Category Archives: Migration

More families fleeing Central Am are settling in Mexico

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.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/more-families-fleeing-central-america-resettle-mexico-instead-aiming-u-n779601

Deportees to Mexico helping planeloads of new arrivals

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.

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-deportees-20170703-story.html

Journalist seeking asylum returns to Mexico

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.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2017/05/25/journalist-seeking-asylum-returns-mexico/346891001/

Migrant activist found beaten near Mexico City

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.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-04-19/missing-migrant-activist-found-beaten-in-mexico

Asylum claims lodged in Canada from Mexico rise

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.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/asylum-claims-lodged-in-canada-from-mexico-rose-again-in-march-1.3370705

Mexican deportees now find “open arms” in Mexico

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/world/americas/mexico-deportees-welcome.html?_r=0

Sessions visits border to push migration crackdown

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-sessions-idUSKBN17D283

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-images-haiti-widerimage-idUSKBN16N2BC

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.

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/news/immigration-mexico-soon-plummet-even-without-border-wall/