Mexico isn’t our top immigration problem: Op ed

November 22, 2013

Arizona Republic, 11/22/2013

shutterstock_49320484Arizona needs to leave the Land of Old Ideas about illegal immigration, Mexico and Central America. Congress should take a hike to reality, too. Old battle lines continue to define — and doom — efforts to reform outdated immigration policies. They also hurt Arizona’s economic competitiveness.

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Number of illegal immigrants dropped during recession, study finds

September 24, 2013

El Paso, Texas

The Washington Post, 9/23/2013

he number of illegal immigrants in the United States has leveled off but may be on the rise again, following a sharp drop that accompanied the start of the Great Recession, according to a report released Monday.

The analysis from the Pew Research Center estimated that 11.7 million immigrants were living in the country illegally in March 2012. That was down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007 — a year before the stock market collapsed — but it represented a slight increase from an estimated 11.3 million in 2009, the worst year of the recession.

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Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. May Be on Rise Again, Estimates Say

September 24, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006The New York Times, 9/23/2013

About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that has not varied much over the last three years but may recently be increasing again, according to new estimates published Monday by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.

As lawmakers in Washington debate an immigration overhaul that could include a pathway to legal status or citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants, the figures from the nonpartisan Pew Center are regarded by many demographers as the most reliable estimates of the number of people who might be eligible for those programs.

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Ninety-four illegal immigrants held in Mexico, including 19 Asians

July 25, 2013

immigrantsReuters, 7/23/2013

Mexico detained 94 illegal immigrants, including 19 from the Indian subcontinent, packed into a truck bound for the U.S. border, authorities said on Tuesday.

Among the people found near the southern city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas state, were 10 Nepalese and nine Bangladeshis trying to reach the United States, officials said. Apprehensions of Asians immigrating illegally to the United States have increased sharply in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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In Mexico, cartels recruit vulnerable migrants

July 18, 2013

prisonFox News, 7/17/2013

Honduran migrant Samuel Alberto Centeno Vazquez was approached to work for the Zetas drug cartel as he made his way along the railways that lead to Mexico’s border with the United States. The members of the criminal gang carried pistols and made promises of a $1,000 monthly salary, girls and drugs.

He was offered the money to help the Zetas in their criminal activities, which include murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion. Mexico’s drug cartels are increasingly recruiting undocumented Central American migrants to join their ranks, non-governmental groups say. Although the number of Mexicans making the journey north to the United States is at a low, Central Americans are streaming across Mexico from troubled countries like Honduras in search of a better life.
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Immigration Reform 2013: Fence Or No Fence, Reform Won’t Work

July 17, 2013

Border fencePolicymic, 7/17/2013

On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed a monumental immigration-reform bill that brings new opportunities for undocumented immigrants to be integrated in U.S. society. Sharing one of the longest borders in the world with one of the most powerful countries in the globe, Mexicans have had a mixed response to the U.S. Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Right after the U.S. Senate passed the bill, the Mexican Foreign Relations Department congratulated the United States on its effort, and stated that “the immigration legal framework should reflect the region’s demographic reality. Mexico believes that public policies should be coordinated in order to enhance competitiveness, job creation, and the social welfare of the two countries.”

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In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants

July 16, 2013

Train Tracks by HeraldicosThe Washington Post, 7/15/2013

At a makeshift church shelter beyond the industrial parks north of Mexico City, the train riders wait under a canvas tent, listening for a locomotive horn. They keep their shoes on and their backpacks zipped. The tracks outside run through Mexico’s central highlands and all the way to the Texas border. The shelter is a halfway point for Central Americans on the 1,500-mile trip north, but many do not arrive here in one piece.

Central Americans have been catching freight trains to the U.S. border for years, risking injury or worse for a free ride and a path clear of Mexican government checkpoints. But at a time when illegal immigration to the United States remains near its lowest point in four decades, the number of Central Americans going north has soared, putting new attention on the rail system that takes thousands to the border each year.

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