Noticias: Sports, Wal-Mart fraud, and Gun Stats

Mexico with Mexican flag.

Viva Mexico!

Deportes – The Saltillo Sarape Makers passed the Monterrey Sultans for first place in the North Division of the Mexican League of Baseball by besting the Mexico City Red Devils 9-4.  The Veracruz Red Eagles hold a one game lead over the Tobasco Olmecs in the South.

Internacional – Mexico’s attornery general started an investigation of Wal-Mart on allegations of bribery.  The attorney general’s investigation follows a New York Times report which alleges that Wal-Mart doled out $24 million in suspect payments to fast track permits for the building of new stores.  The troubled retailer is already under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Inmigración – The Latin American Herald Tribune has more on thenet-zerostate of illegal immigration from Mexico to the U. S. The Tribune cites a study by the Pew Hispanic Center which states that approximately 6.5 million of the 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico.  This number is a far cry short of the 12 to 20 million figure often bandied about by certain U.S. media outlets.

Fast and Furious – According to 68,000 guns confiscated in Mexico over five years are traceable to the U.S., or almost 68% of the total number of guns confiscated by Mexican authorities in that period. The number of guns traceable to U.S. sources peaked in 2008 at 21,000.