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Mexico (News/Activism)

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  • Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall

    05/23/2017 10:46:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 94 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/23/2017 | By Julia Edwards Ainsley
    President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion, but the White House's budget proposal for 2018, released in full on Tuesday, included a request for just $1.6 billion. Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that full funding is not realistic given...
  • Was This Cal State LA Student Detained by Border Patrol Because of Her Activism? (Deport!)

    05/21/2017 6:11:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017 | Jenifer Van Laar
    Cal State Los Angeles student and "undocumented" immigrant Claudia Rueda, 22, got up Thursday morning to move her family's car (you don't want your car parked on the street on street cleaning day), and when she exited the car she was met by Border Patrol agents and detained . By Friday night, Rueda had been transferred to ICE custody for removal proceedings. That much of the story is not in dispute. Rueda's attorney and friends say the actions are retaliatory and that she was individually targeted Thursday because she's an activist for (illegal) immigrant rights. Rueda's mother was detained...
  • Trump’s Expansion of Mexico City Policy Is a Major Victory in Protecting Life

    05/20/2017 8:31:54 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 39 replies
    Dailty Signal ^ | 05/17/2017 | Rep. Chris Smith
    Someday, future generations of Americans will look back on us and wonder how and why such a rich and seemingly enlightened society, so blessed and endowed with the capacity to protect and enhance vulnerable human life, could have instead so aggressively promoted death to children by abortion—both here and overseas. They will note that we prided ourselves on our commitment to human rights, while precluding virtually all protection to the most persecuted minority in the world today—unborn children. And they will demand to know why dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing an infant with powerful suction devices, or chemically...
  • Border Patrol agents encounter a pickup truck smuggling illegal aliens

    05/14/2017 6:49:37 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tucson Sector, Border Patrol Public Affairs Office
    WILLCOX – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Willcox Station apprehended a male United States citizen for attempting to smuggle 10 Mexican nationals. Thursday afternoon an agent spotted two suspicious vehicles driving east on Apache Pass Road near Bowie. The agent followed one of the vehicles, a Chevy Silverado, to the parking lot of a convenience store. The agent consensually walked up to the vehicle and talked to the front passenger while the driver was in front of the truck. During the conversation, the agent determined the passenger was illegally present in the United States. The agent also observed four...
  • Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016

    05/11/2017 8:46:19 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/10/2017 | Elizabeth Roberts
    It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines. As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico's drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 -- second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.
  • Two GOP senators come out against Trump trade nominee

    05/11/2017 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/10/17 07:40 PM EDT | Sylvan Lane
    Two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they will oppose Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for United States Trade Representative, ahead of his likely confirmation this week. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) told Lighthizer in a letter released Wednesday that they’d vote against him because “your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole.” “We fear that you do not have an appreciation for the millions of jobs created by this free trade deal, and that...
  • TWILIGHT ZONE: Mexicans Are Upset About Immigrants Bringing Crime To Their City

    05/10/2017 9:06:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/10/17 | ALEX PFEIFFER
    Residents of a Mexican city are upset about immigrants causing crime, according to a Tuesday report from El Universal. The report said that there was a press conference was held in Tapachula by a leader of a local group called: “For a different Mexico.” The group’s president, Victorino Alvarez Fuentes, said that immigrants were also masturbating in public and sexually assaulting women and minors. Tapachula is near the Guatemalan border and besides immigrants from Central American countries, there has been a recent influx of African immigrants entering Mexico seeking to eventually get to the U.S. The El Universal story centered...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Spent Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars Sending Officials To Tolerance Seminar

    05/10/2017 10:07:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | May 10, 2017 | Jonah Bennet
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spent tens of thousands of dollars to send its officials to a “tolerance seminar” put on by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a group known for opposing immigration control efforts. Documents provided by ICE to the Immigration Reform Law Institute in response to a FOIA request indicate that several dozen ICE officials attended a Simon Wiesenthal Center seminar in Los Angeles. The documents state that the training cost about $1,500 for each official.
  • You're not going to believe how much illegal immigration has dropped since January 2017

    05/10/2017 9:55:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Rick Moran ^ | 05/10/2017
    According to figures released yesterday, the number of illegal aliens crossing the U.S. southwestern border has dropped by an astonishing 76% since President Trump took office.  More specifically, the number of minor children crossing the border with or without a parent has been cut even further. Washington Times: Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down a stunning 76 percent since President Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families dropping even faster as analysts say the administration's commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the border. Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just...
  • Mexico: 2016's second most lethal conflict

    05/09/2017 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 9, 2017
    The International Institute for Strategic Studies has published its annual Armed Conflict Survey, assessing the impact of wars around the world. It is no surprise that the highest level of deadly violence last year was in Syria. However, the second most lethal conflict was recorded in Mexico, where more than 20,000 people were killed in violence fuelled by the nations powerful drug cartels. How has the situation become quite so bad?
  • Dana Point bar sparks furor over 'green cards' and an inflatable wall for Cinco de Mayo

