They come to the US because coyotes are “fooling” people about immigration reform

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

Tijuana, BC, July 29, 2014 – The possibility of migratory reform on the part of the United States is what has caused an increase in illegal immigration to that country, said congresswoman from the Republic of El Salvador, Karina Sosa de Lara. “It has caused the coyotes to market this idea.”

“The people believe that there is going to be migratory reform and that they will be able to remain,” but what they do not understand is that this is a project still being debated, nor do they know the conditions to qualify for this, said Karina Sosa.

Although there have been advances, there still is no legislation on the matter by the United States congress. The human traffickers take advantage of this to sell the idea that “now one can go live in the United States,” which has caused parents to leave their children alone in El Salvador. She said this is a worrisome matter.


Popotla furniture store owners concerned about car break-ins

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

The furniture sector, organized as AFAMARO, on boulevard Popotla asked the new Rosarito Chief of Police, Joaquín Antonio Olea López, to address the serious problem of car break-ins that continue to chase away tourism in the area.

At the meeting of the Citizens Committee of Public Safety on Friday, July 18, where the new police chief was invited, the president of AFAMARO, Edgar Orozco Zamora, expressed his concern as this crime is out of control and has become more associated with organized crime, as bands are now operating with total impunity.

“This is what we are worried about, because before it was one car with two people, but now it is two cars with four people, and we are worried it will continue to get worse,” said Orozco Zamora.

He reported that many of the car break-ins, are done in broad daylight and in front of the businesses with customers, and so they know who is responsible and how they operate.

“We now know who they are and how they operate. We know them all and we have reported this to the municipal police when they break-in to the cars, we gave them all the information, but they remain free,” said Orozco Zamora.


Pyromaniacs running loose in La Paz

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

La Paz, BCS – Almost at the same time early in the morning today were two arson attacks in La Paz, a situation to which the authorities need to be alerted to find those responsible.

The first event reported was at 3AM on calle Ignacio Ramírez, between República and Guerrero, were a GMC pick up parked in the garage of the family Calderón Collins was purposely set afire.

In this case, not only was the truck left useless, but also an outboard motor that was in the truck bed which had been recently received from the stimulus program for coastal fishermen.

The other attack was reported by a resident in colonia Pueblo Nuevo directly to Colectivo Pericú, who said that at 3:20AM, they smelled smoke coming from the garage in their house, “I am telling you what the time was because I saw the clock a we quickly ran out to put out the fire.”

The fire caused partial damage to a red Chrysler 300, where one can see a gallon can used by the pyromaniacs to start cause damage.

The situation could have become worse, as there were two other vehicles parked in the garage.


Violent robberies increased 24% in Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

An average of 10 robberies occur every day in the downtown area in their different modalities, based on the complaints made before the State Attorney General, reported Marco Antonio Chavarría López.

After a meeting with members of the National Chamber of Tourist Businesses and Services of Ensenada, the deputy attorney general said that more crimes occur in the city due to the number of people and businesses.

Number of crimes from January to June
Violent robbery = 4,965
Simple robbery = 8,095
Business robbery = 6,157


American involved in accident in San Quintín denied medical treatment, jailed instead

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.


June 12, 2014 – Due to an automobile accident, two men, one of whom is an American, were severely injured. The American was taken to Ensenada, where he was returned without being treated. Upon his return, he was arrested as the person responsible for the accident.

First, Robert Thomas Revelle, 66 years old, was taken to the rural IMSS-Oportunidades Clinic 69, where he was not treated and then taken the Ensenada General Hospital.

At that hospital, inexplicably, the injured man was released and returned in a police patrol vehicle to the San Vicente Ferrer precinct station.

From there he was taken to other municipal police stations, in municipal patrol vehicles, without regard to the injured man’s medical condition.

Upon being returned yesterday morning, Wednesday to the starting point, the San Quintín police station, he was placed into a jail cell as the person presumed responsible for the accident the night before.

There he was attended to by Ismael Molina Miranda, with the Municipal Public Services Unit, who instructed the municipal people in charge to take him to a hospital, and to also take X-rays.

