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El Universal (Mexico City) 8/19/10
Editorial: Saving Monterrey
The second most important city in this country, the nerve center of national industry, is at the breaking point on the edge between civility and barbarism. If Monterrey falls, like Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa, the country will be on a path to doing so as well. What other diagnosis can be made when the jewel of the country’s economy finds itself trapped between bullets; when it is so simple to kidnap officials like Edelmiro Cavasos, mayor of Santiago – a suburb of Monterrey – who was found dead yesterday? In less than two years, Monterrey went from occasional violence in the poor neighborhoods to narco-blockades throughout the city, grenades against the local media and kidnapping of public officials from their own homes.
Monterrey has been the principal point of exchange between Mexico and the United States, the pioneer of the country’s industrialization, area of the largest businesses, focal point of political influence and pride for the wealth produced through its efforts. It is for this reason that the capital of Nueva Leon is for Mexico what New York is for the United States; Barcelona, for Spain; Milan, for Italy; Shanghai, for China. None of those countries could even consider the possibility of seeing those cities in the hands of organized crime, as much for the economic impact such a tragedy would represent as the symbolism it would generate: a virtual definitive defeat of the State.
(The editorial continued with suggestions for more federal help than just police actions as have failed in Chihuahua and Tamaulipas and concluded: )
The breakdown of Nuevo Leon and its capital is perhaps the major challenge that President Felipe Calderón will encounter, one of the moments that will define his legacy in national history.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/19/10
US irresponsible for arms sales: Calderón
Mexico City – President Felipe Calderón stated that the US has not made an important effort in reducing drug consumption and calls the US “irresponsible” for selling arms that end up in the hands of drug cartels. He urged that opinions, not only from Mexico but international, be aimed against US arms traffic. He considers that US arms traffic provokes conflicts in poor countries.
“Arizona law will continue to cause problems for migrants”
Morelia, Michoacán – “The famous SB 1070 law that was enacted in Arizona will continue causing problems for our migrants because there are police authorities that are not going to respect the restrictions that were made. In fact, we hope that in other states they will not try to imitate such a law,” said Zaira Mandujano Fernandez, the state’s secretary of migrants. She explained that, rather than returning home to Michoacan, the migrants made use of family ties and moved to other cities in the US to evade deportation. She said that in Arizona there were around 15,000 migrants from Michoacán who “lived difficult times” when US police began to enforce the law. She continued, “But as I said before, they will continue to have problems because the police of that country are famous for violating the laws and the human rights of immigrants and there are many proofs of that.”
Texas, US – Federal agents carried out a raid that led them to discover 39 presumed undocumenteds in a house in the city of Laredo, on the border with Mexico. The agents detained 24 men, 10 women and 5 minors, according to Nina Pruneda, spokesperson for the Immigration and Customs agency. Among those arrested were people from Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and India.
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