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Travel Warning: Haiti 3/12/2014
This replaces the Travel Warning dated August 13, 2013 and provides updated information regarding levels of crime in Haiti. While violent crime has declined, travelers to Haiti should still exercise caution.
http://tinyurl.com/o7sfzbl (Full Report)
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recife (Brazil),
Increase in Robberies around Shopping Rio Mar
The media has reported an increase in the number of armed robberies that have occurred as people exit the mall and find themselves stuck in traffic. Criminals have typically targeted smartphones, wallets, jewelry, and purses, but there have been reports of cars being stolen.
http://tinyurl.com/nj8mju3 (Full Report)
Spring Break Terror: MSU Student Kidnapped & Raped in Mexico
Deportations come mostly from border, DHS chief says
DHS using bogus deportation numbers to inflate Obama enforcement claims
White House to look for more humane deportation practices
Testimony: DHS agents admit reports falsified
Cartel connection? Senator presses agency on ‘Mexican military’ incursion into US
CUTLER: Tough questions about immigration ‘reform’
Obama Seeks Executive Options To Aid Illegal Aliens
U.S. Border Patrol Agents Under Attack from Rock-Throwing
Video of Illegal Alien Rock Attacks on Border Patrol Agents
Little change seen in Border Patrol memo on use of force
Immigrant protesters cross San Diego border from Mexico, seek asylum
Illinois Issues 14,000 Drivers Licenses to Undocumented Foreigners in 2 Months
Lawmaker Forms Congressional Border Security Caucus
Arming U.S. Agents in Mexico Stalling Trade Agreement
Border Patrol agent fires through own windshield at vehicle ramming his in Starr County, authorities say
Wisconsin lawmakers combat state’s growing human-trafficking problem
Border Patrol: Immigrant attacks agent near Encino
“wrestled away the agent’s pistol, pointed the weapon at him and squeezed the trigger”
Head of Southern Command says he lacks resources to fight drug trafficking
DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight of Foreign Students with Employment Authorization
Rising numbers of Mexicans seek asylum
Deportees accused of gaming system by requesting asylum
Border Patrol Shifted $7M From Border Fence to Salaries
Government agencies largely avoided sequestration furloughs in 2013
REPORT: NAFTA’s Deadly Legacy: Corporate Profits Over People And Planet
Bi-national conference focuses on human trafficking
Treasury Puts Sanctions on Zetas Trafficker
Delays At The Tijuana Border Crossing Could Ease With New Partnership
After Boat Chase, 2 Drug Traffickers Arrested Off Puerto Rico with At least 1,500 Kilos of Cocaine
3 Mexicans Guilty in $1.2 Million Bribe of US Judge in Los Zetas Gang Case
Authorities Dismantle Immigrant Stash House in Weslaco
Border Patrol Busts Suspected Meth Dealers in Perris
Boat lands near Juno Beach; authorities say 2 smugglers, 7 illegal immigrants in custody
Two arrested on suspicion of narcotic smuggling
CBP seizes $1M in hard drugs over weekend at Nogales ports
BP Agents arrest 3 for transporting drug-laced candy
Ingenious Drug Traffickers Challenge Immigration Authorities
Border agents in Arizona find 1,600 pounds of pot in abandoned truck
Attempted murderer, 3 sex offenders arrested at border
A Deal With The Right Devil-good read
Fear And Violence Spur Boom In Bulletproof Gear And Armored Car Industries In Mexico
Mexico tracked cartel kingpin to mountain hideout
In life, Mexican cartel boss was revered as a saint
Son of feared Mexican drug lord Servando ‘La Tuta’ Gomez arrested in Michoacan
Was Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’ Betrayed by His Sinaloa Cartel Partner?
Why Mexican drug-traffickers started smuggling iron ore to China
Violence against women ‘pandemic’ in Mexico
Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Fall by $54 Million
Mexico Earns $1.44 Billion from International Tourism in January
Facing Risk Of Rape, Migrant Women Prepare With Birth Control
Opponent of Mexico’s Cartels Is Detained in Vigilantes’ Deaths
Mexico’s main opposition party quits energy talks amid graft scandal
Vigilantes Hand Over Weapons in Mexico Murder Investigation
Mexico presents serious blueberry potential
Mexican Industrial Output Up 0.7% in January
La Jornada Mexico City 3/7/14
The article reports the detention in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, of thirteen Salvadorans and Guatemalans, all illegally in Mexico and who’d been abandoned by their smuggler.
http://tinyurl.com/jvzorbq (Original Spanish)
Proceso Tegucigalpa, Honduras 3/13/2014
From the “Migrantes” section of the newspaper:
It reports that 1,582 “undocumented” aliens, including 252 minors (113 of which were traveling alone), were found by Mexican officials between March 7 and 12 in 20 states of Mexico. Of the total, 662 were from Honduras, 581 from Guatemala and 295 from El Salvador. All were aiming to reach the United States without proper documentation.
http://tinyurl.com/jw6wfmu (Original Spanish)
La Prensa San Pedro Sula, Honduras 3/10/14
Though it represents a 10% decrease in comparison with 2013, Mexican officials deported 10,771 Hondurans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans during the first two months of 2014. The total of Central American deported from Mexico in 2013 was given as 77,756. According to official estimates some 140,000 aliens, mostly Central Americans, enter Mexico illegally each year in an attempt to reach the United States in search of a better life. Some of them pay smugglers known as “polleros” (chicken herders) or coyotes to guide them via a clandestine route and many are victims of theft, extortion, rape, prostitution, kidnapping and murder by organized crime groups, as well as abuses from the officials.
http://tinyurl.com/mjps2xs (Original Spanish)
La Prensa San Pedro Sula, Honduras 3/7/14
Forty three more border crosser “wannabees” were rescued from a house in the city of Reynosa, state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. where they were being held for ransom by area criminals. This time the group included 23 Mexicans, 8 Salvadorans, 5 Guatemalans and 7 Hondurans. This is a quite common event in that area, located just a stone’s throw from the Rio Grande River in South Texas. The report adds that according to official estimates some 140,000 aliens, mostly Central Americans, enter Mexico each year in an attempt to reach the United States in search of a better life.
http://tinyurl.com/pqln54k (Original Spanish)
El Sol de León Mexico City 3/7/2014
Mexico’s “INM” (the government’s Immigration Agency) reports that between February 24 and March 6 of this year they’ve rescued 1,746 aliens in 18 states of that country.
