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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 Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) & Tiempo (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) 8/5/10
Very large shipment of cocaine seized
A joint operation between the U.S. Coast Guard and Honduran agents resulted in the seizure of a load of 3,200 kilos of cocaine. The reports did not provide the date of the event, but did state the drug was aboard a Honduran flag fishing vessel from Islas de la Bahia, and that it had sailed from Colombia. Further investigation was still being carried out. The drug was variously said to be worth 80 to 120 million dollars, and to be the largest load seized in the last six years. The interception was on the Atlantic (Caribbean) coast of Honduras. Five crewmen were detained.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 8/5/10
They can shoot you for not carrying your papers
Any minor transgression by those who have Latin appearance can end up with orange colored shackles and electric bracelets meant to locate them. And the law applies not only in Arizona but in the entire United States. Separation of families, unjustified detentions due to a Latin aspect, uniforms and shackles like criminals, and even freedom to shoot the migrants for not carrying their legal documentation are some of the realities for those who cross the border in search of the “American dream.”
All the preceding was shared with us by Heydi Gonzalez, coordinator of the Nicaraguan Network of the Migration Civil Society, who added that the law which recently came into effect criminalizes irregular migration and legalizes violations of human rights. Gonzalez deems that the immigration law’s focus on security violates peoples’ human rights, “Starting because the entrance procedures are excessive and expensive, (and) these force persons to use irregular means, almost always turning to networks of people traffickers. Thus, women end up as victims during that trip, raped, and men die under different circumstances trying to reach the United States border, but who is pursuing the terrible “Z’s” (and) the smuggling networks?”
Gonzalez also said, “Migrants keep going to the United States despite all these controls and the militarization of the borders. Something that will continue to happen as long as conditions and opportunities are not improved in our countries.”
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/5/10
Guatemalan immigration agency charged with corruption
Juan Fidel Pacheco was a union member and employed by Guatemala’s Direccion General de Migracion. Two weeks ago he delivered some documents to the Partido Patriota (PP) (a political party) denouncing the existence of a network of people traffickers inside that agency and questioning its director, Enrique Degehart, for not taking action. Juan Pacheco was murdered inside his home last Saturday.
The information Pacheco furnished involves other union members employed by the agency, and supervisors and personnel who work at Guatemala City’s international airport. It discloses the granting of residence and work permits in three days to Chinese and Korean citizens, while the normal procedural time takes up to two years for Europeans.
Yesterday, during a meeting with Guatemalan congressional members of the PP, Degehart’s extremely brief replies triggered the congressmens’ call for his resignation. Degehart admitted that the use of the armored vehicle he uses costs 4,000 Quetzals daily (the equivalent of 490 dollars), and that he also has a ten person security escort. Likewise, it was disclosed that he has no prior experience relating to security and immigration, and that his background was as business manager for a soccer team.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 8/5/10
Record chemical precursor seizure
A joint report by Mexico’s naval and customs officials revealed that more than 200 tons of chemical precursor used for the manufacture of synthetic drugs have been seized at the port of Manzanillo, state of Colima. The chemicals, phenyl ethyl acetate, were found inside 18 shipboard containers that had come from China and Korea. Mexican officials are said to be investigating all aspects surrounding the documentation of these shipments and their importers.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 8/5/10
Homicides don’t end
The wave of violence has not stopped in Tijuana since the weekend, and ten homicides have been recorded up until Wednesday in various parts of the city. According to witnesses, two of these victims were found wrapped in blankets and were also wearing police style uniforms. All the deceased had multiple gunshot wounds.
But a later report tells about the finding early this morning of the “95% burned bodies” of a woman and a man inside the trunk of a car.
Noticias (Oaxaca) 8/5/10
Eighty illegals detained
Control operations by Mexico’s immigration agency in the area of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec resumed for the first time since the end of March. [Operations had ceased at that time because of allegations of brutality and theft by federal officials against illegal aliens riding trains in that area.] Aboard a train coming from Arriaga, Chiapas, they found 80 migrants “of diverse nationalities from countries of Central America.”
Diario Rotativo (Queretaro, Qro.) 8/5/10
Seventy-nine “undocumented” found
Mexican federal police intercepted 79 “undocumented” Central Americans who were traveling in two passenger buses in the state of Oaxaca. They included 49 men and 6 women from Guatemala, 9 men & 4 women from Honduras, and 6 men and one woman from El Salvador.
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