October 2, 2013
The Huffington Post, 10/1/2013
Elsy Nuñez, a Honduran national who had once resided in the United States, tried three separate times since Aug. 23 to convince immigration authorities in Laredo, Texas, to allow her into the country. She brought documentation detailing the multiple health health problems her 4-year-old, U.S.-born daughter Valeria suffers, including cerebral palsy and a ruptured eardrum. Three times, border officials turned her away. On Monday night, she finally got her wish.
Nuñez’s luck changed when she joined a group of activists staging the second round of a protest action against deportations that is thought to be unprecedented. Originally branding themselves as the “Dream 30,” a group of people who had spent part of their lives in the United States as undocumented immigrants crossed the border from Mexico at the legal port of entry in Laredo on Monday and asked for humanitarian parole. If that request is rejected, they plan to apply for asylum.
July 9, 2012
The Dallas Morning News, 07/07/2012
Enrique Peña Nieto
In one of his first post-election interviews, President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto said that he will work to restore security along the border through more collaboration with the U.S., strengthen trade, and lobby to help the 6 million Mexican illegal immigrants in the U.S. gain legal status.
Although he wants greater cooperation with the U.S. in Mexico, Peña Nieto stopped short of advocating for armed U.S. agents or troops on the ground there, saying that such talk among Mexicans is a reflection of growing exasperation with the current government’s inability to bring down the violence. More than 55,000 people have been killed during the six years of the administration of Felipe Calderón.
October 21, 2011
Associated Press, 10/21/11
Mexican President Felipe Calderon accused the United States on Thursday of dumping criminals at the border because it is cheaper than prosecuting them, and said the practice has fueled violence in Mexico’s border areas.
U.S. officials earlier this week reported a record number of deportations in fiscal year 2011, and said the number of deportees with criminal convictions had nearly doubled since 2008.
“There are many factors in the violence that is being experienced in some Mexican border cities, but one of those is that the American authorities have gotten into the habit of simply deporting 60 (thousand) or 70,000 migrants per year to cities like Ciudad Juarez or Tijuana,” Calderon told an immigration conference.
August 5, 2011
Associated Press, 8/5/11
TIJUANA, Mexico — After 15 years of installing marble in homes in Escondido, California, Porfirio Perez was caught without a driver’s license during a February traffic stop and deported.
Now the 42-year-old just tries to survive in this sprawling industrial border city, 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from his birthplace of Puebla in central Mexico.
He is among hundreds of deportees who are stuck in Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California, because they don’t have the Mexican documents required and need permanent addresses to get them. He and about 350 others live in and around the Rio Tijuana canal that separates the two cities.
December 5, 2008
La Crónica de Hoy, 12/5/2008
The Border Trade Alliance recommends president-elect Barack Obama invest in border infrastructure to eliminate the bottlenecks that negatively affect trade in the region.The organization, dedicated to promoting economic exchange between Mexico, the United States and Canada, sent its policy recommendations for sustaining the border economy to the president-elect this week.
December 1, 2008
National Public Radio, 12/1/2008
The U.S.-Mexican border is in flux as economic, political and social changes reshape the relationship between the two countries. The U.S. is building hundreds of miles of fence along the boundary and aggressively deporting more illegal immigrants than at any point in history. Yet, at the same time, trade across the border continues to grow.
On the Mexican side, a drug war — fueled by American demand for illicit narcotics and fought with American weapons — has killed thousands of people this year. All along the 2,000-mile frontier, the interconnections between these two countries dominate daily life. The border emphasizes how much the U.S. and Mexico rely on each other, and, like siblings, the border also illustrates the tension between them. This NPR series includes a special on drug deaths and violence in Tijuana and on deported immigrants attempting to cross back into the United States.