Experts: Trump’s Border Wall Could Be Costly, Ineffective

8/19/2015 News Channel 9

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Donald Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, released his first policy paper over the weekend, proposing ‘immigration reform that will make America great again.’

Trump has faced criticism for negative comments about illegal immigrants, but he has remained at the top of the Republican field in the polls and some of his opponents vying for the party’s nomination have adopted hardline positions on the issue similar to his.

One of the central tenets of Trump’s immigration policy is a wall across the U.S/Mexico border—’A nation without borders is not a nation,’ he states in his policy paper—but immigration experts question the effectiveness and cost of such a venture.

Mexico, US, Canada Groups Ask UN to List Monarch Butterfly Reserve as in Danger

Fox News, 4/14/2015

Activists from Mexico, the United States and Canada are asking the U.N. World Heritage Committee to include the Monarch butterfly wintering reserve on a list of sites considered in danger.

UNESCO designated the 139,000-acre (56,259 hectare) reserve in the mountains west of Mexico City a World Heritage site in 2008.

Monarchs from the U.S. and Canada migrate 3,400-miles (5,470-kilometers) each year to winter in the forest reserve.

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U.S., Mexico Deport Over 15,000 Honduran Migrants

Fox News Latino, 4/6/2015

5990205485_f200fbde57_oMore than 15,000 Hondurans who entered the United States and Mexico illegally have been deported so far this year, Returned Migrants Assistance Center, or CAMR, director Valdette Willeman said.

U.S. authorities deported 3,824 Hondurans by air in the first quarter of 2015, Willeman said.

Mexico, for its part, has deported about 12,000 Hondurans by land, the CAMR director said.

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Mexico, U.S. Bust People Trafficking Network

Fox News Latino, 2/26/2015

handcuffsThe Mexican Attorney General’s Office and U.S. immigration authorities have broken up a network that smuggled undocumented Latin Americans to the United States, arresting 42 people, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced Thursday.

On Monday, the 42 people arrested were charged with people trafficking, rape of an unaccompanied minor, sexually abusing migrants, illegal deprivation of freedom and other crimes, the embassy said.

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Mexico Regrets U.S. Judge’s Immigration Ruling

Yahoo News, 2/17/2015 

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestMexico City (AFP) – The Mexican government on Tuesday lamented a US judge’s decision to block an immigration order by President Barack Obama that would have protected millions of undocumented workers from deportation.

“These programs are a fair migration remedy for millions of families and could strengthen the contributions of Mexican migrants to the US economy and society,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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32 in U.S., Mexico Accused of Running Sinaloa Cartel Gold-for-Cash Money-Laundering Scheme

Fox News Latino, 2/13/2015

goldThirty-two people from the United States and Mexico are accused of running a multistate gold-for-cash scheme that laundered more than $100 million in U.S. profits for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, a complaint unsealed this week in federal court in Chicago says.

The cartel associates used cash from narcotics sales to purchase scrap and fine gold — including from Chicago-area jewelers — then sent it to metal refineries in Florida and California; plants sometimes transferred payments for the gold directly to Mexico, the complaint says.

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U.S., Mexico Increasingly Competing for Farm Labor

By Miriam Jordan, 1/23/2015

Migrant farmworkersDAVIS, Calif.—The U.S. and Mexico are increasingly competing for a dwindling supply of farm labor, according to a new analysis, a development that likely will have long-term implications for the U.S. agricultural sector.

The majority of hired farmworkers in the U.S., estimated at around 1 million, are Mexican, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, Mexican migrants account for 90% of hired workers, according to independent estimates. But the pool of Mexican agricultural workers is steadily declining, with no indication that it will be reversed, according to J. Edward Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis.

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