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A proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 10-5-10
Migrants without access to healthcare
Guanajuato – Work related accidents, HIV-AIDS and diabetes are the main problems faced by Mexicans who leave the health care system of this country and go to the United States.
Of the 30.7 million Mexicans who reside in the United States, one out of every three needs medical care, said the Sub-secretary for North America, Julian Ventura, at the tenth Bi-national Conference on Health in the capital city of Guanajuato.
Jose Angel Cordoba Villalobos, Secretary of the Federal Health Agency, said that migrants have double the risk of acquiring illnesses when arriving in the United States, such as HIV-AIDS, obesity, hypertension, mental problems and addiction to tobacco, alcohol and drugs. He said that those addictions increase in a dramatic way among migrants and that there are major psychological disturbances due to the social conditions they live under.
For example, he says, while Mexico has a HIV-AIDS rate of 0.36%, the United States has a 0.80% rate of HIV-AIDS in the migrant population.
Mexico has a 7% diabetes rate while the U.S. has a 20% rate. In the migrant population (in the USA) the diabetes rate is 14%.
The Federal Secretary of Health and Director of the Health Initiative of the Americas, Xochitl Castaneda from the University of California who organized the forum, said “It is a band-aid on a hemorrhage because the health problems of migrants will not be resolved in a week or a month but fellow countrymen in a strange country need medical attention.”
Castaneda said that the Mexican population that migrates to the United States is fundamentally healthy because their median age is 20 years and up, but Mexicans work in risky conditions where nobody else will work, but they have to do so because of their situation.
(The article continues to address the problems of addiction, depression, anxiety, sadness and substance abuse among migrants)
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 10-5-10
Marines seize six tons of marijuana
Angostura, Sinaloa – Marines watching the Gulf of California seized 5,683 kilos of marijuana and three boats.
Personnel from the Federal Attorney General’s Office stationed in Guasave, Sinaloa, said that a group of marines patrolling in the area of Talchichinte Island found two boats loaded with marijuana and a third boat loaded with gasoline. The boats had been abandoned. The boats and cargo were taken to the Port of Topolobambo.
El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 10-5-10
Seventeen members of Gulf Cartel caught
Matamoros – Elements of the Mexican Navy captured 17 presumed members of the Gulf Cartel and seized an arsenal, thanks to intelligence operations in the northern zone of Tamaulipas.
Among those detained, 10 are suspected of being policemen. They had in their possession, 51 firearms–49 rifles and 2 pistols.
In a press conference, Jose Luis Vergara Ibarra, a spokesman for the Mexican Navy, said that along with the suspects and the arsenal, they seized more than 100,000 rounds, camouflaged military uniforms and 42 vehicles.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 10-5-10
Mexico City – During a joint operation with the Attorney General’s office (PGR) and the SAT [read: IRS], 102.6 kilos of cocaine was seized from a shipping container in the Port of Manzanillo, Colima. The container had arrived from the Port of Quetzal, Guatemala.
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