DHS temporarily suspends use of horse patrol in Del Rio

09/24/2021

Source: CNN

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended the use of horse patrol in the Del Rio, Texas, sector, a Homeland Security official told reporters Thursday, after stunning images from the scene prompted bipartisan criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis at the US-Mexico border.

An investigation was launched after video of Border Patrol agents on horse patrol aggressively confronting migrants, who are largely Haitian, surfaced earlier this week. Several top administration officials as well as congressional Democrats have expressed outrage over the images, taken by Al Jazeera and Reuters, which appear to show law enforcement officers on horseback, including authorities swinging long reins near migrants who crossed the border near Del Rio.

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US officials to probe whip-like cords used against migrants

09/21/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

United States immigration officials have said they have launched an investigation after images emerged of mounted US border guards appearing to use horse reins to threaten migrants camped along the Texas-Mexico border.

Photos and videos showed border guards on horses chase migrants near an encampment under a bridge connecting Del Rio, Texas with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. That came as officials sought to expel the mostly Haitian migrants from the camp, which had housed as many as 12,000 people in recent days.

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Refugee agency pleads for more money amid flood of Haitians into Mexico

09/14/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

As record numbers of migrants stream into the country, a government agency at the forefront of responding to the influx is facing a budget cut, prompting its chief to appeal to Congress for more money.

Almost 80,000 migrants, including large numbers of Haitians, have applied for asylum after crossing into the country via the southern border this year.

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The IRC responds to recurring use of security forces in Mexico to restrict the mobility of asylum seekers

09/09/2021

Source: International Rescue Committee

After security forces have been repeatedly deployed to block the way of asylum seekers trying to go to the North of the country, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) asks the Mexican authorities to implement sustainable and humane measures to respond to the migration crises in the region, prioritizing people’s protection. 

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‘Criminalization of migrants is unacceptable:’ Doctors Without Borders

09/09/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The situation migrants face in Mexico is unsustainable and policies that criminalize them are unacceptable, according to the Mexican division of Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The organization said in a statement that it has launched an emergency intervention in Tapachula, Chiapas, “where some 40,000 people are trapped due to the failure of the asylum system.”

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Afghan all-girl robotics team members land in Mexico

08/25/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Five members of an all-girl Afghan robotics team have arrived in Mexico, fleeing an uncertain future at home after the recent collapse of the US-backed government and takeover by the Taliban armed group.

“We give you the warmest welcome to Mexico,” Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Delgado said on Tuesday evening as she greeted them during a news conference at Mexico City’s international airport.

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How Mexico Helped The Times Get Its Journalists Out of Afghanistan

08/25/2021

Source: New York Times

A group of Afghans who worked for The New York Times, along with their families, touched down safely early Wednesday — not in New York or Washington, but at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City.

The arrival of the 24 families was the latest stop in a harrowing escape from Kabul. And Mexico’s role in the rescue of journalists from The Times and, if all goes as planned, The Wall Street Journal offers a disorienting glimpse of the state of the American government as two of the country’s most powerful news organizations frantically sought help far from Washington.

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Migrants stuck in Mexico faced 6,356 violent attacks since January, report finds

08/24/2021

Source: CBS News

Thousands of migrants stranded in Mexico and blocked from applying for U.S. asylum have reported being kidnapped, sexually assaulted or physically attacked since President Biden took office, human rights researchers revealed Tuesday.

report compiled by Human Rights First, a Washington-based advocacy group, tracked 6,356 attacks against migrants who were expelled to Mexico by U.S. border officials or barred from requesting U.S. humanitarian refuge since January. 

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Mexican state police relieve local force in resort of Tulum

04/11/2021

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

MEXICO CITY — State police announced Sunday that they have taken over law enforcement duties in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Tulum, relieving a municipal force that has been charged in the death of a Salvadoran woman while being detained.

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the acting state police chief in Quintana Roo state, said the municipal officers in Tulum had systematically violated proper procedure.

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Mexican women have been physically, sexually abused for participating in protests

03/10/2021

Source: NBC News

MEXICO CITY — It was like being in a battle. People were running everywhere while shots were heard. Naomi Quetzaly Rojas Domínguez, 22, found herself running for her life in Cancún, wondering how a demonstration for women’s rights and against femicide, or the intentional killing of women, had turned into an assault.

As the crowd around her was looking for a way out, she saw several police officers beating some teenage women. She ran toward the officers and screamed at them until they left the young women alone, who then fled in terror.

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