Despite court order, vaccinating youths aged 12-17 against COVID remains in limbo

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government will challenge a court order instructing it to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all youths aged 12 to 17.

A México state-based federal judge last week ordered health authorities to modify the national vaccination policy to include all minors between those ages, of whom there are approximately 10 million.

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Mexico to use only Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on at-risk kids

09/24/2021

Source: Reuters

The COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N) will be the only one used in Mexico for at-risk children aged 12-17, Mexico’s deputy health minister said on Friday.

Mexico is expanding its vaccine campaign to children with health issues like cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease that make them vulnerable to the virus.

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Mexican villages arm children in desperate bid for attention

05/12/2021

Source: AP

AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico (AP) — The children in this mountain village usually spend their days caring for goats or cows and playing with their dogs.

But on the rare occasions that the press comes to Ayahualtempa, the kids are lined up and handed guns.

They pull on the shirts of a community police force, cover their faces with handkerchiefs, grab their guns — fake wooden ones for the youngest — and line up in formation on the town’s basketball court to pose and march for the cameras.

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UNICEF reports sharp rise in migrant children in Mexico

04/20/2021

Source: UN News

Children comprise at least 30 per cent of migrants in Mexican shelters, who come from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and the country itself. Half have travelled without their parents, which is among the highest proportions ever recorded in Mexico.

Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, wrapped up a five-day visit to Mexico, which included stops along the northern border with the United States.

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Exclusive: U.S. migrant policy sends thousands of children including hundreds of babies back to Mexico

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10/11/19 – Reuters

By Kristina Cooke, Mica Rosenberg, Reade Levinson

Since January, the U.S. government has ordered 13,000 migrants under 18, including more than 400 infants, to wait with their families in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings, a Reuters analysis of government data found.

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, babies and toddlers are living in high-crime cities – often in crowded shelters and tents or on the streets – for the weeks or months it takes to get a U.S. asylum hearing.

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‘Invisible’ Children: Raised in the U.S., Now Struggling in Mexico

11/13/16 NPR Ed

Student by flickr user RightIndexChildren and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools.

That’s a well-known statistic, but less known is that, in the last eight years, nearly 500,000 of these children have returned to Mexico with their families. Nine out of 10 are U.S. citizens because they were born in the U.S. That’s according to Mexican and U.S. government figures compiled by researchers with the University of California system, and the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

These families have returned to Mexico because of the economic downturn in the U.S. Many others were deported and had no choice but to take their U.S.-born children with them.

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‘Abused children’ rescued in Mexico

07/16/14 BBC News

Street childrenMexican police have rescued more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children’s home in Zamora in the western state of Michoacan.

They were allegedly subject to sexual abuse and forced to beg on the streets.

The owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight employees at the House of the Big Family have been arrested.

Correspondents say it is one of Mexico’s worst incidents of alleged child abuse at a children’s institution in many years.

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Children crossing border alone create ‘urgent humanitarian situation’

Los Angeles Times, 06/03/14

border patrol badgeA recent surge in the number of children who are detained while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents is an “urgent humanitarian situation” that has prompted the opening of special facilities to house them in San Antonio and at the naval base in Port Hueneme, the Obama administration said Monday.

About 120 unaccompanied children are arriving each day, officials said.

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Más de la mitad de los niños mexicanos viven en pobreza

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El 53.8% de los niños que celebrarán este 30 de abril el Día del Niño en México son pobres y viven con al menos una carencia que les dificulta el correcto ejercicio de sus derechos sociales sociales, informaron este martes el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef) y el Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social.

Pero además dentro de ese grupo de 21.1 millones de niños, niñas y adolescentes, hay 4.7 millones —12.1%— que vive en pobreza extrema, es decir, que tiene al menos tres carencias que le impiden disfrutar de sus derechos fundamentales.

“La pobreza en la infancia tiene características específicas que le dan a su atención y reducción un sentido de urgencia: la probabilidad de que se vuelva permanente es más alta que en el caso de los adultos, al igual que la posibilidad de que se reproduzca en la siguiente generación, además de que las consecuencias negativas que ocasiona son irreversibles en la mayoría de los casos”, indica el informe Pobreza y derechos sociales de niñas, niños y adolescentes en México, 2010-2012 que presentaron Unicef y Coneval.

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Supreme Court will review immigration dispute over law aimed at keeping families together

Supreme Court US by Flikr user dbkingAP, 6/24/2013

The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a complicated dispute over a law aimed at keeping immigrant families together in a case that underscores the occasionally tense relationship between immigration proponents and the Obama administration as Congress debates immigration reform.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from the Obama administration arguing that children who have become adults during their parents’ years-long wait to become legal permanent residents of the United States should go to the back of the line in their own wait for visas. Under U.S. immigration law, children 21 and older cannot immigrate under their parents’ applications for green cards, even if the parents’ application took decades to process.

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