Most children illegally crossing the border alone will be deported, White House signals

July 8, 2014

07/7/14 The Washington Post

border patrol badgeThe White House signaled Monday that it expects to deport most of the unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally across the southern border, employing the strongest rhetoric to date to indicate that an influx of thousands of Central American migrants will not be tolerated.

The tougher tone came a day before Obama administration officials were expected to ask Congress to authorize new measures, including more than $2 billion in emergency funds, that would expedite the legal processing of the more than 52,000 children and 39,000 families apprehended this year.

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US, Mexico discuss influx of immigrant children

June 20, 2014

06/19/14 Al Jazeera America

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Barack Obama spoke on Thursday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the United States, the White House said.

Obama “welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the White House said in a statement.

Responding to what Obama calls an urgent humanitarian crisis, Congress on Tuesday advanced legislation significantly increasing funds to handle a surge of foreign children entering the United States illegally.

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, included up to $2.28 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to feed and shelter the estimated 130,000 minors expected to arrive in the coming year.

Vice President Joe Biden added a stop in Guatemala Friday to a scheduled Latin America trip to meet Central American leaders for talks on the dilemma.

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Riding ‘The Beast’ Across Mexico To The U.S. Border

June 5, 2014

06/05/14,  NPR

Train Tracks by HeraldicosThere’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants whose aim is to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children — both with adults and alone — have been making the risky journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of “an urgent humanitarian situation.”

These aren’t passenger trains; there are no panoramic windows, seats or even a roof to guard from sun or rain. People call the train La Bestia, or The Beast. Some call it the Death Train.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents attacked by unruly crowd from Mexico

November 27, 2013

The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2013

United_States_Border_Patrol_MexicoMore than 100 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles during a rowdy confrontation Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.

Nobody was seriously injured and it’s not clear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration, but the sight of a large crowd surging beyond the border rattled nerves.

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Mexico isn’t our top immigration problem: Op ed

November 22, 2013

Arizona Republic, 11/22/2013

shutterstock_49320484Arizona needs to leave the Land of Old Ideas about illegal immigration, Mexico and Central America. Congress should take a hike to reality, too. Old battle lines continue to define — and doom — efforts to reform outdated immigration policies. They also hurt Arizona’s economic competitiveness.

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Number of illegal immigrants dropped during recession, study finds

September 24, 2013

El Paso, Texas

The Washington Post, 9/23/2013

he number of illegal immigrants in the United States has leveled off but may be on the rise again, following a sharp drop that accompanied the start of the Great Recession, according to a report released Monday.

The analysis from the Pew Research Center estimated that 11.7 million immigrants were living in the country illegally in March 2012. That was down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007 — a year before the stock market collapsed — but it represented a slight increase from an estimated 11.3 million in 2009, the worst year of the recession.

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Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. May Be on Rise Again, Estimates Say

September 24, 2013

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, 2006The New York Times, 9/23/2013

About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that has not varied much over the last three years but may recently be increasing again, according to new estimates published Monday by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.

As lawmakers in Washington debate an immigration overhaul that could include a pathway to legal status or citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants, the figures from the nonpartisan Pew Center are regarded by many demographers as the most reliable estimates of the number of people who might be eligible for those programs.

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Ninety-four illegal immigrants held in Mexico, including 19 Asians

July 25, 2013

immigrantsReuters, 7/23/2013

Mexico detained 94 illegal immigrants, including 19 from the Indian subcontinent, packed into a truck bound for the U.S. border, authorities said on Tuesday.

Among the people found near the southern city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas state, were 10 Nepalese and nine Bangladeshis trying to reach the United States, officials said. Apprehensions of Asians immigrating illegally to the United States have increased sharply in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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In Mexico, cartels recruit vulnerable migrants

July 18, 2013

prisonFox News, 7/17/2013

Honduran migrant Samuel Alberto Centeno Vazquez was approached to work for the Zetas drug cartel as he made his way along the railways that lead to Mexico’s border with the United States. The members of the criminal gang carried pistols and made promises of a $1,000 monthly salary, girls and drugs.

He was offered the money to help the Zetas in their criminal activities, which include murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion. Mexico’s drug cartels are increasingly recruiting undocumented Central American migrants to join their ranks, non-governmental groups say. Although the number of Mexicans making the journey north to the United States is at a low, Central Americans are streaming across Mexico from troubled countries like Honduras in search of a better life.
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Immigration Reform 2013: Fence Or No Fence, Reform Won’t Work

July 17, 2013

Border fencePolicymic, 7/17/2013

On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed a monumental immigration-reform bill that brings new opportunities for undocumented immigrants to be integrated in U.S. society. Sharing one of the longest borders in the world with one of the most powerful countries in the globe, Mexicans have had a mixed response to the U.S. Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Right after the U.S. Senate passed the bill, the Mexican Foreign Relations Department congratulated the United States on its effort, and stated that “the immigration legal framework should reflect the region’s demographic reality. Mexico believes that public policies should be coordinated in order to enhance competitiveness, job creation, and the social welfare of the two countries.”

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