Entries in Felipe Calderon (3)


Mexican President Thanks Obama for Limiting Deportations

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(LOS CABOS, Mexico) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon praised President Obama today for having the “valor and courage” to stop deporting hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants.

“We believe that this is very just,” Calderon told Obama this morning on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. “It’s a humanitarian action.  And it’s an unprecedented action in our opinion.

“In this sense, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action.  I am sure that many, many families in the United States of America are thankful to you as well,” Calderon said.

Obama announced Friday that illegal immigrants will no longer face the threat of deportation if they were brought to the United States before age 16 but are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five consecutive years, are in school or have graduated from high school or earned a GED, have no criminal history or have served in the military.

Immigrants who meet the criteria can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on the number of times it can be renewed.

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Mexican Officials: Drug War Death Toll at More than 47,000

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- The Mexican government Wednesday released its latest tally of deaths from drug-related violence.  The report says 47,515 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on drug cartel activity in 2006, according to The New York Times.

The report also shows drug-related murders increased 11 percent from January 2011 to September of that same year when compared to the same period in 2010, the Times reports.

But, the newspaper notes, experts criticize the Mexican government's apparent shortcomings in developing an adequate tracking system for trends in the country's crime, and say the newest data may be inaccurate.

"Since there are very few actual investigations, those [numbers] are approximations at best," Eric Olson, a security expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars in Washington, told The New York Times.  Olson added that there is no real way of knowing if counted murders were actually connected to organized crime or drug trafficking at all.

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Official No. 2 Mexican Official killed in Crash

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY, Mexico) – Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Franciso Blake Mora, died Friday in a helicopter crash, according to Mexican President Calderon’s Office.

President Calderon has cancelled his trip to the APEC summit following the news.

Secretary Mora was the official number two in the country, and died at the age of 45. He was appointed as interior secretary in July 2010 by Calderon.

ABC’s Jose Cohen reports that there is so far no suggestion of foul play, but that it’s something “we may never know.”

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