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A. Ferguson, Editor
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Port-au-Prince (Haiti) Holiday Security Advisory
The U.S. Embassy wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. Statistically, the holiday season is marked by an increase in crime. While there are few sure-fire preventative measures against crime, there exist numerous reasonable and common-sense precautions we can take to drastically reduce the likelihood of being victimized.
Personal Security: Becoming a “hard target” serves as a deterrent to criminals who prefer to prey on those they consider weak.
More at: http://tinyurl.com/q38z62l
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ciudad, Juarez (Mexico) Heightened Potential for Transnational Criminal Organization-Related Violence, Narco-Terrorism
On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez issued a Security Message for U.S. citizens in the state of Chihuahua regarding the potential for Transnational Criminal Organization-related (TCO) violence in and around Ciudad Juarez.
The evening of December 19, media reported exchanges of gunfire between local authorities and TCO elements near the intersection of Antonio Bermudez and Tomas Fernandez in eastern Ciudad Juarez, as well as an execution at a bar in downtown central Ciudad Juarez.
The U.S. Consulate General strongly recommends that U.S. citizens avoid public areas, to include, but not limited to, shopping malls, restaurants, and government buildings, at this time. Violence could continue in unspecified areas of the city for the foreseeable future.
We would like to remind U.S. citizens of the risks of travel within Ciudad Juarez as outlined in the Department of State’s Mexico Travel Warning. The Consulate will provide additional, specific security information should it become available.
More at: http://tinyurl.com/lj7n653
Agent: FBI key in Border Agent Terry Slaying
Molotov Cocktail Explodes at U.S-Mexico Border
The gasoline-filled bottle exploded just two feet from agents, documents show
Pinal deputy, K-9 catch repeat border crosser
deported to Mexico 10 previous times.
The Dream Act By Executive Order Draws In New Wave Of Illegal Immigrants
Drug Cartels Increase Trafficking Activity Before the Holiday
Independent Counsel Eyed in Fast and Furious
House seeks Fast and Furious gun-walking documents
Darrell Issa vows Fast & Furious justice on Brian Terry murder anniversary
Fast and Furious gun dealer released from prison
Study Aims For Fuller Picture of Cross-Border Arms Trafficking
Think Again: Mexican Drug Cartels
They aren’t just about Mexico or drugs anymore.
Northern Border Patrol agents playing greater role in local law enforcement
U.S. Congress Urged to Provide Funds to Upgrade Busy Border Crossing
world’s busiest border crossing.
Diplomatic Security Service Arrests Nine for Passport Fraud in California
DEA Charges Veteran ICE Agent In Extortion Case
Smuggler gets 55 years in agent’s killing
Troubled U.S. Marshal’s ’09 execution in Mexico remains mystery
DHS has trouble identifying people that “overstay their visas”, report notes
New Pew Report Confirms Visa Overstays Are Driving Increased Illegal Immigration-older
Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders
Six Chinese Nationals Indicted for Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets from U.S. Seed Companies
Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat ‘barbaric’?
15 Companies That Profit From Border Security-older
Judge claims DHS delivering smuggled children to illegal immigrant parents
Retired undercover Border Patrol agent discusses book at Marfa Public Library
80 Percent Of Interior ICE Deportations In FY 2013 Were Convicted Criminals
see directly below
ICE ‘removed’ more than 368,000 individuals in FY2013, more than 60% were criminal offenders
Massive marijuana grow in eastern Oregon forest nets guilty verdicts for defendant
Law enforcement also found an Uzi and two pistols at the operation’s campsite
Man sentenced 60 to life for double murder at pot grow near Magalia
N.J. students in U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition
Drug Trafficking Ring Operation Out of Arizona Busted
Mexican man accused of raping migrant, 14
Man Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail at Border Patrol Officers
Border officers find drug tunnel in Nogales
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize nearly $1 Million Worth of Marijuana
Nearly 100 Detained in Human Smuggling Stash House
Six people arrested in connection with Tucson money laundering ring
Eagle Pass South Station Border Patrol Agents Arrest Sex Offender
Border Patrol agent guilty of taking bribes from smugglers
Most likely a Port inspector not a BP Agent
CBP and Coast Guard Stop 1,500 Pound Marijuana Smuggling Attempt Off Southern California Coastline
CBP, Interagency Partners Make Million Dollar Cocaine Seizures
Border Patrol Arrests Gang Member and Sex Offenders
CBP at the Pharr International Bridge Seize Nearly $3.3 Million in Narcotics
3,281.6 lbs of pot
Border Patrol Continues Busting Criminals
3 pursuits, 14 suspects in custody, all in a 24 hour period in Pinal County
Border agents seize millions of dollars worth of marijuana-video
12-year-old drug smuggler reignites immigration debate
Police Chief, Deputy Chief Murdered in Western Mexico**
Helicopter Gunships Used in Mexico Resort Battle
Woman Found Hacked in Suitcase in Mexico City
Mexico violence kills 10, including five teens at bus stop
Five Fatally Run Over by Fleeing Suspects in Mexico
New cartels show up in newly released list of Mexico’s top 69 traffickers arrested or killed
Human rights agency investigates after Mexican army denies chase killed 5 teens in Reynosa
Mexico rights body warns of growth in vigilantes
Seven Bodies Found in Eastern Mexico
47000 migrants killed in Mexico past 6 years
Mexico’s indigenous languages get nod from the Church
Mexico’s Tourism Activity Rises Nearly 1%
Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Rise by $893 Million
Missing Reporter Is Safe in Central Mexico
Investigation Launched into Alleged Kidnapping of 2 Colombians in Cancun
Movie ‘Midnight in Mexico’ to depict dangers faced by journalists
Archaeologists Explore 1,500-Year-Old Ceremonial Site in Mexico
Mexico’s Rights Panel Blasts Probe of Migrant Massacre
Two Dead After Bus Carrying Cops Overturns in Mexico**
Mexico City subway rate increase enrages commuters
Five Decapitated Bodies Found in Southwest Mexico
The article below is from “Milenio” (Mexico City, 12/20/13)
The author is Mauricio Farah Gebara, Secretary General of the Chamber of Deputies (House of Representatives) of Mexico and “specialist in human rights and emigration.”
Full translation follows below.
One gets the impression that irregular emigrants (trans. note: read illegal immigrants) need a Nelson Mandela, a Martin Luther King or a Mahatma Gandhi to be able to advance their cause. The entire world has given well earned acknowledgements to these famous persons. Without them, neither the apartheid nor the racial segregation nor the subjugation of a people could have been eradicated. Might it then be that emigrants need a person like this to be able to reach self-worthiness in their lives? If so, who could that famous person be? And what if, instead of waiting for the great liberator of the emigrants, we form a collective entity capable of doing something and rescuing them from oblivion? I believe we can do it. Not just that, we have to do it.
The chances of reaching an immigration reform in the United States will end once more at the end of 2013. There it goes, comfortably, in the year end’s briefcase. President Barack Obama has made attempts to ask this year not to take it away. He wants it to remain valid in 2014. The new year, nevertheless, will imply renewing a discussion which is obviously controversial: regularizing more than 11 million persons who live in the United States without immigration documents. The reform also proposes to harden border vigilance so that no one may be able to enter the American Union in an irregular manner. The American Senate, with a Democrat majority, approved the reform in June, but the House of Representatives, with a Republican majority, opposed it. The final result: we continue without an immigration reform. It’s that simple.
If in 2014 you wish to go to the core of the immigration phenomenon, we’d have to explain to you that massive, undocumented emigration goes beyond numbers and border fences. It is a daily and unstoppable event, which reveals countries incapable of offering worthwhile and well paid employment to its citizens. The developed countries refuse to understand this reality. They refuse to face it as a task for which it is possible to adopt immigration control measures with full respect for human dignity.
