens during the first part of this year, 25% were made in Texas. Other states were Florida with 11%; Nebraska, 7%; Georgia, 6%; New York and Ohio, 5% each, and North Carolina, Mississippi and New Jersey each with 4%.
The study also revealed that 35.5% of the deportees had from one to five years in the US, while 27.2% had from six to ten years residence. In addition, 70% of those interviewed said they left families behind in the US.
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