Mexico-US tariff deal: Questions, concerns for migration
Migration experts are raising concerns over what the deal between the US and Mexico to head off tariffs could mean for people fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities are investigating reports that police opened fire on a group of migrants from El Salvador last week, killing a 19 - year - old woman and wounding two men. The confrontation in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz on Friday comes as Mexico expands immigration
Murder of 20- year - old woman was latest gender-based killing . Human rights activists in Mexico have expressed indignation after police opened fire on protesters who tried to Approximately 10 women are murdered in Mexico each day, prompting protests by an increasingly outspoken feminist
© 2019 Getty Images PIEDRAS NEGRAS, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 09: Mexican Federal Police keep guard around a hostel where migrants are staying while waiting to apply for asylum into the United States on February 09, 2019 in Piedras Negras, Mexico. The hostel is holding approximately 2,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador where they are being cared for with food, shelter and medical attention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities are investigating reports that police opened fire on a group of migrants from El Salvador last week, killing a 19-year-old woman and wounding two men.
Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water as protest escalates
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who had massed outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory. The afternoon violence marked a major escalation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's biggest political crisis in years. It came after protesters earlier in the day forced the delay of a legislative debate over the bill, which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial in mainland China.
Giovanni López, a 30- year - old bricklayer, was The video emerged as protests continue across the US over the police killing of George Floyd, and shone a spotlight on police brutality in Mexico , where officers Security analysts say street protests over police abuse are unlikely to erupt across Mexico
The brutal killing of Ms Arellano, who was awarded the order of police merit a few months ago, has caused outrage in Her 27- year - old son and her husband, who is also a police officer, were released the On Saturday, gunmen opened fire on two officers parked in a patrol car outside a pharmacy.
The confrontation in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz on Friday comes as Mexico expands immigration enforcement at the behest of the United States, creating new checkpoints and deploying thousands of national guardsmen across the country. Human rights advocates have expressed concern that those actions could lead to violence against migrants.
Reports of the shooting have circulated in local media for days. On Tuesday, the attorney general of Veracruz held a news conference to relate the accounts of the survivors.
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Attorney General Jorge Winckler Ortiz said 17 migrants bound for the United States were traveling in a white truck near a checkpoint in the town of Agua Dulce when they heard sirens.
Venezuelans rush to Peru before new requirements take effect
AGUAS VERDES, Peru (AP) — Tired and thirsty, Betania Ramírez crossed into Peru on Friday with her 1-year-old girl in her arms and her 8-year-old boy beside her. Ramírez has no friends or relatives in Peru, and some of her luggage was stolen as she crossed two countries in cargo trucks and on foot from her home in western Venezuela.
At least 30 gunmen opened fire on the convoy of state police officers as they drove along a rural road in the municipality of Aguililla in the state of Michoacán Meanwhile, a 70,000-strong militarized police force called the National Guard has drawn criticism for being used heavily to keep migrants from
A 26- year - old woman traveling in a car with relatives to sell street food nearby was killed in the gunfire that ripped through the Lomas de Chapultepec Led by a former police officer and based in the western state of Jalisco, the CJNG has been blamed for fueling record levels of violence in Mexico
The driver of the truck, who officials said was likely a smuggler, sped up. A police patrol car gave chase and eventually reached the truck, according to the account shared by Winckler Ortiz.
Then people wearing police uniforms “opened fire,” he said.
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A migrant is detained by Mexican immigration officials at a checkpoint where soldiers are stationed on the highway on June 10 in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico.
Tents fill a shelter used mostly by Mexican and Central American migrants who are applying for asylum in the U.S., on the border on June 9 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Migrants' cell phones charge inside a shelter used mostly by Mexican and Central American migrants who are applying for asylum in the U.S., on the border on June 9 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Migrants wait under a bridge to be attended to apply for asylum in the U.S., on the border on June 9 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally on June 8 in Tijuana, Mexico. The event was originally scheduled as an act of solidarity in the face of President Donald Trump's threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports if it did not stem the flow of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. But Mexican and U.S. officials reached an accord Friday that calls on Mexico to crackdown on migrants in exchange for Trump backing off his threat.
