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.
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.
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.
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.
WSJ – Move over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken over. China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also beat Mexico.
Arizona Daily Star – Mexico has become the main entry point for Cubans aiming to touch American soil, where they’re allowed to stay and apply for permanent residence. The trend has accelerated over the past five years.
NYT – A significant drop in the number of children apprehended at the United States-Mexico border in recent months sprang from Mexico’s record number of deportations of minors traveling without a guardian, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
LAT – The number of immigrants caught crossing the Southwest border continues to fall sharply, Obama administration officials, a decline due in large part to the end of the surge in people coming from Central America.
Excelsior – Around 129 undocumented immigrants were rescued from the back of a truck traveling on the Mexico-Puebla highway. The migrants were of various nationalities and had paid various amounts to be taken to the U.S. border.
USAToday – For years, Central American migrants have taken risky paths to reach the USA through Mexico. Now, the government has stepped up security and says the crackdown is driving down migration through Mexico, but critics, many of them migrant shelter operators, charge the actions merely make migration less visible, not necessarily safer.