Mexico ‘a death trap for migrants’ one year after new border program launched

July 10, 2015

7/9/15 Daily News

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestHonduran migrant Gerardo Cruz never saw the face of the man who pushed him off the train’s ladder as he rode through Chontalpa, Mexico. But through the black of that March night, 20-year-old Cruz said he could make out the white lettering of “Policía Federal” or “Federal Police” on the man’s dark blue uniform.

When Cruz fell, he said, his left arm landed on the tracks and the train’s wheels severed his limb.

“The government officials were the cause of this problem,” Cruz said of his injury, speaking in Spanish. “There should be compensation because this is a crime.”

Mexico’s Southern Border Program was launched in July 2014 in response to an influx of Central American migrants crossing through Mexico, creating a crisis that included tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving at the US border. The program was designed to manage Mexico’s 750-mile border with Guatemala and Belize while protecting migrants settled in the country or en route to the US.

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Divided Mexico unites against Trump: ‘He has no respect for human beings’

July 6, 2015

07/06/15 The Guardian

Mexican Flag XXLFrom the country’s wealthiest to those struggling to get by, people raise their voices against the real estate mogul following his comments on immigration.

Arturo Palomino slapped down a domino during a game set up beside his lonely stall at a bus station in the Mexican capital. “If I had Donald Trump in front of me, I would call him a racist imbecile,” the pirated DVD salesman said. “He thinks that because he has money he can say anything he likes.” Nearly three weeks after the business tycoon announced his candidacy to be US president with a speech in which he claimed Mexican immigrants were criminals whose presence was undermining American greatness, the row refuses to die.“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” Trump said during the announcement on 16 June. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.”

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Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Associated Press

prison cell blockSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday.Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees.

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Cuba, Mexico Talk on Immigration Issues

June 26, 2015

6/24/15 Prensa Latina

cubaMexico and Cuba held here the Tenth Meeting of the Working Group on Immigration and Consular Affairs, a note from the Cuban embassy in this capital reported today here.

During the meeting, the behavior of the migratory flow between the two countries was analyzed, and an assessment of the implementation of the migration agreement between the parties was carried out.

The negotiations to update the memorandum signed in 2008, as of the existing new immigration regulations in both countries, also concluded.

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Immigration agent gunned down in central Mexico

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Fox News Latino

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeAn immigration agent was shot dead while traveling in her automobile in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. Marisol Moran was murdered in the city of Naucalpan on Wednesday, the INM said.

“We are profoundly saddened by the death” of the immigration agent, the federal agency said in a statement.

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Why It’s So Hard To Get Migrant Kids In Rural Minnesota Through Immigration Court

June 8, 2015

6/8/15 Think Progress

immigrant mother and boyAbout 438 children who crossed the southern U.S. border alone, fleeing poverty and gang violence from Latin America were placed with sponsors in Minnesota in the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. At least 59 of those children have already been given deportation orders, “usually after skipping their court hearings,” the Star Tribune recently reported. And an undetermined number of additional kids are facing fundamental barriers to making their legal case that are exacerbated in the small rural towns where many migrants live: a lack of transportation to the Bloomington immigration court located three hours away in Minneapolis, a critical shortage of legal representatives, and few court interpreters who speak the appropriate language.

Immigration courts were overloaded last summer as President Obama called on immigration judges to expedite the cases of more than 68,000 Latin American children, most from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The so-called “rocket docket” focused on fast adjudication, a process that advocates criticized as they scrambled to find legal representation for the children nationwide.

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Latino votes are tied to immigration

June 8, 2015

6/7/15 Khaleej Times

yo voteAs Americans begin to ponder whom they might vote for in the country’s 2016 presidential election, it becomes clear that minority voters – especially Latinos, the country’s fastest growing electoral segment – may well again be a deciding factor. The need to woo minorities – particularly Latinos who have been traditionally been regarded as ‘swing voters’ – is already being reflected in some of the candidates who have announced presidential bids.

Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban parents, is presenting himself as “one of us” to Latino voters. Jeb Bush, who has declared his candidacy, is pro-immigration and has highlighted his personal connection to Latinos in the form of his Mexican-born wife. Both men will present themselves to voters as the Latino-friendly counterweight to Ted Cruz, whom Latinos overwhelmingly view as an opponent of immigration reform.

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