The aliens were in Mexico illegally and most had been abandoned by their smugglers who were supposed to have taken them to the United States. Although the overwhelming majority of the aliens were from Central American countries, they also included eight Somalis, three Sri Lankans, 2 Ghanaians and seven Bangladeshis.
3 Guatemalan Girls Rescued from Sex Traffickers
girls were about to be taken into Mexico by sex traffickers
Bodies Found Buried in Vehicles in Guatemala
Judge, Attorney Gunned Down in Honduras
Leftist Confirmed as El Salvador’s Next President
Seven Foreigners with Assault Rifles Arrested in Honduras
Proceso Tegucigalpa, Honduras 3/7/14
At the Vatican in Rome Guatemala’s chancellor Fernando Carrera (equiv. to Sec. of State) met with archbishop Mamberti, the “secretary for Relations with the States of the Holy See,” and brought forward the need for the Pope to pay more attention to the immigrants’ problems in the United States.
The archbishop acknowledged the request and commented that without a doubt the issue of immigrants would be included as something relevant at the time the Pope may visit the U.S.
http://tinyurl.com/mu7zena (Original Spanish)
La Hora Guatemala City, Guatemala 3/7/14
Immigration reform, a libertarian vision
The increase of the deportation rhythm in the last years worries or ought to worry all Guatemalans and Latin Americans. Aside from the important human and family aspect which is impacted in almost every case by the deportation, there exists the patrimonial detriment of the deportees due to the sudden interruption of their work income and the large impact this implies for the country of origin due to the resulting decrease of the individual monetary remittances which are so useful and invigorate the local economy.
Much has been said in the last three American administrations, Republican and Democrat, about finding an integral solution to the immigration problem, but the ideas and proposals that the traditional parties of the north have had in that regard have always been affected by the political problem that the road to citizenship implies. Many politicians consider that granting a road to citizenship for the illegal immigrants would imply a hard load for the benefactor State and that the new voters would do so for the Democratic Party. Further, they argue that the “new citizens” take away job opportunities from the Americans or that passing a reform of this type would only attract more immigrants into crossing the border illegally. Those are the true obstacles of immigration reform, and these obstacles will only disappear or lessen when the American politicians have a better vision of the solution to the problem and dedicate themselves to attack the problem by its root and not by the branches.
Mr. Ed Krayewski, associate editor of reason.com, proposes an interesting alternative from a libertarian point of view. Ed points out that the illegals’ problem in the United States would be easily resolved if immigration reform focuses on quickly resolving the difficulties that the illegals face in order to work and live in the country. What the reform ought to grant is a legalization, not a permanent residence or citizenship, that would allow the emigrants to obtain legitimate identification documents, take part in contracts, pay taxes formally and in general be able to participate in the economy and society. Government, says Ed, ought not to interfere between someone who wants to work and someone who wants to pay for a job. To eliminate the political problem, the legalization permit could not include the right to vote which would end the struggle between Democrats and Republicans for that political market.
Ed’s proposal also speaks about border security and indicates that the best border security policy has elements similar to the legalization of the production and distribution of drugs. Eliminating the prohibition of entering into the United States legally to work and facilitating the flow of workers would have as a result the disappearance of the current incentive of the “coyotes” and the entry of emigrants without identification. If doing it were legal, easy and cheap, it would not make sense to do it illegally. It would then be the market and not the government who’d be in charge of rating the efficiency and productivity of the emigrant worker.
Granting an easy and rapid route to legalization for the emigrants in the United States would certainly increase fiscal revenues and would generate more dynamics besides dealing with the family and personal aspect of those admirable fellow citizens with frank humanity. The libertarian vision of the immigration problem could be the key that may resolve this complicated matter.
Death Toll Rises to 28 in Venezuela Protests
Venezuela Says U.S. Seeking to Fund Unrest in Venezuela
Fears Spread That Venezuela Is Approaching Bloody Face-Off
Three Dead in Protests in Central Venezuelan City of Valencia
Venezuela Is One Step Away from the Ravine
Colombian Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine
Reputed Drug Queenpin Arrested in Argentina
Argentinean investors keep eyes on tax, provincial attitudes and union activism
Will Peru start shooting down suspected drug planes (again)?
Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and only interdicts about 8 percent
Colombia’s teachers extorted by gangs
Spanish Direct Investment in Brazil Almost Tripled in 2013 Compared with 2012
Peru has a hunger problem
Peru arrests 2 Canadians for baring all in Machu Picchu
Security crackdown ahead of latest coffee harvest
Brazilian Auto Production Rises
Second Triple Slaying of the Year Reported in Puerto Rico
Cuban Migrants Intercepted in Dominican Republic
Fire in Eastern Cuba Expected to Spread
How Haiti Successfully Curbed Kidnappings
At Least 20% of Teenage Dominican Girls Are Mothers or Have Been Pregnant
Why we should be selfish about immigration – and unafraid to talk about it
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