Middle-Class Migrants Fly to Mexico and Then Cross U.S. Border Illegally

10/13/2021

Source: The Wall Street Journal

More migrants illegally entering the U.S. to apply for asylum are members of South America’s middle class who fly to the border by plane, according to authorities and aid workers.

While the majority of people who come to the U.S. through Mexico are among the world’s poorest fleeing poverty and crime, such as the thousands of Haitians who recently formed a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas, the growth in middle-class migrants reflects continued hardship in nations such as Brazil and Venezuela from the Covid-19 pandemic and associated economic downturns, as well as political instability.

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The U.S. will reopen its land borders for fully vaccinated travelers

10/13/2021

Source: The New York Times

The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the doors of the United States to tourists and separated family members who have been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.

Foreign travelers who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit families or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter, senior administration officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the administration said it would soon lift a similar sweeping restriction on foreigners traveling to the country from overseas.

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U.S. border agents briefly detain 14 Mexican soldiers in El Paso

09/27/2021

Source: Reuters

Fourteen Mexican soldiers were detained early Saturday morning for several hours by U.S. border agents after they crossed into El Paso, Texas, from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)said.

“Just after midnight today CBP officers working at the Bridge of the America’s international crossing in El Paso noted two Mexican military vehicles crossing the boundary and entering the U.S.,” the CBP told Reuters in an emailed statement.

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Mexico Pushing For Reopening Of California-Baja California Border

06/29/2021

Source: Fronteras

Mexico’s president was recently in the state of Baja California, and said the recent vaccination push should open the door for loosening restrictions for crossing the border.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador praised the rapid administration of roughly 1.2 million doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in just over a week. He also thanked the United States, which recently donated 1.35 million doses to help get all adults along Mexico’s northern border vaccinated.

“We thank them because health is a fundamental human right,” AMLO, as he is widely known, said. “We have to give each other a hand, help each other, not be selfish, not turn our backs on those suffering, those who need our support. There must be solidarity and we have to move toward that beautiful ideal of universal fraternity.”

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Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border

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11/20/19 – Reuters

By Julia Love

Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday.

The suspected gunman told police he was targeting “Mexicans” in the August shooting, which killed 22 people in total.

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Borderlands: Wait times in Laredo and San Diego are up; Trucker dies in fatal I-10 crash in San Antonio

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11/09/19 – Freight Waves

By Noi Mahoney

Holiday surge increases wait times at Laredo and San Diego border crossings

As the holiday season approaches, businesses across the United States have begun scrambling to ensure goods will arrive in time for Black Friday and Christmas.

The result has been increased wait times for commercial trucks crossimg the U.S.-Mexico border at ports of entry in Laredo and San Diego.

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Why some say Mexico already built Trump’s wall — and paid for it

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10/21/19 – CNN News

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Natalie Gallón

The commander paces in front of a line of troops, preparing them for the day’s mission.
“We are in our country. We are in Mexico. We are enforcing our laws,” he says, his voice getting louder with each point he makes.
“Nobody is going to come here to trample on our laws,” he continues. “Nobody is going come here to trample on our country, on our land.”

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Record Year at Pharr Bridge

 

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10/21/19 – The Monitor

By Mitchell Ferman

The lines at the bridge lasted more than 10 hours at times. “It was bad,” Martin Arteaga said in early April, after crossing a load of bell peppers over the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in his truck from Mexico.

It was the beginning of a slog of a spring at the Pharr bridge, when trucks and passenger vehicles sat on the 3.2-mile span in jammed lines that President Donald Trump threatened to close at the border in late March. Not long after, hundreds of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were reassigned from ports of entry to assist Border Patrol agents with immigration duties.

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Migrant protesters occupy U.S.-Mexico border bridge, close crossing

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10/10/19 – Reuters

By Veronica G. Cardenas

U .S. asylum seekers camped out in a dangerous Mexican border town occupied a bridge to Brownsville, Texas on Thursday, leading to the closure of the crossing, witnesses and authorities said.

Hundreds of the migrants have been camped for weeks on the end of the bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, a city known for cartel control of people trafficking and gang violence.

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CBP, Mexico take steps to speed up border trade at Laredo ports of entry

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10/03/19 – Border Report

By Julian Resendiz

More than two million northbound commercial trucks pass through the Laredo port of entry every year. Border Report wanted to learn why so many trucks and from where they come.

“All over Mexico,” says Javier Vasquez, assistant port director for trade operations in Laredo.

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