Mexico limits non-essential travel on southern border


Source: ABC News


Exclusive: Mexico plans push to contain migration near Guatemala border – sources


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is preparing to significantly reinforce efforts to detain migrants who illegally cross its border with Guatemala in response to a jump in people trying to enter the United States, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. government said this week it is facing the biggest migrant surge on its border with Mexico in 20 years, presenting authorities a major challenge and sparking concerns inside the Mexican government.


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History of Abuse for Mexican Police Unit in Migrant Massacre


Source: US News & World Report

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — When state police in northern Mexico allegedly shot 19 people, including at least 14 Guatemalan migrants, to death in late January near the border with Texas, it was a tragedy that critics say authorities had been warned could come.

In 2019, prosecutors charged that the same Tamaulipas state police unit, then operating under a different name, pulled eight people from their homes in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, posed them in clothing and vehicles to make them look like criminals, and shot them to death.


Nearly all victims of Mexican massacre confirmed as Guatemalans


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has identified nine more Guatemalan victims who were among the 19 people killed in a massacre in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas last month, authorities said on Saturday.

So far 16 of the victims have been identified, including two Mexican nationals and 14 Guatemalans, the prosecutor’s office of the state of Tamaulipas said in a statement.


12 state police officers charged after 19 bodies found near Mexico-U.S. border


Source: CBS News

A dozen state police officers have been arrested for allegedly killing 19 people, including Guatemalan migrants, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the U.S. border late in January, Mexican authorities announced Tuesday. Tamaulipas state Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica said all 12 officers were in custody and face charges of homicide, abuse of authority and making false statements.

The killings revived memories of the gruesome 2010 massacre of 72 migrants near the town of San Fernando in the same gang-ridden state. But those killings were done by a drug cartel, while it is likely many people will find it more shocking that the Jan. 22 slayings allegedly were carried out by law enforcement.


Mexico Arrests 12 Police Officers Over Migrant Massacre


Source: The Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—Twelve Mexican state police officers from the northern border state of Tamaulipas have been arrested in connection with a recent massacre of 19 people, most of whom appear to be Guatemalan migrants headed for the U.S., Tamaulipas’s attorney general said Tuesday night.

Late last month, 19 charred bodies were found in two burned vehicles on a road in Camargo, a town across from the Texas border where organized crime groups are fighting for control of routes used to smuggle drugs as well as illegal migrants. It was the latest grisly discovery in a country beset by organized crime.


Mexico investigates possible involvement of officials in killings of suspected migrants


Source: Reuters

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico is investigating whether any officials were involved in the suspected massacre of 19 people in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas after a truck reportedly seized by immigration authorities before the killings was found at the scene of the crime.

“We are going to see if there is any responsibility on the part of any officials or public servants of the National Migration Institute itself,” Mexico’s interior minister, Olga Sanchez, said on Monday.


At least two Guatemalans among 19 bodies found in northern Mexico


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – There were at least two Guatemalans among the 19 bodies found earlier this month at the scene of a suspected massacre in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Saturday.

The attorney general’s office of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, where the corpses were discovered, said in a statement that investigators had so far genetically identified four of the dead with the aid of their families.


CentAm Migrants Suffer Brunt of Mexico Crackdown: Report

09/26/16 InSight Crime

immigrationMexico’s crackdown against Central American migrants has increased human rights violations and crimes against the migrants, according to a new report, suggesting it is the vulnerable rather than the human smugglers that are suffering as a result of the new security measures.

The report A Trail of Impunity, compiled by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Mexican non-governmental organizations Fundar: Centro de Análisis e Investigación and Casa del Migrante, traces the impact of Mexico’s Southern Border Program, which was launched in 2014 to stem the flow of Central American migrants seeking to pass through Mexico to enter the United States.

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Migration is a business on Mexico’s southern border

06/08/16 MarketPlace

fence at borderThere’s a black market that thrives every day in the very shadow of the legal border crossings that link Mexico and Guatemala — to the chagrin of the United States. After the unaccompanied minors crisis in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived on the U.S. border after transiting Mexico, the U.S. started spending millions of dollars to help Mexico secure its very porous southern border with Guatemala.

But little has changed on a large section of the Guatemala-Mexico border marked by the Rio Suchiate, historically a transit point for goods and people in either direction.

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