Mexico rescues 147 Central American migrants headed for U.S.

7/30/2017 Reuters

mexican immigrantMexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state after suspected human smugglers forced them out of the cramped tractor trailer they were traveling in on their way to the United States.

The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they traveled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico’s national immigration institute said.

Among those rescued were 48 minors, including 14 traveling without an adult companion.

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Nine bodies found outside home in Mexico’s Nuevo Laredo

07/27/2017 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The bodies of five women and four men were found piled up in front of a house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo on the border with Texas, local authorities said on Thursday.

“The attorney general’s office of Tamaulipas is aware of the situation and has opened an investigation into the homicide of the nine people,” said a security official from the border state of Tamaulipas, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Turf wars between the rival Gulf Cartel and Zetas gangs have racked the state for years, and in recent years some of Mexico’s worst drug violence has hit Tamaulipas.

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Son of detained Mexican drug kingpin surrenders to U.S. narcotics police

07/28/2017 Reuters

dea-logoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The son of Mexican drug kingpin Damaso Lopez Nunez has handed himself over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said a security official from the border state of Baja California.

“What we know is that he handed himself over yesterday (Wednesday). The case is now with authorities over there,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and so declined to be identified.

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NAFTA’s future top concern of border mayors gathering

7/26/2017 The San Diego Tribune

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San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, right, and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum, left, together in Tijuana last March following the signing of an agreement pledging their two cities to continued collaboration. (Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

A gathering of mayors from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border launches Wednesday evening in San Diego, with one issue foremost on the agenda: the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The event, hosted jointly by the mayors of San Diego and Tijuana, aims to raise the profile of communities along the length of the 1,989-mile border at a critical juncture in the U.S.-Mexico relationship. The group plans a unified message in support of free trade, hoping it will be heard by the high-level federal negotiators leading the NAFTA talks.

“This is a real opportunity to reinvigorate the cities’ roles, on an international stage,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a City Hall interview this week. “It is my intent for our region to be a leader in these discussions.”

This week’s gathering marks the sixth meeting of the U.S-Mexico Border Mayors Association since its founding in 2011 in El Paso. A total of 17 mayors had confirmed attendance as of Monday — five from Mexico, 12 from the United States — but organizers were counting on some late registrations.

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Mexico says seven of its citizens died in sweltering San Antonio truck

07/26/2017 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign ministry on Wednesday raised the number of its citizens who died or were hospitalized after enduring sweltering conditions in the back of a truck in San Antonio, Texas, saying seven Mexicans died and 27 remain in hospital.

At least 10 people were found dead over the weekend in the back of a tractor-trailer in the south-central Texas city, with dozens escaping by foot.

At least 100 illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico and Guatemala, were crammed into the back of the truck. The driver accused of smuggling the illegal immigrants has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop.

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Asylum seekers turned away at U.S.-Mexico border sue U.S. government

7/12/2017 Reuters

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyA group of asylum seekers fleeing gang and drug violence in Honduras and Mexico were improperly turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border by border patrol agents, a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government on Wednesday said.

The lawsuit said some U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have referred to the tough immigration policies of President Donald Trump when turning asylum seekers back. But it also said human rights groups have documented “hundreds” of cases dating back to at least the summer of 2016, before Trump’s election win in November.

Filed by a non-profit legal services group called “Al Otro Lado” along with six unidentified people in U.S. District Court in central California, the class action lawsuit said border agents have used “misrepresentations, threats and intimidation,” to tell asylum seekers they cannot enter the country at various border crossings in California, Arizona and Texas.

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Relations with the U.S. cannot be defined by ‘murmurs’: Mexico president

7/8/2017 Reuters

g20Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday said that the U.S.-Mexico relationship cannot be defined by “murmurs,” the day after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mexico would “absolutely” pay for his proposed southern border wall.

Speaking at the end of his trip to Hamburg for the G20 meeting, Pena Nieto told reporters that the relationship with the United States, Mexico’s top trading partner, should instead focus on more positive ends – a view that he believed Trump also shared.

“Given what happened after this meeting (with Trump), clearly our bilateral relationship cannot be defined by murmurs like those that took place yesterday,” Pena Nieto said.

“Our relationship needs to be based on searching for ways to generate mutual respect, build confidence and work with a positive attitude. I can say that I saw that willingness in President Trump.”

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