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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.
Torrential rains have flooded various states of Mexico and parts of Central America. That, plus continuing widespread coverage of the arrest in the “La Barbie” case, and the arrests connected with the recent massacre of the 70+ migrants in Tamaulipas, combined to dominate the news today. As a result, we present the following abbreviated report
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/9/10
(These are but two examples found about the conditions in Ciudad Juarez.) The first seven days of September have brought about 61 homicides in the city, including prison guards, a police officer and minors. Some of the victims are yet to be identified.
Another report describes the fear, terror and desperation felt by parents and faculty members at a grade school and at a separate kindergarten in the west side of Juarez because extortionists are demanding money. The thugs are threatening to slit children’s throats if their request is not met.
Diario Rotativo (Queretaro, Qro.,) 9/9/10
Flooding strands aliens in Mexico
Heavy rains in some parts of Mexico have caused flooding, including in the state of Veracruz. This, in turn, has forced a halt in railroad traffic between Coatzacalcos and Tierra Blanca, in the southern part of the state; the result has been that “tens” of Central American migrants who use the freight train to approach the United States from the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas are stranded. A Salvadoran consul in Chiapas expressed concern due to the high level of danger in the area.
El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, SLP) 9/9/10
Open season on city mayors
A masked and armed group burst into the City Hall at El Naranjo, San Luis Potosi, early on Wednesday afternoon. They entered the mayor’s office, ordered those inside to the floor, except the mayor, and then shot and killed him on the spot. The mayor’s security guards were two blocks away. (El Naranjo is just a stone’s throw away from the southern border of the state of Tamaulipas. La Cronica de Hoy, a Mexico City paper, added that this was the 14th assassination of a city mayor in Mexico since 2008, and the 10th in that area of San Luis Potosi this week.)
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 9/9/10
Mexico seeks halt to migration via the ocean
The delegate of Mexico’s PGR (Dep’t. of Justice) in Tijuana expressed concern for the ever more frequent kidnapping of migrants and also about the case of twenty-some persons recently rescued off a beach in Rosarito. That occurred when a craft capsized shortly after leaving the area with some twenty aboard, who intended to enter the U.S. illegally; the group included three women, one of them pregnant. The delegate added that preventive plans are being made including the interchange of information with U.S. authorities.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 9/9/10
Millions of “neither nor” in Mexico
An official of the Public Education Dep’t. of Mexico stated that the country has more than seven million persons who neither study nor work. [The Mexican press calls this category of persons “ni nis” (neither nor.)] The number includes 4 million “who are not available to carry out productive activities in the labor market” because of decisions they made earlier in their lives.
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