Former Mexican diplomat: ‘There are ways’ Mexico could pay for wall

09/22/16 New York Post


A former top Mexican diplomat believes Donald Trump could get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Easily.

“If [Trump] really wants Mexico to pay for the wall, he has many ways of getting many Mexicans to pay for the wall,” Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign affairs secretary, told the Hudson Institute this week,according to The Weekly Standard.

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Illegal immigration from Mexico falls in US

09/20/16 Financial Times 

5440004897_59659815f4_oDonald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration from Mexico a centrepiece of his presidential campaign, but new analysis shows that the number of unauthorised immigrants from south of the US border has fallen.

The report from the Pew Research Center showed that the number of illegal Mexican migrants has decreased from its 2007 peak even as the US sees rising inflows from countries further afield including India.

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Mexico gets more cash from its workers abroad than from oil

09/01/16 CNN

us mex flagMexico heavily depends on its workers living abroad to send cash back home.

Almost $25 billion flowed last year from the pockets of Mexicans living overseas, almost all of it from the U.S. That’s even higher than what Mexico earns from its oil exports.

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A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration

08/15/2016 Quartz

deportation“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.” —Donald Trump, in his 2016 Republican party nomination acceptance speech.

If US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing.
Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. In fact, a century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise.

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DACA Now: Returning To Mexico For The First Time In 17 Years

08/15/2016 OPB’s

immigrationOn June 2012, President Barack Obama signed into policy the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as DACA. The policy provides a work permit and exemption from deportation that is renewable every two years to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16.

Former OPB news intern Juan Ramirez obtained a deportation deferral and was able to apply for “advance parole” — a permit that lets non-legal residents be paroled back into the U.S. — so he could travel to visit his sick father. Ramirez returned to Mexico this past fall for the first time in almost two decades.

Here is his story.

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After Years Apart, Reunited Families Get To Hug Across The US-Mexico Border

08/11/2016 Fronteras

border_at_tijuana-tomas-castelazo2Families separated by their immigration status sloshed through a muddy trickle of the Rio Grande on Wednesday to embrace at the border between the United States and Mexico. Their reunion was a momentary truce organized by immigrant advocates and supervised by the Border Patrol. Families who came from the United States wore blue T-shirts and their relatives from Mexico wore white T-shirts. They met in the middle of a concrete canal between the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Francisco Luevano squeezed his mother to his chest for the first time in 15 years. Luevano is an undocumented hotel maintenance worker who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His mother traveled 700 miles from central Mexico to see him for a fleeting three minutes.

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He entered the U.S. as a boy. He was deported to Mexico as a man. Now, he is a stranger in his homeland.

08/10/2016 The Desert Sun

Mexican-American_border_at_NogalesWhen Julio Alonso was deported from the United States last week and released, he strolled into Mexico without knowing he had crossed the border.

“We’re in Mexico right now?” the confused 23-year-old said when a reporter approached him, just minutes after he was dropped off by U.S. immigration officials.

Alonso sat alone on a metal bench outside the Mexican immigration office, a small building in the corner of a one-story strip mall next to two charity offices and across the parking lot from an identical strip mall filled with offices for various federal agencies.

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