Record Fentanyl Seizures and Migrant Encounters on US-Mexico Border Are Unrelated

Source: InSight Crime

09/28/2022

Migrant encounters and seizures of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl will hit record highs by the end of the current fiscal year, but the two dynamics are often erroneously conflated and linked together.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have already seized more than 5,800 kilograms of illicit fentanyl with one month to go in fiscal year 2022, which closes at the end of September. Seizures have already jumped almost 400 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2019.

Organized crime groups in Mexico are at the heart of the cross-border fentanyl trade. Using precursor chemicals obtained primarily from countries like China, a smattering of groups produce the synthetic drug in clandestine laboratories in states like Sinaloa and Michoacán.

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Mexicoamericanos, NO voten por los políticos en EU que maltratan a migrantes: AMLO

El Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador pidió hoy a los mexicoamericanos que no permitan que los políticos demócratas o republicanos maltraten a los migrantes, y les pidió, directamente, no darles votos, castigarlos.

“Ya no queremos que agarren el tema migrante, el tema mexicanos para sacar votos o pretender sacar votos porque también eso cae mal a la gente de Estados Unidos. Pero estos se quedaron en el almanaque: siguen con lo mismo, siguen con lo mismo”, dijo.

“No entienden que esto ya cambió; que ya los pueblos estadounidense, mexicano y latinoamericano ya cambiaron. Y ellos quieren seguir metiendo vino nuevo en botellas viejas. Políticas medievales, obsoletas que la gente ya rechaza”, agregó el Presidente mexicano.

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Latest migrant caravan breaks up in Mexico after 2 days

07/05/2022

Source: ABC News

Several thousand migrants who set off in southern Mexico with the goal of reaching the United States dissolved their march Sunday after Mexican officials handed out about 3,000 temporary residence permits.

The permits will allow the migrants, mostly Venezuelans and Central Americans, to stay on Mexican territory for up 30 days while they pursue immigration procedures, officials from Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said.

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Supreme Court allows Biden to end Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

07/01/2022

Source: NBC News

The Supreme Court handed President Joe Biden a victory Thursday, ruling that he can shut down a Trump administration program designed to restrict immigration at the southern border.

The court said in a 5-4 ruling that the Biden administration acted properly in seeking to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols. It required people seeking asylum at the southern border, mainly from Central America, to wait in Mexico while their claims were decided.

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Crimen organizado vende en EU a migrantes en 700 dólares para esclavizarlos

01/07/2022

Fuente: Milenio

La organización criminal se atrevió a hacerlo: vendió en 21 mil dólares a 30 de sus trabajadores, como si se tratara de ganado. Fueron comprados en efectivo por rancheros de un campo en Indianápolis, quienes desembolsaron 700 dólares por cada “esclavo”.

Una investigación realizada por MILENIO, basada en la consulta de documentos judiciales albergados en las cortes estadunidenses, revela que tan solo uno de estos grupos delictivos obtuvo ganancias por 200 millones de dólares en cuatro años.

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Fifty Bodies in Truck Due to Ongoing US-Mexico Border Militarization

Source: InSight Crime

Date: 06/29/2022

As many as 50 migrants have been found dead inside a sweltering hot tractor trailer found about 150 miles north of the US-Mexico border, underscoring how the continued militarization of this border region fuels unauthorized migration and death.

Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard confirmed in a June 28 tweet that at least 22 Mexican nationals were among the 51 migrants local officials reported were found dead inside a tractor trailer in southwest San Antonio, Texas, one day earlier.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said during a June 27 press conference that a nearby worker heard cries for help, went to investigate and found the trailer’s doors partially open with a number of deceased individuals inside.

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Mexico finds truck with 366 migrants from 16 nations

Source: AP News

6/17/2022

Mexican immigration authorities said Thursday they found a veritable United Nations of migrants aboard a freight truck.

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said the truck was carrying 366 migrants, including people from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Yemen, Uzbekistan and South Africa.

There were also people aboard from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Venezuela.

Agents found the truck parked on the side of a road in the southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala. There were so many migrants they were dangling their legs off the roof of the freight container.

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Migrants split on whether to keep walking through Mexico

06/10/2022

Source: Tribune Chronicle

A group of about 2,000 mainly younger male migrants set out walking Thursday from the southern town of Huixtla.

But about 1,000 migrants, mainly families with children, decided to wait in Huixtla to see if they could get some sort of temporary exit visa. The families were tired after walking some 25 miles since departing the city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, on Monday.

The goal of almost all the migrants is to reach the U.S. border. But none of the migrant caravans that have crossed Mexico starting in 2018 have ever walked all the way to the border, which is over 1,000 miles to the north.

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Government expands role of military; gives army, navy full control over customs

05/26/22

Source: Mexico News Daily

The military now has full control of customs after the federal government’s publication of a new decree.

President López Obrador had already given control of most of the nation’s land and maritime customs offices to the army and navy but a presidential decree expands their powers.

The military now has exclusive responsibility for inspecting goods entering the country via land borders, ports and airports.

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Death toll in Mexico migrant bus crash rises to 7

26/05/22

Source: AP NEWS

Authorities said Thursday that the death toll in a bus crash in northern Mexico has risen to seven.

All of the dead and the 24 injured were migrants. One of those killed was a pregnant woman, and two of the injured were minors.

No nationalities were immediately available for the seven dead, but of those who survived, 11 were from El Salvador, seven from Honduras and four from Cuba. Also injured were one Panamanian and one Mexican citizen.

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