Immigrants deported from the US face ordeal

[Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.]

TIJUANA.- In light of the constant raids by ICE, thousands of immigrants face an ordeal upon being deported from the United States and separated from their spouses and children. Meanwhile, they complain that the Mexican Consulate in San Diego does not help them in their vulnerable situation.

“ICE arrested me for not having papers, they treated my like a criminal. I have lived in Los Angeles more than 15 years. I went to court to try to straighten out my immigration status, and things got worse. They knew where I lived and went to my house and arrested me in front of my wife and my children. Once arrested, the Border Patrol agents told me I could call the Mexican Consulate for advice. At the immigration facilities, they have posters with the telephone numbers for the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations and the Consulate, where one can call for assistance. The American agents gave me three opportunities to call. I called and used up my three calls and the Consulate never answered. The agents were laughing. Now I know that they were insisting that I call because they knew that nobody was going to answer at the Mexican Consulate. Immigrants are disadvantaged by our own Mexican government. I am desperate and I am worried about my family because I am the breadwinner in the house,” said Omar González, an immigrant from Oaxaca who was deported to Tijuana and who demonstrates the indifference of the authorities and the ordeal Mexican immigrants have to endure upon being separated from their families.


Who put the “ash” in Ash Wednesday?

Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable fast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10. That is because the date is determined by the Jewish Calendar, which is a solar and lunar calendar.

The early church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover. Because the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover. And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, the holiday is movable, with dates shifting from year to year.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. While applying the ashes, the priest or minister says the following from the Old Testament:

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return. —Genesis 3:19

But where did this tradition come from? Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice. The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence.


Rosarito Blues: Cantamar

[Translated by Fulano from an Op-Ed piece in Rosarito en la]


by Gerardo Díaz Valles

On the “San Lunes¹” long weekend for the Mexican Constitution Day celebration, three of our expensive congressional deputies: Nancy Sánchez, Rossana Soto and Laurencio Dado, decided to climb into their luxury automobiles and make a legislative tourist trip to visit the beleaguered residents of the “Cantamar” tourist camp in Primo Tapia, after they had gone to the Congress in Mexicali to ask for their intervention in the matter which has affected the image of Baja for some seven years. A legal battle between parties for the coveted palm-covered 15-acre coastal property.

The problem which caused the crisis last November was when some violent drug addicts contracted as “security guards” by one of the parties, an Ivonne, who was a consort of the late Carlos Borja, and who we now know started her gallant life in the “La Playita” bar from an earlier era in Rosarito, and who, along with several people who support this ambicious Madame, acts with total impunity.

The point is that “everybody is faking out” and trying to move the ball into their court within the ossified Mexican justice system. Today, Cantamar is only an example of the time bomb created by the fradulent buying and selling of properties in our state, many times with bribery of authorities, with the lack of land trusts, lack of a title history and concessions this is fertile ground for corruption to flourish, unpunished thievery by crooked lawyers and minor politicians.

All this is without much by way of expectations from our congressmen. They are on the side of the victims, according to them, we don’t know if they will really help them, or if they only came up with this act to “throw more gasoline on the fire.” To literally subject the state officials to having to provide potable water to the score of “gringos” who gathered at the State Government, urging them to allow the flow of potable water to the residents, or barring that, “make someone responsible for what happened.” While the day passed unnoticed, the defenders of the people quickly ran to the side of their national delegate, Héctor Yunes Landa, of Veracruz, to do their daily political scheming.

As with a similar lawsuit that chased away the investors, as was Punta Banda in Ensenada, the buyers were abandoned and each time there are fewer residents in the infinite number of illegal subdivisions like Castillos del Mar, Ricamar, Misión Viejo, Campo Lepro, Villa Italiana, Campo López, La Joya del Mar and many more. As such, it would be good if the deputies and other authorities become seriously involved in this matter, or failing that, stop doing coarse political popularism and postponing justice to some distant future date. Is it worth it, or not?

