22 foreigners abducted from Mexican hotel


Source: Al Jazeera

Police in northern Mexico have found 38 people, including 22 Haitians and Cubans, who were abducted from a hotel, authorities have said.

The chief prosecutor of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said the victims were found alive on a roadside late Tuesday, apparently abandoned by their captors.


Mexican president to urge Biden to help migrants get work visas


Source: Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday he would send a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him to make it easier for migrants to obtain work as the two governments seek to tackle a jump in immigration.

Migrants who enroll in apprentice or work schemes should be granted temporary work visas of six months to the United States, Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference.


Federal judge says forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico is illegal


Source: NBC News

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. government’s practice of denying migrants a chance to apply for asylum on the Mexican border until space opens up to process claims is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant’s ruling has no immediate impact but could prevent the government from limiting entry for asylum-seekers because it says it lacks resources. It could also bring relief to some of the tens of thousands of people who put their names on unofficial waiting lists in Mexican border towns.


‘We can’t survive’: Migrants in Mexico protest slow asylum system


Source: Aljazeera

Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean departed the southern Mexican city of Tapachula on Saturday in a caravan headed to the country’s capital, where they hoped to seek expedited asylum proceedings.

The group of about 500 people included families with young children from Haiti, Cuba, Central America and Colombia, a witness told the Reuters news agency.


National Guard and immigration agents clash with migrants in Chiapas


Source: Mexico Daily News

A caravan of hundreds of Haitian, Cuban, Central American and South American migrants clashed with members of the National Guard (GN) and immigration agents on Saturday after leaving Tapachula, Chiapas, on foot.

The GN and National Immigration Institute (INM) agents resorted to using force to halt the advance of some 600 migrants who departed Tapachula after staging protests for several weeks to demand that their asylum cases be extradited.


‘We live in fear’: Over 6,000 migrants in Mexico have been violently attacked


Source: NBC News

Yorje Pérez Moreno traveled thousands of miles from Venezuela to reach Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, leaving his family, friends and studies, as he fled the violence of state security forces who allegedly persecuted him for participating in anti-government protests.

“My dream was to finish college, but they wouldn’t let me. They beat me, chased me and threatened to imprison me, that’s why I had to leave,” Pérez Moreno, 23, said.


Federal appeals court denies Biden administration request to halt order reviving ‘remain in Mexico’ policy


Source: CNN

A federal appeals court denied the Biden administration’s request to pause a lower court order requiring the revival of a controversial Trump-era border policy forcing migrants to stay in Mexico until their US immigration court date.

The policy, informally known as “remain in Mexico,” was put in place in 2019 and marked an unprecedented departure from previous protocols. An estimated 68,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under the policy — often to squalid and dangerous conditions.


Court orders Biden to reinstate Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy


Source: Reuters

A federal judge has ordered President Joe Biden’s administration to reinstate his Republican predecessor’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court cases.

In a victory for the states of Missouri and Texas, which brought the suit, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk said on Friday that the Biden administration had violated laws on procedure by failing to consider “several of the main benefits” of the program and acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in ending it.


Growing Share of Migrants From Outside Mexico, Central America Poses Challenge for Biden


Source: The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Migrants from South America, the Caribbean and as far as Eastern Europe are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally at an unprecedented rate, a trend accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic that is raising fresh consternation inside the Biden administration.

Until about seven years ago, nearly all the people crossing into the U.S. were Mexicans in search of work. In 2014, for the first time, the majority of those crossing the southern border became children and families from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arriving to claim asylum, a dynamic around which the current administration has formed its migration policy response.


Mexico and U.S. vow to expand cooperation to address immigration in high-level talks


Source: Reuters

Top Mexican and U.S. officials discussed increasing bilateral cooperation to address immigration during a meeting in Mexico City, the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Mexican Foreign Ninister Marcelo Ebrard met in Mexico City with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzalez.