A view of Durango, the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. Photo by Iván Cabrera.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico Fires 7 Immigration Officials; More Decapitated Bodies Found In Durango

May 13, 2011 By Staff

A view of Durango, the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. Photo by Iván Cabrera.

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Top Story — Mexican authorities fired seven high-ranking officials from the country’s national immigration agency Thursday, following a wider effort to clean up the government branch, according to the agency’s latest bulletin.

The fired officials headed the agency’s operations in the seven Mexican states that migrants most frequently transit on their way the United States.

The states include Tamaulipas along the US-Mexican border, where a group of kidnapped migrants accused immigration agents this week of putting them in the hands of local criminal gangs.

Migrants who cross Mexico to reach the United States have faced increasing levels of violence in recent years. In April of this year, authorities dug 196 bodies out of clandestine graves in the state, though to have been pulled off buses and killed by the Zetas drug gang.

In August 2010, the corpses of 72 Central and South American migrants were found in a ranch outside the city of San Fernando, also allegedly massacred by the Zetas.

The same day the top-ranking immigration officials were fired, eight decapitated were found in the northern state of Durango, dumped on the side of the road. One of the bodies was identified as Gerardo Galindo Meza, who was the deputy director of a city prison and had been kidnapped on Monday.

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North America


  • A forensic doctor and relatives of a Cuban dissident who died were quoted in the official Granma newspaper Thursday as saying that he never complained of any police beating, showed no bruises and died of natural causes.
  • Black Cubans, already with the worst jobs and lowest salaries, will need affirmative action as the government tries to slash its inflated payrolls, a black Havana economist and former Communist Party member wrote Wednesday.

Central America


  • Venezuelan authorities captured a French fugitive who is wanted on kidnapping and extortion charges.
  • Cementos Argos, Colombia’s largest cement company, is doubling down its bets on the U.S. construction industry, announcing Thursday a $760 million purchase of several cement plants in South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
  • President Rafael Correa said Thursday that legislators could be removed from office if they don’t approve laws to implement the results of Saturday’s referendum.
  • An 18th-century manuscript, pottery dating to AD 300 and other smuggled artifacts were returned to Peru by U.S. Customs officials on Thursday.
  • Authorities say a 10-year-old boy who ran away from home in Bolivia to find his mother ended up in Chile.

Southern Cone

Image: Iván Cabrera @ Flickr.

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