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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.
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A proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/1/10
810 kilos of marihuana seized in Gulf of Baja California
A Mexican Navy aircraft on patrol near Angel de la Guarda Island in the Gulf of Baja California spotted a boat that appeared to be transporting packages. A Navy ship was dispatched from the port of Guaymas, Sonora, and located the 30-foot craft, but without its crew. The boat, powered by two outboard motors, contained 103 packages of marihuana weighing 810 kilos. Also on board were 20 empty 50-liter fuel drums and 10 full ones. [The boat’s direction was not mentioned.]
Armada Nacional (Colombia) 10/1/10
Joint operations score again
Two joint Colombian and US maritime operations, one off Costa Rica, and the other off the coast of Ecuador, netted a total of 2.595 metric tons of cocaine. In the first operation, a boat without identification was intercepted carrying 600 kilos and in the second, a motorized craft, Divino Nino ll, yielded 1,995 kilos. There was no mention of arrests.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/1/10
Mexico advises US Ninth Circuit on SB 1070
Mexico presented a petition before the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in support of the judgement blocking portions of the controversial Arizona law SB 1070. In the petition presented as Friend of the Court, Mexico argues that the Arizona law entails risk of harassment and persecution to Mexican citizens by police agents in Arizona. Mexico seeks to assure that its citizens in the US receive human and civil rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. In addition, the petition holds that SB 1070 interferes in international affairs by hindering bilateral relations and collaboration between Mexico and the US. The petition also advises that the law will severely damage commerce and tourism between Arizona and Mexico and derail efforts toward an immigration reform.
In a coordinated action, 10 Latin American countries also solicited permission of the Court to join Mexico’s petition to ratify the temporary suspension of those parts of the law imposed by the Federal Judge. Those countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 10/1/10
20 tourists disappear in Acapulco
An armed group reportedly abducted at least 20 tourists near Acapulco, Guerrero, who had arrived in the area by bus from the neighboring state of Michoacan. The tourists had left the bus for shopping and to look for hotel accommodations. According to witnesses armed men in four vehicles abducted 20 men from the group of vacationeers and left. No women or children were taken. The investigation continues.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 10/1/10
Border Patrol finds tunnel between Sonora and Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (Notimex) – US Border Patrol agents located a new tunnel under the border near the port of entry serving the cities of Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona. The tunnel is a little more than 50 feet in length and has a diameter of a little more than two feet. It was discovered Thursday, the same day another tunnel, discovered last August, was being sealed by concrete. The latest tunnel discovery is the seventh found in Nogales since 30 September a year ago.
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/2/10
Gunfight in Durango leaves 14 dead
Rival criminal bands shot it out yesterday morning near the village of San Jose de la Cruz in the state of Durango, resulting in the deaths of 14 of the combatants. Drug trafficking is believed to be cause of the confrontation.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/2/10
Deported minors processed through Reynosa
The US Border Patrol McAllen Sector has deported about 1,000 minors under 18 years of age through Reynosa during 2010 according to the president of a Mexican organization for family development (DIF). On average, between 125 and 150 minors are received monthly by DIF after being expelled by US authorities.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 10/2/10
Explosions near three government offices in Monterrey
Three explosive devices were detonated near government offices in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, including the US Consulate. The first explosion occurred late Friday evening in the parking lot of the state treasurer’s office; the second, in the street some 200 yard from the US Consulate and the third, outside the Topo Chico prison. Some damage to the pavement and nearby vehicles was caused by the explosions and one person suffered a leg injury.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/2/10
Police Academy student decapitated
The head of a student of El Salvador’s national police academy (ANSP) was found in a suitcase along a highway near the capital city of San Salvador. The grim find was accompanied by a message that authorities did not reveal. The body of the youthful student, who was to have joined the police force in six months, has not been located.
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/3/10
The strange case of the missing tourists
In a lengthy update on the 20 tourists from Morelia, Michoacan, who were reportedly kidnapped [Saturday, above], there appears to be only a few insignificant changes in the details. The 20 men are still missing and there has been no further information as to their whereabouts.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/3/10
Increase in foreign air passengers to Mexico
The Mexican Secretary of Tourism reported that the arrival of international tourists by air during the period from January-August this year increased 19.2 percent over the same period in 2009 and 6 percent over 2008. The US and Canada represent the largest number of tourists.
El Debate (Sinaloa state) 10/3/10
El Debate offices attacked
Early Sunday morning, the public entrance way to the offices of the newspaper El Debate was attacked by gunfire from and unknown group. Around 17 impacts from AR-15 rifles damaged the area. There were no injuries reported. A number of local notables angrily reacted to the attack as being carried out by organized criminals trying to silence the free press.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 10/3/10
The first attack against the civilian population: mayor
According to the mayor of Guadalupe, a suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, a grenade explosion Saturday evening in a plaza through which “hundreds” of people were passing represented an unprecedented attack on the civil population. “Six adults and six minors were injured,” Mayor Ivonne Alvarez said on local television, pointing out that it is the first attack against a civilian population reported in the state of Nuevo Leon. A witness to the grenade explosion said it caused widespread panic in the crowded area. Preliminary investigations indicate the grenade was tossed by people on foot who then fled the scene.
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