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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.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 9/30/10
Arizona law SB1070 boosts smugglers’ fees
Crossing over to “the other side” (read: the U.S.) used to cost Mexicans two thousand dollars or more; however, smugglers’ rates have now reached $4,500 dollars starting last June. The approval of Law SB1070 in Arizona has allowed the “coyotes” to fill their pockets due to the criminalization of immigrants in that state. New York’s Tepeyac Association, which looks after the rights of immigrants, pointed out that, nevertheless, this 125% increase has not impacted the attempts to cross the border.
Migrants have changed routes now. Arizona is no longer a viable option and now people attempt to cross mostly through New Mexico, California and Texas, according to Joel Magallanes, executive director of the Tepeyac organization. Magallanes added that prices not only impact on Mexicans: it’s the South Americans who must come up with a larger payment to reach the “American dream.” It used to cost them $7,000 dollars, while now the “pollero” (“chicken herder” or smuggler) demands some $15,000. Central Americans have a slight discount, but their cost has risen from the previous $6,000 and has now reached $10,000. The Tepeyac group also pointed out the insecurity on the border and the current high volume of the Rio Grande River, both of which increase the risk for those who attempt to reach the neighboring country.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/29/10
Violent El Salvador
There have been 3,003 homicides in El Salvador between January 1st and September 28 of 2010. This number was reached despite the fact that since last November both the country’s National Police and its armed forces have carried out security tasks jointly, out in the streets, in dangerous areas, jails and border areas. September’s current tally is 201, an average of seven murders daily and a lower number than in the previous months, when the average reached eleven to thirteen daily.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Listin Diario (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.) 9/29/10
Ring that smuggled Cubans into the Dominican Rep. busted
The Dominican Republic’s army announced the arrest of 13 persons linked to a network that smuggled Cubans and that used Ecuador and Haiti as intermediate stops in order to take Cubans into the Dominican Republic. The army’s head of intelligence, Henry Gomez, reported that the Cubans would leave Cuba and travel to Ecuador and from there they would enter the Dominican Republic without documents. The article cites the names and nationalities of those arrested, including persons from Ecuador, Paraguay, Italy, and also one Alexis Guilare Veras, Cuban, said to have permanent residence status in the United States.
Russia & Ecuador eliminate tourist visas
At the recent meeting of the UN General Assembly, the Chancellors of Russia and Ecuador signed an accord doing away with the requirement of a tourist visa for citizens of each of their countries to enter the other for a period of up to ninety days. The Ecuadoran ambassador to the Russian Federation emphasized that the accord would mean an increase in the flow of tourists.
Dollars flow southbound (two different areas and events, but same goals)
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/29/10
Four Colombians attempting to board a commercial flight out of Honduras to Colombia were found to be in possession of 1.3 million dollars they had not declared.
El Bravo (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) 9/30/10
Seven U.S. citizens and seven Mexicans were arrested by U.S. officials at Hidalgo, Texas, (right across the Rio Grande River from Reynosa, Mexico) while attempting to enter Mexico aboard a bus bound for Mexico City. They were carrying a total of 3.1 million dollars, all undeclared and hidden in at least 17 suitcases and in deflated air mattresses. All seven US citizens were born between 1988 and 1992, while the Mexican citizens’ year of birth ranged from 1959 to 1970
El Bravo (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) 9/30/10
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/30/10
More “federales” assassinated
On Wednesday morning, in Ciudad Juarez, two Mexican federal agents were drinking alcoholic beverages outside the Rio Verde Hotel when they were both shot. The killers then went around the block and finished them off. The death toll for federal agents killed in 2010 now reaches 29; Juarez municipal police has lost 43 officers this year, and the total for all public security agencies’ personnel murdered in Juarez is 110. “El Debate” (a Sinaloa, Mexico paper) also referred to this same event and added that the two victims were undercover intelligence agents working to identify drug retail sale locales and to produce a list of the local area’s mafia leaders.
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