The reform backed by the Democrats is a source of optimism only for the undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States. The reform does not envision the opening of legal means to permit the orderly and regular migration of workers, that is, outside the clandestine way. We all know the past history. The Americans need those workers, but don’t want to acknowledge the fact. Some portions of the American people acknowledge this reality, but others condemn it. When the issue reaches the area of politics, the expectation simply darkens. John Boehner, president (sic) of the Chamber of Representatives, is against scheduling a vote for the reform. Joe Biden, vice president of the United States, believes that Boehner fears the reaction of the members of the Tea Party, a radical Republican movement that has prevented the reform from advancing.
President Obama has filled his two campaigns with the promise of bringing about immigration reform. Nevertheless, his promise goes on being that, a promise, which has taken on a new flavor with the slogan of being carried out next year. In the meantime, the Obama administration keeps holding the record of deportations: an average of 400 thousand a year. When an activist asked Barack Obama in a public event to stop the deportations, he answered: “The easy way out is to yell and to expect that I should do something in violation of our laws. What I propose is a tougher road, which is to use our democratic procedures to obtain the same goal that you suggest.”
The regularization will be welcome, of course, but it will only resolve the past, not the future. (Emphasis added) What will happen with the pressure of the emigrant flow that does not stop? There are many undocumented emigrants who will enter the United States or will aim to do so across the border with Mexico. It won’t be easy for anyone. Some will reach the American dream but others not; some will become ill and some others will die. Some more will be assaulted, trapped by criminals or murdered. This reality is sad, but true. Immigration reform will not open the way to permit a regular, orderly and legal migration.
Undocumented migration is a decades long doorway to pain and anguish, even though there are success stories. It hasn’t been faced with clarity. Or it’s accepted silently, or condemned dogmatically. It is time to open a space in full light for the emigrants, away from the shadows. So that workers may go and come abiding by the requirements; without unfair conditions; without fear; with order, safety and legality. What they do for themselves and for the large economies is plentiful. Recognizing it is just. However, as long as the United States goes on carrying out the simulation game it will be very difficult to reach a lasting solution.
Mexico, on its part, has the challenge of growing at rates that will allow it to generate the jobs that its population requires. This is an essential route and it must be taken. Further, our country must immediately resolve the accumulation of migrants and of the deported in the border area; the adequate incorporation of girls, boys and adolescents who have returned to the country and have not found space in the schools; the violence that is carried out in our territory against the undocumented emigrants from other countries. The first step is very simple, but we haven’t been able to take it: to assure that the authorities do not abuse those persons nor commit unlawful acts against them and that, if they do, that they be severely punished.
The Law of Migration (trans. note: referring to Mexico’s Immigration law) has deficiencies, but even so it is possible to abide by it. It’s our current legislation. It only requires willingness. For example, if the law states that minors may not be subject to detention, why do they keep being detained in immigration facilities? Understanding the problems of underage migration and adopting the necessary measures to ensure the needs of the minors turns out to be a priority.
The principle of “reasonable suspicion” recently expressed by the deputy-director of the Migratory Control and Verification of the National Immigration Institute delegation (trans. note: Mexico’s Federal Immigration Agency) is totally shameful and unacceptable. The official disclosed to the “Reforma” newspaper that one of the methods for the identification of the undocumented was the following: “They detect them by the odor. Since they are traveling, at times they don’t clean themselves constantly, or they eat little herbs, they eat plants, they have about them a very characteristic odor, and you then find out.” His statement says it all. We have to do something. A simple proposal for such an important day: the International Day of the Emigrant. Let’s do it.
Body Count at Hidden Burial Ground in El Salvador Reaches 28
Between January and Dec. 15, at least 2,391 people have been murdered in El Salvador
44 Undocumented Cubans Detained in Honduras
Honduras has become the first stage of their travels to reach the United States.
Central America: Mothers of Disappeared Migrants Return to Mexico in Search of Loved Ones
Honduras Dam Project Shadowed by Violence
Nicaragua extradites 18 Mexican drug traffickers who posed as TV journalists
Publishing Executive Murdered in Honduras
Guatemala Nabs Suspected Associate of Mexican Drug Cartel
Guatemala: despite everything, emigration is the light at the end of the tunnel
The link below is to the main editorial in “La Hora” (Guatemala City, Guatemala, 12/17/13)
The main thrust of the editorial is that because society and life in general are so miserably rotten down there, emigration is the only answer and the light at the end of the tunnel.
