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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 Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/1/10
Death stalks Ciudad Juarez: a murder every three hours
Eighteen persons were murdered in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday, and there have been 336 homicides in that city during the month of August, a new record. Juarez has now had 2,027 such deaths so far this year. In contrast, the first monthly record kept, which dates to 1995, shows that 34 persons died in August of that year, and that the entire year’s record of homicides then reached 294. Currently, a homicide takes place every three hours.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/31/10
El Salvador : one small but violent country
The murder of two men on Tuesday morning brought this small country’s homicide tally up to 330 for the month and to 2,792 for this year. The month’s daily killing average reached eleven.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 8/31/10
Ecuadorans intend to keep trying to reach the U.S. illegally
The killing of 72 Latin American migrants in Mexico doesn’t discourage some Ecuadorans, who still want to travel to the U.S. clandestinely. A native of the Canar province, from where the only survivor of the Tamaulipas slaughter also comes, says “It’s up to you” and adds that one must arrange the trip with coyotes in order to attempt to enter American territory illegally, the way he already did some years ago. [Note: various press reports today indicate that a second survivor of that massacre, a Central American woman, has now also been found.]
Another area resident relates that he was helped by coyotes, who took him by sea to Guatemala, and then by car and on foot to Los Angeles, in a nearly one month long journey.
Due to the massacre at Tamaulipas, Ecuadoran officials have asked for documents from families who suspect some of their members could be among the victims.
La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 8/31/10
Ecuadoran Cabinet member believes in free global transit for people
Ecuador’s Minister for Internal and External Security, Miguel Carvajal, stated today that government intelligence and security agencies are investigating alleged people trafficking activities in Ecuador. He added that specific measures would be taken against those who use Ecuador’s open door policy for illegal purposes.
When asked whether the open door policy – which permits the free entry of aliens – might be cancelled, Carvajal said that they would “take all necessary measures” to guarantee the security of Ecuadorans, and also added that “We are part of the conviction that persons have free transit in a globalized world. And that is a right which we Ecuadorans demand, above all, for the migration of our fellow citizens, that they be treated as persons.”
Diario Rotativo (Queretaro, Qro.) 9/1/10
Mexican NGO lays blame for migrants’ woes
The Center of Border Studies and Promotion of Human Rights (CEPRODHAC) enumerated the main causes for the deaths and human rights violations of the migrants who seek the “American dream.” Rebeca Rodriguez, CEPRODHAC president, stated that the root causes are poverty, the lack of governmental programs to eradicate poverty in the countries that produce emigration, and also inaction and deaf ears of the Central and South American consulates, as well as the corruption that prevails in Mexico’s National Immigration Agency.
Mexican congresswoman: people ought to move the same as free trade does
Rosa Marquez, Secretary for the Rural Development and Equity of the Distrito Federal stated that at least ¾ million D.F. area residents (“D.F.”: the area surrounding Mexico City) have migrated to the U.S. & Canada. The same area has received 1.5 billion dollars in individual monetary remittances from abroad up to 2009. Marquez emphasized the need to eradicate discrimination against migrants and” to reinforce public migratory policies.” A local congresswoman, Aleida Alvarez, said that if the world has commercial free trade treaties, “it is almost absurd that persons may not be able to move in the same manner.”
Novedades de Quintana Roo (SIPSE.com) (Cancun, Q.R.) 9/1/10
Regarding the Cancun bar killings
The owner of the Cancun bar that was attacked with Molotov cocktails said that a week before they had received a threat from organized crime. Armed subjects arrived and said, “If you don’t give for your security we’re going to bring about a killing.” The thugs were asking for 40,000 pesos a month (approx. 3,000 dollars) for “security.” Six women and two men, all of them bar employees, died due to burns and asphyxia. Press data shows that the majority of the bars are threatened by the “Zetas.” A month ago, the owner of another bar, the “Costa Azul,” also refused to pay for security, and opted to close down his business. They were kidnapped when he and an employee arrived to put the place up for rent; neither has been heard from since then.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 9/1/10
Mexican federal police ranks being purged
Mexico’s federal police announced that 3,200 of its members, or 9.2% of the force, have been let go. The agency’s commissioner, Facundo Rosas, said that this was because those persons did not meet the requirements for retention, and not because they were linked to organized crime. An additional 1,020 federales” are about to be dismissed because of failure to meet “trustworthiness control exams” which include polygraph and anti-doping screening, among others.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/1/10
Current data re monetary remittances
Individual monetary remittances sent to Mexico from abroad rose 1.84% in July and reached 1.867 billion dollars. The U.S. is the largest source of these remittances and, despite the economic recession, Mexico has received 12.495 billion dollars from January to July. That, along with petroleum, constitutes one of Mexico’s largest sources of income.
El Debate (state of Sinaloa) 9/1/10
Sinaloa following the example of Ciudad Juarez
The Mexican state of Sinaloa set a new monthly record: there were 233 homicides in August, an average of seven a day, and the year’s total has now reached 1,647. Twelve police agents and one member of the military are among the victims.
[The state of Sinaloa occupies a strip along Mexico’s west coast opposite the south end of the Baja California Peninsula. It is slightly smaller than West Virginia.]
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