Mexico asks Austria lab to test missing students’ clothes

9/1/15 Yahoo News


Mexican authorities delivered on Tuesday clothing and objects linked to last year’s disappearance and presumed massacre of 43 students to an Austrian laboratory in a new bid to identify the victims.

The 53 items were handed over to the University of Innsbruck, which has only managed to confirm the identity of one of the students among 17 sets of charred remains sent by Mexico late last year.

The pieces of clothing and other objects were sent to Austria on a request by international experts of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, which has been conducting its own investigation into a case that caused international outrage.

The items were “reviewed and catalogued” by prosecutors and members of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, the attorney general’s office said in a statement. The Argentine team is has worked on the case at the request of relatives of the missing because they do not trust the authorities.

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Ex-cop arrested in Mexican journalist’s slaying

8/31/15 Yahoo News

gun - crime sceneMexican authorities on Sunday arrested a former police officer in connection with the brutal slaying of a prominent photojournalist and four others in a case that sparked international outrage.

Police arrested a man “identified as Abraham Torres Tranquilino” for alleged involvement in the killing of Ruben Espinosa, rights activist Nadia Vera and three other female victims, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios said in a statement.

Espinosa and the other victims were found dead on July 31 this year in a Mexico City apartment, their hands bound and their bodies bearing signs of torture.

Torres, 24, worked as a police officer in the capital until 2011, when he was arrested and convicted of torture in a separate case. He went on to serve about a year in jail. Authorities on August 4 arrested Daniel Pacheco Gutierrez, also an ex-convict, in the latest case.

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244 Immigrants With Criminal Records Face Deportation in California

8/31/15 The New York Times

More than 240 immigrants with criminal records who are living in the United States illegally were taken into custody last week during a four-day sweep across Southern California, immigration authorities said Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200All 244 people taken into custody had been convicted of a crime and more than half of them had at least one felony conviction, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who called it the most successful sweep of its kind in the region. The majority of those arrested had been convicted of violent felonies, weapons or sex abuse charges. The rest had been convicted of “significant or multiple misdemeanors,” immigration officials said.

Roughly two-thirds of the immigrants taken in the sweep were from Mexico, and the remainder came from 21 other countries, including France, Ghana and Thailand.

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Immigration Shift Shows India, China Outpacing Mexico

8/29/15 ABC News

mexico-chinaSiddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master’s degree at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas suburb of Plano. “You start growing your roots and eventually end up staying here,” the 37-year-old said.

His path is an increasingly common one: Immigrants from China and India, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau research released in May. The shift has been building for more than a decade and experts say it’s bringing more highly skilled immigrants here. And some Republican presidential candidates have proposed a heavier focus on employment-based migration, which could accelerate traditionally slow changes to the country’s ever-evolving face of immigration.

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2 Police officers killed in central Mexico after stopping fuel thieves

8/30/15  Fox News Latino

federal police mexicoTwo state police officers were gunned down this weekend in the central Mexican state of Puebla when they stopped a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of fuel theft, state prosecutors said. The officers were killed early Saturday near the city of Huejotzingo, the Puebla Attorney General’s Office said.

“The officers stopped subjects who had stolen an SUV and kidnapped the driver,” the AG’s office said in a Twitter post.

The state police officers “were surprised by more individuals, who opened fire on them,” the AG’s office said. The assailants were caught a short distance from an illegal fuel tap, “explaining why they responded with violence,” the AG’s office said. The officers were shot in the head, media reports said.

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Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

8/29/15 Huffington Post

DEA badgeSeveral GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration — largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the “good ones” back in, all while building a giant, possibly self-branded border wall. Other ideas Republican primary candidates have pondered lately include eliminating birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th amendment to the Constitution, because some argue that it acts as a magnet for undocumented immigrants.

While these ideas might energize the GOP’s conservative base, they wouldn’t do much to deter illegal immigration, for one simple reason: All of these propositions rest on the false assumption that most undocumented immigrants are crossing into the U.S. primarily to look for a better life and a higher-paying job.

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MEXICO’S OPIUM BOOM: ‘The cartels have a pretty good handle on the appetite in the US’

8/29/15 Business Insider

heroin_powderCartels are well aware that America loves its opioids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin use has increased for men and women of all age groups and across all income levels in the US.Between 2007 and 2013, the number of users of the drug in the US nearly doubled.

That surge in use has been accompanied by a boom in opium production in Mexico, where officials estimate cultivation of the crop increased by 50% in 2014.

Heightened American demand for the drug has been spurred on by a crackdown on painkiller abuse, which has pushed users to search for a new high. Impoverished farmers in Mexico, as well as opportunistic drug cartels working in both countries, have capitalized on the rise in demand for the lucrative drug.

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