Mexico to receive 1.75 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from U.S.

08/19/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Mexico is set to receive the first batch of 1.75 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine from the United States at the weekend, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday, shortly after Mexico authorized its emergency use.

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‘Not normal’: Big flow of U.S. arms to Mexico ‘can’t be denied,’ author says

8/18/2021

Source: NBC News

In the last four years, Ioan Grillo traveled thousands of kilometers in crossings that took him from Mexico to the United States, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Colombia, while following a trail of iron and blood. Beyond the multimillion-dollar figures and chilling statistics, the writer was looking for answers to an ethical dilemma.

Grillo asked an arms dealer in Bulgaria, “Are you worried that the weapons you sell, legally, may later fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists?” The man stared at him and said no.

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Mexico deports Central Americans after being flown in by US

08/11/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central American migrants being expelled by the United States and flown deep into Mexico for deportation to their homelands drew concerns from U.N. agencies Wednesday about the treatment of vulnerable migrants needing humanitarian protection.

Details of the highly unusual bilateral effort also began trickling out, with a Guatemalan official saying that Mexico is busing Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans to remote border crossings with Guatemala after they arrive on U.S. government flights. Mexican immigration agency buses are unloading migrants from those flights at international crossings in El Carmen and El Ceibo. The latter is a particularly remote outpost where there is a small shelter, but little else.

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UN refugee agency concerned as US deports migrants to southern Mexico

08/11/2021

Source: The Guardian

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern about a new US practice of transferring asylum seekers and migrants expelled under public health orders by plane to southern Mexico.

Those being expelled may have urgent protection needs and risk being sent back to the very dangers they have fled in their countries of origin in Central America without any opportunity to have those needs assessed and addressed, UNHCR said.

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Mexico says to receive up to 8.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from U.S

08/10/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday the U.S. government will in the coming weeks send Mexico 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by drugmaker Moderna, as well as up to 5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador, Harris discuss migration, boosting Central American economies

08/09/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on Monday about migration, the battle against COVID-19, and the need to strengthen Central American economies, the White House said in a statement.

In a brief statement on Twitter, Lopez Obrador said the conversation, which started around 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), had been good and that he would provide more details on Tuesday.

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US to send additional vaccine doses to Mexico

08/09/2021

Source: The Hill

The United States will send additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to Mexico, the White House said Monday, after the Mexican government said it would ask for millions more shots to combat a surge in cases.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two leaders discussed the flow of migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the pandemic, according to a readout of the call.

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Advocates end work with US to pick asylum-seekers in Mexico

08/04/2021

Source: Associated Press

Two organizations tapped by the Biden administration to recommend which migrants should be allowed into the United States to seek humanitarian protection said Friday that they are halting their work with the government and demanding an end to the Trump-era ban on asylum imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The withdrawal of the International Rescue Committee and HIAS from a consortium of groups assisting the Biden administration is a blow to the government’s effort to join advocates in helping those deemed particularly vulnerable as they wait in Mexican border cities, including women with children and LGBTQ people.

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June remittances up 25%; year to date they’re up 22%

08/03/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Remittance payments, the country’s most important source of foreign income, broke the US $4-billion mark for the fourth consecutive month in June and were up 25.5% for the month in annual terms.

The $4.43 billion was received through 11.3 million transactions.

The $23.61 billion received in remittance payments in the first six months of the year also represents the highest for the first half of any year, and was up 22.4% over last year.

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US-Mexico land border crossings are finally scheduled to reopen this week. It remains unclear if they will.

07/20/2021

Source: KENS 5 San Antonio

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — While people can still fly back and forth, the land and ferry crossings between the U.S. and Mexico have been closed for non-essential travel since the start of the pandemic. According to the Department of Homeland Security announcement last month, the crossings are supposed to reopen Thursday—unless DHS extends the deadline again, which Congressman Henry Cuellar, (D-TX) from Laredo says he believes will happen.

“Something tells me the deadline is going to move again,” Cuellar told KENS 5. “Why is it that? For example, a Mexican can fly into San Antonio, but he cannot drive or she cannot drive through the port of entry land port in Laredo.”

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