Archive for October 8th, 2010

Obama a Disappointment to Mexico

October 8, 2010

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El Universal (Mexico City) 10/7/10

Obama forgot to look south [Full transl. of main editorial]

Yesterday the United States announced a new record of deportations: 392 thousand 863 persons during 2010. Those are bad news for Mexico, not so much due to the number, but because no other action or characteristic distinguishes Obama’s administration from its predecessors on the issue of immigration.

Mexico, like the rest of the world, had high expectations placed on the first African-American president of the power to the North. Being the son of an alien, a man of simple origins and “progressive” ideals – by American standards – it was hoped that he would innovate and confront the neighboring nation’s old problems with new vigor.

As presidential candidate of the Democrat Party, Barack Obama offered a migratory reform in his first year in office. President Calderon was the first one to be received by then President Elect Obama. Expectations were renewed when the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and then Obama himself visited this country in 2009 in response to Mexican complaints about his lack of involvement in the war against drugs. An unprecedented mea culpa! The government of the United States recognized for the first time its responsibility in the consumption of drugs and the traffic of weapons to the south. By 2010, the American drug czar announced a new social focus (read: effort) on the fight against narcotraffic, which again raised expectations in Mexico.

Up to now they have only been words.

Perhaps the only action of the Democrat in favor of the Mexicans in the United States was the legal onslaught against the Arizona SB1070 law, which criminalizes the undocumented. In defense of the President, it has to be said that the conservative current in the American Congress, including legislators from his own party, would never allow him a legalization of the undocumented, not even a partial one, as was the case with the failed “Dream Act” that aimed to legalize foreign students. Nor would he be allowed to relax the controls on the border with Mexico or to tolerate crossing without documents to the other side of the Bravo River (read: Rio Grande River) which represents a “crime” to the majority of Americans.

In any event, his administration in relation to Mexico must be considered a failure because our country was ignored, as was the rest of Latin America, in all bilateral issues and actions. The feeling remains that the President doesn’t have any idea of what to do with the countries to the south of its border.

During decades, Latin America lamented about American interventionism. Today we know that the opposite extreme doesn’t help either.


Armada Nacional (Bogota, Colombia) 10/6/10

Nearly a ton of cocaine seized on the Caribbean

A joint effort by the Colombian navy, the country’s Security Agency (DAS) as well as by a citizens’ support group resulted in the seizure of 906 kilos of cocaine. The drug was found aboard a “go-fast” boat which had left Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and was headed toward Central America. The load’s value was estimated at 22 million dollars. Three crewmen were arrested, two of whom had outstanding arrest warrants for drug and people smuggling.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 10/7/10

More cocaine seized in Honduras

Honduran National Police & U.S. DEA agents seized “at least” 500 kilos of cocaine during an operation near Brus Laguna, on the east coast of Honduras. Also seized and destroyed were 3 “fast boats,” 4 ATV’s and a light aircraft. As the police & agents approached, by helicopter, the smugglers heard them and fired at them before fleeing into the jungle. Officials stated that some 100 tons of cocaine pass through Honduras each year en route to the United States.


Banderas News (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco) 10/7/10

Can America stay out of Mexico’s drug war? (See link below for English language article)


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/7/10

Mexican immigration agents linked to organized crime

Three hundred-fifty agents of Mexico’s National Immigration Agency (INM) have been fired from 2002 to date for suspicion of links to organized crime. Twenty-six are currently under criminal proceedings and 4 are serving jail sentences. Among the crimes involved are “traffic of undocumented,” organized crime, extortion and corruption. Within the same time period, at least three agents – two in Cancun and one in Tijuana – have been murdered in the manner of drug cartel victims. Currently, the INM has 2,200 agents.

Jorge Santibanez, an immigration specialist & past director of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Northern Border College) asserted that the agents who work in the areas of power of organized crime have only four options: collaborate with the criminals, close their eyes, leave the area or risk their life. He added that the agents lack the ability and institutional backing to face criminal organizations.


El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 10/7/10

Ten bodies found on Mexican highway

Police in various cities of Mexico’s state of Michoacan have reacted  to the finding of ten bodies at a place known as San Pedro Barajas, on the Siglo XXI (Century 21) highway in that state. No further details are known at this time. Twelve bodies were found near there last year. They turned out to be federal police.


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