June 22, 2015
06/22/15 Los Angeles Times
Hillary Rodham Clinton was mobbed by fans when she spoke this week before a big crowd of Latino government officials from across the country. When another Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, took the same stage here Friday, the room was about half empty.
” I haven’t hear of him, to be honest,” said Luciana Corrales, a school board member from San Ysidro, Calif. And anyway, she added, “I’m a Hillary supporter.”
Talk of Sanders surge has enlivened the campaign in recent weeks, as bigger-than-expected crowds turned out for his fiery speeches about taking on the “billionaire class” amid promising polling in the early-primary state of New Hampshire. But the enthusiasm gap on display at the nation’s largest gathering of Latino policymakers highlights the reality of the major demographic challenges Sanders faces as he wages his long-shot bid for the presidency.
June 8, 2015
6/6/15 The Dallas Morning News
Texas legislators sent mixed messages this session regarding where they stand on illegal immigration. They made clear with their vote to significantly boost border security funding that they want a crackdown on criminality linked to illegal immigration. Yet they backed away from legislation aimed at restricting higher educational opportunities for unauthorized immigrants.
Some conservative legislators were intent on repealing provisions of a 2001 law signed by Gov. Rick Perry granting in-state college tuition to unauthorized immigrants. The repeal effort put them on a collision course with other Republicans who saw it as mean-spirited and ultimately unhelpful to the goal of boosting the talent pool available to Texas employers.
April 7, 2015
Fox News Latino, 4/6/2015
More than 15,000 Hondurans who entered the United States and Mexico illegally have been deported so far this year, Returned Migrants Assistance Center, or CAMR, director Valdette Willeman said.
U.S. authorities deported 3,824 Hondurans by air in the first quarter of 2015, Willeman said.
Mexico, for its part, has deported about 12,000 Hondurans by land, the CAMR director said.
August 4, 2014
08/03/2014 The Washington Post
A few weeks ago, just about the same time that Mexican officials said they were putting a stop once and for all to the rolling horror show nicknamed “The Beast,” Jhonny Torres left Honduras for Houston. He reached southern Mexico and scrambled onto a boxcar with hundreds of other migrants.
Gang members stopped the train near the Mayan ruins of Palenque and took his last $50. In Orizaba, another dreaded shakedown site farther north, gunmen put a pistol to his temple and accused him of being a smuggling guide who hadn’t paid the gang protection money. They let him go, Torres said, only when they figured out it was his first trip and he had nothing left to steal.
July 31, 2014
07/30/14 Wall Street Journal
California Gov. Jerry Brown ended a three-day visit to Mexico City Wednesday, capping a trip in which he drew attention to Mexico’s economic changes as well as the plight of unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.
Mr. Brown’s visit to Mexico, his state’s biggest export market, achieved few concrete accords, but it was long on ceremony, meetings and signings of memorandums of understanding. The governor, meanwhile, spoke with several Mexican officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto, who met privately with the 76-year-old Democrat.
July 8, 2014
07/7/14 The Washington Post
The White House signaled Monday that it expects to deport most of the unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally across the southern border, employing the strongest rhetoric to date to indicate that an influx of thousands of Central American migrants will not be tolerated.
The tougher tone came a day before Obama administration officials were expected to ask Congress to authorize new measures, including more than $2 billion in emergency funds, that would expedite the legal processing of the more than 52,000 children and 39,000 families apprehended this year.
June 20, 2014
06/19/14 Al Jazeera America
President Barack Obama spoke on Thursday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the United States, the White House said.
Obama “welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the White House said in a statement.
Responding to what Obama calls an urgent humanitarian crisis, Congress on Tuesday advanced legislation significantly increasing funds to handle a surge of foreign children entering the United States illegally.
Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, included up to $2.28 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to feed and shelter the estimated 130,000 minors expected to arrive in the coming year.
Vice President Joe Biden added a stop in Guatemala Friday to a scheduled Latin America trip to meet Central American leaders for talks on the dilemma.