Mexico asks U.S. for answers about alleged migrant detention abuse


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico said on Wednesday said it had formally requested a report from U.S. authorities regarding alleged negligent practices in U.S. immigration detention centers, citing accusations of sexual abuse and unauthorized hysterectomies.

The request come after a complaint by a whistleblower nurse alleging that detainees in a Georgia immigration detention facility had improperly received hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures.


Trump Pushed Mexico to Block Its Border. A Migrant Caravan Tests It.

Source: The New York Times, 1/23/2020

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Pressured by threats from President Trump, Mexico beefed up security on its border with Guatemala. We witnessed a confrontation with the first migrant caravan of 2020.

“Last year, President Trump threatened Mexico with import tariffs if the country didn’t seal its southern border. So Mexico deployed a newly formed security force to block migrants from entering. Now this wave of some 4,000 migrants is putting enforcement here to its latest test.”

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U.S. and Mexico moving closer on need to develop Central America: Mexico

January 7, 2020 – Reuters


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has sought to enlist U.S. support for his vision of stemming migration by creating more jobs and opportunities in Central America in the face of skepticism from his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump.

In a speech to diplomats in Mexico City, Ebrard said when Lopez Obrador first put forward the idea in 2018, it looked “almost impossible” given Trump’s tough stance on migrants. “Today the positions are getting closer regarding this development initiative,” Ebrard said.

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Check out our 2019 Migration to and through Mexico Mid-Year Report for more information on migration trends

Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Steve Orlofsky

Mexico intercepts 2 trucks crowded with 243 migrants



10/04/19 – AP News

Mexican authorities say they have intercepted two trucks carrying 243 migrants in crowded conditions in the southern state of Chiapas.

A government statement says the vehicles were discovered in two separate incidents by federal authorities.

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As Trump tightens the U.S. border, asylum applicants seek refuge in Mexico, elsewhere


honduran_immigrants_tijuana_border_caravan_12292018getty09/08/19 – The Washington Post

By Mary Beth Sheridan

The idea was to reach the United States. But when the young Honduran mother arrived in Mexico this summer, with only a handful of pesos and a 4-year-old in tow, she realized how difficult that had become. And so she came up with a new plan.

“The American Dream is costly, very costly,” lamented Iris, 32, sitting on a curb outside the Mexican refugee office in this southern city. She spoke on the condition that only her first name be used, for fear of harm from gang members in Honduras.

“That’s still the dream. But if they give me Mexican papers, I’ll stay here.”

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US Border Patrol arrests continue to drop in August with approximately 51,000 migrants arrested

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights09/04/19 – CNN

By Geneva Sands

Preliminary data indicates that US Border Patrol arrested around 51,000 people on the US-Mexico border in August, according to a Border Patrol source familiar with the data.

The August numbers show a consistent decline in arrests since the spring and come as the Trump administration has pushed forward numerous controversial policies intended to help stem the flow of migrants arriving at the southern border. An influx of migrant families and children, predominantly from Central America, strained resources along the border as severe overcrowding took hold earlier this summer.

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Pentagon to notify lawmakers of delayed military projects to pay for border barrier

6-10-19-209/03/19 – The Washington Post

By Seung Min Kim

Pentagon officials on Wednesday will begin notifying lawmakers who represent districts where key military construction projects will be delayed due to construction of President Trump’s border barrier, according to two congressional officials.

Trump issued an emergency declaration in February in an attempt to free up new federal funding for his controversial U.S.-Mexico border wall that had been denied by Congress and triggered a record-long partial government shutdown earlier this year. But since the border emergency was issued earlier this year, the Trump administration had not detailed publicly which projects would be affected.

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US, Mexico Widen Asylum Crackdown to Push Back All Migrants

8/28/19 – AP News

By María Verza and Nomaan Merchant


A Trump administration program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico has evolved into a sweeping rejection of all forms of migrants, with both countries quietly working to keep people out of the U.S. despite threats to the migrants’ safety.

The results serve the goals of both governments, which have targeted unauthorized migration at the behest of President Donald Trump, who threatened Mexico with potentially crippling tariffs earlier this year to force action.

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Mexico Says Concerned over Trump Plan for Longer Detention of Migrant Children

08/21/2019- Reuters

By Daina Beth Solomon

honduran_immigrants_tijuana_border_caravan_12292018gettyMexico’s Foreign Ministry expressed “concern” over a U.S. plan to permit extended periods of detention for migrant children and adolescents in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The Trump administration earlier in the day unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, abolishing a previous 20-day limit.

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Trump Administration Moves to End Limits on Child Detention

08/21/2019- Associated Press

By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin

migrants-mexico_border_06222018_0The Trump administration is moving to end a long-standing federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. A court fight will almost certainly follow over the government’s desire to hold migrant families until their cases are decided.

The current court agreement now requires the government to keep children in the least restrictive setting and to release them as quickly as possible, generally after 20 days in detention.

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