Mexico Arrests Suspect in Forced-Prostitution Ring

May 1, 2015

ABC News, 4/30/2015
mexican-flag1U.S. officials say they joined Mexican authorities last month in arresting one of the leaders of a forced-prostitution ring that used young women from Mexico in a New York City operation.

The leader, Paulino Ramirez-Granados, was arrested in the small town of Tenancingo in central Mexico, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday in reporting the detention.

Mexican federal police said they arrested Ramirez-Granados on March 31 on a warrant requesting his extradition to the United States.

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With help from Mexico, number of child migrants crossing U.S. border falls

April 29, 2015

Pew Research Center, 4/28/2015

mexican-flag1The Mexican government has deported a record number of Central American children traveling without a guardian since last fall, which President Obama and other U.S. officials say has contributed to a significant drop in children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico’s 3,819 deportations of unaccompanied minors from Central America during the first five months of the fiscal year represent a 56% increase over the same period a year earlier, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Mexican and U.S. government data. The stepped up security was a result of a plan by Mexican officials to address the record surge in child migrants last year.

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Mexican Police Free 92 Migrants Held Near U.S. Border

April 29, 2015

Reuters, 4/27/2015
policemanMexican police freed 92 migrants from a safe house in the city of Reynosa on Mexico’s northeastern border with the United States, the government said on Monday.

Federal police arrested three suspected gang members during the raid on the building where the migrants, hailing from Cuba, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, were being held, the National Security Commission said in a statement.

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Fired Mexico Radio Host Suffers Legal Setback in Reinstatement Bid

April 24, 2015

Fox News Latino, 4/23/2015

carmen-aristeguiPopular Mexican radio and TV host Carmen Aristegui suffered a setback in her bid for reinstatement by MVS Radio when a court ruled that the outlet has no obligation to reach an accord with the fired investigative journalist.

The Federal Judiciary Council, or CJF, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary, said in a statement that the Mexico City court on Wednesday unanimously overturned a judge’s April 13 ruling that required MVS to sit down with Aristegui and reach an agreement on their contractual differences.

That meeting was to have taken place on Friday in the presence of mediator Jose Woldenberg, but the new ruling cancels that scheduled sit-down.

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Law Will Let Some Foreign Agents Carry Weapons in Mexico

April 24, 2015

Reuters, 4/23/2015

youth with handgunMexico’s congress approved on Thursday a reform that lets some foreign agents carry arms inside the country, a significant change in a nation that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty.

Under the law, foreign customs and migration agents will be allowed to carry guns in previously established zones. Also, foreign leaders or heads of state will be able to enter Mexico with armed security details.

Officials say the presence of foreign agents in Mexico will speed up the joint inspection process and facilitate the flow of goods and people across borders. They also say foreign customs and migration agents at times need guns to guarantee their security given the problems of drug and human trafficking.

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Drug Cartel Violence Flares Again in Northern Mexico State

April 24, 2015

Reuters, 4/23/2015

gun - crime sceneDrug cartel violence in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state flared up for the second time in a week on Wednesday, with gun battles and arson attacks erupting in the street after police captured four alleged drug gang members.

The detainees, whose identity is still unknown, are from the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s oldest drug trafficking groups, also known for kidnappings and immigrant trafficking.

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Mexico’s Walmex Reports Higher 1st-qtr Profit

April 22, 2015

Reuters, 4/21/2015

Photo by Flikr user elmadaMexico’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico, on Tuesday reported a 9 percent increase in its first-quarter profit as sales across its stores picked up.

The company reported a profit of 5.174 billion pesos ($339 million), compared with a profit of 4.75 billion pesos in the year-earlier period.

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