Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from Fox News Latino
Promises are made by the government and then they are forgotten all too often in Mexico. Maybe, just maybe the new Attorney General for the State of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, may keep his.
An operation has been launched to find the "nearly 2,000 people" reported missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state prosecutors said.
The operation started on Saturday, with some 100 agents visiting the homes of victims to try to determine their whereabouts and close the cases of people who have been located, the Jalisco Attorney General's Office said.
"With actions like this, we are following through on the commitment we made to Jalisco's residents to work to protect their security," Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said.
Almaguer replaced Luis Carlos Najera as the state's top law enforcement official in early July.
The operation comes after the AG's office and the state government denied for more than two years that disappearances were a problem in Jalisco, which ranks No. 2 in Mexico in terms of forced disappearances, trailing only the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
About 2,900 forced disappearances have been reported in Jalisco since 2006, the federal Government Secretariat's National Public Safety System said.
Some 52 percent of the disappearances in the state have taken place since 2013, when Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval took office, the Jalisco-based Center for Justice for Development said.
More than 30 people have disappeared so far this year in the western state.
Further information about the operation will be provided in the next few days, after all the cases are reviewed, the AG's office said.