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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Mexico’s president thanks California leaders for welcoming immigrants

August 27, 2014

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California’s leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States.

California’s policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers’ licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a “recognition of human dignity,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.

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Mexico president seeks immigration reform: ‘This is a matter of justice’

August 26, 2014

08/26/14 The Guardian

Enrique Pena NietoMexico’s president spoke of the need for US immigration reform on a two-day visit to migrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.

“We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. “This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society.”

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Mexico to monitor satellite images of ‘La Bestia’ trains used by migrants

August 26, 2014

08/25/14 Reuters

 

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Photo by Heraldicos

Mexico said on Monday it would use satellite imagery to monitor key railway lines running toward the U.S. border to ensure the safety of the tracks and to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants heading north for the United States.

 

A top interior ministry official said a dozen satellite-monitored vehicles are to be deployed ahead of cargo trains near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala that Central American migrants often jump on as they journey north.

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on L.A. visit

August 26, 2014

08/25/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day tour of California with a speech to Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles on Monday in which he pledged to make life better for his countrymen living on both sides of the border.

Pledging reduced wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, Nieto said he had an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they lived.

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Mexico clamps down on migrant freight train travel

August 26, 2014

08/26/14 BBC News

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Photo by Heraldicos

A journey aboard Mexico’s most notorious freight train, known as La Bestia or ‘the Beast’, is fraught with danger.

Hundreds of migrants are injured or killed every year attempting to ride its roof. Many more are robbed or attacked by gangs.

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Migrants risk life and limb to reach the US on train known as the Beast

August 25, 2014

08/23/14 The Guardian

Border - MexicoCrammed into a patch of shade outside their dormitory in a migrant shelter in southern Mexico, a small group of women from Honduras and El Salvador spent much of a recent sweltering afternoon slipping into languid snoozes punctuated by bouts of bawdy banter. It was, they said, the way they gathered strength despite the knowledge that their flight from extreme street gang violence and desperate poverty in their own countries is not only far from over, but looking ever more difficult to complete.

“We can’t go back and now we can’t go forward either,” said Natalia, a Honduran in her 20s, as the conversation turned serious and the smiles faded away. “And every day that passes means more suffering and danger for the families we left behind.”

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