Demand that Human Rights Intervene

Miranda said that Revelle’s injury to the right knee needed to be sutured to avoid complications, and he needed X-rays to determine if he had internal injuries to his chest.

Responding to this recommendation, Revelle was taken by Red Cross paramedics to the El Buen Pastor Hospital Medical Center.

In aide of the American, social activist Tomás Sánchez Ponce de León called for the intervention of the Prosecutor for Human Rights and Citizen Protection for Baja California.

The coordinator in San Quintín for that agency, Octavio López Nájera, expected to opne a complaint file against IMSS-Oportunidades Clinic 69 and the Ensenada General Hospital, for failure to provide medical care to the injured patient.

The accident

The crash between the two vehicles happened on the local road that leads to the Molino Viejo at 11:30PM on Tuesday.

One of the drivers, named Robert Thomas Revelle, is 66 years old and lives at Rancho Salvador, in San Quintín, and was driving a 1983 white Toyota pick-up, California license plates 5UVB995.

Based upon the inspection, the American was responsible for the accident. He was driving eastbound at excessive speed. He lost control of the vehicle and entered the oncoming traffic lane and hit a white 2013 Ford Van, license plates AKU7758, whose driver was not identified in the report. But, he was taken in a private vehicle to the El Buen Pastor hospital where he remained yesterday due to his injuries.

Thomas Revelle is also now hospitalized and as of yesterday was under police arrest.


Four Rosarito police suspended

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

Rosarito, B.C. – Suspended for drunken excess. Everything started when they were returning from a refresher course at the police academy. On May 26, all of them were in Juan Chávez León’s vehicle, when suddenly Rafael Rodrigo Robles García asked to stop and buy a 6-pack of beer, however he came back to the car with 24 beers.

He was accompanied by Abel de Jesús Olguín Escalera and Andrés García Curiel. Then they went to bulevar Popotla and agreed to go to the beach parking. But moments before that, they stopped to fill up the gas tank and buy more beer so as to continue drinking.

They once again returned to a store located at the corner of calle Rene Ortiz, where they found a couple of students hugging. This bothered Robles García, and he ordered them to leave the location.

He gave the youths five minutes to leave, but the youths ignored him. So, he went to the trunk of his auto, from which he pulled his service weapon and pointed it at the kids, telling them to go away or he was going “fuck them up.” The youths left the location without saying anything.

Then they berated the police officer that he should not be doing these things and they are going to report him for being very aggressive. The youths told him to go look for some criminals to arrest and that everybody in his generation were crooks. The police officer said he is called R1 and works for P1 and he can do whatever he wants.

Then the police officers went to the San Fernando Plaza shopping center, where Robles García got out of the car and chased away four drug addicts with his pistol in his hand, firing four times in the air. The drug addicts ran and went onto their homes, while Robledo García was yelling that if he killed them, nobody would complain because they are the scum of life.

He then left because somebody had reported this to the police and the police came and found four spent bullet casing and collected them.

Then the four police officers went to calle Colima in colonia Constitución to look for a woman friend, and found her with two men and two women. There they went out into the yard to continue drinking. Rafael Rodrigo Robledo García again drew his service weapon and shot twice. The neighbors reported this to the police, and when the police came, deputy commander Nieto also came, and Robledo García denied having fired his weapon. He went into the house for a moment and then told the police that his weapon was in his house. The police took Robldo Garcia to his house, but when he got there he went inside and did not come out, tricking the commanders. It was not until two days later that Robledo García showed up for work, saying he had not come back out of his house because he was afraid. This version of the story is from a document with the Public Trustee.


$6,000 for an “Immigrant Package” to the US

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.

Mexico City – Human traffickers sell “packages,” mainly for minors, in which they guarantee to cross them into the United States with support of a “guide,” with the payment of around $6,000 in advance, which includes the possibility that if the immigrant is captured and repatriated to his country, he can restart the trip up to three times.

