Some asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico help each other

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico (AP) — A small group of asylum seekers sit under a canopy on the side of a road leading into the United States, chatting to pass the time as a blazing desert sun pushes the heat into triple digits and fumes roll in from dozens of cars lined up to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Coming from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and many other countries, they’re waiting in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to seek asylum at the official border crossing just south of San Luis, Arizona.

Trump’s new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands.

The policy went into effect Tuesday but drew two swift lawsuits from immigrant advocacy groups in federal courts, one in San Francisco and one in Washington, D.C.

EU to offer 7 mln euros to Central America development plan: Mexican FM

MEXICO CITY, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) will contribute 7 million euros (7.9 million U.S. dollars) to Mexico's development plan to curb migration, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The bloc is expected to get more involved in the Comprehensive Development Program for Central America promoted by Mexico, said Klaus Rudischhauser, head of the EU delegation to Mexico, adding that the money is a short-term contribution.

Mexico struggles to understand, solve, seaweed invasion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has spent $17 million to remove over a half-million tons of sargassum seaweed from its Caribbean beaches, and the problem doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon, experts told an international conference Thursday.

The floating mats of algae seldom reached the famed beaches around Cancun until 2011, but they’re now severely affecting tourism, with visitors often facing stinking mounds of rotting seaweed at the waterline.

Migrants face violence as US makes them wait in Mexico

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Roberto Escalona Moreno says he witnessed a double murder on the street last week near the hostel where is staying. The Cuban immigrant has been assaulted, and his friends have been shaken down by police, he says.

Moreno, 22, is among more than 30,000 migrants who are pressing for asylum in the U.S. but are stuck in Mexico’s drug- and gang-infested border cities under Trump administration policies intended to stem the flow. They say the months of waiting are increasingly putting them in harm’s way.

Mexico stages raid on train, detains dozens of migrants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 100 Mexican soldiers and immigration agents raided a freight train in the southern state of Chiapas on Thursday and detained dozens of Central American migrants riding atop the cars.

Such raids had been rare since the last crackdown on migrants in 2014. But under increasing U.S. pressure to reduce the flow of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans through Mexican territory, Mexico’s government has stepped up enforcement.

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

27 June 2019; AFP: A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery.

A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders and cutting up the body of one of two fallen foes.

Mexican volcano spews ash columns in various explosions

MEXICO CITY, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The Popocatepetl volcano outside Mexico's capital has spewed ash columns up to eight km high during a series of discharges on Monday, the National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) reported.

The first explosion occurred at 6:44 a.m. local time (1144 GMT) and sent a column of ash between four and five km into the air, which caused ash to fall in five localities surrounding the volcano in the central states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla.

Mexico migration chief resigns, prisons director tapped

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s immigration chief resigned Friday and the country’s prisons director was swiftly nominated to replace him, as the country embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration through its territory in response to U.S. pressure.

The National Immigration Institute said in a brief statement that Tonatiuh Guillén thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the opportunity to serve the country, but it did not give a reason for why he presented his resignation.

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