AP – A growing wave of refugees from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are resettling in Mexico instead of trying to reach the United States, which many see as increasingly hostile. The rise in refugee resettlement in Mexico has paralleled a decrease in immigration to the United States, with apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol down sharply at the frontier — especially of unaccompanied children.
Newsweek – Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) promised to investigate nine immigration officers who detained seven foreigners, including three Playboy models, over the weekend in the state of Yucatan.
LAT – Every week, Diego Maria, 36, and other migrants deported from the United States in recent months greet planeloads of people sent back to Mexico City. They call themselves Deportees United in the Fight. They help new arrivals phone relatives, figure out how to catch a bus and register for the few government benefits available to former migrants. But mostly, they come to show the new deportees that they are not alone.
El Paso Times – The 26-year-old Mexican journalist who had been seeking political asylum in El Paso has returned to his country after his request for release under parole was denied for a second time by U.S. authorities. Martin Mendez Pineda, from Acapulco in the state of Guerrero, spent more than three months at the El Paso Processing Center.
AP – A U.S. border rights activist has been found on the outskirts of Mexico City, after he sent a chilling Facebook live message saying he was stranded and people were trying to kill him. A Mexican federal official said the person found beaten was Hugo Castro. He is a member of the migrant defense group Border Angels.
The Guardian – The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150% since Donald Trump was elected US president, as more Central American migrants seek refuge in Mexico rather than take their chances in the United States.
CTV – The number of people seeking asylum in Canada from Mexico continues to rise. New figures from the Immigration and Refugee Board show that March recorded the highest number yet of new claims in 2017 — 110, up from 85 in February and 71 in January, for a total of 266 so far this year. In all of 2016, there were just 241, statistics from the IRB show.
NYT – For years, as the Obama administration sent back thousands of Mexicans each week — more than two million altogether — Mexico’s establishment barely reacted. All but invisible, the deportees were left to cope on their own with divided families, uncertain job prospects and the poverty that had pushed so many north in the first place. Now, Mexican politicians are eagerly embracing them, portraying deportees as the embodiment of President Trump’s hostility toward their country and their people — even though deportations of Mexican citizens actually fell in the opening months of his term.
Reuters – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border this week to make his case for increased prosecutions of illegal immigrants, pressuring U.S. attorneys to prioritize cases against criminal migrants. Sessions, a long-time proponent of tougher immigration enforcement, told U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Nogales, Arizona, that more illegal migrants should be prosecuted as criminals.
Buzz Feed – A Mexican man who spent almost two decades living in the United States was deported back to his home country late Tuesday, separating him from his US-born wife, who voted for President Donald Trump.
The Daily Beast – Mexican journalist Martin Mendez Pineda, 25, who was beaten by the country’s federal police for his reporting has been denied asylum in the United States as a result of Trump administration policy and faces deportation back to Mexico.
Fox News – A driver entering the U.S. from Mexico was arrested Tuesday after customs officials discovered four Chinese immigrants stuffed in the trunk of his car. The man was crossing through the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego.
Miami Herald – A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to demand their release.
The Mexican government has signed an agreement with a private organization to provide thousands of jobs for repatriated citizens as the United States moves to boost deportations of immigrants in that country illegally.
Reuters – Some 3,500 Haitians are now in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to Mexican government data. Amid the hammering of tools and the swell of songs from their homeland, dozens of Haitians are working to build the “Haitian Villa” on the western flank of Tijuana.
KRGV – The plight of Cuban nationals who attempted to emigrate to the U.S. unsuccessfully were sent back to their country.Mexico’s Immigration Institute said 49 Cubans were returned to Cuba morning.
Voice of San Diego – As the U.S. prepares to invest tens of billions of dollars in Trump’s project, it is worth asking whether immigrants from Mexico are likely to continue coming north at the same rates, particularly given research showing that economic considerations weigh most heavily among people choosing to immigrate.
Reuters – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed a report that he was considering a proposal to separate women and children who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally, a policy shift he said was aimed at deterring people from making a dangerous journey.
Reuters – Mexico opened legal aid centers at its 50 consulates across the United States to defend its citizens, the Mexican government said, amid worries of a crackdown on illegal immigration under U.S. President Donald Trump.
Reuters – Mexican federal police rescued 31 Cuban immigrants who had been held in a house in the resort city of Cancun. The 22 men and 9 women did not have visas to be in Mexico and said they were being held by a group of armed men who had demanded money for their release.