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.
The Hill – Vice President Mike Pence stressed that Mexico will pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall despite Trump not reiterating the plan in his speech before Congress. Pence said during an interview with “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos: ”We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to enforce the laws of this country.”
NBC – San Francisco leaders moved forward with their own plan to better protect all city residents. Calling it a matter of public safety, District Attorney George Gascon secured his allegiance with Mexico via a memorandum of understanding with the country’s Consulate General. It underscores the two parties’ understanding to protect and provide services to victims and witnesses of crimes, regardless of their immigration status.
CSMonitor – Mexico estimates that some 40,000 young people who lived undocumented in the US may move back in the next several years. Many face enormous obstacles in trying to transfer educational credits that are crucial to establishing a foothold in Mexico.
Reuters – Mexico reacted with anger on Wednesday to what one official called “hostile” new U.S. immigration guidelines hours before senior Trump administration envoys began arriving in Mexico City for talks on the volatile issue.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to send many of them to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of nationality.
LAT – A Mexican man who had just been deported from the United States is believed to have leaped to his death from a bridge near the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing. The prosecutor’s office in Baja California said the death of Guadalupe Olives Valencia, 44, is being investigated as a suicide.
Guardian – If Donald Trump deports millions of people, Mexico’s call centers will have one word for him – and it won’t be gracias; it’ll be thanks. The booming industry needs English speakers to service US customers, and the US president seems set to oblige with a deportation force that could banish record numbers of Americanized Mexicans south of the border.
Reuters – The foreign ministers of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will meet in Mexico next week to discuss immigration policy responses to Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency, the Honduran ambassador to Mexico said.
Crux Now – A growing number of migrants escaping the dangerous gangs in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala choose to seek refugee status in Mexico rather than try and cross the border to the United States, according to Catholic run migrant shelters.
San Diego U-T – While President Trump has not yet moved to deport students who are unauthorized immigrants, Mexican education officials already are preparing for it. “We don’t know how many may come,” Rodrigo Guerra-Botrello, the second secretary general the Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education, said about a possible influx of students from the north.
NYT – Even before President Trump decided to build the wall, Tijuana already was overwhelmed. So many Haitian migrants, traveling across the Americas, began arriving last year with hopes of crossing into the United States that churches, community halls, after-school programs, rehabilitation centers and private citizens have opened their doors to house, feed and clothe them. Now, some officials and advocates worry that Trump’s plan could spur immigration crises in towns and cities all along the border and, indeed, throughout Mexico.
AP – Mexico has returned to Cuba the first contingent of Cuban migrants since former U.S. president Barack Obama decided to end a U.S. policy of granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil.