Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor were married Nov. 26 in New York. Diego Gómez Pickering, consul general of Mexico, officiated at his residence on the Upper East Side before about 25 family members and friends. The marriage is the first same-sex marriage outside Mexico under Mexican law, a milestone in marriage equality for L.G.B.T. Mexican immigrants living in New York and elsewhere, according to the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. Mr. Berezowsky (left), 32, is a human rights specialist and communications strategist at Shift, an organization in New York that seeks to resolve business and human rights issues. He graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia. He is a son of Veronica Ramirez and Dr. Alejandro Berezowsky of Vancouver, British Columbia. His mother, who specialized in thanatology, retired as a therapist in private practice in Vancouver. His father … [Read more...] about A Same-Sex Marriage Under Mexican Law, but Outside Mexico
MEXICO CITY — His mother was grievously ill, nearing death. So Jesús Vicuña, 17, made a deal with the heavens. In his prayers for her recovery, he vowed to make a certain painful sacrifice in exchange. Which is how he found himself the other day walking on his knees, under the weight of a heavy backpack, along a crowded sidewalk in Mexico City. He winced with each step, and every few paces he fell onto his arms with a groan, seeking a moment of relief that never came. But more than 20 blocks after he began this ordeal — the last stage of a three-day journey — he knee-shuffled the last few yards into the New Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico’s most important shrine, and collapsed face down on the cool stone floor, gasping for air. Mr. Vicuña had reached his goal. “It was a promise,” he said, a little delirious from emotion and fatigue. Mr. Vicuña’s trial came as part of an enormous annual pilgrimage to honor the Virgin of … [Read more...] about Virgin of Guadalupe Is ‘No. 1 Mother’ in Mexico, a Binding Force Across Divides
MEXICO CITY — In barely three weeks in office, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has been on a relentless gallop to upset the status quo. He has championed a new law to cut the highest government salaries and raise the lowest ones, and proposed the expansion of social programs benefiting the poor and marginalized, whom he has declared to be his primary concern. He has aggressively moved forward on a plan to cancel construction of an expensive, partially completed airport. And in a move replete with symbolism, on the day of his inauguration, he turned the official presidential residence into a cultural center and opened it to the public — producing images of ordinary people, once sealed off from the site by a fierce perimeter of security, freely wandering its grounds in amazement and joy. As a candidate, Mr. López Obrador promised a revolution. If elected, he vowed, he would curb corruption, end impunity, strengthen the economy, pacify the … [Read more...] about Mexico’s New President Promised a Revolution. Has It Begun?
CANCÚN, Mexico — The Trump administration announced a new migration policy Thursday that will require asylum seekers who cross the Mexican border illegally to return to Mexico while their cases are decided. The United States has been trying for months to get Mexico’s leaders to agree to house those migrants, and on Thursday Mexico’s new government reluctantly agreed. The American secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, said the move would prevent people from using the asylum process as a way of slipping into the United States and remaining in the country illegally. “Today we are announcing historic measures to bring the illegal immigration crisis under control,” she said. “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates.” In a statement, she said, “‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with … [Read more...] about U.S. Will Send Migrants Back to Mexico as They Wait on Asylum Claims
During his campaign, President Trump captured the imagination of his supporters with the promise of a 1,000-mile-long wall on the border with Mexico. Though construction of an actual wall has not begun, and funding for it has yet to be provided by Congress, the symbolism and reality of what it means has grown. In many ways, a wall already exists and it takes many forms. Since March, when Mr. Trump visited San Diego to view prototypes of the wall, New York Times photojournalists have traveled to the border to document the struggle of migrants trying to reach the United States and the efforts of the authorities to stop them. We asked six of those photojournalists — Mauricio Lima, Todd Heisler, Meghan Dhaliwal, Tamir Kalifa, Lynsey Addario and Victor J. Blue — to write about their experiences at the border and what the notion of a border wall means to them. ByMauricio Lima Orange bracelets worn as identification. An asylum seeker grasping a number on a tiny piece … [Read more...] about Beyond the Wall at Mexico’s Border: Six Photojournalists’ Perspectives