Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in El Ocidental

Chapala, Jalisco. - Increasingly unpunished crimes in Lake Chapala are pushing foreigners to leave and return home, while others are left to speak out and complain of the slowness of the justice system, which ultimately leaves criminals free and unpunished and leads to even more unpunished crimes. Just in colonia Chula Vista, of Lake Chapala, 44 out of 300 houses were robbed.

And now there is no contact with the public authorities. The only citizen crime attention desk there has disappeared and the crimes continue.

They say that going to the public prosecutor starts a difficult path, because few cases are presented before a judge.

The conclusion is simple: "The system does not work for us or for Mexicans," said attorney Paul East Razza.

Sandra M. Loridans, via a translator, said: "Justice delayed is justice denied" and explained that "when we came here from another country, we realized that it is another system of justice, but we had great hope that we would be safe here, that the authorities would protect us like any other Mexicans in their country. We have the same rights under the law, and I know it, but the rules of justice do not always go in the right direction."

She said there are several cases where Americans bought their homes, invested all their life's savings and recorded their properties in the Public Property Registry, but have found other people living in them. They have rights to their property, and the Americans have had to invest the remaining savings they had to live on for the rest of their lives to hire lawyers. Some of these cases have been in the courts for years without resolution.

"I don't do this because I love this country, but have been forced to by crime," she added.


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