Syrian refugees surrender to immigration agents at US-Mexico border

11/23/2015 The Guardian

Border - MexicoFederal officials said on Sunday another group of Syrian refugees had turned themselves in at the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the group identified themselves to border agents in the South Texas town of Laredo on Friday. It said the group consisted of a family of three along with two other men.

They were held to check their identities against national security databases and then turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for temporary detention.

The refugees’ arrival came after two Syrian families identified themselves on Tuesday to border officials in Laredo. In each instance, the men were taken to one detention facility and the women and children to another.

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Pew Research Center releases new report on Mexican immigrants returning to Mexico from the U.S.

11/19/2015 BY  

Pew_Research_Center_logoMore Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from both countries. The same data sources also show the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s, mostly due to a drop in the number of Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.

From 2009 to 2014, 1 million Mexicans and their families (including U.S.-born children) left the U.S. for Mexico,according to data from the 2014 Mexican National Survey of Demographic Dynamics (ENADID). U.S. census data for the same period show an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals left Mexico to come to the U.S., a smaller number than the flow of families from the U.S. to Mexico.

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Cubans Flood Mexico in Bid to Reach U.S.

immigration marchWall Street Journal 11/16/2015

TAPACHULA, Mexico—Cuban migrants, fearing the gate will soon close on their easy access to legal U.S. residency, have been surging by the thousands through Mexico in a bid to touch soil in southern Texas.

The surge was prompted by the detente between Washington and Havana, which restored diplomatic relations in December.

Cubans arriving on Mexico’s southern border say the change they consider most imminent is an end to the fast track to legal U.S. residency that their compatriots have enjoyed for generations. The so-called dry foot provisions of the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act allows migrants fleeing the island who make U.S. landfall to apply for asylum and all but certainly obtain a green card in only a year.

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Pope Francis to visit Mexican capital, 3 states in 2016

11/11/2015 Washington Post

pope-francis-707390_640MEXICO CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Mexican capital and three states early next year, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary announced Wednesday.

Claudia Ruiz Massieu said Francis’ stops will be in Mexico City, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Michoacan, the latter three locales that present opportunities for the pontiff to touch on issues he has emphasized, such as poverty, migration and support for indigenous communities.

Chiapas, on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, is one of Mexico’s poorest states, heavily indigenous and a key migratory corridor for Central Americans traveling north to the United States. It has also seen rising rates of conversions to evangelical churches in recent years.

Chihuahua, in the north, also sees many thousands of people passing through each year trying to cross the border into Texas. Francis, who visited the United States in September, has said he would have liked to have entered the country from Mexico as a gesture of solidarity with migrants, but was unable to fit it into his schedule.

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Sun Corridor Inc. looks to Mexico for growth

11/4/2015 Arizona Daily Star

202857618_223d565208_zEconomic growth, advocacy for the region and improved binational commerce with Mexico are the key areas Sun Corridor Inc. will focus on as it moves forward under its new name and expanded mission.

The group, which in May changed its name from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, was formed in 2005 as the area’s economic development entity. Over the last 10 years, officials said, it facilitated 110 relocations and major expansions in the region.

The result was an impact of $8 billion on the regional economy thanks to companies such as La Costeña, Ventana Roche,, Accelerate Diagnostics and HomeGoods, said Joe Snell, president and CEO of Sun Corridor Inc.

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New Publication | Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

By Sergio Alcocer

Anatomy of a RelationshipThe border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. The United States and Mexican border states together represent the world’s 4th largest economy, see more than $500 billion dollars per year in bilateral trade, and house 56 crossing points where nearly 300,000 vehicle crossings take place on a daily basis.

Our countries have always had a complex and intertwined relationship and have established different and successful mechanisms to manage border matters. At present, the level of cooperation between Mexico and the United States on border issues is the highest testament of the maturity and strength of the bilateral relationship. Positive synergies are now in place, our common values and cultural ties are nowhere more visible than at our shared border, benefitting both societies.

This essay aims to offer a holistic approach and view of the border region. It focuses on the key aspects that comprise it, and also explains the mechanisms established by Mexico and the United States, describing the strong collaboration that has been accomplished by both countries.

The above text is an excerpt from the introduction to the essayThis essay is part two of our series “The Anatomy of a Relationship: A Collection of Essays on the Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Border Management.”

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A Mexican Railroad Play From the U.S.

11/31/2015 The Wall Street Journal 

trainKansas City Southern gets almost half its revenue from Mexico. Its stock has been hurt by several factors, but looks cheap with prospects for a climb.

Ask a Mets fan: It’s the right time to go back to Kansas City, to paraphrase Bob Dylan.

We’re speaking of Kansas City Southern (ticker: KSU), the U.S. railroad that distinguishes itself by gathering nearly half its revenue from an emerging market: Mexico. Via a rail hub in the Midwest that extends to California ports and through Texas to Mexico, Kansas City Southern hauls everything from refrigerators to new cars to oil-and-gas liquids and agricultural products. Low oil prices are a benefit and a curse: lower fuel costs help the bottom line, but lower energy shipments don’t.

What’s battered the stock of late is the emissions-cheating scandal at Volkswagen(VLKAF), which means fewer Mexican-made VWs will ride Kansas City Southern’s rails in the immediate future while the mess gets sorted out. In the latest quarter, revenue fell nearly 7%, with pressure in the automotive, and industrial and consumer-products categories.

The railroad’s shares, also affected by worries about energy shipments and Mexico’s economic woes, are down 31% this year, including a nearly 8% decline in October. The drop reflects a lot of bad news. Profits, projected to fall 7% this year to $4.45 a share, are expected to recover to $4.94 in 2016, though sales may rise only slightly to nearly $2.6 billion.

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