Category Archives: Migration

Stranded Haitians build new homes in Tijuana

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.

Lack of migrants eliminates need for wall

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.

Pence reiterates that Mexico will pay for wall

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.”

SF, Mexico sign agreement to protect migrants

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.

Mexico bristles at “hostile” Trump deportation rules

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.

Calls center expect talent pool with deportations

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.

Mexico prepares for an influx of students from U.S.

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.

As Haitians strain border, pressure builds for Mexico to act

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.