Mexico Steps Up Migration Enforcement, But Is It Working?

March 24, 2015

By David Agren, USA Today, 3/21/2015

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestSALTILLO, Mexico — Eulio Iglesias, 50, spent eight days traveling through Mexico last year in a bid to cross into the United States before he was stopped at the Texas border and returned to his native El Salvador.

This year, the same attempted journey — an effort to get back to New York City where he worked in hotels and restaurants for 20 years, and still has children — took him twice as long. That’s because Mexican authorities have increased immigration enforcement, forcing him to ride rickety vans and buses down back roads, bribe police to avoid being detained and ply circuitous paths on foot to evade patrols and checkpoints.

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1 Migrant Killed, 1 Wounded in Attack on Train in Mexico

March 18, 2015

ABC News, 3/17/2015

Photo by Heraldicos

Photo by Heraldicos

One Honduran youth was shot to death and another migrant was wounded when assailants attacked Central American migrants riding a freight train in the central Mexico state of Puebla.

The shootings in Puebla may indicate gangs are following Central American migrants in their changing routes through Mexico.

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In Mexico, Deported Migrants Get Due Respect at El Comedor

February 20, 2015

By Kevin Baxter, 2/20/2015

mexican-flag1The migrants begin gathering just after daybreak.

Women with young children in tow, men in wool caps and faded hoodies. Others still wearing the bright orange uniforms they were issued in prison.

Few speak. Most look down at their feet.

Hours earlier they had been on the other side of the border, where they had been living illegally in the United States. But now, after their deportation to Mexico, they’re lining up outside El Comedor — the dining room — in search of food, clothing and help.

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Fears of Measles Crossing Southern Border into U.S. are Unfounded

February 18, 2015

By Michael Muskal and Samantha Masunaga, 2/17/2015

Photo by Flikr user Gov/BaConservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and others have blamed the current measles outbreak on children illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S.

“Children sick, healthy, you name it — poor, ill-educated, just tens of thousands of kids flooded the southern border all of last year,” he said. “They were never examined before they got here. They were never examined after they got here and quarantined if they had a disease. They were just sent out across the country. Many of them had measles.”

While there are many serious diseases that have moved north to the United States from Mexico and Central America, measles is not one of them.

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Latest Border Stats Point to Heavy Child, Family Migration in 2015

February 12, 2015

2/11/2015 Washington Office on Latin America

Border - MexicoA wave of Central American children and families, many fleeing violence in their home countries, received heavy media attention in the summer of 2014. Then, the wave receded quickly: by August 2014, the U.S. Border Patrol was apprehending fewer unaccompanied Central American children than it was in August 2013. The humanitarian crisis disappeared from the headlines.

The crisis is not over. If current trends continue, child and family apprehensions in 2015 will fall behind 2014, but still exceed 2013 and every other year on record.

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Mexico Deports Record Numbers of Women and Children in US-Driven Effort

February 4, 2015

2/4/2015 The Guardian

Border fenceRecord numbers of women and children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America were deported by Mexican authorities last year, as part of US-driven operations to stem the flow of migrants reaching the American border.

More than 24,000 women were deported from Mexico in 2014 – double the number sent home in 2013. The upsurge in child detentions was even sharper – climbing 230% to just over 23,000, Mexican interior ministry figures reveal…

Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Centre, said: “Mexico knows the southern border is the biggest weakest spot of the country where it is most vulnerable to organised crime, undocumented migration and non-traditional threats like infectious diseases. The Peña Nieto government is trying to get a handle on it and reassert sovereignty. The US has offered help with great gusto.”

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Exhibit Recreates Massacre of Chinese Immigrants in Mexico

February 3, 2015

By Fox News Latino, 2/2/2015

Many Mexicans have never heard of the May 1911 massacre of 303 Chinese immigrants in the northern city of Torreon, a story that Mexico would have preferred to forget but is now the subject of an exhibit aimed at highlighting the dangers of racial hatred.

“It is a stain on the nation’s history and this exhibition may prompt a reflection on our actions as Mexicans,” Linda Atach, director of expositions at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, told Efe.

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