Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says

04/12/2021

Source: CNN

(CNN)The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC on Monday.

“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.

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Mexico’s health workers slam president for withholding vaccine

04/13/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Across the globe, there is consensus: health-care workers get vaccinated first.

Nowhere other than Mexico have so many health workers died during the pandemic. And now many say they are being passed over for inoculation and are protesting by blocking main roads and the president’s national palace.

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Mexico arrests 30 marines over disappearances in Tamaulipas

04/14/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

Thirty Mexican marines have been arrested over the disappearance of an unspecified number of people in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas in 2014, officials say.

Prosecutors say the victims went missing when the marines deployed in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

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Mexico reports 1,627 new coronavirus cases and 364 more deaths

04/12/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government reported 1,627 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 364 more fatalities, according to data from the health ministry on Monday, bringing the total to 2,281,840 infections and 209,702 deaths.

The government says the real case numbers are likely significantly higher, and separate data published by the health ministry suggested the actual coronavirus death toll may be at least 60% above the confirmed figure.

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Scoop: Biden weighs Ken Salazar for ambassador to Mexico

04/12/2020

Source: Axios

The Biden administration is vetting Ken Salazar, a former senator and Interior secretary, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: President Biden is close to publicly naming a slate of ambassadors. In considering a former Senate colleague for Mexico City, he’s acknowledging the crisis on the border will require both diplomatic and political skills to solve.

Driving the news: Biden has started to call some of his potential ambassadors to offer them foreign postings, people familiar with the matter say.

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Mexico’s navy turns over 30 marines in disappearances cases

04/12/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s navy said Monday it turned 30 marines over to civilian prosecutors to face justice in the cases of people who disappeared during anti-crime operations in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2014.

The navy said there were outstanding warrants for the 30 charging them with “acting in violation of their duty.”

The military personnel were handed over to the federal Attorney General’s Office late last week, the navy said.

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Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to deploy troops to slow migration

04/12/2021

Source: Aljazeera

Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have agreed to deploy troops to their borders to slow the movement of migrants trying to get into the United States, a Biden administration official said on Monday.

“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border,” Tyler Moran, a special assistant to President Joe Biden for immigration policy told the MSNBC news outlet.

“That not only is going to prevent the traffickers and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.

The US Border Patrol is struggling with an increase in the numbers of people trying to cross the southwest US border because of violence, poverty, natural disasters and a lack of access to food in Central America and Mexico.

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Claudia Uruchurtu: MPs urge action over missing woman in Mexico

04/10/2021

Source: BBC

A group of MPs has urged the government to help in the search for an activist missing in Mexico.

Relatives of Claudia Uruchurtu, 48, who went missing after a rally two weeks ago, say witnesses saw her being grabbed and pushed into a car.

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Mexican state police relieve local force in resort of Tulum

04/11/2021

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

MEXICO CITY — State police announced Sunday that they have taken over law enforcement duties in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Tulum, relieving a municipal force that has been charged in the death of a Salvadoran woman while being detained.

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the acting state police chief in Quintana Roo state, said the municipal officers in Tulum had systematically violated proper procedure.

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For Mexico’s president, the future isn’t renewable energy — it’s coal

04/12/2021

Source: The Los Angeles Times

SABINAS, Mexico — Juan Manuel Briones was 14 when he started working in the coal mines in this remote stretch of northern Mexico.
He toiled underground for nearly two decades, only to be laid off a few years ago as Mexico began embracing renewable energy and weaning itself off fossil fuels.

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