New Era in Immigration Enforcement at the U.S. Southwest Border

December 17, 2014

12/16/2014 Migration Policy Institute

fence at borderThis year marked a transition to a new chapter in the United States’ three decade-long effort to limit illegal immigration across the Southwest border. Previously, border crossers were primarily Mexican men pursuing employment, with most attempting entry in Arizona and California. The flow has increasingly shifted to Southeast Texas and from predominantly Mexican to majority Central American since 2012, with a rising share of children and families included in the stream. That trend was sharply underscored in the late spring and summer of 2014, with the surge in arrivals of unaccompanied children and parents with young children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Josefina Vázquez Mota Named Public Policy Scholar at Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute

December 10, 2014

Foto Libro JVM

November 7, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced the appointment of Josefina Vázquez Mota as a Public Policy Scholar with the Mexico Institute. Vázquez Mota will work closely with the Mexico Institute on issues of the border, migration, and migrants through her project “DREAMers: the Next Dream.” Her work will focus on sharing stories of struggle and success of young Mexicans who came to the United States as children and now have become beneficiaries of DACA and strong supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. The project will gather those stories and analyze their impact on public policy on both sides of the border.

“Josefina Vázquez Mota has been one of the most important figures in Mexican politics for over a decade, and her knowledge and experience will provide the Wilson Center with a strong foundation as we look towards the mid-elections in 2015. Moreover, her passion for increasing public understanding of immigrants and their role in society will be invaluable to us during her stay as the Mexico Institute continues its mission to provide insight and analysis into the most important issues in the bilateral relationship,” said Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute.

Read the full press release here.


Twist of fate excludes many from Obama’s immigration plan

November 26, 2014

11/23/14 Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Enrique Zamora Lara is plain out of luck. In a perfect world, the Guanajuato, Mexico, native would be eligible for the liberating relief that President Obama’s new immigration rules will grant. He lived in the United States for 25 years and fathered three children who are U.S. citizens. He worked hard and never, he says, broke the law. Except the one about his very presence in the United States. Last year, Zamora, 50, was detained in a raid by U.S. immigration agents at the Tennessee factory where he worked. After legal actions failed, he was deported to Mexico.

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Take Mexico off the ‘safe list,’ immigration protesters urge

November 20, 2014

11/19/14 Leader Post

canada mexicoRaul Gatica Bautista fled Mexico for Canada in 2005 with a bullet wound in his stomach and scarring on his face, grim testaments to the abuse the indigenous rights activist says he suffered at the hands of the Mexican police. Canada accepted him as a refugee then, but Gatica Bautista says this country would turn him away today because of changes last year that placed Mexico on a list of 42 countries deemed safe by the federal government. Asylum seekers from these countries have fewer appeal options and are deported faster than refugee claimants from other countries. On Wednesday, Gatica-Bautista and groups of protesters in several cities called on the federal government to take Mexico off the so-called “safe list,” citing the recent disappearance and possible massacre of 43 teaching students in rural Mexico and the ongoing persecution of indigenous rights activists. The group No One is Illegal has launched a similar petition.

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U.S.-Raised Dreamers Are Building New Lives — Back in Mexico

November 5, 2014

11/04/14 Los Angeles Times 

mexico-usa-flag-montageFor so long, Nancy Landa kept secrets. Growing up in South Los Angeles, she never told friends that her parents had brought her illegally from Mexico when she was 9. Years later, after she had been elected the first-ever Latina student body president at Cal State Northridge and then gone on to work for a California assemblyman, she didn’t tell her colleagues about the deportation order filed against her. For a long time, she didn’t even tell her boyfriend. The immigration agents came one morning in 2009 while she was turning onto the freeway to go to work. They dropped her off that night in Tijuana, where she had to start over with zero connections. Once again she felt like a stranger in a strange land — this time missing Vietnamese pho and playing golf with friends — and once again she was keeping secrets.

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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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