The myth of the 1 million retired Americans living in Mexico – redux

Fulano has some more current information on the number of Americans living in Mexico. As Fulano reported in another post two years ago, the party line of over 1 million happy Americans living in Mexico is pure bullshit. The latest figures right out to the Mexican ministries that handle immigration matters, show that from January through November, 2012 they could only find 50,599 Americans living in Mexico on a non-immigrant, immigrant or permanent resident visa. The figures shown report not only new visas issued but all the visas that were renewed. Such visas are renewed every year. So, that is the sum total of all the Americans in Mexico with anything above the level of a 6-month tourist visa.

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Three Ciudad Juárez police arrested for torture and sexual abuse

There has been a lot of news coverage recently of the fate of Jon Hammar, a Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry an heirloom shotgun across the border into Mexico. The intense media coverage in the US, coupled with cries for a boycott of Mexico from several American congressmen, seems to have finally gotten the attention of some high level Mexican officials, and Hammar was released from jail without any charges. He made it home in time for Christmas.

Other people are not so lucky. Mexicans are routinely brutalized by their fellow Mexicans under color of authority. Here is a news item about two very unlucky residents of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua which was translated by Fulano from an article in Historias del Narco.

Three Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua municipal police officers were arrested, accused of abuse of authority, illegal use of public force, torture and sexual abuse.

The police are Miguel Pascual Melitón, 28 years old, Magdalena González Avellaneda, 41 and José Luis González Hernández, 28. The latter is accused of inserting a baseball bat into the rectum of one of the victims to make him confess a supposed sale of drugs.

All together there are five police officers accused, but two of them are fugitives.

The investigation indicates that on May 6, 2012, a man was travelling on a motorcycle, accompanied by another man, on boulevard Norzagaray, in colonia Felipe Ángeles.

When a group of police ordered them to stop, the motorcycle driver thought they were asking him about some car body work, as that is what he does.

However, the police started to question them with, “where do you have the drugs?”

One of the victims replied that they know nothing about that, and so both were put into a patrol car and taken to a nearby building.

There, the police started to beat them and force them to divulge the information, but as they did not “confess,” the beatings continued.

A police officer covered the eyes of one of the victims with adhesive tape and emptied the contents of a bottle of liquor on his head.

As the victim continued denying that he was selling drugs, he was forced to swallow three bullets sprayed with urine. Two of them were vomited up, and one remained lodged in his intestine.

The men indicated that the police also threatened to shoot one of them in the head and that would, “finish off this problem.”

Due to the fact that they still refused to confess that they were selling drugs, police officer José Luis González Hernández took a wood baseball bat and pushed it into the anus of one victim to force him to “confess.” Meanwhile the other man continued to be beaten by the other police officers.

As they still refused to confess to selling drugs, the two men were taken to a police station and put before a judge where they were charged with drinking alcoholic beverages in the street.

After being held for several hours, they were finally freed and went to the Chihuahua State Attorney General to file a complaint.

The medical examiner determined that one of the men had a bullet lodged in his intestine.

In addition, he found evidence of anal tearing, for which he immediately prepared an investigation report that was placed before a judge who issued an arrest warrant on November 17, 2012.

The three municipal police officers were arrested by police from Internal Affairs.

This morning, the three police officers appeared before an investigating judge and the Public Prosecutor read the charges.

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Do we need more knife control?

On the same day that 26 people were massacred in Newtown, Connecticut by a deranged sociopath, another news article came in under the radar:

Man slashes 22 children near China school

BEIJING — A man with a knife slashed 22 children and one adult outside an elementary school in Henan province Friday morning, China’s worst such incident in more than a year.

Interestingly, nobody in China is demanding the government place more stringent controls on knives, whereas there is a long congo-line of politicians and liberal talking heads weaving through the media demanding more gun control in the United States in the wake of 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s outrage. Their basic argument is guns kill, so fewer guns means fewer people will be killed. But, does that argument hold water?

No. It does not.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is all about saving lives and protecting people from harm, by not letting guns and explosives fall into the wrong hands. It also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers. The NICS system was implemented in late 1998. Before anyone can purchase a gun in the United States, they have to pass the NICS background check, managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The number of NICS background checks is a fairly good indicator of how many guns are being purchased each year.

In what turns out to be a counter-intuitive result, as the number of guns purchased has increased, the murder rate in the United States has decreased. In fact the two statistics – gun purchases and murders – have a negative correlation of -.91 over the 12-year period from 1999 to 2011! For the statistically challanged, that means more guns equals fewer homicides.

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. Not one bullet was fired. It was all done with less than $5,000 worth of fertilizer in a rented truck.

The point of all this is that the United States really doesn’t need more gun control any more than it needs more knife control or fertilizer control. We need more sociopath control.