This is one of the reasons that less than 1% of the immigrants who can receive a humanitarian visa from Mexico actually do so with the Mexican Immigration Institute, but instead choose to be repatriated as they are confident that when they return to their country they can begin again their already paid for trip and repeat again their story of risks and uncertainty.

Ana Cecilia Oliva Balcárcel, general director of Immigrant Protection at the Mexican Immigration Institute, explained that this is one of the many challenges of this phenomenon, which has become a humanitarian crisis with the large increase in the flow of unaccompanied children and adolescents, which start their trip from Central American countries.

The official revealed that while in 2013, they handled 5,562 unaccompanied minors who came to some immigration station in Mexico, from January to July of this year, the total has climbed to 6,691.

Of all the cases they handled this year, 4,242 (63.3%) are minors from Honduras; 1,203 from Guatemala, and 1,108 from El Salvador.


Sewage poisons Mexican beaches

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFNTijuana.

Veracruz is the state with the most sewage flowing into the ocean, more that 15,000 liters per second (4,000 gallons per second), and its beaches are the most contaminated in the country, complained Deputy Elizabeth Vargas Martín del Campo, secretary of the Tourism Commission.

It is necessary for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to report on the health status of Mexican beaches, before each vacation period.

The main beach at Zihuatanejo, in Guerrero, is the only one in Mexico that is unfit for recreational use, due to the quantity of bacteria in the water (399 per 100 millilters), which is a health risk for the people, according to a study from Semarnat.

In April, 2014, the government took 369 water samples in 269 public beaches to detect the quantity of E. coli bacteria. This microorganism is an indicator of the quality of the health conditions of the sea water, as it lives and grows in adverse conditions.

Among the 25 most contaminated beaches, according to the testing, was Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 399 bacterias per 100mL, Hornos en Acapulco, Guerrero: 124; La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 114, and Varadero in Ixtapa, Guerrero: 106 bacteria per 100mL.

Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 104; Chicxulub in Progreso, Yucatán: 83; La Ropa in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 73; Maviri in Los Mochis, Sinaloa: 71; Lancheros in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo: 66, and Marinero in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: 64 per 100mL.

The legislator warned that in Mexico only 40.2% of sewage is treated and “meanwhile the public politicians are passive in light of the necessity to increase this percentage. Every second, 33,000 gallons of raw sewage flows into the watersheds.”

There are 154 municipalities along the coast, and only half of them have a sewage treatment plant. However, of the 77 municipalities which treat their sewage, not all of the treat 100%. As an example, Campeche treats 19% of its sewage and Yucatán 4.4%.

[Fulano’s comment: United States clean water standards classify a beach as unfit for human use when the e. coli count exceeds 35 per 100 milliliters. Using that standard, all the beaches listed in the article would be closed to human use.]



Comondú police accused of extorting fisherman

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCSNoticias.

Jesús Salvador Camacho Pérez

Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur – Jesús Salvador Camacho Pérez, a fisherman who reported that municipal police in Puerto San Carlos extorted him and robbed him, ended up being threatened with a criminal complaint for defamation for making the case public.

The fisherman, from whom the police are presumed to have taken 700 pesos (US$55), was also scolded by the chief of police, Benigno Murillo, who told him he could be accused of defamation, “as you have now tarnished the honor to the honorable policemen from the Puerto San Carlos police department, where according to the police chief their conduct is unimpeachable,” reported El Sudcaliforniano.

At the meeting was the fisherman, the accused police officers, and commanders. The events were denied and he was warned he had to present proof of what he said.

It should be remembered that the fisherman said that last Saturday, he as stopped by four municipal policemen when he was at Playa Bajamar collecting some clams. Presumably, the police demanded 200 pesos (US$15) in return for not reported him to the Fishing Ministry.

With the fear of being reported guilty of a crime he had not committed, the man gave the money to the police. But, when he was distracted, they took another 500 pesos he had to send to his wife in La Paz for a medical treatment for one of his daughters who suffers from kidney failure and who is in the Juan María de Salvatierra hospital.

The man, upon seeing he was robbed, went to the police headquarters to demand the police return his 500 pesos, but instead they beat him and threatened him with jail if he reported what happened.