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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.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/24/10
Alvaro Colom, President of Guatemala, will travel to the United States on Friday (8/27/10) to participate in a march in Los Angeles to demand an “integral migratory reform.”
The Social Communications Secretary of the Presidency, Ronaldo Robles, stated that “The President will be travelling to Los Angeles to participate in a march to celebrate the Hispanic identity, (and) where an integral migratory reform in the United States will be demanded.” He also explained that President Colom plans to meet with Guatemalan migrant leaders in Los Angeles to inform them about the current status of the Guatemalan government’s request for TPS (Temporary Protection Status,) a humanitarian measure by the United States government to citizens of countries that have suffered natural disasters.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/24/10
Homicides: the norm of the day in El Salvador
Last weekend ended with 29 homicides in El Salvador (a country slightly smaller than Massachusetts.) In the first 22 days of August there have been 242 murders, an average of 11 a day. The month of July closed with 285 such crimes, and the tally for the year has now reached 2,704. Firearms were used in 76% of the homicides.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8/25/10
Mexico’s First Lady champions migration
Margarita Zavala, wife of the President of Mexico, spoke at the World Youth Conference and said that migration must be seen as an opportunity for Mexico’s youth and not as a threat; also, that fear must be set aside in order to search for life’s opportunity in other countries. She added that migration represents a chance for growth, and stated: “I believe in migration not only as a reality but as an element that promotes the growth of the peoples. Unfortunately, it’s seen as a threat, and due to that youths are its main victims. I believe that what we have to do is to stop fearing migration, because doing so is to fear reality.” Further, that she was surprised about the technological advancements that have occurred on a world level, and that the same may not have happened in regard to the growth of human rights: “It’s surprising that merchandise goes from one place to another, that technology unites us and, nevertheless, there are fences and limits, especially cultural ones, for the movement of persons.”
El Debate (Sinaloa) 8/25/10
Mexican military score around Sinaloa
This Tuesday, Mexican military units carried out operations in various parts of the state of Sinaloa. The result was the seizure of 14 firearms – mostly assault rifles – plus 17 grenades, nine vehicles, over 1,300 rounds of ammo and various amounts of drugs including 12,100 kilos of marihuana and some cocaine and “crystal.” Three persons were arrested.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/25/10
Short items from the Juarez area:
- Federal officer dismembered: his head found on a p/u truck; one of his legs 300 meters away; one of his hands, “farther east.”
- Off-duty female police officer shot and killed while in a private car. Her passenger: a one year old child.
- Panic follows grenade & assault rifle attack on a body shop in town.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 8/25/10
Seventy-two murder victims said to be illegals
Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for the Mexican government, today reported that the 72 cadavers found in a ranch in the state of Tamaulipas (the northeast corner of Mexico) could relate to a group of undocumented who were attempting to reach the United States border. Preliminary investigation points to the victims being from Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador and Honduras. A surviving witness, an Ecuadorean also said to be an illegal migrant, reported to local officials that the migrants were kidnapped by an armed group. (A separate account today in La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) states that the victims were killed when they refused extortion demands by their captors.)
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