Mexico formally unveils new visa requirements for Venezuelans

01/06/2022

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Mexico on Thursday formally announced new visa requirements for visitors from Venezuela in the government’s official gazette, as part of efforts to curb a sharp increase in unlawful immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The new requirements published by the interior ministry, which will take effect in 15 days, come as Mexico attempts to curb the number of people from South and Central America trying to enter the United States illegally via its territory.

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Mexico Says Planned U.S. Tax Breaks for Electric Vehicles Risk Fueling Migration

Source: Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—A U.S. proposal to give tax credits to Americans who buy U.S.-built electric vehicles threatens to hurt Mexico’s industry and spur illegal migration to the U.S., Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said Thursday.

She suggested the proposal could jeopardize bilateral cooperation in controlling the flow of migration.

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Justice Department breaks off settlement talks with families separated at US-Mexico border

Source: CNN

The Justice Department has informed attorneys representing separated migrant families that it will cease settlement negotiations and is ready to go back to court, according to an attorney representing families.

The news comes after the White House came under political pressure following news of the talks and potential payments — of up to $450,000 — to families became public, but it was not immediately clear why the Justice Department ceased negotiations.

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Mexico moves migrants from southern state; asylum seekers awaited at U.S. border

Source: Reuters

Mexican officials have sped up the transfer of thousands of migrants from southern Mexico to other regions as northern border states prepare to receive asylum seekers sent back to Mexico from the United States.

Dozens of buses full of migrants, mostly from Central America as well as some from Cuba and Venezuela, have the city of Tapachula in Chiapas state in recent days to head to other states, a Reuters witness and an activist said on Monday.

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Biden administration to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy as early as Monday following a deal with the Mexican government, according to senior administration officials.

The policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires migrants seeking asylum to wait outside the United States for their immigration court hearings.

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At Summit, U.S., Canada and Mexico Will Address Migration

Source: The New York Times

President Biden will host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico at the White House on Thursday, a diplomatic mission that seeks to find accord amid trade scuffles, accusations of American protectionism and ongoing concerns over a surge of migration toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

The return of the summit after a five-year hiatus during the Trump administration signals an increased appetite among North American leaders to show a sense of strategic and economic solidarity amid a rise in competition from Asia and Europe.

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Mexico detained a record 41,000 migrants in September

Source: Mexico News Daily

September broke the record for the highest number of migrants detained in a single month. At 41,225 it’s the most for any month since record-keeping began in 2001. 

The first nine months of the year were nearly record breaking too: more than 190,476 migrants were detained from January through September, which places the first three quarters of 2021 second only to the same period in 2015. In January-September of that year, 198,141 migrants were apprehended.

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Migrant caravan grows as it heads through southern Mexico

Source: AP News

VILLA COMALTITLAN, Mexico (AP) — A growing migrant caravan filled the square in this town in Chiapas state on Wednesday afternoon after knocking off another 13 miles of its trek across southern Mexico.

About 2,000 migrants had walked out of the southern city of Tapachula near the Guatemala border on Saturday. While the multitude is challenging to count, it appeared significantly larger when it left Huixtla after a day of rest and its leaders estimated its size at 4,000. It reached the town of Villa Comaltitlan on Wednesday.

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Will the US reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy?

Source: Al Jazeera

Washington, DC – The administration of US President Joe Biden announced on October 15 that it was making plans to bring back a Trump-era asylum policy along the US-Mexico border starting in mid-November in compliance with a court order.

A Texas court in August ordered the US government to restart the programme, called the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), saying it had been ended improperly by the Biden administration.

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Mexico threatens court-ordered restart of Trump border policy

Source: The Gazette

Whether the Biden administration will be able to follow through on the Supreme Court’s order to restart a Trump administration program that made asylum-seekers temporarily live in Mexico will come down to whether Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador allows it.

But the Mexican leader has yet to weigh in on the program, and other signs indicate that he may be dragging his feet. Reluctance on his part could prevent the reluctant Biden administration from having to follow through on the court order.

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