March 24, 2015
By David Agren, USA Today, 3/21/2015
SALTILLO, 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.
March 18, 2015
ABC News, 3/17/2015
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.
February 20, 2015
By Kevin Baxter, 2/20/2015
The 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.
February 18, 2015
By Michael Muskal and Samantha Masunaga, 2/17/2015
Conservative 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.
February 12, 2015
2/11/2015 Washington Office on Latin America
A 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.
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.