Mexico mulls human trafficking overhaul that may protect sex workers

hands in handcuffs11/15/19 – Reuters

By Christine Murray

Sex workers could benefit from plans to reform Mexico’s much-criticized human trafficking law, outlined in an interior ministry document obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Commercial sex is legal in Mexico but people who gain from prostitution, such as landlords and pimps, can be jailed under the 2012 law, while sex workers are also often wrongly swept up in police raids, Mexican trafficking campaigners say.

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López Obrador and Mexico’s military in rare public spat after ‘El Chapo’s’ son is freed


11/03/19 – The Washington Post

By Mary Beth Sheridan

A retired Mexican general has openly criticized the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after the botched attempt to arrest the son of El Chapo — a rare challenge that’s raising concerns about growing discontent in the military.

Gen. Carlos Gaytán blasted the president just days after cartel gunmen swarmed the city of Culiacan to block the arrest of the son of imprisoned former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Military forces had detained 28-year-old Ovidio Guzmán López but then released him on orders from political leaders who feared a massacre.

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New Migrant Shelter In Mexico Comes With Threats Of Family Separation


11/01/19 – Texas Public Radio

By Dan Katz and Reynaldo Leaños Jr.

Officials in Matamoros, Mexico, are threatening to separate asylum seekers from their children.
When plans were first announced to open a city-run shelter, asylum seekers and U.S. aid workers voiced concerns. If too far away from the International Bridge — where immigration hearings take place — asylum seekers could face transportation and safety issues. The new shelter is located at a gymnasium at Alberca Chavez, about a 30 minute walk from the bridge.

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


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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Mexico deports 311 Indian migrants back to South Asia

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0/16/19 – AP News

Mexican immigration authorities say they have deported 311 Indian citizens in an unprecedented repatriation to that South Asian nation.

The National Immigration Institute said in a statement late Wednesday that it had flown the 310 men and one woman to New Dehli from Toluca.

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Buses to nowhere: Mexico transports migrants with U.S. court dates to its far south



10/15/19 – LA Times

By Patrick J McDonnell

The exhausted passengers emerge from a sleek convoy of silver and red-streaked buses, looking confused and disoriented as they are deposited ignominiously in this tropical backwater in southernmost Mexico.

There is no greeter here to provide guidance on their pending immigration cases in the United States or on where to seek shelter in a teeming international frontier town packed with marooned, U.S.-bound migrants from across the globe.

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Mexico intercepts 2 trucks crowded with 243 migrants



10/04/19 – AP News

Mexican authorities say they have intercepted two trucks carrying 243 migrants in crowded conditions in the southern state of Chiapas.

A government statement says the vehicles were discovered in two separate incidents by federal authorities.

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Hugs or bullets? Mexico conflicted over how to fight crime

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The Mexican army _ the country’s last line of defense against violent gangs _ is struggling with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s desire to avoid confrontation while simultaneously dealing with gangs that have become more aggressive and often use townspeople as human shields.

López Obrador has given the army a bigger role than it has had in decades, but he also given it the mandate of avoiding civilian casualties. For months, that has meant allowing army patrols to be slapped around by crowds, disarmed and humiliated. But the army’s patience appears to be running out, with soldiers firing warning shots in some recent confrontations.

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Border enforcement chief says Mexico contributed to big drop in migrant arrests

1024px-TrumpBorderJan'1909/10/19 – CBS News

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

President Trump’s top border enforcement official on Monday touted a third consecutive monthly drop in apprehensions along the southern border, attributing the continued summer decline to “unprecedented” efforts made by the Mexican government under U.S. pressure and controversial immigration policies pushed by the administration.

During his first press briefing at the White House as acting head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mark Morgan revealed that U.S. authorities apprehended or turned away more than 64,000 migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in August — which he described as a 56% drop from the 13-year monthly high in May, when U.S. border officials made nearly 133,000 arrests.

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UPCOMING EVENT | The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America’s Public Schools

education2WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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There has been considerable discussion in news outlets about the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and families. Recent incidents across the country and reported in the press have raised alarm throughout immigrant communities. Clearly there is great fear in this hyper-sensitized environment. To what extent is this ramped up immigration enforcement impacting our nation’s public schools? How does it vary by region and what is the “collateral” fallout for non-immigrant students? How are educators reacting and to what extent is this affecting them? What rights do students have and what happens to U.S.-citizen children when they are sent to a country and school system they do not know? To address these questions, four new research papers will be presented with brief highlights. There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion. The studies include:

•         A new national survey of the impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in the nation’s schools
•         The impact of immigration enforcement on educators
•         Federal and state policy affecting the children of immigrants and their schooling
•         What happens to U.S. citizen students caught up in deportation of family members


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Co-sponsored by:


Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Patricia Gándara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Bryant Jensen, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Shena Sanchez, Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio

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