Immigration Reform 2015: Illegal Mexican Border Crossings Down Nationwide, Study Finds

July 22, 2015

7/22/15 International Business Times

Migrant farmworkersAs election season ramps up with immigration reform a hot topic, recent data from the Pew Research Center showed that the number of people from Mexico caught attempting to cross the border illegally to the United States was dropping nationwide. The number of apprehensions was typically a good barometer of the total number of people coming to the U.S.

Last year was the first on record in which there were more non-Mexicans apprehended at the border than Mexicans. In the fiscal year 2014, Pew reported that 229,178 Mexicans were arrested at the border, down from a peak of about 1.6 million in 2000. “The decline in apprehensions reflects the decrease in number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.,” the report stated.

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Mexico gets billions more dollars from migrants than from oil exports

July 8, 2015

7/7/15 Global Post

120px-20_Dollars_art3While Donald Trump caused an uproar by calling Mexican migrants criminals and even “rapists,” many here see them as heroes.

Mexicans working in the United States these days are sending lots of money back to Mexico. The dollars provide a lifeline for millions of poor families, often enabling them to buy basic food, medicine or school books.

Just in May, Mexican migrants abroad sent home almost $2.2 billion, a 2.4 percent rise over the same month last year.

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Migrants traveling through Mexico targeted by armed gangs

June 23, 2015

6/21/1 The Washington Times

shutterstock_95556718Hundreds of migrants have been attacked by armed gangs wearing military-style uniforms as they’ve tried to cross through Mexico this month, Amnesty International said in a new warning about the dangerous journey many Central Americans are making to try to make it to the U.S.

Dozens of migrants have gone missing, and some have been killed in the attacks, the human rights group said, demanding the Mexican government conduct investigations to get to the bottom of the attacks.

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Mexico detains 49 percent more minors in first 5 months

June 23, 2015

6/22/15 Macon.com

barbed wireWhile the wave of child and teen migrants has receded at the U.S. border, detentions of Central American minors are up sharply in Mexico this year, the country’s National Immigration Institute reported Monday

It said detentions of Central American minors have risen 49 percent compared to the similar period last year, with about half of the 11,893 underage migrants detained between January and May travelling alone or with a smuggler. That’s compared to 8,003 in the same period of 2014 and 3,496 in 2013.

Two-thirds of those detained so far in 2015 were between the ages of 12 and 17. One third were 11 or younger. The institute said they were mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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Central American migrants escape Mexico kidnapping

June 22, 2015

06/22/15 BBC

OaxacaDozens of Central American migrants say they have managed to escape from a gang that abducted them in southern Mexico.They migrants told police they had been held for hours by armed men who stopped their bus, but later fought back and broke free from their captors. Kidnappings are common in Mexico with gangs often abducting migrants and forcing them to join their ranks.Tens of thousands of migrants travel through Mexico on their way to the US every year.Many are forcibly recruited into gangs. Others are held until their families pay for their release.

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Migrants traveling through Mexico targeted by armed gangs

June 22, 2015

06/22/15 The Washington Times

Mexico BricksHundreds of migrants have been attacked by armed gangs wearing military-style uniforms as they’ve tried to cross through Mexico this month, Amnesty International said in a new warning about the dangerous journey many Central Americans are making to try to make it to the U.S.

Dozens of migrants have gone missing, and some have been killed in the attacks, the human rights group said, demanding the Mexican government conduct investigations to get to the bottom of the attacks.

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Computer visa glitch leaves migrant workers stranded at US-Mexico border

June 18, 2015

06/18/15 The Guardian

Migrant California vineyardA US government computer glitch has left hundreds of migrant farm workers stranded at the Mexican border, as their would-be employers now search for replacements to harvest their summer crops and combat further economic losses on both sides of the border.

Farms across the US rely on the H-2A visa program to hire temporary workers for each harvesting season. But the computer failure has prevented the government from issuing these visas to the predominantly Mexican workforce since last Wednesday.

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