Migrants are now drowning off the coast of Mexico, too

3/27/2017 Quartz

Sediment_in_the_Gulf_of_Mexico_(2)Northbound immigrants making their way to the US through Central America are taking to the sea to avoid tougher border enforcement in Mexico.

The exodus by sea of migrants from Guatemala to Mexico is not as complicated nor as big as the in the movement of Middle Eastern and African refugees traveling through the Mediterranean to get to Europe, but it can be just as deadly, newspaper El País reports (link in Spanish.)

Migrants funneling through Mexico en route to the US had in the past relied on “La Bestia,” or the beast, a cargo train on which they rode as stowaways. The nickname was warranted—those who boarded it risked life and limb by traveling on the train’s roof or hanging in between the carriages.

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Trump’s Border Wall With Mexico Faces All Kinds of Obstacles

3/27/2017 U.S. News & World Report

Border fenceWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the “big, beautiful wall” that he’s promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge barrier to those attempting to enter the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own.

It’s still not clear how Trump will pay for the wall that, as described in contracting notices, would be 30 feet (9 meters) high and easy on the eye for those looking at it from the north. The Trump administration will also have to contend with unfavorable geography and many legal battles.


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U.S.-Mexican security cooperation is at a historic high. Will that change under Trump?

3/20/2017 The Washington Post

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MEXICO CITY — Every airplane passenger who arrives in Mexico is vetted against American criminal and national-security databases, a daily dose of intelligence sharing aimed at finding fugitives and suspected terrorists.

In the Mexico City airport, plainclothes U.S. border officers work alongside their Mexican counterparts to investigate suspicious travelers bound for America. In Brownsville, Tex., U.S. customs agents remotely watch X-ray scans of train cargo from the Mexican side of the border.

For much of their history, the United States and Mexico had a wary relationship and security cooperation was limited. It wasn’t until 1996 that Mexico even began extraditing its citizens accused of crimes to the United States. But over the past two decades, as the countries’ economies have become more inter-dependent, they also have developed an extraordinary level of collaboration in addressing terrorist threats and capturing dangerous criminals.

Today, that partnership is facing the most serious risk in decades.

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In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north – to Canada

3/16/2017 Reuters

visa canadaShortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump’s first days in office said they would soon try to head north again – but this time to Canada.

In a Reynosa migrant shelter, just yards from the U.S. border, 26-year-old Cenobio Rita said he had earned about $3,000 a month installing playgrounds in Richmond, Virginia, before he was deported on Feb. 15 after police found marijuana in his car.

Having left Mexico as a 14-year-old, he fretted about returning to his violent home state of Michoacan. With Trump taking a tough stance on undocumented immigrants, he ruled out a common path for many deportees – back into the United States.

“I want to go to Canada with my passport,” he said. “For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it’s Canada’s turn.”

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Mexican Magnate Supports Migrants’ Bid for US Citizenship

3/14/2017 New York Times

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Carlos Slim

MEXICO CITY — Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim has joined forces with Mexico’s largest university and the country’s human rights agency to hold workshops for Latinos in the United States on how to obtain U.S. citizenship.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, known as UNAM, says the Carlos Slim Foundation and the National Human Rights Commission signed the agreement Tuesday.

UNAM will train 50 instructors who will give 10 workshops at its satellite facilities in San Antonio, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Tucson, Arizona. The Slim foundation will publicize the effort through its Acceso Latino web platform.

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Decline in migration under Trump could quickly reverse, history shows

3/10/2017 Reuters

Border fence by couchlearnerLast month’s 40 percent decline in migrant detentions along the southern U.S. border represents a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump, but may prove short-lived unless he follows through with his hard-line vows, past experience shows.

Trump’s administration on Wednesday trumpeted the February decline as evidence its executive orders on immigration were working, fulfilling his promise to crush illegal migration.

But an analysis of recent U.S. apprehension data, along with interviews with migrants, diplomats and activists, suggests peoples’ fears will subside if Trump fails to realize his tough policies, causing the flow to rise.

“Right now, nobody wants to go” to the United States, said Victoria Cordova, who along with her daughter Genesis, was part of the first group of mothers and children deported by plane from the United States to Honduras in 2014.

“If in the future the situation looks better, well, I imagine then people will be more willing to travel.”

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On Both Sides Of The Mexican Border, Fear Grows For U.S.-Bound Migrants

3/12/2017 Reuters

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Along a barren dirt road, Border Patrol agents spot a mother and son, carrying nothing as they walk along the river’s edge. The sun beats down on them as the patrol car pulls up.

“Where are you from?” Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro asks the mother. “How much did you pay to get here?”

Recent statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show “an unprecedented decline” in the numbers of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. It announced a 40 percent drop from January to February, and credited the Trump administration’s tough actions on immigration as the cause.

But in this corner of south Texas, every day still sees migrants trying to make it to the United States.

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