Rosarito’s problem with people deported from the United States

Fulano translated and condensed an article in Frontera.

The beach, bridges, homes and abandoned construction in Rosarito have become the home for people deported from the United States, who look at this city for the substance to survive and escape the constant attacks from the Tijuana municipal police, and they say it is better here.

The authorities are aware of their presence, but are unaware of how many deportees are seeking refuge in Rosarito, as there are no aid institutions here. However, the complaints by businessmen about the constant robberies attributed to them are more frequent.

The complaints have become more frequent in the tourist zones, where they live, but this lays in contrast with the information from the Chief of Police, who says that robberies have not increased in these areas.

At the well known bridge at Rene’s located in the Southern part of boulevard Benito Juárez, where the historical restaurant of the same name is located, there lives more than a dozen people who say they were deported and several months ago had adopted that location as their home.

Norma González, who was deported to Mexico more than 1-1/2 years ago, said that the street has become her home and that with the passage of time, she has lost all hope of returning to the United States where her children are, and with whom she has lost all contact after several failed attempts to illegally reenter the United States.

She said that in her native city of Veracruz she has no relatives and she has noting to return to there. “I was in various aid institutions in Tijuana, but nothing happened, without papers, without work one ends up becoming a part of the street and always running from police harrassment,” she said.

Here in Rosarito, she said, the police chase us less and she gets by cleaning houses, when she can, and collecting aluminum cans on the beaches and streets to get a few pesos.

Under the bridge, the thickness of the bushes makes them almost invisible, and they have placed some mats to sleep on and cover themselves from the night cold. They also use dry tree branches in the area to make fires and prepare their food.

Pablo Martínez, 29, is another of the inhabitants of the site. He says he was deported from the United States nine months ago, but came to Rosarito two months ago because in Tijuana the police “arrested” him all the time.

“The police here, even when one walks around doing nothing, don’t bother us. Over there in Tijuana, they grab us all the time to take us to jail, and that is why I came here,” he explained.

Originally from Oaxaca, Pablo Martínez said he was deported from Los Angeles where he lived for 3-1/2 years, and even though he sometimes thinks of returning to his home state of Oaxaca, he stays because it will be even worse there.

“Sometimes I think about going back, but I will just be more screwed than here, and it is worth the trouble to risk sneaking back into the United States, where I have relatives who will help me if I get back,” he said.

The story of Julio César Martínez is similar to the others, although he only was deported four months ago from Arizona, where he was arrested by immigration officers. He was sent to Oklahoma, and from there to California to end up in Tijuana.

“I came from Tijuana to Rosarito because in Tijuana the cops are very tough, and they arrest one for nothing and it is not fiar to spend hour after hour in jail for the crime of walking the streets without papers,” he said.

“A buddy took me to Rosarito,” he said, “where there are more places to collect aluminum cans and make 100 to 200 pesos a day ($7 to $14) from their sale to at least earn enough to eat, because nobody will give us work.”

The reasons he gave for not getting work were his appearance and his lack of papers. Notwithstanding that, he has not lost the hope of saving enough to try the ever increasingly difficult task of illegally entering the United States, before he resorts to thievery.

Business people complain

Rosa María Plasencia, president of the Business Coordination Council of Rosarito and a restaurant owner in Puerto Nuevo, said that a large number of the so-called “barkers” who operate at that location are deportees, who in many instances speak English perfectly and are ex-convicts from the prison that is near the lobster village.

She said that for many years, Puerto Nuevo attracted a large number of American tourists, and so it was beneficial for the restaurants and businessmen to hire these people because of their command of English. But in many instances, their appearance and the work they do outside the businesses to bring in the customers damages the image of the location, and now they are asking the authorities to not permit this activity, which is also prohibited by existing regulations.

For his part, Manuel Padrés, president of the Rosarito Hotel and Motel Association, said that taking advantage of the good climate in the region, which has increased visitors to the area, the number of people deported from the United States is most visible in the tourist zone. This is a worrying situation, as many of them rob the tourists.

In this regard, he has asked the authorities to strengthen monitoring and make significant efforts to guarantee the safety of those who visit the tourist locations in the city.

Rosarito Firemen and Lifeguards chief, Héctor Castelán, said that he has received many reports of deported people who walk around the beach zone looking for places to remain, and this has generated tension among the residents.

He added that he is unaware of how many there are, but their physical characteristics stand out from the visitors who normally visit the beach. Many of them have tattoos, unappropriate clothing for the beach, and in many instances their Spanish is mixed in with English words. The worst is that they are looking for a way to survive, be it legal or not.


The madwoman of San Blas wharf dies


Rebeca Méndez Jiménez

Rebeca Méndez Jiménez, whose love story inspired the celebrated song from the group Maná “En el muelle de San Blas” [“On the San Blas Wharf”], died at the age of 63 in Monterrey early Sunday morning on September 16.

Her relatives in Monterrey, Nuevo León and Ahualulco, Jalisco, have asked the city of San Blas to provide all its help to grant Rebeca’s last wish: to scatter her ashes in the sea from the San Blas wharf.

