Mexico finds dehydrated migrants in US-bound lorry

10/21/16 BBC News

immigrationThe Mexican authorities say they have stopped a lorry carrying 121 Central American migrants, who were trying to reach the US illegally.

They were found after police at a checkpoint in the southern state of Tabasco heard calls for help coming from the vehicle and the sound of crying children.

Many of the migrants, who included 55 minors, were badly dehydrated.

Most had come from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador or Ecuador.

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Why Haitians are stranded in Mexico

20/10/16 PRI

In a quiet Tijuana neighborhood, Haitian migrants mill about in the morning light. Some rest on blankets under trees, others play dominoes. Babo Pierrot, 44, wearing a tattered sweatshirt, talks to his wife in Haitian Creole. The couple and their baby boy arrived here about two weeks ago, migrating from Brazil. They had lived there since the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti forced them to leave.

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Haitians vulnerable on Mexico-U.S. border as migrant crisis escalates

10/19/16 Reuters

bicultural1Camped in migrant centers, broken-down rooms of a dingy, semi-derelict hotel and on church floors, thousands of Haitians desperate to enter the United States are in limbo and exposed to crime in dangerous border neighborhoods of Mexico.

The hard-bitten fringes of Tijuana and Mexicali are currently believed to house some 5,000 Haitians, and about 300 more are arriving daily after an arduous journey from Brazil, Mexican official numbers show.

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As U.S. Watches Mexico, Traffickers Slip In From Canada

10/17/2016 The New York Times

ALBURGH, Vt. — An hour before sunset, Miguel Ramos waited in his gray minivan for three Guatemalans to walk undetected across the Canadian border and make illicit entry into the United States.

They walked around a gate to a wooded area, trying to evade security cameras, then quickly piled into the back of the van, and Mr. Ramos tried to drive off. But federal agents who had been tipped off about a suspicious vehicle swooped in to arrest him and his passengers. Mr. Ramos, 32, of the Bronx, was the only one who could produce proper identification.

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The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

“Although this report focuses on the United States, the rise in the share of foreign-born populations is an international phenomenon among developed countries. And, given disparities in economic opportunities and labor force demographics that persist across regions of the world, immigration is an issue that will likely endure. Recent refugee crises further highlight the complexity of immigration and add to the urgency of understanding the resultant economic and societal impacts (…)

(…) To what extent do the skills brought to market by immigrants complement those of native-born workers, thereby improving their prospects; and to what extent do immigrants displace native workers in the labor market or lower their wages? How does immigration contribute to vibrancy in construction, agriculture, high tech, and other sectors? What is the role of immigration in driving productivity gains and long-term economic growth? “

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4 migrants die of apparent suffocation in eastern Mexico

10/5/16 The Washington Post 

migrantesMEXICO CITY — Four migrants died in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz, apparently suffocating in a truck that was carrying them and dozens of others to the border with the United States, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

The National Immigration Institute said in a statement that the four were among 55 migrants abandoned by their smugglers near the town of Tres Valles. Many of those who survived were severely dehydrated and had not had food or water for two days when they were found Tuesday evening.

Ten migrants remained hospitalized, including three still unidentified because of their delicate condition.

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Mexico’s Immigration Service Fires Agents for Corruption

03/10/16 ABC News

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute says it has fired three agents for allegedly shaking down Cuban migrants for bribes, the latest alleged corruption scheme at the agency.

The agency said Monday it has fired about 2,500 agents and other employees since 2013 for malfeasance or failing vetting and background checks.

The latest scandal involved three agents at an immigration detention center in Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala. Detained Cuban migrants there accused the three agents of demanding $4,000 in exchange for returning their passports, which would presumably allow them to reach the U.S. border.

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