A supporter of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a Viva Mexico Charro hat and a T-shirt with and image of Lopez Obrador that reads in Spanish "I get tired and I win", waits for the arrival of the President to a rally on June 8 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Men use rafts to transport black-market gasoline across the Suchiate River from Guatemala to Mexico, as one pushes sacks of corn in the opposite direction to Guatemala, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on June 6.
Migrants in the hope of reaching the United States wash clothes by hand at a shelter in Tapachula, Mexico, on June 8.
People make their way to and from the US-Mexico border at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California on June 8.
Central American migrants get off a raft after crossing the Suchiate river from Tecun Uman, in Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on June 8.
A Mexican soldier checks a car at a military checkpoint in the outskirts of Tapachula, on Mexico, on June 8.
Lilia Lara, a Tijuana resident, displays the U.S. and Mexican flags at the plaza where Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador is to hold a rally in Tijuana, Mexico, on June 8.
Several thousand of Central American migrants have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has put on hold his plan to begin imposing tariffs on Mexico on Monday, saying the U.S. ally will take "strong measures" to reduce the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Lara said she arrived early to get a good spot for the rally.
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa
African migrants have shown up at the border in the past, but only in small numbers, making the sudden arrival of more than 700 all the more surprising to Border Patrol officials. From fiscal years 2007 to 2018, a total of 25 migrants from Congo and Angola were arrested and taken into custody in the Border Patrol’s nine sectors on the southern border, according to agency data. Many come with horrific stories of government-sanctioned violence at home and treacherous conditions on their long journeys through South and Central America. “It’s definitely an anomaly that we have not experienced before,” said Raul L.
Hundreds of migrants tried to evade the police and cross from Tijuana, Mexico , into San Diego. Soon after the migrants began their midmorning march to the border in Tijuana, they were But the meeting of the incoming administration officials in Mexico City to discuss a response was derailed by
Undocumented women making their way into American border towns have been beaten for The Times interviewed eight migrant women from Central America who were sexually assaulted between 2013 J.E., 19 , and two other migrants were kidnapped in South Texas by a Border Patrol agent
(Pictured) Maria Lila Meza, 39, and two children run with other migrants away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico on Nov. 25.
Migrants sit in a courtyard of a migrant detention center in Tapachula, Mexico, on June 8.
Migration officials check bus passengers' ID's at a checkpoint on the highway, in Tapachula, on Mexico, on June 8.
Musicians perform near the plaza where Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will hold a rally, in Tijuana, Mexico, on June 8.
Cargo trucks including some carrying vehicles enter the US at the Otay Mesa port of entry at the US-Mexico border in San Diego, California on June 8.
Migrants in the hopes of reaching the United States gather arround a fire at a shelter in Tapachula, on Mexico, on June 8.
Migrants and residents use a makeshift raft to cross the Suchiate river from El Carmen in Guatemala to Talisman in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.
Trucks pass along a border wall as they get into position to cross into the United States at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on, June 7.
Migration officials and Military Police, man a checkpoint on the highway, in Tapachula, Mexico, on June 7.
Children gather at the largest migrant children detention center in the US in Homestead, Florida on June 7.
Men illegally cross the Suchiate river carrying products from El Carmen in Guatemala to Talisman in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.
A Mexican immigration agent checks documents at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Tapachula, Mexico, on June 7.
An official checks passengers on a bus, at a checkpoint on the highway in Tapachula, Mexico, on June 7.
Cargo truck drivers line up to cross to the United States at Otay commercial crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, on June 6.
Migrants from Guatemala are seen on the banks of the Rio Bravo river as they cross into the United States to turn themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on June 6.
Migrant Jose Maria Dubon Gutierrez shows his legal permission to stay in Mexico's southern states as he waits with his family, behind, at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo, on June 6.
Roberto Márquez places a United States national flag on the border wall next to the Rio Grande to demonstrate against the immigration policies of President Trump at the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on June 6.
Migrants wait to be granted asylum or a humanitarian visa at the immigration office on the Mexico-Guatemala international bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, on June 6.
Migrants walk on a highway during their journey towards the United States, in Ciudad Hidalgo, on June 5.
