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Mexico Blames US Demand for Drugs as the Problem

March 5, 2009 M3Report
 
Mexico Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs blames drug trafficking problems in Mexico on U.S. demand

La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  3/4/09
 
Carlos Rico, Mexico's under-secretary of foreign affairs for North America, said at a meeting with Mex. congressmen that "it's not up " to the Mexican government to resolve the traffic of drugs towards the United States as long as that demand market exists.
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On 3/4/09 "El Universal", a leading Mexico City newspaper, published an article titled"Flow of countrymen to the U.S. rose 50% in 8 years." The article is a condensation derived from a seven page study by the U.S. Dep't. of Homeland Security titled : "Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population residing in the United States: January 2008″
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(Readers interested in viewing the full DHS report may access it at):
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ois_ill_pe_2008.pdf

Extracts from the article in "El Universal" follow:

 During the period 2000-2008, the migration of undocumented Mexicans to the United States shot up 50% and Mexico is the main source of the illegal flow of persons to that country.

As of January 2008, Mexicans accounted for 7 million 30 thousand out of the 11 million 600 thousand undocumented persons inside the U.S.; this means that the number of undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. has grown rapidly because, according to the report, it was calculated that in 2000 the figure was 4 million 680 thousand persons. Beginning with that year it is estimated that around 290 thousand Mexicans entered the United States illegally. 

Although Mexico leads the way in absolute numbers of illegal aliens, percentage wise the highest nationality increases were Hondurans (81%) and Brazilians (72%). Raw totals for other nationalities include 570 thousand Salvadorans, 430 thousand Guatemalans, 300 thousand Filipinos and the same number of Hondurans.

The flow of persons entering the United States illegally increased 37% between 2000 and 2008 and rose from 8 million 460 thousand to 11 million 600 thousand. California and Texas continue to have the largest concentration of illegals, though Georgia has seen an increase of 105 %
- from 220 thousand to 460 thousand individuals - while Arizona and Nevada reported a 70 % increase. 
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La Prensa Grafica  (San Salvador, El Salvador) 3/4/09
 
*     A total of 330 Salvadorans were murdered during February of 2009, according to statistics released by the National Civil Police.

El Salvador registered an average of 12 homicides a day, thus keeping pace with the month of January. Sunday, Feb. 7th was the most violent: there were 22 victims in that day alone. The February figure represents 64 more assassinations than in the same month last year, despite increased investment in police equipment and in areas of coverage by police. 

In January, a section of the Salvadoran Congress proposed that the country be declared in a state of emergency due to the wave of assassinations.

*     Honduras has assigned and deployed an estimated 12% of its armed forces to assist police in the fight against crime, mainly in Tegucigalpa and in San Pedro Sula, the 2nd largest city. Soldiers collaborate with the police by searching for criminals, searching vehicles and persons and following up on crimes. There were 4,473 homicides in Honduras in 2008.
(Honduras is slightly larger than Tennessee)
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Tamaulipas en linea  (Matamoros, Tamaulipas)  3/4/09
 
*     An anonymous call alerted Mexican military to some "suspicious persons" in Valle Hermoso (just outside Matamoros). When the military arrived, the suspects fled but abandoned two vehicles with Texas plates. Inside: 10 fragmentation grenades, seven long barrel firearms, 2 handguns and two thousand rounds of ammo.
*     In the area of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas (some 80 mi. upriver from Matamoros): nearly 194,000 U.S. dollars were found buried under a tree. Nearby, in an underground tank: 9 metric tons 509 kilos of marihuana in 393 packages.
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El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  3/4/09
 
The state of Sinaloa's AG's office reported that 262 persons were forcibly carried off during 2008. The city of Culiacan was where 172 of these crimes took place.
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El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  3/4/09
 
An early morning three hour battle between three rival gang groups at the Juarez "CERESO" (SOcial REhabilitation CEnter : read : prison ) resulted in at least 20 dead and some seven wounded, including some quite severely.
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El Sur  (Acapulco, Guerrero)  3/4/09
 
*     In Guerrero, thugs killed a state police commander when he tried to prevent them from carrying off a robbery victim. 
 *     A young man was found dead on the road to a dump Tuesday morning at Pungarabato, Guerrero. His killers had blindfolded him; they had cut off one of his fingers and had wrapped wire around one of his arms, tourniquet style.
*     Eight Zihuatenejo police officers have resigned following the execution style murders of five other area police officers during the past week.
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El Universal  (Mexico City)  3/4/09
 
*     The mayor of Juarez announced that military personnel will take over the city police functions, the traffic department and the local prison. All this as part of the combat against organized crime.
*     Chihuahua's homicide tally was five; seven were reported in Baja California, two in Sinaloa and two in Guerrero. A cadaver was found in a clandestine pit in Morelos. Durango also recorded a homicide victim, and a known drug cartel member met his end in a bar in Guadalajara; afterwards, a search of his home revealed some cocaine, a sub-machinegun, a silencer and some clips. And from Tuesday night to Wednesday four persons were executed in Juarez. 
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