World Mexican President Tells Migrants to Avoid Traffickers Who Lie About U.S. Border Being Open

01:00  12 february  2021
01:00  12 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Missing Rohingya women trafficked from Indonesia refugee camp

  Missing Rohingya women trafficked from Indonesia refugee camp Scores of Rohingya women missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia have been trafficked into Malaysia to reunite with their husbands, several sources have told AFP. Just over 100 refugees remain at the camp in Lhokseumawe on Indonesia's northern coast, well down from the almost 400 who arrived in separate boat landings between June and September last year. Neither local authorities nor the UN could account for the whereabouts of the women, who are feared to have enlisted traffickers to help them cross the Malacca strait into Malaysia.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned migrants to be wary of false claims from traffickers that the "doors are open" to the U.S., now that President Joe Biden has taken office.

a dog sitting on the side of a building: U.S. President Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned migrants on Thursday not to believe claims of an © HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images U.S. President Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned migrants on Thursday not to believe claims of an "open" border with the U.S. now that President Joe Biden has been elected. Migrants cross the Rio Grande natural border between El Paso, state of Texas, US, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico in search of political asylum on January 26, 2021.

"Our brother migrants should have this information so that they won't be deceived by human traffickers, who paint a rosy picture," he said on Thursday.

Migrant girl held by US for 531 days and counting

  Migrant girl held by US for 531 days and counting The mother and daughter from El Salvador have narrowly evaded deportation "at least five times".Luisa* has the sweet voice of a nine-year-old girl, but she sometimes sounds wise beyond her years. She has had to write letters to legislators, asking authorities to release her and Ariana*, her mother, from a US government detention centre for migrant families.

A "rosy picture" of open passage at the U.S.' southwest border hasn't been executed by Biden yet. He has only taken initial actions to dismantle his predecessor's immigration policies.

"Now, for example, that there is a U.S. immigration policy to regularize the situation of migrants, Mexicans and our Central American brothers, people think that now the doors are open, that President Biden is going to immediately regularize all migrants," López Obrador said.

Last week, the Biden administration announced executive orders on immigration, which include measures such as a family reunification task force, a review of former President Donald Trump's Migration Protection Policy (MPP), and steps to improve the naturalization path.

I made Guy Fieri's legendary Trash Can Nachos, and they're the perfect Super Bowl snack

  I made Guy Fieri's legendary Trash Can Nachos, and they're the perfect Super Bowl snack I made Guy Fieri's over-the-top Trash Can Nachos in anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday The complex queso stole the show, though the final nacho pile was quite impressive on its own. Contrary to the name, you don't need a trash can or even a very large pot to make this recipe Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Known for his bleach-blonde hair, in-your-face persona, and of course, his popular show, "Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives," Guy Fieri is one of the go-to chefs for fun, flavour-filled recipes.

"It is not true that everyone can go now to the United States and they will be regularized, that has not been defined yet," he said.

Amid high rates of arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Biden administration has been adamant it needs time to improve its immigration strategy. The White House said on Wednesday that it will need to take additional steps to put a "comprehensive process and system" in place at the U.S. border with Mexico.

"Asylum processes at the border will not occur immediately; it will take time to implement," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press conference on Wednesday. "We don't want people to put themselves at danger at a time where it is not the right time to come."

Andrew Rudman, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, wrote in an email to Newsweek that López Obrador's comments are a "positive" signal the Mexican president may be "coordinating behind the scenes" with the U.S. on a strategy. But he said López Obrador's words also reveal the difficult situation migrants are facing.

US to end deals to send asylum seekers back to Central America

  US to end deals to send asylum seekers back to Central America Rights groups have long denounced accords allowing Trump administration to deport asylum seekers at US border.In a statement on Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said President Joe Biden’s administration is suspending the accords with the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, effective immediately.

"It reflects the reality that a large influx of migrants toward the U.S. at this time will find the door closed," said Rudman, "which means they will wind up in Mexican border towns already under considerable pressure to support those migrants in camps and settlements awaiting asylum hearings."

López Obrador also referenced the January 22 massacre of 19 people as rationale for his continued defense of the country's southern border between Guatemala and Mexico. One dozen Mexican state police were arrested for the brutal killing of the migrants, some of which were Guatemalan. The migrants' bodies were found burned and piled in a pickup truck.

"This was always our argument, that we need to protect migrants, watch out for them," he said. "If they enter (Mexico) and spread out, we cannot keep an eye on them or protect them, and they wind up in the hands of organized crime, they are in danger."

Rudman said the massacre "certainly underscores the dangers of the trek across Mexico and the challenge facing Mexico as it combats organized crime and corruption including within state law enforcement agencies."

Sicily offers safe haven to 422 migrants

  Sicily offers safe haven to 422 migrants A vessel carrying 422 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya has been given permission to dock in Italy after issuing an urgent appeal for shelter from a looming storm, its operator said Sunday. It said it expected the vessel to arrive in Sicily on Sunday evening. The French-based group said its passengers included babies, children, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors."They must urgently be disembarked in a safe port," Luisa Albera, the head of the group's rescue operations, had earlier urged, warning that weather conditions in the central Mediterranean were deteriorating.She described the health of several of the migrants as "fragile".

López Obrador previously heeded Trump's immigration policies and ordered law enforcement to protect Mexico's border with Central America to keep caravans of migrants from entering the country, the Associated Press reported.

Rudman added that the overall message from López Obrador is a good step forward for U.S.-Mexico relations: "Discouraging migrants from believing the claims of traffickers who profit from their desire to migrate is both good domestic policy for López Obrador and sends the message that he appreciates the challenge facing President Biden and his team."

Newsweek has reached out the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., for comment.

Related Articles

  • January Border Arrests Reached Its Highest Mark For That Month In A Decade
  • Who Was María Grever? Google Doodle Celebrates Mexican Composer
  • Black, Hispanic Caucuses Apply Pressure to Biden to Reign in ICE, Deportations
  • White House Confirms Support for Stimulus Checks for Citizens Born to Undocumented Immigrants

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

Biden Needs to Buy Time on Immigration .
Reversing the previous administration’s cruelties isn’t the same as an unconditional welcome.

usr: 2
This is interesting!