Mexican farmers occupy dam to stop water payments to the United States

09/14/2020

Source: The Washington Post

For 75 years, through tensions and disputes over immigration, narcotrafficking and trade, Mexico and the United States have sent each other billions of gallons of water annually to irrigate farms along the border under a treaty signed during World War II.

But today, the 1944 agreement is facing increasingly violent opposition in drought-parched Chihuahua state, where protesters have seized control of a major dam to dramatize the plight of farmers whose cotton, tomato and pecan crops, they say, depend on the water that’s being sent north.

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State Department drops ‘Do not travel’ warning for Mexico as border closure is set to expire

09/11/2020

Source: USA Today

This week, the U.S. State Department downgraded its travel warning for Mexico. The news comes less than two weeks before the current border closure agreement between the U.S. and its southern neighbor is set to expire.

The entire country is no longer under a Level 4 “Do not travel” warning. Instead, the State Department is listing Mexico’s new status as Level 3 “Reconsider travel,” along with specified advisories for individual regions. There are still “Do not travel” warnings for five states due to crime and kidnapping concerns.

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Mexico: Two killed in clash with military police near dam protest

09/09/2020

Source: Al Jazeera

Two people died in a gunfight with Mexico’s military police near a protest site at a dam that diverts water to the United States, the National Guard has said, as tensions rose between protesters and officials in the drought-hit region.

Mexicans in the northern border state of Chihuahua, angry at the water being funnelled across the border, on Tuesday evening had hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces, eventually occupying the La Boquilla dam and closing the sluice gates.

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US-Mexico border arrests continued to drop in September

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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