Mayor wants Chicago to shelter young immigrants

July 28, 2014

07/26/14 Chicago Tribune

chicagoMayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is set to aggressively expand the amount of shelter available to children apprehended at the southern U.S. border, with plans to house as many as 1,000 additional young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year.

The mayor’s office also plans to tap the city’s legal community to build what it described as a “broad-based pro bono campaign” to counsel the city’s share of unauthorized immigrant children, a proposal hatched as federal authorities work to boost the government’s capacity to shelter and care for the unprecedented number of children arriving from Latin America.

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California governor to meet with Mexican president

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Associated Press

shutterstock_182486318Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

The governor’s office announced Sunday that Brown will meet privately with Nieto on Monday about topics including immigration. It comes amid a trade mission aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming environmental partnerships to combat climate change.

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Mexico tenders for high-speed train linking capital and Queretaro

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Reuters

Mexico on Sunday announced the opening of an international tender to build a high-speed passenger train linking Mexico City and the industrial city of Queretaro.

The project, which was previously estimated to cost about $3.3 billion, would allow travel over the 210 kilometers (130 miles) between the Mexican capital and Queretaro at up to 300 kph, moving 23,000 passengers a day, Mexico’s transport ministry said in a statement.

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Politician gunned down in western Mexico

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Fox News Latino

PRI logoThe leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.

Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Rate of Girls Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Alone Outpaces Boys, Study Finds

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

Border - MexicoThe number of unaccompanied girls caught crossing into the U.S. at the border with Mexico has grown far more quickly this year than the number of boys, according to a Pew Research Center report released Friday.

In the first eight months of the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, the Border Patrol apprehended 13,008 unchaperoned girls from Central America, Mexico and other countries, a 77% jump over the 7,339 caught in the entire 2013 fiscal year. Significantly more boys than girls were caught at the southwest border, 33, 924 through May 31, but that figure grew just 8% in the same period.

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Mexico’s Femsa Turns to Pricing, Cost Controls to Counter Soda Tax

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

Coca Cola BottlesMexican beverage and convenience store conglomerate Fomento Económico Mexicano SAB  increased its operating profit during the second quarter despite a weak Mexican economy and new taxes aimed at trimming waistlines.

Femsa, which owns Latin America’s biggest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. products as well as the Oxxo convenience-store chain, said Friday that pricing and packaging strategies, together with efforts to contain costs and boost efficiencies, helped drive revenue growth in the period.

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Mexico central bank says rate hold decision unanimous

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 Reuters

Mexican pesoMexico’s central bankers were unanimous in their decision to hold interest rates at a record low earlier this month, with the majority signaling slack in the economy persists while the inflation outlook remains positive, minutes showed on Friday.

Central Bank board members voted 5-0 at their July 11 meeting to hold their benchmark rate at 3.00 percent, after delivering a surprise cut last month to underpin a weak recovery in Latin America’s no. 2 economy.

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