AP – The Border Patrol arrested nearly 10,000 immigrant families and unaccompanied children caught illegally crossing the border with Mexico in August. Since the start of the fiscal year in October, border agents have arrested more than 35,000 children traveling alone and more than 34,500 families, mostly mothers and children.
TeleSur – Mexico has decided to not be excluded from the Latin American trend to offer to receive Syrian refugees. The first Syrian refugee will arrive next week.
NBC – Mexico is set to eclipse the U.S. for the first time in apprehensions of child migrants from Central America, reflecting its new role as an immigration enforcer, a report released Thursday shows.
Mexico News Daily – Friendly people, beautiful beaches and tasty cuisine are among the reasons why expatriates are choosing Mexico as a place to live, ranking it second in a new survey. Ecuador held on to its first-place ranking.
AP – Immigrants from China and India, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the U.S., according to U.S Census Bureau research.
Azteca – The Navy rescued 12 Cubans, including a woman, in a boat drifting without power almost 80 kilometers north of Cabo Catoche, Quintana Roo.
Notisistema – The number of Cubans who have entered our country has increased since 2013 to some 800,000, most brought by groups that profit by promising to legalize them or take them to the United States.
Fox News Latino – The Rio Grande Valley in Texas has seen an uptick in the number of people – notably fathers – crossing the border. Border agents are arresting hundreds more than usual, with as many as 750 detained in a single day recently.
CCTV – The U.S. government says the number of Central American migrants trying to cross into the United States has dramatically declined during the last quarter of 2014 and through the first couple of months of this year. Immigration experts say the drop is due to Mexico’s efforts to confront the child migrant crisis.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Mexican immigration officials are preparing to ramp up inspections of U.S. citizens and other foreigners entering the country on foot, requiring those crossing to show travel documents such as a U.S. passport or passport card.
AFP – A growing number of Central Americans are applying to be accepted as refugees in Mexico after escaping gang violence back home. The number of refugee applications has nearly doubled, from 1,296 in 2013 to 2,137 last year.
Fox News Latino – Leslie Hernandez’s dream came true when Mexico asked her to box for her native country in the 2016 Olympics. But she had been living in the U.S. illegally since she was a child and she couldn’t go back to Mexico without risking a dangerous and illegal crossing to return to her family north of the border.
With several people lobbying on her behalf, Hernandez finally obtained a visa from the U.S. to go back and practice with her teammates. But by the time she got it, several of the Mexican Olympic qualifying boxing tournaments had passed or been cancelled.
Today, she is working with Mexico to find new qualifying tournaments. But they will require new visas, and she’s not sure she can make all the requirements line up.
TeleSur – Over 220 Central American migrants were violently attacked in two different instances in Mexico and according to Mexican newspaper Excelsior only about 60 managed to escape alive. In one case, survivors of the attack say they were shot at by men in military uniforms. In the other case, they were brutally attacked by unidentified people armed with rifles, pistols and machetes.
CSMonitor – Mexico deported 79 percent more people from Central America’s northern triangle in the first four months of 2015 than it did during the same period a year earlier.
IBTimes – The Obama administration is facing increasing pressure over the detention of migrant mothers and children awaiting deportation hearings. But across the border, Mexico is also feeling the heat as the United Nations urged it this week to end its growing detentions of child migrants.
Daily Times – Mexican authorities intercepted 50 undocumented migrants from Cuba and Central America on a plane that was about to fly from Cancun to a city bordering Texas on Thursday.
Reuters – President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority.
By Nina Lakhani / The Guardian
For the children of undocumented Mexican migrants in the United States, life demands secrecy. They learn to navigate between the two cultures while hiding their illegal status. After a few years, they often feel, look and sound so American, they can forget that, in the eyes of the law, they are aliens.
But they are, and they can be arrested at any moment.
At least 500,000 young adults who grew up in the US have been deported or have decided to return to Mexico in the past decade.
For years, little was known about what happened to these youngsters, but a picture is now emerging of a well-educated, bilingual, bicultural group whose traumas and talents are being ignored.
AP – A high-ranking Ecuadorean official said his government is talking with Mexico about establishing a bank of DNA material from some of the migrants from his country who have disappeared trying to reach the U.S. illegally.
BBC – Police in Mexico have rescued more than 100 migrants kidnapped by a human trafficking gang near the capital. Most of the victims were Central Americans, but they also included people from India and Sri Lanka.