Migrant caravan sets out in southern Mexico


Source: Los Angeles Times

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Several thousand migrants set out walking in the rain early Monday in southern Mexico, tired of waiting to normalize their status in a region with little work and still far from their ultimate goal of reaching the United States.

Their advocates said they wanted to call attention to their plight, timing it with this week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. It was estimated to include 4,000 to 5,000 migrants, mostly from Central America, Venezuela and Haiti.


GOP lawsuit halts most migration from Mexico. Yet, desperate people continue to cross


Source: NPR

Ever since he was a boy in the border city of Nogales, Ariz., Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway says people have been crossing over into America looking for a better life. Only recently, he says, has this become red meat for national politicians.

“Caravans staging in Mexico, they’re heading this way and it’s gonna be a mass invasion,” he says, chuckling. “It’s never materialized the way they describe it.”


Migrants in Mexico dismayed by continuation of U.S. border policy that restricts asylum


Source: Reuters

MONTERREY, Mexico, May 23 (Reuters) – For thousands of migrants who have waited for months in northern Mexico, Monday was supposed to mark the moment when the U.S. government finally dropped a pandemic-era policy that has largely prevented them from seeking asylum in the United States.

Instead, May 23 marked the latest setback for many migrants, after a federal judge in Louisiana blocked U.S. authorities from lifting the sweeping policy, known as Title 42, which since March 2020 has empowered U.S. agents to quickly turn back over a million migrants to Mexico and other countries.


Mexico detains almost 6,000 foreign migrants in four days

MEXICO CITY, April 25 (Reuters) – Mexico detained almost 6,000 foreign migrants in a four-day span, the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Monday.

Date: April 25th, 2022

Source: Reuters

The majority of the 5,688 migrants detained from April 21 to 24 were found in safe houses, trailers, or hidden in bus compartments or truck cabins, the INM said in a statement.

By far the largest group by nationality detained over the weekend were Hondurans, with 1,060 detained, followed by 942 Cubans and 906 Guatemalans.

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Supreme Court examines Biden’s power to set US immigration policy in ‘Remain in Mexico’ challenge

(CNN)The Biden administration will ask the Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow it to terminate a Trump-era border policy known as “Remain in Mexico,” a case that will be a test of the White House’s ability to set immigration policy.

Date: April 26th, 2022

Source: CNN

Under the unprecedented program launched in 2019, the Department of Homeland Security sent certain non-Mexican citizens who entered the US back to Mexico — instead of detaining them or releasing them into the United States — while their immigration proceedings played out. 

Critics call the policy inhumane and say it exposes asylum seekers with credible claims to dangerous and squalid conditions. Migrants subject to the program — formally known as Migrant Protection Protocols — have resided in makeshift camps along Mexico’s northern border.

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Migrant misses U.S. court date after being kidnapped in Mexico, putting future in limbo

Migrants placed in the Remain in Mexico program under Trump languish in uncertainty, after circumstances force them to miss court.

Date: March 28th, 2022

Source: Kens5

In south Texas’ Kenedy County, just two sheriff’s deputies per shift are assigned to patrol a region of nearly 2,000 square miles at any given time. And that’s on a good day. 

A captain with the department tells KENS 5 that isn’t enough to deal with the number of suspected migrants dying in Kenedy County fields.

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Ukrainian family turned away at Mexico border allowed into US

Mother and three children were sent back at US-Mexico border under widely denounced US restriction known as Title 42.

Date: March 11th, 2022

Source: Al Jazeera

A Ukrainian mother and her three children have been allowed into the United States after being turned back to Mexico under a widely criticised pandemic measure that bars entry to most asylum seekers who arrive at the US border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported late on Wednesday that the 34-year-old woman and her children were turned away at the US southern border under Title 42, a contentious policy first invoked by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 due to the coronavirus.

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Migrants are sewing their lips shut to protest the policy that stranded them in Mexico

Date: Feb 17, 2022

Source: Vox News

Migrants stranded in southern Mexico because of US and Mexican border policies are taking increasingly drastic measures to draw attention to their plight. On Tuesday, a dozen migrants staged a protest in which they sewed their lips together and went on a hunger strike.

They are among the thousands staying in what has become known as an “open-air prison” in the city of Tapachula on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Migrants there have struggled to access food and shelter, and have reported being preyed on by government officials.

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Mexico detains more than 1,200 migrants in 1 day

Date: February 18, 2022

Source: DW News

Mexican authorities on Thursday detained 1,266 migrants in the last 24 hours, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) said.

The migration agency said they were detained across operations carried out in 22 states of the country.

Those intercepted arrived from “different continents that were transiting irregularly,” the INM said, identifying migrants from at least 33 countries.

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Mexico steps up migrant raids in city near Guatemalan border

Date: February 3, 2022

Source: ABC News

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Mexican immigration agents and National Guard have stepped up raids on migrants staying in small hotels and on the streets of the southern city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, activists said Thursday.

The city has become a sort of way station for migrants from Central America, Haiti, Cuba and other places, because Mexico requires many people file for refugee or asylum status there.

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