Homicides per 100,000 compared to gun purchases

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Foreigners leaving Mexico due to crime

Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in El Ocidental

Chapala, Jalisco. – Increasingly unpunished crimes in Lake Chapala are pushing foreigners to leave and return home, while others are left to speak out and complain of the slowness of the justice system, which ultimately leaves criminals free and unpunished and leads to even more unpunished crimes. Just in colonia Chula Vista, of Lake Chapala, 44 out of 300 houses were robbed.

And now there is no contact with the public authorities. The only citizen crime attention desk there has disappeared and the crimes continue.

They say that going to the public prosecutor starts a difficult path, because few cases are presented before a judge.

The conclusion is simple: “The system does not work for us or for Mexicans,” said attorney Paul East Razza.

Sandra M. Loridans, via a translator, said: “Justice delayed is justice denied” and explained that “when we came here from another country, we realized that it is another system of justice, but we had great hope that we would be safe here, that the authorities would protect us like any other Mexicans in their country. We have the same rights under the law, and I know it, but the rules of justice do not always go in the right direction.”

She said there are several cases where Americans bought their homes, invested all their life’s savings and recorded their properties in the Public Property Registry, but have found other people living in them. They have rights to their property, and the Americans have had to invest the remaining savings they had to live on for the rest of their lives to hire lawyers. Some of these cases have been in the courts for years without resolution.

“I don’t do this because I love this country, but have been forced to by crime,” she added.

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Elderly father in Ensenada, Baja California gives up his young son

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net

ENSENADA – The physical limitations of an elderly man, which left him in a poor state of health, brought him to decide to turn over his 10-year old son to a shelter for care, so he called the authorities Thursday afternoon from his home in colonia Aviación.

According to information from the police, at 12:18PM a call to Central Command from avenida Pípila, between Coral and Bulevar Carranza, said that an elderly man was asking for help from the Family Violence Prevention Unit.

Agents from that unit arrived at the home, where Guillermo, 63-years old, explained that due to his diabetes, hypertension and that he cannot walk well because of the ravages of a stroke he had seven months ago, he no longer has the strength to care for his son.

According to Manuel Careaga, a neighbor, the boy had some problems in school, as there were occasions when due to his physical limitations, the father could not take him to school, and they have been living alone for several months.

After thinking about the future of his son, Guillermo decided to put him in a shelter.

For this motive, the child was taken to a temporary shelter under the supervision of child protective services. At the shelter, the agents gave father and son a few moments to say goodbye.

It should be mentioned, that after giving up his son, Guillermo entered a care facility on his own account.

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Big trouble for Americans at Cantamar in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in Rosarito en la Noticia.

They are denied access to their homes.

Rosarito – There is a real ordeal happening to the Borja family, an old problem with the fifth wife of the deceased owner of the Cantamar tourist camp.

Their ordeal started on Sunday at 1PM when personnel arrived who were working for Ivonne Cortez Avendaño, a woman originally from Guaymas, Sonora, and who is the widow of Carlos Borja.

The widow claims all of the existing properties owned by the late Carlos Borja, leaving his true children helpless, after the property had been owned by the family for more than 50 years.

According to the children of the late Carlos Borja, the property has been in litigation for several years, but this time something strange and intolerable occurred. Cortez Avendaño’s lawyers arrived at the residential and tourist complex with at least 70 recuperating drug addicts from the “Sigamos Limpios” [We Remain Clean] rehabilitation center. They destroyed the fence and a guardhouse owned by the more than 100 American residents.

During the supposed eviction, the leader, who was named Monjarrez, arrived with an arrogant attitude and refused to show the court order granting the property to Cortez Avendaño to the children’s family lawyer, Fausto Flores Avilés, saying that he is the authority here and people do what he says. When asked to show some kind of paper which orders the restitution of the property to Cortez Avendaño, he rudely answered, “Hey, go fuck your mother,” “Your fucking run ends here.” A young worker named Julián Santos Ríos, 27, was beaten in front of the municipal police who did not intervene to stop the attack.

The late evening on Monday, another attack on the same youth was reported to the police, and he had to be hospitalized, supposedly with injuries to his ribs. At the same time the attackers also injured an elderly woman, twisting her arm. Brunela Borja García, daughter of Carlos Borja, had a talk with the head of the office of the assistant prosecutor, who supposedly ordered a group of ministerial police to bring some order so the employees of the Borja family could return to their jobs. However, it did not happen like that, and when the employees returned they were attacked again. This time they were beaten with pipes and rocks.

The worse part of this case is that the authorities did nothing, showing they were indifference to it. This includes charges that the police commander of the Primo Tapia precinct, Alfredo Duarte, and the police operations commander, Mario Alberto Navarrete, ignored the petitions from affected American residents who were in fear for their lives.

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