A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear

October 6, 2014

10/05/16 New York Times

120px-Mexico-US_border_countiesThe smugglers advertised on the radio as spring bloomed into summer: “Do you want to live better? Come with me.” Cecilia, a restless wisp of a girl, heard the pitch and ached to go. Her stepfather had been murdered, forcing her, her mother and four younger siblings into her aunt’s tiny home, with just three beds for 10 people. It was all they had — and all a smuggler needed. He offered them a loan of $7,000 for Cecilia’s journey, with the property as a guarantee. “I gave him the original deed,” said Jacinta, her aunt, noting that the smuggler gave them a year to repay the loan, with interest. “I did it out of love.” The trip lasted nearly a month, devolving from a journey of want and fear into an outright abduction by smugglers in the United States.

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Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

September 23, 2014

09/14 By Juliana Kerr, Paul McDaniel and Melissa Guinan                                                                                                                                                      The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council

Immigration Policy Center logoElected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level. Whether by launching programs to infuse the local economy with new talent or adopting strategies to socially integrate immigrants, there is an unprecedented commitment from local leaders understanding the importance of immigrant integration in the region. This report puts the range of Midwestern initiatives into context, offering a concise overview of state, city and metropolitan programs, as well as the robust non-governmental civic initiatives that sometimes operate alongside, or in place of, government-driven programs.

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Mexico to free Cubans found at sea, give them residency: official

September 23, 2014

090424-N-7092S-05109/22/14 Reuters

Mexico will free 14 Cuban migrants rescued by its navy this month and will give them permanent residency, a Mexican immigration official said on Monday. The Cubans were intercepted off the Yucatan peninsula badly sunburned and dehydrated after three weeks adrift at sea, and Mexico’s government said they would likely be deported. They were without food and survived by drinking rain water.

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Mexico Makes Route Tougher for Migrants

September 22, 2014

09/21/14 The New York Times

Train Tracks by HeraldicosTIERRA BLANCA, Mexico — Soon after crossing from Guatemala into Mexico last week, the group of Honduran migrants spotted the police swarming the freight train known as “The Beast” that has dangerously but reliably ferried tens of thousands of people north, clumped atop and hanging off box cars. So they walked through bushes and along riverbanks to avoid detection. And then they walked some more, 10 hours a day for several days, parched and so starved that they grabbed what fish they could from the streams and fruit from the trees.

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US, Mexico, CentAm to Look at Child Migration

September 10, 2014

09/09/14 ABC News

children northern Mexico credit Kelly DonlanThe attorney generals from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have agreed to form a high-level group to address the migration of unaccompanied children. U.S. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement that Attorney General Eric Holder met with his counterparts in Mexico City on Tuesday.

 

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Mexico President Proposes Bill For Bullying, Underage Migrants

September 3, 2014

Enrique Pena Nieto09/01/14 The Wall Street Journal

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would present to Congress Monday proposals for a new law to protect children and adolescents, including measures to curb a growing problem of bullying in schools and actions to protect unaccompanied underage migrants. Speaking at an event in which his government outlined programs aimed at eradicating child labor, Mr. Peña Nieto said he would for the first time submit the proposal as a preferential bill, which means legislators will have 30 days to act on it. The use of preferential bills avoids the possibility of the proposal being shelved in Congress, or its debate and approval or rejection dragged out for months. Mr. Peña Nieto didn’t use preferential bills for any of his previous initiatives, which included major overhauls of education, telecommunications, energy and banking laws.

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U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement

August 28, 2014

08/27/14 Reuters

immigrant mother and boyU.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday.

The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called “voluntary returns” to Mexico.

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