Mexico formally unveils new visa requirements for Venezuelans


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Mexico on Thursday formally announced new visa requirements for visitors from Venezuela in the government’s official gazette, as part of efforts to curb a sharp increase in unlawful immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The new requirements published by the interior ministry, which will take effect in 15 days, come as Mexico attempts to curb the number of people from South and Central America trying to enter the United States illegally via its territory.


Biden administration reimposes ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy


Source: ABC News

Biden administration officials further outlined a plan for the implementation of the “MPP” or “Remain in Mexico” policy on a conference call with reporters Monday while underscoring a commitment to ending the program and describing safeguards designed to improve conditions for asylum seeking enrollees.

A central criticism of the MPP program — which bars asylum seekers from entering the U.S. while immigration courts review their claims — was the lack of access to U.S. legal services for enrollees forced into makeshift Mexican border camps. Now, the Biden administration is working with legal service providers and promising 24-hour consultation windows to assist with screening interviews and immigration court cases.


Mexico to promote job creation schemes in Caribbean, official says


Source: Reuters

Mexico plans to promote job creation programs in the Caribbean that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has rolled out in southern Mexico and parts of Central America to stem migration, a senior government official was quoted as saying on Monday.

The programs, “Sembrando Vida,” (Sowing Life) a tree-planting drive, and “Jovenes Construyendo el Futuro,” (Youths Building the Future) a work scheme for young adults, are part of Lopez Obrador’s plan to slow migration by helping poor regions like southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.


Mexico says refugee requests tripled in 2021


Source: Al Jazeera

Applications for refugee status in Mexico have roughly tripled this year compared with 2020, the government has said, in the face of a significant influx of people bound for the United States.

The country has received 123,187 requests in 2021, up from 41,230 last year, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters on Tuesday, describing the increase as “enormous”.


Mexico Says Planned U.S. Tax Breaks for Electric Vehicles Risk Fueling Migration

Source: Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—A U.S. proposal to give tax credits to Americans who buy U.S.-built electric vehicles threatens to hurt Mexico’s industry and spur illegal migration to the U.S., Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said Thursday.

She suggested the proposal could jeopardize bilateral cooperation in controlling the flow of migration.


Justice Department breaks off settlement talks with families separated at US-Mexico border

Source: CNN

The Justice Department has informed attorneys representing separated migrant families that it will cease settlement negotiations and is ready to go back to court, according to an attorney representing families.

The news comes after the White House came under political pressure following news of the talks and potential payments — of up to $450,000 — to families became public, but it was not immediately clear why the Justice Department ceased negotiations.


Families of Guatemalan migrants killed in crash want answers

Source: Al Jazeera

Family members of Guatemalan migrants involved in a deadly truck crash in Mexico have said they are desperate for news of their loved ones and feel forgotten by governments that offer few opportunities and no protection on the perilous route to the United States.

It was just four days ago that Domingo Yobani Raymundo Mateo, 18, left his small village of Chajul, an Ixil Maya community some 260 kms (160 miles) from Guatemala City, for his second attempt to reach the US. This time, his family sold a house to pay for his journey with the hope he would secure work after crossing the border.


Mexico truck crash: At least 54 people killed as trailer overturns

Source: BBC News


At least 54 people have been killed and scores more injured after the truck they were being transported in crashed in southern Mexico, authorities say.

More than 150 people, said to be migrants from Central America, were crammed into the truck’s trailer when it rolled in the state of Chiapas.

One resident heard a man implore his badly hurt companion: “Remember what you promised your mother! Hold on.”


Mexico moves migrants from southern state; asylum seekers awaited at U.S. border

Source: Reuters

Mexican officials have sped up the transfer of thousands of migrants from southern Mexico to other regions as northern border states prepare to receive asylum seekers sent back to Mexico from the United States.

Dozens of buses full of migrants, mostly from Central America as well as some from Cuba and Venezuela, have the city of Tapachula in Chiapas state in recent days to head to other states, a Reuters witness and an activist said on Monday.


Mexico breaks up second migrant march


Source: ABC News

Mexican authorities say a group of hundreds of mainly Haitian and Central American migrants who had started walking north have agreed to be separated and taken by bus to several cities to apply for humanitarian visas.

The migrant march had set out on Nov. 18 with about 2,000 migrants from the southern city of Tapachula.