The Newest Contraband at the Mexican Border: Eggs


Source: The New York Times

From California to Texas, border agents are increasingly seizing a surprising type of contraband from Mexico: eggs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents had more than 2,000 encounters with people trying to bring eggs into the United States from Mexico between Nov. 1 and Jan. 17, an agency spokesman said. In the same 11-week period a year earlier, there were about 460 such encounters.

The rise comes as the price of eggs in the United States has surged, driven in part by an outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, that was detected last February.


Biden intends to make his first visit to US-Mexico border


Source: AP

President Joe Biden intends to visit the U.S.-Mexico border — his first trip there since taking office — in connection with his meeting next week in Mexico City with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.

“That’s my intention, we’re working out the details now,” Biden told reporters Wednesday during a trip to Kentucky.

Biden said upon his return to the White House that he hoped to see “what’s going on” at the border and also planned to make remarks about border security on Thursday.


ONG dice que migrantes adolescentes son presa de criminales en México


Fuente: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Los migrantes adolescentes que viajan solos huyendo de la violencia y grupos delincuenciales de sus países y que llegan a la frontera sur de México son susceptibles de caer en manos del crimen organizado, dijo este martes la representante de una organización que se ubica en el estado mexicano de Chiapas, sureste del país.

La presidenta de la Fundación Chiapaneca de Mujeres Migrantes, Fabiola Díaz, se mostró preocupada porque los jóvenes de entre 14 y 18 años “estén solos porque están los vicios, las drogas y regularmente se les observa como en trabajos informales limpiaparabrisas y en los mercados, pero en las noches salen a delinquir, es verdad, son casos aleatorios, pero si se registran”.

Explicó, sin ofrecer más detalles ni estadísticas, que alrededor del 40 % de los jóvenes migrantes que llegan a Chiapas, frontera con Guatemala “están tomando el camino de unirse a las pandillas”.


Thousands of migrants crossed into El Paso from Mexico over the weekend


Source: Kera News

The increase comes about two weeks before the anticipated end to a restrictive border policy that’s been in place since 2020.

Thousands of migrants that recently made their way to northern Mexico crossed into El Paso over the weekend in one of the largest-ever crossings on that part of the Texas-Mexico border.

United States Border Patrol agents in El Paso reported seeing an average of about 2,500 crossings each day.

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Biden faces new Dem pressure to take stronger action at Mexico border


Source: Fox News

 With the expiration of Title 42 this month, moderate Democrats are imploring the White House to adopt stricter border policies ahead of President Biden’s possible re-election campaign.

“Do they have the tools? Yes. Do they have the will? I don’t know. But certainly the tools are there,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a leading moderate and critic of the administration’s border policies, told Fox News.

Citing the pandemic, Title 42 refers to an authority in federal health law that the government has used to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants at the southern U.S. border.  A federal judge has ordered border agents to stop using Title 42 on Dec. 21.  The administration is reportedly considering “drastic measures,” including expelling more migrants at the border and increasing prosecutions for crossing illegally, according to Axios.

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8 killed, businesses burned near Mexico’s border with U.S. in violence blamed partly on El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel


Source: CBS News

The Mexican border city of Juarez saw a rash of violence on Thursday that left businesses burned and at least eight people dead, including a local radio presenter, authorities and witnesses said. In the first incident, two inmates died and four others were wounded in a riot at a prison, according to a statement from the prosecutor for the state of Chihuahua, which includes Ciudad Juarez.

Local media attributed the riot to the Sinaloa cartel, whose former leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is currently serving a life sentence in the United States.


Migrant caravan sets out in southern Mexico


Source: Los Angeles Times

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Several thousand migrants set out walking in the rain early Monday in southern Mexico, tired of waiting to normalize their status in a region with little work and still far from their ultimate goal of reaching the United States.

Their advocates said they wanted to call attention to their plight, timing it with this week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. It was estimated to include 4,000 to 5,000 migrants, mostly from Central America, Venezuela and Haiti.


Customs agents have been dismissed for corruption but none has been charged


Source: Mexico News Daily

More than 2,700 customs agents have been dismissed for corruption since the current government took office in late 2018, but none has been formally charged or taken into custody.

Customs chief Horacio Duarte told a press conference at Mexico City airport on Tuesday that 2,712 customs agents have been fired during the past three years and 39 formal criminal complaints have been filed with the federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR).


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.


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.