An aerial view shows workers as they process cattle from Mexico after they were brought into the United States through a gate at the border wall at the Santa Teresa International Export/Import livestock crossing on June 5, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
A migrant argues with a federal police officer during a joint operation by the Mexican government to stop a caravan of Central American migrants on their way to the U.S., in Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 5.
Numerous migrants from Central America queue up at a border crossing between Mexico and the USA, on June 4, in Tijuana.
Migrants arrive in a public bus that stops by a migrant detention center to transmit identification documents in Tapachula, on Mexico's southern border, on June 3.
A man originally from Honduras looks at a map of the United States at El Calvario Methodist Church, which is housing migrants who are seeking asylum, after they were released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on June 3, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Immigrants wait to receive a ballot for asylum hearings to enter the United States on May 31, in Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump has proposed a 5% tariff on Mexican goods entering the U.S. unless they help stop illegal immigration.
Asylum seekers queue for a turn for an asylum appointment with US authorities, at the US-Mexico El Chaparral crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, on May 31.
Migrants are seen after crossing illegally to the United States to turn themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 31.
Construction of a border wall is pictured on a piece of private land located directly on the US-Mexican Border owned by the American Eagle Brick Company, late on May 30 in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Migrant children line up for a meal at the door of the Jesus del Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter, in Tapachula, on May 30.
Cuban migrants protest the detention of a small group of fellow Cuban migrants by Mexican authorities, outside a hotel in Tapachula, on May 28.
Haitian migrants scuffle at the door of an immigration center for a space in the line, for a turn to solve their migratory situation, in Tapachula, on May 27.
Migrants wait for a turn in line to solve their migratory situation, at an immigration center in Tapachula, on May 27.
Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26.
Relatives carry the coffin of 2-1/2-year-old migrant Wilmer Josue Ramirez, who was detained last month at the U.S.-Mexico border but released from U.S. custody with his mother during treatment for an illness, during his funeral in the village of Olopa, Guatemala, on May 26.
Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, on May 26.
A relative reacts next to the casket of 2-1/2-year-old migrant Wilmer Josue Ramirez during his wake at his home in the village of Olopa, Guatemala, on May 25.
Migrants talk to police officers as soldiers, assigned to the newly created National Guard, keep watch outside the Siglo XXI immigrant detention center as part of the security measures by the federal government, in Tapachula, Mexico on May 23.
Migrants try to organize themselves outside the Siglo XXI immigrant detention center to request humanitarian visas, issued by the Mexican government, to cross the country towards the United States, in Tapachula, Mexico on May 23.
A group of people run at the Rio Bravo, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on May 22, to try to cross into the United States.
Migrants run toward the border between the US and Mexico at the Rio Grande river, on their way to enter El Paso, Texas, on May 20, as taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
When migrants arrived in droves, this poor New Mexico city opened its arms
The city of Deming has marshaled all of its resources to cope with a steady influx of migrants bused in by the federal government.
Sonia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, waits with sleeping six-year-old son Yankel and daughter Yarisleidy, twins, before boarding a bus with fellow migrant families recently released from detention at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, on May 20.
People walk past a sign reading "last number entered" in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on May 20.
Migrants cross the border between US and Mexico at the Rio Grande river, as they enter El Paso, Texas, on May 20, as taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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The border barrier between US, left, and Mexico runs down a hillside on May 20, as taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Hong Kong Protesters Disperse After Police Complex Blockade
Thousands of demonstrators who surrounded Hong Kong police headquarters dispersed peacefully after they had blocked all entrances to the building for 15 hours as part of ongoing protests over a proposed China-backed extradition bill. Protesters began converging on the police complex in the Wan Chai district on Friday after moving over from the nearby central government building, which Chief Executive Carrie Lam preemptively shut amid threats of demonstrations. The protesters are demanding the repeal of the extradition law and that all charges be dropped against demonstrators who clashed with police last week.
Asylum seekers walk in a line as they are dropped off by bus at a church shelter for migrants, after they were released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on May 20, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A man, part of a convoy of Central American migrants, is escorted into a van by National Institute of Migration (INM) officers, after being detained at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Tapachula, Mexico, on May 19.
