Mexico Steps Up Migration Enforcement, But Is It Working?

March 24, 2015

By David Agren, USA Today, 3/21/2015

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestSALTILLO, Mexico — Eulio Iglesias, 50, spent eight days traveling through Mexico last year in a bid to cross into the United States before he was stopped at the Texas border and returned to his native El Salvador.

This year, the same attempted journey — an effort to get back to New York City where he worked in hotels and restaurants for 20 years, and still has children — took him twice as long. That’s because Mexican authorities have increased immigration enforcement, forcing him to ride rickety vans and buses down back roads, bribe police to avoid being detained and ply circuitous paths on foot to evade patrols and checkpoints.

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1 Migrant Killed, 1 Wounded in Attack on Train in Mexico

March 18, 2015

ABC News, 3/17/2015

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One Honduran youth was shot to death and another migrant was wounded when assailants attacked Central American migrants riding a freight train in the central Mexico state of Puebla.

The shootings in Puebla may indicate gangs are following Central American migrants in their changing routes through Mexico.

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Mexican kids held for months as punishment for border-crossing

March 12, 2015

03/11/15 Washington Post 

Street childrenLast spring, as Central American children flooded into Texas in a way he had never seen in his three-decade career, Border Patrol agent Robert Harris decided to experiment. His intelligence analysts estimated that 78 percent of the guides smuggling other migrants were Mexicans younger than 18 — teenagers often hired or conscripted by drug cartels that knew they would not be prosecuted if caught — and he wanted to attack this loophole. “Why don’t we remove these juveniles from the smuggling cycle?” Harris, the outgoing commander of the Laredo sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, recalled thinking. Now, as a result of that decision, young Mexicans are being held for months without charge in shelters across the United States, sometimes without their parents’ knowledge.

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Mexico, U.S. Bust People Trafficking Network

February 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/26/2015

handcuffsThe Mexican Attorney General’s Office and U.S. immigration authorities have broken up a network that smuggled undocumented Latin Americans to the United States, arresting 42 people, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced Thursday.

On Monday, the 42 people arrested were charged with people trafficking, rape of an unaccompanied minor, sexually abusing migrants, illegal deprivation of freedom and other crimes, the embassy said.

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Mexico Fumes After 2nd Immigrant Dies in Police Shooting: ‘We Don’t Want This to Be a Trend’

February 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/26/2015

pistolMexico is condemning the death of a Mexican immigrant in Texas who was killed this week during a confrontation with police.

The death – which comes less than two weeks after the police-involved shooting of a Mexican immigrant in Washington state – has heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

The most recent death occurred February 20 outside Dallas. Grapevine Police were searching for a robbery suspect and encountered Rubén García Villalpando,31, in his pickup truck while he was in the parking lot of a shopping center. He led police on a short chase but then stopped his vehicle, emerged from the pickup and began approaching police officers with his arms up.

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How Birdman Director’s Speech Shocked Mexico

February 24, 2015

BBC News, 2/23/2015

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Lots has been written about diversity in the US film industry after last night’s Oscars – but across the border in Mexico, the ceremony set off a very different political storm.

After his film Birdman won best picture last night, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu took the stage. “I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico,” he said. “I pray that we can build the government that we deserve.”

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In Mexico, Deported Migrants Get Due Respect at El Comedor

February 20, 2015

By Kevin Baxter, 2/20/2015

mexican-flag1The migrants begin gathering just after daybreak.

Women with young children in tow, men in wool caps and faded hoodies. Others still wearing the bright orange uniforms they were issued in prison.

Few speak. Most look down at their feet.

Hours earlier they had been on the other side of the border, where they had been living illegally in the United States. But now, after their deportation to Mexico, they’re lining up outside El Comedor — the dining room — in search of food, clothing and help.

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