US, Mexico Widen Asylum Crackdown to Push Back All Migrants

8/28/19 – AP News

By María Verza and Nomaan Merchant

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A Trump administration program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico has evolved into a sweeping rejection of all forms of migrants, with both countries quietly working to keep people out of the U.S. despite threats to the migrants’ safety.

The results serve the goals of both governments, which have targeted unauthorized migration at the behest of President Donald Trump, who threatened Mexico with potentially crippling tariffs earlier this year to force action.

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In Migrant Crisis, Border Towns Become Final Destination

8/8/19 – The New York Times

By Elisabeth Malkin

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There is a new hint of life in the dilapidated downtown of Ciudad Juárez, which residents abandoned as a recession and drug gang murders ravaged the city a decade ago.

Thousands of Cubans, waiting in limbo for a decision on their requests for asylum in the United States, have made the crumbling few blocks their home, finding work and renting cheap hotel rooms.

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Overflowing Toilets, Bedbugs and High Heat: Inside Mexico’s Migrant Detention Centers

8/3/19 – The New York Times

By Kirk Semple

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Migrants have been held in a wrestling arena, at a fairground and in government offices. They’ve been forced to sleep in hallways, on an outdoor basketball court, even directly on the hard ground.

Mexico’s detention centers have at times reached triple, quadruple and even quintuple their capacity. Detainees at some centers have endured extreme heat, bedbug infestations, overflowing toilets, days without showers, and shortages of food and decent health care.

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Mexico Detained Fewer Migrants in July as Crackdown Discourages Movement

8/4/19 – Wall Street Journal

By Juan Montes

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Mexico’s apprehensions and deportations of Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S. remained high in July, but fell from the previous month as a policy reversal that cracked down on irregular migration deters attempts to cross Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, Mexican officials said.

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Mexico Opens First Government Shelter for Asylum Seekers

8/1/19 – The New York Times

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The Mexican government opened its first shelter Thursday in the border city of Juarez to house Central Americans and other migrants seeking asylum in the United States who have been sent back to Mexico to await the process.

Government officials said the shelter at a former assembly plant in the city across from El Paso, Texas, can house 3,500 migrants.

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Number of migrants reaching US border falls to 5-month low: Mexico

7/30/19 – The Hill

By Rafael Bernal

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Mexico’s top diplomat said Tuesday that the number of migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border hit a five-month low in July.

Compared to June, the July number marks a 16 percent fall in the number of people caught or turned away by U.S. authorities at the border.

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Mexico to help create 20,000 jobs in Honduras to curb migration

7/27/19 – Reuters

By Noe Torres and Dave Graham

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Mexico’s government said on Saturday it would help Honduras create 20,000 jobs this year and support its coffee farmers as the two countries seek to curb migration to the United States that has created tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Honduran counterpart, Juan Orlando Hernandez, pledged to work together to lift prosperity in Central America, where poverty and violence have fueled an exodus of people north.

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Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico’s Monterrey

7/25/19 – AP

By Maria Verza

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The bus carrying dozens of Central Americans from the Texas border arrived in this northern Mexican city late at night and pulled up next to the station. Men and women disembarked with children in their arms or staggering sleepily by their sides, looked around fearfully and wondered what to do.

They had thought they were being taken to a shelter where they could live, look for work and go to school. Instead they found themselves in a bustling metropolis of over 4 million, dropped off on a street across from sleazy nightclubs and cabarets with signs advertising for “dancers.”

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Mexico says no to safe third-country asylum discussion with U.S.

7/22/19 – Reuters

By Daina Beth Solomon

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Mexico will not agree to further discussion of safe third country status for asylum seekers, the foreign minister said, adding it was not clear what the Trump administration’s stance was on the issue despite a deadline reached on Monday.

However, Ebrard said he told Pompeo in Mexico City on Sunday that Mexico’s view was that the proposal was unnecessary, after it helped reduce apprehensions at the U.S. southern border by a about a third last month.

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Mexico: US-bound migration has been cut by 30%

7/23/19 – CNN

By Natalie Gallón and Nick Paton Walsh

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Mexico has sharply reduced migration across its territory toward the United States, officials say, and recent polls suggest hardening local attitudes toward migrants who remain in the country.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Monday that Mexico had reduced northward migration by 36.2%. He credited the National Guard and a tightening of immigration enforcement for the change, all part of a 45-day trial to prove to the United States that measures to stem migration are working.