A recently arrived migrant from Honduras, center, worships, as she is comforted by local church members, during Sunday services at a church serving as a shelter for migrants who are seeking asylum on May 19, in El Paso, Texas.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks the identification of a migrant with a child as they are detained after crossing to the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border on May 18, in El Paso, Texas.
A large group of migrants walk and stand while being detained by border authorities, after crossing to the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border and turning themselves in, at the Antelope Wells port of entry, on May 18 in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
A pro-migration activist takes part in a demonstration in support of the human rights of migrant children outside at National Palace in Mexico City, on May 17.
Migrants, mostly from Central America, board a van which will take them to a processing center, on May 16 in El Paso, Texas.
President Trump gestures as he delivers remarks on immigration on May 16 in Washington, DC. President Trump called for radical immigration reform to favor skilled, English-speaking workers over the poorly educated and to shut the door on "frivolous" asylum claimants.
Roselin, an asylum seeker from Honduras, comforts two year-old daughter Julieth as they wait with other migrant families recently released from detention to board a bus on May 16 in McAllen, Texas.
Migrants are seen outside the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in a makeshift encampment on May 15 in McAllen, Texas.
Mexican and American citizens join hands at the Voices From Both Sides festival which is held on the banks of the Rio Grande, in Lajitas, Texas, on May 11.
House moves to pass Senate border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP
Efforts by Speaker Pelosi to amend the Senate bill to add more restrictions were opposed by Senate Republicans, the White House and some moderate Democrats.
Migrants chat as they wait in line to enter the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) in Tapachula, Mexico, on May 13.
Immigration agents are surrounded by migrants, mostly from Africa, as they ask for a ticket to register their entry into Mexico at an immigration station in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on April 29.
Winckler Ortiz referred to people “wearing police uniforms” and driving “a patrol car.” Although he did not say they were necessarily police, other officials in Veracruz said there was no reason to doubt that they were in fact police.
Another police unit arrived at the scene and found the 19-year-old dead in the passenger’s seat. Salvadoran authorities said the woman’s father and other close relatives were living in the United States.
Winckler Ortiz said the assailants fled the scene and appear to have taken the driver with them.
Winckler Ortiz’s account was based only on the testimony of the surviving migrants. But other officials in Veracruz, who were not authorized to speak to journalists, said other eyewitnesses have confirmed the migrants’ claims.
Messages seeking comment from state and federal police and the federal immigration agency were not returned.
Photos taken by local journalists of the truck show several bullet holes in the windshield. Two male migrants were found injured and taken to a nearby hospital, where they were later interviewed by authorities. Winckler Ortiz and others in the attorney general’s office said the investigation would continue in the coming weeks.
Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has said repeatedly that his government will enforce immigration laws while respecting human rights. His government agreed this month to increase enforcement to stop the historic flow of Central American migrants through Mexico to the United States in a deal to avoid tariffs.
“In many cases they forced into exile by hunger or to save their lives, that is why they deserve all our respect,” he said last week. “We are going to respect the human rights of migrants.”
Mexico is deploying thousands of troops from its national guard to help stop the flow. But the former military and police officers who have been detailed to the new agency have yet to be trained in immigration enforcement.
Critics warn Mexico is responding to a humanitarian crisis with unnecessary — and potentially dangerous — force.
“The killing of a Salvadoran migrant woman by Mexican police is a tragic yet predictable consequence of Mexican security forces' new role in immigration enforcement,” said Maureen Meyer, the director of the Mexico program at the Washington Office on Latin America. “Unless the Mexican government ensures adequate training for any security force involved in immigration enforcement, and works to hold accountable agents accused of wrongdoing, human rights violations and abuses against migrants in Mexico will only worsen as more agents are deployed throughout the country.”
The Salvadoran consulate in Veracruz said it had reached out to the woman’s family in the United States. Her father has returned to El Salvador, where her body is to be repatriated this week.
House moves to pass Senate border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP.
Efforts by Speaker Pelosi to amend the Senate bill to add more restrictions were opposed by Senate Republicans, the White House and some moderate Democrats.