US-Mexico border arrests continued to drop in September


10/07/19 – CNN

By Geneva Sands

Border Patrol arrests on the US-Mexico border continued to drop in September, marking a steady decline since the high earlier this spring when Trump administration officials struggled to stem the flow of migrants attempting to enter the US.

There were nearly 40,000 arrests on the southern border in September, which was the lowest month this fiscal year, according to a source familiar with the data. For comparison, there were nearly 133,000 apprehensions in May.

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CBP, Mexico take steps to speed up border trade at Laredo ports of entry


10/03/19 – Border Report

By Julian Resendiz

More than two million northbound commercial trucks pass through the Laredo port of entry every year. Border Report wanted to learn why so many trucks and from where they come.

“All over Mexico,” says Javier Vasquez, assistant port director for trade operations in Laredo.

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Number of migrants reaching US border falls to 5-month low: Mexico

7/30/19 – The Hill

By Rafael Bernal


Mexico’s top diplomat said Tuesday that the number of migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border hit a five-month low in July.

Compared to June, the July number marks a 16 percent fall in the number of people caught or turned away by U.S. authorities at the border.

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Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

7/17/19 – AP News

By María Verza


Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear.

The policy went into effect Tuesday and represents the most forceful attempt to date by President Donald Trump to slash the number of people seeking asylum in the United States. It denies asylum to anyone who shows up on the U.S. border after traveling through another country, something Central American migrants have to do.

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Facing New Asylum Curb, Nerves for Those Waiting at U.S.-Mexico Border

7/16/19 – The New York Times

By Julia Love


Number 12,026 – better known as Marcial Artigas, 33, from Holguin, Cuba – waited nervously at a migration office at the U.S.-Mexico border as a Mexican official called out numbers from a long list of hopefuls waiting to cross to the United States.

Artigas said he was praying his number would be called next, before a new U.S. policy announced on Monday enters into force that bars almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the country’s southern border.

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Two more border cities added to U.S.-Mexico asylum program: sources

6/23/19 – Reuters

By Lizbeth Diaz


U.S.-bound asylum seekers will be sent back to at least two additional Mexican border cities later this week to wait for their claims to be processed, officials said, with one of the cities in a region that is among Mexico’s most chaotic and violent.

The policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or Remain in Mexico, will be implemented later this week in Nuevo Laredo in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, said two Mexican officials with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified.

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No Secret Immigration Deal Exists With U.S., Mexico’s Foreign Minister Says

6/10/19 – New York Times

By Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman

6-10-19The Mexican foreign minister said Monday that no secret immigration deal existed between his country and the United States, directly contradicting President Trump’s claim on Twitter that a “fully signed and documented” agreement would be revealed soon.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s top diplomat, said at a news conference in Mexico City that there was an understanding that both sides would evaluate the flow of migrants in the coming months. And if the number of migrants crossing the United States border was not significantly reduced, he said, both sides had agreed to renew discussions about more aggressive changes to regional asylum rules that could make a bigger impact.

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