According to the stories of local chronicalists, years ago Rebeca, who suffered from a mental disorder, became friends with a seller of artesan work named Ladislao, and she dressed as a bride telling all the townsfolk that she was going to marry him. Ladislao was runover in Guadalajara, and later died in Tepic. Rebeca never understood what had transpired.

Another version says that when Rebeca was young, she met a fisherman named Manuel, and they were to wed. On October 13, 1971, three days before the wedding, Manuel went to sea and never returned. The people of San Blas assumed that Manuel fell victim to the onslaught of a tropical storm, as other fishermen also did not return.

But everybody agrees that the woman, while in Puerto Vallarta selling candy still dressed as a bride, fortuitously met Fher from the band Maná, where the singer learned of her history.

Later, Maná went to San Blas to record the video of the internationally known song, which retold the story of Rebeca.

San Blas mayor, Porfirio López Lugo, reported that the people and municipal government will continue with the project initiated months ago do erect a commemorative statue to the “Madwoman of San Blas wharf” who gave worldwide fame to the Nayarit port.

At the unveiling of the statue will be the members of Maná, who were invited by Nayarit governor Roberto Sandoval to perform a concert on the day the new Tepic-San Blas highway is inaugerated in the middle of next year.

Maná – En el muelle de San Blás


Misbehaving Tijuana Police

Two federal police arrested in Tijuana for extortion

TIJUANA September 17, 2012 – Two Federal Policemen are under arrest for extorting a resident of colonia Castillo, from whom they demanded $5,000 dollars in return for not “planting” drugs on her.

The arrest occurred yesterday afternoon on avenida Internacional at calle Carranza. The officers were driving a grey Renault Clio, with license plates AJS9413.

The federales are Guillermo Manuel Ramírez Romero, 29, and Jesús Jiménez Ramos, 31, reported the municipal police.

The victim said that they demanded $5,000 dollars in return for not arresting her and “planting” a kilo of the synthetic drug “cristal” on her and deporting her from the country.

Both of the men showed official identification that said they were Mexican federal policemen. While the arrest was being made, along came another woman, who said the two arrested federal policemen extorted $2,000 from her 15 days ago.

Four Tijuana police fired for robbery

TIJUANA September 17, 2012 – Four municipal police officers assigned to the San Antonio de los Buenos precinct of Tijuana were fired for their presumed responsibility in the theft of money from a businessman in the city. This event was reported by Tijuana’s Chief of Police, Jesús Alberto Capella Ibarra.

Of the four men fired, one was the precinct commander, and the other three assistant commanders.

Chief Capella also made it known that since the beginning of the year up to now, 65 members of the Tijuana municipal police have been terminated for disloyalty, meanwhile another 25 are being investigated.

[The preceding news items were translated and summarized by Fulano.]


Mexico’s federal attorney general investigates its own air fleet for drug trafficking

[Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in La Jornada]

The discovery of serious irregularities in the operation of the air fleet belonging to the Mexican federal Attorney General’s Office, including suspicion that some airplanes have been used to transport drugs, has led to one of the largest investigations ever in the agency.

The anomalies range from missing flight operation manuals to the theft and trafficking of parts; fake repairs and “lost” flight and maintenance logs; insurance for helicopters and flights in unairworthy aircraft.

According to reports from the Attorney General’s office, an investigation has been opened which involves 12 administrators who have worked since 2006 at the General Air Services Department of the Attorney General.

The Attorney General of Mexico, Marisela Morales Ibáñez, discovered that in the operating budget for the Attorney General’s office, the General Air Services Department paid businesses that boxed parts the public servants had stolen and then sent to buyers.

Morales Ibáñez also ordered the suspension of all air fleet operations, a recall of personnel and an immediate review of all the equipment, as an audit that is currently in progress determined that of the fleet of 80 aircraft, only five are considered airworthy.

An intensification of the audits revealed that at least 20 out of the 80 aircraft in the fleet needed to be discarded, as they were in such “deplorable condition” that any attempt to make them airworthy was not worth the cost.

At the main repair bases in Guadalajara and Mexico City, auditors found 600 air parts were missing and the existence of thousands of useless air parts because they were for aircraft the Attorney General did not have.


Tijuana has a serious problem with pimps

Translated by Fulano from a news article in

The problem along the Mexican border with the sexual exploitation of women is increasing now that the authorities do nothing to recover the young girls who are taken by human traffickers, said Víctor Clark Alfaro, director of the Binational Center for Human Rights.

It is a problem of historic networks that for years have brought women from different states in the south of the country. Clark Alfaro said that in spite of operations to catch members of the human trafficking bands, it has failed because they are networks, and he further opined that if the authorities really wanted to capture and destroy these bands, they should start looking for them in the areas where the young women who are rescued come from.

Clark Alfaro said that these women agree to come to the border and become prostitutes because they are tricked by the “pimps” who take advantage of their poverty and lack of self esteem.

The Maria Magdalena Association is comprised of sex workers, and the women who come to this institution comment that the problem in Mexico is now even greater, as there are international and transnational bands that take the young women to other countries to be sexually exploited.

“Now they don’t just go after the young women from the rural areas, these days they take city women, and then they are no longer children,” he said.

Clark Alfaro calculates that just in Tijuana there are 5,500 young women who are captive and manipulated by “pimps” and that each girl earns approximately 30,000 pesos ($2,300) per week.