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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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

 

Photo by Heraldicos

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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