    05/07/2017 11:45:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 7, 2017 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Bar owner Paul Hennessey says he wanted to get people talking. To mark Cinco de Mayo, his Dana Point bar set up an inflatable wall for patrons to climb over — and handed out “green cards” that guaranteed one free drink to those who clambered to the top. Since then, Hennessey’s Tavern has gotten angry phone calls. Yelp reviewers have called the Cinco de Mayo event disgusting, tasteless and racist.
  • Mexican drug lord El Chapo will be tried in US in April 2018

    05/05/2017 7:01:32 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 13 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | May 5, 2017 2:30 pm | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday set an April 2018 trial date for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on charges he oversaw a multibillion-dollar international drug trafficking organization responsible for murders and kidnappings. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan first suggested during a pretrial hearing in Brooklyn that a trial could occur earlier next year, but he settled on April 16 after acknowledging the difficulty defense lawyers are having communicating with Guzman in a federal lockup in Manhattan where he is subjected to solitary confinement. Defense lawyers complained they are separated by glass or a screen...
  • U.S. coaxes Mexico into Trump plan to overhaul Central America

    05/04/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2017 | By Gabriel Stargardter
    The United States is plotting an ambitious attempt to shore up Central America, with the administration of President Donald Trump pressing Mexico to do more to stem the flow of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the region, U.S. and Mexican officials say. Kelly, who knows Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador well from his time as chief of the U.S. Southern Command, helped the administration of former President Barack Obama design his Alliance for Prosperity. That $750-million initiative sought to curtail Central American migration through development projects as well as law-and-order funding to crack down on the region's dominant gangs....
  • Authorities haven't found 'even $1' of El Chapo's reported $1bn drug fortune

    05/03/2017 11:56:01 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 37 replies
    “As of today, US authorities have not found not even one dollar of El Chapo’s assets,” Raul Cervantes told the broadcaster Televisa on Wednesday. “His money hasn’t been found because he didn’t use the financial system.”
  • Trump’s budget director unveils photos of what the border wall may look like (Wall is Being Built)

    05/02/2017 8:49:03 PM PDT · by dynoman · 254 replies
    Business Insider YouTube ^ | May 1, 2017 White House Press Briefing | Business Insider
    For any who wonder the wall is being built right now!
  • Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez

    05/02/2017 8:40:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 2, 2017 | mark stevenson
    One of the Sinaloa cartel leaders who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured Tuesday ... Damaso Lopez, known by the nickname "El Licenciado" — a title for college graduates. Lopez was long considered Guzman's right-hand man and helped him escape from a Mexican prison in 2001. Lopez, 51, is believed to have been locked in a dispute with Guzman's sons for control of the cartel's territories. The head of Mexico's federal detectives' agency, Omar Garcia Harfuch, said Lopez was "one of the main instigators of violence in Sinaloa...
  • Mexican Congress Approves Use of Medical Marijuana

    05/01/2017 10:30:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Mexico's Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday to legalize the use of marijuana and cannabis for medical and scientific needs, a step closer to outright legalization in a country long scarred by warring drug cartels. The bill sailed through the Senate in December and will now be sent to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it. "The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes," the Lower House said...
  • Unfinished cross-border tunnel uncovered in Naco

    05/01/2017 7:04:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 41 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Thurlow
    NACO – An incomplete cross-border tunnel was uncovered by a construction worker clearing old fencing near Naco. According to Christopher Sullivan, a public information officer and Border Patrol agent based out of the Tucson sector, the construction worker contacted Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents at the Brian A. Terry Station to report a “possible smuggling tunnel.” Following an investigation, agents discovered the unfinished tunnel. “The tunnel was approximately 15 feet deep and extended into the United States about four feet from the international boundary fence,” he said. “The tunnel has no ventilation or lighting.” The tunnel has already been filled...
  • Amid immigration setbacks, one Trump strategy seems to be working: Fear

    04/30/2017 5:42:09 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2017
    In many ways, President Trump’s attempts to implement his hard-line immigration policies have not gone very well in his first three months. His travel ban aimed at some Muslim-majority countries has been blocked by the courts, his U.S.-Mexico border wall has gone nowhere in Congress, and he has retreated, at least for now, on his vow to target illegal immigrants brought here as children. But one strategy that seems to be working well is fear. The number of migrants, legal and illegal, crossing into the United States has dropped markedly since Trump took office, while recent declines in the number...
  • Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

    04/28/2017 2:45:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 28, 2017 | By Alexandria Sage
    Tesla Inc is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings viewed by Reuters, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the upcoming Model 3. A recruiting poster published on LinkedIn by Tesla's senior technical recruiter, David Johnson, listed 15 types of engineers the company would be seeking at a May 5-8 recruiting event in Monterrey, Mexico. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its Mexico hiring plans.