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  • New Mexican President To Create Border Force To Stop Illegal Immigrants, Drugs etc.

    I don't think I've posted this

    Borderland Beat is right, either the Cartels own him, or he's crazy thinking he doesn't need armed security. Also, Mexico already has gun control, they just can't enforce it..

    Lopez Obrador announced last week that he does not intend to use armed security for protection because he believes that the people will protect him. He also announced his desire to lower the violence in the cartel-laden nation by "legalizing drugs, instituting gun control, and reducing punishment for criminals."

    New Mexican President To Create Border Force To Stop Illegal Immigrants, Drugs From Central America

    Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will create a border force to stop illegal immigration and stem the tide of drugs and illegal guns pouring into Mexico from Central and South America.

    Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador's future chief of public security, said in an interview on Sunday that the law enforcement force will be large and will be part of an overall effort to transform the region out of a perpetual state of violence and poverty. Bloomberg reports:

    Lopez Obrador and the left-wing party he formed in 2014 won a landslide victory in last week’s election after voters disgusted with rising crime, corruption and poverty kicked the nation’s established parties out of power. AMLO, as he’s known, also got a boost from pledges to protect Mexicans against an immigrant crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump. Now he’ll be faced with the unenviable task of securing the nation’s own untamed southern border, while avoiding the hard-line tactics he has criticized Trump for.

    "We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized," Durazo told Bloomberg. "They need to apply the law."

    Bloomberg notes that Durazo's comments were specifically in reference to "stopping undocumented migrants and human traffickers from crossing into Mexico."

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  • #2
    The people doing the reporting for Borderland Beat are fantastic!!

    Ioan Grillo: Mexico's Own Refugee Surge

    By: Ioan Grillo
    Mexico’s Own Refugee Surge:

    Tapachula, Mexico: Yesica Cashpal had been celebrating Father's Day with her husband and two young children in their home in El Salvador when there was an ominous knock at the door from local gang members. Speaking to her husband, the gang members demanded they be able to utilize the house to stash drugs and weapons. When he refused, they became angry and said they would tell their boss and there would be consequences.

    Comparing U.S. Detention Policies to Other Countries:

    Cashpal, 24, knew the gang's threats were not idle; they had killed dozens in the area and three years ago murdered her very neighbor, leaving his body for hours in the sun while people were too scared to call the police. So the same night as the threat, the family abandoned their home and headed north with little more than the clothes they were wearing.
    "They kill children, women, older men, youths," Cashpal says, hugging her son and daughter outside a church shelter in this humid city in southern Mexico. "When they killed my neighbor it was traumatic … everybody was looking while there were flies around his body, dogs licking the blood."

    While many Salvadorans head to the United States, Cashpal has stayed here in Mexico, where she has begun the process of applying for refugee status. She says the family members had no money to travel further and are concerned about the reports of harsh treatment of refugees by U.S. authorities.

    Their application is one of a surging number in Mexico amid criminal violence and political turmoil in several countries across Latin America.
    In 2017, there were more than 14,000 refugee claims in Mexico, up from 2,000 in 2014, according to the United Nations refugee agency, or UNHCR. This year there will likely be more still, says a Mexican official who handles the requests and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    In fiscal year 2017, Mexico deported more than 94,000 Central Americans – even more than the 74,000 deported from the United States in the same time, according to figures from the Migration Policy Institute cited by the newspaper Reforma.


    U.S. courts deny the majority of asylum claims from Central Americans, rejecting 79 percent of those from El Salvador and 78 percent of those from Honduras between 2012 and 2017, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. In contrast, Mexico approved 64 percent of refugee claims from Salvadorans and 50 percent of those from Hondurans last year, according to the UNHCR.

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    • #3
      Mexico wrestles with rising tide of immigrant asylum requests even as the U.S. asks for more help stemming the flow north

      In 2016, Mexico deported nearly 151,000 Central Americans, up from 105,000 in 2014, thanks to more than $150 million in U.S. funding under the Obama administration that calls for Mexico to tighten its southern border by expanding manpower, checkpoints, installing communication towers, using fingerprinting and facial-scanning mechanisms to identify and detain crossers.

      Lopez Obrador has said he'd like to focus on getting to the root of the problem: In his first telephone conversation with Trump he proposed forming an economic alliance for progress with the U.S. to generate economic development throughout Mexico and Central America. Strong economies there would stem migration.

      After the meeting with Pompeo and the U.S. delegation on Friday, incoming Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Lopez Obrador and his transition team focused on four key bilateral issues: North American Free Trade Agreement, security, migration and economic development, he said, to deter illegal migration north from Mexico and Central America. He declined to provide details until President Trump gets a chance to study Lopez Obrador's plan.

      What's new is the number of those seeking asylum or refugee status in Mexico. Last year, Mexico received almost 15,000 new asylum applications, up from about 2,000 in 2014, said Silvia Garduño, a spokeswoman at UNHCR's office in Mexico City. For the first six months of the year, nearly 10,000 - the vast majority from Central America - have applied for asylum and the number is expected to grow to 20,000 by year's end, she said.

      "These figures reflect a new reality on the ground -- a clear indication that Mexico is no longer only a country of transit but also of destination for refugees," Garduño said. "This is a reality for everyone, from politicians to Mexicans in general, to understand."

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