Remnants of Mexico migrant caravan closer to US border

04/23/2018 ABC News

immigrant mother and boyThe remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants protested in northern Mexico on Monday, even as once again they drew angry tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The mainly Central American migrants are demanding better treatment and many are planning to request asylum, either in the United States or Mexico.

“We are asking the government and migration authorities to respect the right to seek asylum,” said caravan organizer Irineo Mujica. “Those who request asylum shouldn’t be criminalized. It is a right … families shouldn’t be separated or punished.”

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Texas GOP congressman leads DACA push that hinges on rare ‘queen of the hill’ tactic

04/18/2018 Dallas News

willhurdRep. Will Hurd of Texas is part of a last-ditch effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to protect young immigrants from deportation.

On Wednesday, the San Antonio Republican joined Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and California Reps. Pete Aguilar and Jeff Denham in announcing that they’re attempting to force the House to debate four proposals for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

President Donald Trump scrapped the program last fall.

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Remnants of migrant caravan move toward US-Mexico border

04/18/2018 The Washington Post

mexican immigrantThe remnants of a migrant caravan of Central Americans that drew the ire of President Donald Trump were continuing their journey north through Mexico toward the U.S. border on Wednesday.

Organizer Irineo Mujica, speaking from the western Mexico city of Guadalajara, said that about 500 migrants had been riding trains north since departing Mexico City last weekend. The caravan that left the Guatemala-Mexico border in late March grew to more than 1,000 migrants who found safety travelling in numbers.

In Mexico City, Mujica had said the capital was the caravan’s last official stop, but many of the migrants feared going solo on the dangerous final leg north and decided to keep travelling en masse. Some who had split off to press on alone reported back about kidnappings and having their papers for safe passage torn up.

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California limits National Guard’s border mission, risking clash with Trump

04/17/2018 The Washington Post

guardThe state of California has rejected the terms of the Trump administration’s initial request to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico, U.S. military officials and the head of the Border Patrol said Monday, the latest sign of persistent tension with the White House over immigration enforcement.

The troops in California are under the command of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who last week said he would send up to 400 personnel in a limited role.

Just how limited became clearer Monday after California’s National Guard told Homeland Security officials the state will not allow soldiers to do the types of things they’re doing elsewhere on the border: monitoring surveillance cameras, performing maintenance and transporting U.S. border agents.

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Towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into Arizona

04/16/2018 Los Angeles Times

US-Mexico_border_fenceIn the high desert east of this border town, the rolling hills topped with mesquite and paloverde trees are a picture of rugged desolation.

But there are flashes of movement: Darting between bushes are five migrants who just crossed into Arizona, not far from a road where they could hop into a car to continue their journey.

Not one U.S. Border Patrol agent is within sight. But the group is about to be spotted anyway, and their entry thwarted.

From a hilltop tower miles away, a camera scans miles of terrain — providing a clear view for an agent sitting in front of a computer monitor in a darkened control room.

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The U.S. Has a Long History of Militarizing the Mexican Border

04/09/2018 History

border3Donald Trump’s decision to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border is only the latest in a long history of U.S. militarization of its national boundaries.

In fact, America’s southern border—which has shifted multiple times with U.S. expansion—was arguably formed through violence. Texas and American militias used force to establish that border in the 1830s and 1840s, capturing modern-day states like California, Texas, and all of the American southwest from Mexico.

In the decades after, the both official and vigilante groups violently regulated the movement of people across that border—be they Native Americans, escaped slaves, Chinese immigrants, or Mexicans.

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Fear, solidarity drive migrants to stick with Mexico ‘caravan’

04/05/2018 Reuters

immigrant mother and boyImpoverished Central American migrants traveling in a “caravan” through Mexico that angered U.S. President Donald Trump said they would stick together for safety even though the group will ends its journey in Mexico City rather than the U.S. border.

Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the caravan has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, which vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not.

By Thursday morning, scores of migrants were boarding buses to leave the town of Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca, where their journey was held up by authorities at the weekend.

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