A full translation follows.
Every month the monetary authorities publish a report about the amount of dollars entering the country due to individual family monetary remittances sent by the Guatemalans who have had to work in foreign countries, principally the United States, to find the opportunities which their own Homeland does not offer them and even systematically denies to them.
The numbers can be seen coldly as one more of the indicators of the national economy and an explanation as to why our situation is not desperate and how it is that the local market maintains its vigor with little internal production thanks to the demand made possible by that money that enters month after month.
But what we have to see and understand is what is behind every cent sent to Guatemala by those who have to emigrate. How much blood, sweat and tears feed that flow of money that allows the relatives of almost two million Guatemalans to have available resources to ensure their subsistence and, at the same time, to maintain the rhythm of the national economy.
The suffering, the fear, the uncertainty, the exploitation, the risk, the grief of separation begin from the moment that the trip begins to cross the Suchiate, (Trans. note: the river marking the border between Mexico and Guatemala) all of which are stoically endured because at the end there is the hope of ending a life of privations not only their own but, worse, for his children and descendants. There mustn’t be a more desperate situation than that of one who saw that their grandparents and their parents were born and died in poverty despite their efforts and, to compensate, the future of the sons and grandchildren must be seen with that heavy reality which is the absence of opportunities in a society which closes itself up to prevent that the poor may have access to education and health to compete in the labor market. To have children who from the crib already have the seal of malnutrition which will mark them for life and that, as much effort as may be made, as much dedication to work as might be made, it will be most difficult to earn enough to even assure the basic means of support.
I’ve had the opportunity of knowing many emigrants and to see them work in the United States. To take one’s hat off is not enough to express the admiration generated by our countrymen’s sacrifice, their dedication to work that doesn’t even shy away due to adverse conditions, given that it’s more than enough for the Guatemalan worker to pawn his soul trying as long as it turns into a respectable salary. Many employers who hire them, especially in the area of construction, think of them as the best for the job and appreciate their attitude, always loyal and consistent. I’ve spoken with many who, able to choose between Guatemalans from the high country, especially from Huehuetenango, and natives of other countries, have no doubt about giving the job to the Guatemalan, who more than makes up for his short stature by the force and attitude towards the work.
There are many things that pain me about Guatemala, among them the inequality, the injustice, the corruption and the lack of social interest about the issue of poverty. But few of them hurt me as much as that inevitable character that emigration has been for hundreds of thousand of Guatemalans, converted as the only route to a proper life. It must not be that those who can earn a decent salary abroad, who by their efforts abroad are able to provide for their family, should find themselves prevented from that opportunity in their own land.
And, worst of all, there isn’t the least effort to stop that emigration. We will continue exporting our people so that with their work and sacrifice we can continue burping chicken. (NOTE: What the writer means is that the locals can continue to eat well, including enjoying chicken for dinner thanks to the individual monetary remittances they receive from their relatives in the U.S.)
Brazil Lottery Winner Rescued from Kidnappers
U.S. Halts Coca Spraying Efforts In Colombia After Planes Shot Down, Americans Hurt
Corruption scandal swirls around Argentine leader
Argentine capital suffers blackouts in heat wave
Brazil Announces Registry of Homeless People
Uruguay seizes Panama flagged drug smuggling ship
Colombia Plans Raid to Seize FARC Rebels’ Tungsten Mine
Colombian military kills 10 Farc rebels in bombing raid
18 die in capsizing off Turks and Caicos
Mosquito-borne illness hits the Western Hemisphere
Boat Carrying Cuban Migrants Capsizes Near Puerto Rico
Cuba’s Raul Castro calls for ‘civilised relations’ with US
US drug mule has sentence cut on appeal
Bloody weekend pushes Trinidad and Tobago murder toll to 400
Jamaicans among top 10 nationals deported from US in 2013
1.5 billion dollars in drug seizures in 3 years for border services: report
Mexican drug cartel operating in Philippines – PNP
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