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Mexican priest alleges mass kidnapping of Central American migrants
Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2011 | Tracy Wilkinson

Posted on 06/27/2011 7:50:49 PM PDT by moonshinner_09

Reporting from Mexico City— A Roman Catholic priest who has long championed the cause of migrant workers on Monday denounced what he said was another mass kidnapping of undocumented Central Americans purportedly yanked from a train by masked gunmen in southern Mexico.

Father Alejandro Solalinde, who runs the Hermanos en el Camino shelter for migrants, said at least 80 people primarily from Guatemala and Honduras were apparently abducted Friday in Veracruz state. He based his claim on information from several members of the group who said they managed to escape.If the report is true, this will be the latest in a string of cases in which armed gangs have intercepted illegal immigrants on their voyage across Mexico to the United States. The gangs often try to extort money from the immigrants' families or force them to work as drug mules or in other tasks.

Many of those abducted have ended up in mass graves; in the worst massacre of such migrants, 72 were slain execution-style last year in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.

The National Commission for Human Rights demanded Solalinde's assertions be investigated swiftly and that the missing immigrants rescued. The commission says it documented the kidnapping or disappearance of 11,333 immigrants in a six-month period last year and criticized the government for failing to improve safety conditions.

Solalinde told reporters that the witnesses said about 10 heavily armed men pulled the migrants from a train when it stopped at a desolate spot around midday. The gunmen seemed to especially target women and children, rounding them up first and forcing them into waiting trucks, he said.

"Some ran and escaped but the others didn't," Solalinde said. "And now we don't know what's happening to these poor people."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; gangs; immigration; mexico; mx
Anybody think Obama will have any harsh words for Mexico ?
1 posted on 06/27/2011 7:50:54 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

Our drug users should examine their consciouses.


2 posted on 06/27/2011 8:08:46 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: moonshinner_09

Pres. Calderon, please pick-up the white courtesy phone...


3 posted on 06/27/2011 8:13:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: moonshinner_09

I find this very hard to believe. Mexico is such a free, law-abiding and moral country. Guns are against the law in Mexico. How can anyone who wants to commit a crime ever get a firearm there?


4 posted on 06/27/2011 8:44:32 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: moonshinner_09

“Armed gangs” just doing the work that the Mexican government / military would rather not be seen doing.


5 posted on 06/27/2011 8:54:20 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: moonshinner_09

I guess they ran out of gladiators. Mexico has descended into the pit of Hell.


6 posted on 06/27/2011 9:01:36 PM PDT by Texan
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To: moonshinner_09

nothing to see here, move along.
I said move along or get a beat down.


7 posted on 06/27/2011 9:08:22 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) NO RINOs)
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To: ansel12
Our drug users should examine their consciouses.

They don't have one of those, and they are likely too addled to have a conscience, either.

8 posted on 06/27/2011 9:11:43 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Darwinism is to Genesis as Global Warming is to Revelations.)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


9 posted on 06/27/2011 9:44:21 PM PDT by HiJinx (Old Cold Warrior)
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To: moonshinner_09

Mexico doesn’t put up with illegals and neither should we!

Screw the church, they are one the biggest illegal problems we have!

They should have their tax exempt status removed and the priests that harbor the illegals put in prison for treason.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 9:57:26 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

My first thought was his real concern is the church pipeline might be in serious jeapordy.

I hope it is.


11 posted on 06/27/2011 10:08:23 PM PDT by MurrietaMadman
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To: moonshinner_09

Obama is still trying to perfect an 8ft putt which he can’t seem to get even after 72 rounds. He doesn’t have time for silly matters like kidnapped women and children.


12 posted on 06/27/2011 10:22:29 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks moonshinner_09.
...denounced what he said was another mass kidnapping of undocumented Central Americans purportedly yanked from a train by masked gunmen in southern Mexico... said at least 80 people primarily from Guatemala and Honduras were apparently abducted Friday in Veracruz state... the latest in a string of cases in which armed gangs have intercepted illegal immigrants on their voyage across Mexico to the United States. The gangs often try to extort money from the immigrants' families or force them to work as drug mules or in other tasks. Many of those abducted have ended up in mass graves; in the worst massacre of such migrants, 72 were slain execution-style last year in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.
Gosh, it's almost as if Mexico is entirely lawless.

Failed State Ping.


13 posted on 06/28/2011 2:21:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: moonshinner_09

I imagine calderon is dancing in the streets over this. After all, isn’t it more money into the mexican economy after the families pay ransom to the mexican captors?—or corrupt officials, or whomever?


14 posted on 06/28/2011 4:24:45 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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