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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.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador), La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/20/10
No police force can stop migration
Alvaro Colom, President of Guatemala, said that people emigrate because there is a market that takes them in, and that any human being ought to have the right to go anywhere to work if that’s their desire. He pointed out that the United States ought to start with laws that permit family reunification, and to bestow legal status to the immigrants who already live in that country. He added, “The United States spends millions and millions of dollars on the border. They put up a fence and people keep on coming through, if not by land it’s by sea or underground.” “There is no police force that can halt the flow of migrants.”
He also said that the “Zetas” already are a very dangerous presence in his country: they began to arrive in Guatemala around 2004 and this was intensified in 2007. They now control two out of the four zones of the country.
Armada Nacional (Bogota, Colombia) 9/21/10
Meth shipment seized in the Caribbean
Joint operations by the Colombian Coast Guard & U.S. patrol aircraft on the Caribbean resulted in the detection of a vessel some 40 miles NW of Providencia Island. Upon being spotted, the vessel’s four crewmen dumped its load, beached the craft and fled into the island. U.S. forces recovered the load, which turned out to be 437 kilos of methamphetamine. (Providencia Island is some 140 mi. off the east coast of Nicaragua.)
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 9/21/10
And still more action in the Caribbean
Drug smugglers in the Caribbean are attempting to make their runs in the dark to prevent being spotted, but that didn’t prevent Nicaraguan naval forces from detecting and trailing a smugglers’ boat before dawn on Monday. The smugglers fired on their pursuers, then beached their boat in the Wounta Lagoon [on Nicaragua’s east coast]; they then fled into the coastal jungle and are being sought. The smugglers abandoned 1.2 tons of cocaine in 62 sacks.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/21/10
Salvadorans want to extend their “TPS”
El Salvador’s Chancellor (equiv. Sec. of State) reported that the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service has received 209,000 applications from Salvadorans in the U.S. to renew their Temporary Protection Status (TPS.) A poll by Salvadoran officials revealed that 36% of the TPS applicants were unemployed at the time they applied.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 9/21/10
Ecuador reports on European immigration issues
Sunday’s elections in Sweden showed that the country’s traditional welcome to refugees in no longer universally accepted. A portion of the voters favored a nationalist group that accuses immigrants, especially Muslims, of eroding Sweden’s national identity. It was also a bitter pill for a nation that had clearly criticized its neighbors, such as the mistreatment of Muslims in Denmark, the attempts to ban mosques in Switzerland and the French repression against gypsy campgrounds.
It’s Monday morning and it’s the time for Swedes to take a new image of themselves, said the daily Svenska Dagbladet on its front page. Hardened attitudes regarding immigrants have helped some right wing politicians to gain influence in other parts of western Europe. Holland, for instance, which built a reputation for open minded policies, made a sudden turn to the right against immigration in 2002, when the populist politician Pim Fortuyn broke all taboos about talking against multiculturalism and indicated that Holland was completely full. Anti-immigrants parties have been important factors in all elections since then.
Armada Nacional (Bogota, Colombia) 9/21/10
Major seizure by Colombian Navy
In a joint operation by the Colombian Navy and Department of Security, a “fast boat” was intercepted in the gulf of Uraba [on the Caribbean side near the Panama border] and 1,887 kilos of cocaine was seized. The five crew members of the smuggling craft were arrested.
El Financiero (Mexico City 9/22/10
US deportation policy clarified
Washington, D.C. (Notimex) – The head of US Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano denied that a first draft of a memo issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recommending special focus on deporting aliens with prior criminal records is official policy. She said ICE recently circulated the document to guide agents to focus on aliens with prior criminal records, fugitives from major crimes, gang members and those who represent a threat to public security. When asked about local police reporting undocumented aliens arrested for minor crimes or traffic infractions, Napolitano replied that such arrests depend on whether they have prior criminal records and the availability of detention space. She described as erroneous press reports indicating that the US government seeks to “allow free” undocumented aliens.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 9/22/10
Mexican violence major US security threat: FBI
Washington, D.C. (OEM) – The increase in violence in Mexico represents a major threat to the national security of the US according to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano. Napolitano considers the violence in northern Mexico to be a major threat, especially in the border states of Chihuahua and Tamaulipas. In answer to the question of whether the present situation in Mexico compares to that of Colombia years ago, FBI Director Mueller answered that, “The framework of the different confrontational factions in Colombia is of a different type of warring factions than in Mexico today. I’m not sure how what happened in Colombia five, six, seven years ago in Colombia can be compared with what happened in Mexico.” The Mexican government categorically rejected the comparison between Mexico today and Colombia in the 1980s made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton several weeks ago.
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