¹Fulano says: San Lunes is a fictional Mexican saint (Saint Monday). It is used to refer to the large number of absentee workers on a Monday. There is a saying in Mexico: “El lunes, ni las gallinas ponen.” (On Monday even the hens won’t lay eggs.)


American citizen kidnapped in Rosarito escapes by jumping from car

[While the following story was widely reported in many Baja California news sources, so far, after six days, no American periodical has reported this story.]

Five men participated in the kidnapping of an American citizen and a Mexican citizen in Playas de Rosarito, of which four are now jailed, reported the Deputy Attorney General Against Organized Crime of the Baja California State Attorney General. Those arrested are Osbaldo Sánchez Mendoza, “El Osby” or “El Güero”, 21 years old; Carlos Obrayan Rodríguez Rodríguez, 20; Pablo Gerardo Ramos Castillón, “El Father”, 23; and José Guadalupe Hernández Aviña, “El Lupillo”, 26. In addition, an arrest warrant has been issued for another accomplice who has not been identified by the authorities.

The case was uncovered the afternoon of January 29, 2013, when the American victim jumped from a Mitsubishi Montero SUV that was travelling on calles 5 de Mayo and Roberto Barrios in Rosarito. Behind the kidnap vehicle was a municipal police patrol car. Upon seeing what happened, the police detained the passengers in the Montero, those being Carlos Obrayan and Pablo Gerardo.

The victim is Randy Thomas, a 59-year old retired American citizen. He told the police that he had been kidnapped, as well as his former brother-in-law, who was being held at the Los Potrillos pet supply store located in Ejido Mazatlán in Playas de Rosarito. The American said he was a frequent customer of the pet supply store where he was kidnapped. While he was in the back seat of the kidnappers’ car, he could see a Rosarito police car behind them in the rear view mirror, so he jumped out of the car.

The police then went to the pet supply store and rescued the other 26-year old victim, who was tied up hands and feet and gagged. In that building, the police captured Osbaldo Sánchez Mendoza, who was guarding the victim with a .22 caliber Ruger. Days later, after the arrest of the three criminals, the police managed to arrest José Guadalupe Hernández Aviña, who is the intellectual author of the kidnappings. He planned to ask for a $50,000 dollar ransom.


Ensenada clinic refuses to treat insured patient with broken leg

[Translated by Fulano from an article in

An injured man had to wait in pain for more than two hours with fractures of the tibia and fibula because the staff at the Isesalud Clinic at Ruiz and 14, where he was sent by central command, refused to admit him.

This denial of immediate medical servoces caused the local Public Prosecutor to get involved. The incident all started around 8PM on Saturday night, when a bicyclist named Rogelio López fell near Villas del Real IV, causing the bone fractures.

An ambulance operated by volunteers came to rescue him and to take him to a hospital. As the victim had Seguro Popular insurance, Central Command sent him to the health clinic at Ruiz and 14.

However, when the paramedics arrived with their patient, they were met by intern doctors who said they could not admit the emergency patient because there was no licensed resident doctor to admit him.

The minutes passed and in light of the refusal to admit the patient, nor seek another medical institution to take him, the patient spent more than 1-1/2 hours on the ambulance parked outside the clinic which closed its doors, refusing to take any action.

With the patient in increasing acute pain and with the risk that the injury would worsen, in light of the refusal of those in charge at the clinic to make any decision or take any responsibility to secure the patient, it became necessary to call for the public minister [a district attorney].

A public minister responded to the call and came to the clinic, where he was given the same response, that they could not attend to the patient because there was no doctor in charge and the minister was told he could “do what he wants.”

The public minister then decided to ask for another clinic via Central Command, and the patient was sent to the Ensenada General Hospital, where he too was also first refused admittance, but was finally allowed into the emergency area for medical attention a little after 10:30PM.

The public minister who resolved the conflict explained that they received a complaint of a crime of failure to render medical attention to a patient, where they are required to treat citizens when it is an emergency.

Initially, the Ensenada General Hospital also refused to provide medical attention, because they only had one bed for critical emergency patients, but when it because available they admitted the victim and doctors treated him