Tuesday, May 25, 2010


A quick follow up to something we mentioned a few weeks back:

A Mexican lawmaker is demanding that government authorities pay more attention to a case of 31 missing migrants. Juan Fernando Rocha Mier, a state legislator for the National Action Party (PAN) in the central state of Queretaro, said the same “emphasis” should be placed on locating the disappeared migrants as on safely returning former presidential candidate and millionaire lawyer Diego Fernandez de Cevallos.

Presumably kidnapped near his Queretaro ranch earlier this month, the disappearance of Fernandez de Cevallos, a historic leader of the center-right PAN, touched off the latest political crisis in Mexico.

Receiving far less attention, a crisis has enveloped families in the indigenous Sierra Gorda region of Queretaro since last March, when 17 local men joined 14 fellow migrants from the states of San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo on an apparently ill-fated journey to the United States. None of the men has been heard of since they left in a bus connected to immigrant smugglers known as coyotes.

31 Mexican citizens, many of them literally Jefe Diego's neighbors, vanish off the face of the Earth, and no one appears to be bothering to look for them.  Seriously.  


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