August 4, 2014
08/03/2014 The Washington Post
A few weeks ago, just about the same time that Mexican officials said they were putting a stop once and for all to the rolling horror show nicknamed “The Beast,” Jhonny Torres left Honduras for Houston. He reached southern Mexico and scrambled onto a boxcar with hundreds of other migrants.
Gang members stopped the train near the Mayan ruins of Palenque and took his last $50. In Orizaba, another dreaded shakedown site farther north, gunmen put a pistol to his temple and accused him of being a smuggling guide who hadn’t paid the gang protection money. They let him go, Torres said, only when they figured out it was his first trip and he had nothing left to steal.
July 31, 2014
07/30/14 Wall Street Journal
California Gov. Jerry Brown ended a three-day visit to Mexico City Wednesday, capping a trip in which he drew attention to Mexico’s economic changes as well as the plight of unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.
Mr. Brown’s visit to Mexico, his state’s biggest export market, achieved few concrete accords, but it was long on ceremony, meetings and signings of memorandums of understanding. The governor, meanwhile, spoke with several Mexican officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto, who met privately with the 76-year-old Democrat.
July 8, 2014
07/7/14 The Washington Post
The 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.
June 20, 2014
06/19/14 Al Jazeera America
President 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.
June 5, 2014
There’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.
November 27, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2013
More 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.
November 22, 2013
Arizona Republic, 11/22/2013
Arizona 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.