Mexico Says Migrants in Caravan Should Proceed Individually as They Enter Country

10/19/2018 – The New York Times

34588233744_c481f7876a_kMexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday that members of a caravan of Central American migrants heading north should proceed individually if they decide to enter Mexico.

Speaking to local media, Videgaray said the Mexican government had been informing members of the caravan of their options for entering the country, adding that Mexico had sought the assistance of the United Nations.

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Mexico will ask UN for help handling refugee applications

10/19/2018 – The Hill 

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The Mexican government said Thursday it would seek help from the United Nations refugee agency in coordinating efforts with other Central American governments to manage immigrants arriving to Mexico’s southern border seeking refugee status.

The measure “seeks to guarantee the security and integrity of migrants, particularly minors, the elderly and women, and to avoid people being deceived by international criminal organizations dedicated to human trafficking, who put their lives in danger,” the Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Finally, the government of Mexico reiterates its commitments with the international community’s efforts in favor of safe, orderly and regular migration; and with the human rights of migrants. At the same time, it expresses its conviction that dialogue and international cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants are indispensable to confront the challenges that the migratory phenomenon implies,” it added.

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Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

10/18/2018 – The Washington Post 

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Sonia Perez

As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention — and pressure — turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of thousands of legal freight, vehicle and pedestrian crossings each day.

With less than three weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Trump seized on the migrant caravan to make border security a political issue and energize his Republican base.

“I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught — and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Trump tweeted on Thursday, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called “weak laws!”

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Migrants Moving Again in Guatemala Despite Trump Threats

10/17/2018 – The New York Times

america-american-flag-blue-sky-1222438.jpgA caravan of some 2,000 Honduran migrants hit the road in Guatemala again Wednesday, hoping to reach the United States despite President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off aid to Central American countries that don’t stop them.

The weary migrants started walking again under a light rain. The day before they covered some 30 miles (50 kilometers) to arrive in Chiquimula, after crossing the border into Guatemala Monday.

Some hitched rides while others walked, as the eagerness of some to make quick progress clashed with the need to remain together as a group for safety.

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More than 200 migrant children still in US custody

10/16/2018 – The Hill

Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas
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Brett Samuels

More than 200 migrant children who were separated from their parents after crossing the border are still in government custody, according to documents filed in court Monday night.

 

The latest government filings show that 245 children are still in the care of the federal government. The parents of 175 of those kids have already been removed from the U.S.

Of those children, 18 are in the process of being reunited with their parents in their country of origin, and 125 of them have parents who have been deported but indicated they don’t want their children brought back to their home country.

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Mexican officials arrest last suspect in activist’s killing

10/16/2018 – The Washington Post

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Mexican authorities have arrested a man accused of participating in the killing of an activist last year.

The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office says Erick Leonel Villatoro Hernandez, alias “El Diablo,” was arrested Friday in the western state of Jalisco in connection with the slaying of Miriam Rodriguez. He was later moved to Tamaulipas.

Rodriguez was shot to death in her home in the Tamaulipas town of San Fernando on Mother’s Day 2017. She had been helping other families look for missing loved ones after finding her daughter’s remains following years of searching.

Villatoro is the last of four men accused in her killing. One died last year in a shootout during his attempted arrest. Another was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison and the other is in custody.

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Incoming Mexico government promises probe of 43 students’ disappearance

09/27/2018 – Reuters

15796141886_cfc5930adf_k.jpgMexico’s next government will investigate the 2014 disappearance of 43 students, aided by the United Nations and other rights groups, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told parents of the students on Wednesday.

The abduction and suspected massacre of the students, who were studying at a teachers’ training college in Ayotzinapa in the southwestern state of Guerrero, precipitated one of the worst crises of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s tenure.

A federal tribunal in June ordered the creation of the Investigatory Commission for Truth and Justice, to be made up of victims’ representatives, the National Human Rights Commission and the Federal Public Ministry.

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