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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
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/6/10
Jorge Bustamante, a Mexican “UN special spokesman for immigrants’ human rights,” said that the “atmosphere of xenophobia” in various parts of the United States is bringing about abuses of immigrants, despite the suspension of parts of the Arizona law. “In the interim, situations are occurring derived from that ambience of xenophobia that predominates in the state of Arizona and in other parts of the United States, and which lead to vulnerable conditions for the immigrants and lead to abuses.” Bustamante labeled the law as “racist” because it gives the police the right to detain and expel persons “on the basis of their appearance, and the main appearance is the color of the skin.” He recalled that the approval of this law “constitutes a violation of what is established in the Constitution of the United States, which stipulates that immigration may only be legislated at the federal, not state, level.”
On the other hand, he defended the sovereign right of nations to decide about their immigration laws, and deemed that the concept of universal citizenship is practically impossible to bring about.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 10/5/10
A remote coyote
In Cuenca, Ecuador, Ramon Severo Maldonado-Avila, 61, used various scams on people anxious to reach the U.S.; in one, he’d tell them that he had friends in the U.S. Embassy and that he could get visas for them in exchange for money. In another, he’d tell women that he was a U.S. citizen and could get them a resident visa if they married him. He also offered conventional illegal trips to the U.S. without any documents. A number of his victims have complained because he has done nothing for them. Now Ramon is in jail.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 10/5/10
Millions of narco money seized
On Monday, with support from U.S. officials, Colombian police found and confiscated a cache of 29 million dollars and 17 million euros hidden in houses in Bogota. It was part of the “Pacific Basin Operation” by the U.S., Mexico and Colombia against narcotraffic. Other seizures by this joint force have taken place recently: 24 million dollars were found in the trunk of a car in Bogota on Sep. 14, and another 28 million was found earlier in that month.
Banderas News (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco) 10/6/10
Mexico to expand weapons tracking (See link below for English language article)
El Diario (El Paso, TX, on-line edition of the Ciudad Juarez paper) 10/6/10
Blood keeps flowing in Ciudad Juarez
“Nine persons, among them a Municipal Police captain, were shot yesterday afternoon, and during the morning another five Juarenses (read: Juarez residents) were deprived of life violently, so that Tuesday’s total number of victims reaches 14.” (The article then goes on to give a brief report of the times and various streets where the bodies were found.)
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/6/10
More illegals nabbed after bypassing border by sea
A group of 20 illegal aliens was detained after they reached the Mission Beach area of San Diego aboard a boat around 2 a.m. Monday. Some of the detainees said they’d paid from 4 to 6 thousand dollars to be brought over by sea. Two other persons fled; they’re believed to have been the boat’s operators.
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/6/10
A quick snapshot of headline items around Mexico
- Three killed in Sinaloa in less than 2 hours
- Cadavers of policeman and his two sons found
- “Pemex” (Mexican gov’t. petroleum monopoly) worker killed in (town of) Lazaro Cardenas
- Two executed outside “table dance” in Monterey
- Police looking for kidnapped congressman in Oaxaca
- Juarez police supervisor killed with some 50 shots
- Chihuahua records 18 dead
- Police ambushed in (state of) Guerrero: one dead, seven wounded
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/6/10
Calderon: Problems for Mexico if California legalizes marihuana
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon stated today that if the state of California legalizes marihuana in November “it’s going to put Mexican authorities in a serious bind.” “It’s going to put us in a problem difficult to resolve. It’s going to have an impact on the Mexican market, and I don’t know in what sense, frankly, it’ll have to be examined.” “It’s really very difficult for a government to jail a farmer who is growing marihuana for sale to the Californians.”
The President pointed out, “The inconsistency in the public policy of the United States about the issue is something reprehensible. I don’t exactly know what the North Americans may want, but, at least, they’re not consistent, and they do generate a major problem for us.”
Other Latin American heads of state, such as the Colombian Juan Manuel Santos (the new president of that country) have also expressed their concern about the possible legalization of marihuana in California. Santos even set forth the option of a joint reaction with Mexico and Peru if that drug is legalized in the United States.
Calderon insisted that legalization of drugs does not benefit Mexico: “It’s finally done, in Mexico, and the truth is that it has solved absolutely nothing.” He added that if a country legalizes drugs, it must resign itself to have youths, adolescents and children be able to access the drug market with the same ease as they do with a package of cigarettes, which would generate a terrible harm for our society.
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