1. The pre-presidential candidate for the Frente Ciudadano por México coalition, Ricardo Anaya, accused the Investigation and National Security Center (CISEN) of espionage. Alfonso Navarrete, Mexico’s Interior Minister, affirmed that the Interior Ministry partnered with the government of Veracruz to monitor Anaya’s pre-campaign for security purposes, not espionage. Navarrete ordered the suspension of a CISEN sub-delegate in Veracruz because the delegate failed to inform the Interior Minister of the event.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, Jornada, El Universal

2. The National Electoral Institute (INE) must ask the independent candidates for the Presidency of the Republic for information on the citizen support signatures they have compiled. The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) issued a ruling ordering the INE to conduct investigations to determine if there is an alleged traffic of electoral rolls used by some aspirants to gather rubrics. According to the INE, 187 people obtained the proper accreditation to run as independent candidates in the 2018 election.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma, El Financiero

3. The Morelos of Chilapa convent school is now closed. Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza stated that the school’s administrators and a group of nuns abandoned the school following the murder of the mother, father, and sister of a nun.

Read more: Excelsior, Proceso, El Universal, Milenio

4. Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), stated that “the armed forces are prepared for [a change in government] and will support the president, regardless of the party that nominates him.” Soberón Sanz proposed that the armed forces work closely with state governors and municipal presidents in order to create a safe electoral environment when people are heading to the polls.

Read more: Jornada, Milenio, El Universal, Excelsior


Immigration Measures Fail in Senate

02/15/2018 Wall Street Journal

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200WASHINGTON—The Senate failed to break its impasse over immigration Thursday after a week of debate, as a flurry of unsuccessful votes left the chamber no closer to resolving the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants.

Both an immigration measure backed by President Donald Trump and a bipartisan proposal opposed by the president came up short in the Senate on Thursday afternoon. Two other amendments also failed.

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Mexican diocese withdraws nuns from violent city

02/15/2018 Washington Post

pexels-photo-54512.jpegMEXICO CITY — The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.

The diocese said in a statement that the parents of one of the nuns had been killed and that their school had to close for several months last year due to threats from drug gangs operating in the area.

The nuns ran one of the oldest and most respected schools in Chilapa. The church did not specify how many nuns were involved, but local media said there were four. Local media also reported the nun’s parents had been hacked up.

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Border Patrol restricts access to park where divided families meet, sparking dismay among immigrants

02/15/2018 San Diego Union Tribune

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Border Field State Park / Imperial Beach, San Diego, California

Family members have gathered for years at Friendship Park to share quiet conversations and “pinky kisses” through metal mesh fencing that separates San Diego and Tijuana. A new Border Patrol policy now limits those visits to 30 minutes.

Under the new policy, a spokesman for the agency’s San Diego sector confirmed, no more than 10 people can be in the area, which sits between two border enforcement fences, at the same time.

Photos and videos in the space are prohibited, and the public is no longer allowed in the binational garden.

The park, at the edge of Border Field State Park, in the southwestern corner of San Diego, is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That has not changed under the new policy.

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to face U.S trial in September

02/15/2018 Reuters

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Source: Reuters

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Thursday set a Sep. 5 trial date for Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” who is jailed in the United States on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

U.S. prosecutors have accused Guzman, 60, of running a global cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine smuggling operation as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and playing a central role in a decade-long Mexican drug war where more than 100,000 people have died.

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Mexico, U.S. express cautious optimism on NAFTA deal

02/15/2018 Reuters

NAFTA_logoMEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. and Mexican officials on Thursday expressed cautious optimism that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be renegotiated, speaking ahead of the next round of trade talks later this month.

Asked on local television whether it was more likely the $1.2 trillion trilateral trade pact would survive or die, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said there was cause for optimism, though Mexico should be prepared for all eventualities.

“We should be prepared for a future with or without NAFTA,” he said.

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UPCOMING EVENT | The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America’s Public Schools

education2WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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There has been considerable discussion in news outlets about the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and families. Recent incidents across the country and reported in the press have raised alarm throughout immigrant communities. Clearly there is great fear in this hyper-sensitized environment. To what extent is this ramped up immigration enforcement impacting our nation’s public schools? How does it vary by region and what is the “collateral” fallout for non-immigrant students? How are educators reacting and to what extent is this affecting them? What rights do students have and what happens to U.S.-citizen children when they are sent to a country and school system they do not know? To address these questions, four new research papers will be presented with brief highlights. There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion. The studies include:

•         A new national survey of the impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in the nation’s schools
•         The impact of immigration enforcement on educators
•         Federal and state policy affecting the children of immigrants and their schooling
•         What happens to U.S. citizen students caught up in deportation of family members


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Co-sponsored by:


Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Patricia Gándara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Bryant Jensen, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Shena Sanchez, Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio

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