Mexico Reinforces Checks Amid U.S. Pressure Over Migrant Flow Sunday, June 16th, 2019

BY MARIA VERZA AND REBECCA BLACKWELL, COMITAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities increased immigration enforcement along well-traveled routes for migrants in southern Mexico over the weekend, checking identifications, pulling migrants off public transport and intercepting four trucks packed with..

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Mediterranean countries ramp up efforts to find missing migrants Saturday, June 15th, 2019

THE HAGUE, (AFP): Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe. At a meeting of the International Commission for Missing Persons in The Hague this week,..

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Mexico publishes Trump’s ‘secret deal’ on migration Friday, June 14th, 2019

MEXICO CITY, (AFP): Mexico published the document Friday that Donald Trump earlier flaunted as a secret deal to curb migration, but denied it had capitulated to the US president's demands for a so-called "safe third country" agreement. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard underwent a grilling in..

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Illegal crossings a part of life at Mexico’s southern border Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, FRONTERA HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — It was still dark when the first Guatemalan farm worker walked ashore in Mexico early Thursday, just the bottoms of his shorts damp from the shallow ford of the Suchiate River. As the sky brightened, another man drove a big blue tractor..

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Central Americans pursue US dream despite Mexico crackdown Monday, June 10th, 2019

By SONIA PEREZ D., SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) — A near-death experience in the Arizona desert a year ago won’t deter Francisco Pérez from another attempt to migrate to the U.S., nor will an increased police presence in southern Mexico. The 23-year-old Guatemalan teacher and auto mechanic..

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Mexico-US tariff deal: Questions, concerns for migration Saturday, June 8th, 2019

By PETER ORSI and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Washington and Mexico City both took victory laps Saturday over a deal that headed off threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, it remained to be seen how effective it may be and migration experts raised concerns over what it could mean..

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Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs Friday, June 7th, 2019

By JILL COLVIN, MATTHEW LEE and LUIS ALONSO LUGO, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country “has agreed to take strong measures” to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. “I am..

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US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children Thursday, June 6th, 2019

By GARANCE BURKE, TEXAS, (AP): The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new emergency facility..

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Trump digs in on Mexican import tariffs despite uproar Saturday, June 1st, 2019

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite pushback from U.S. business, Mexico and Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is doubling down on his threat to slap a 5% tariff on Mexican imports unless America’s southern neighbor cracks down on Central American migrants trying to..

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Trump announces new Mexican tariffs in response to migrants Thursday, May 30th, 2019

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could compromise a major trade deal, President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the..

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Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean

VALLETTA, (AFP):  The Italian navy rescued 100 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 178 others were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Malta, officials said. Meanwhile, 149 migrants from East Africa, including 65 minors and 13 babies under one, were airlifted from..

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Immigration largely absent from Democrats’ 2020 policy blitz Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By WILL WEISSERT, WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights . Largely..

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