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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