Image 1 of 2 ▼ President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, Friday, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he had 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. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the U.S. had pushed for. Continue Reading Below A "U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration" released by the State Department said the U.S. "will immediately expand the implementation" of a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Mexico will "offer jobs, healthcare and education" to those people, the agreement stated. Mexico has also agreed, it said, to take "unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular … [Read more...] about Trump says tariffs on Mexico suspended indefinitely
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Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish. Her father’s native language is the Mayan tongue known as Q’eqchi’. His second language is Spanish. It’s unclear whether something was lost in translation or whether it would have made a difference in saving Jakelin after the two were detained and underwent a health screening along a remote stretch of U.S.-Mexico border. But the case raises questions about the Border Patrol’s use of English-only forms. All agents are required to speak Spanish, and they receive formal Spanish training. … [Read more...] about Death of migrant girl Jakelin Caal highlights communication problems on the US-Mexico border
Federal immigration authorities dropped off two busloads of migrant families Thursday at a Hispanic church in South Phoenix as they have almost daily at churches around the Valley since October. But the release of migrant families at churches in the Phoenix area could soon come to an end under a new asylum policy announced Thursday by the Trump administration. Under the policy, undocumented immigrants who arrive at the southern border seeking asylum in the U.S. will have to return to Mexico and wait there until their cases are decided. The new policy is intended to stem the growing wave of migrants from Central American countries plagued by high rates of poverty and gang violence. The Trump administration argues that many of the migrants arriving at the border do not qualify for asylum but come anyway, knowing they will be released while their claims are pending. The asylum process can take years because of growing backlogs, which in turn induces more to … [Read more...] about Migrants say new policy keeping asylum-seekers in Mexico won’t stop more from coming
TUCSON — Mexican officials appeared divided Thursday on whether that nation would cooperate with a new U.S. policy to house asylum seekers in Mexico while their cases are adjudicated in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security directive, which is almost certain to face legal challenges, upends decades of U.S. policy. It also has raised serious concerns among Mexican government officials and migrant-aid groups at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexican border communities have struggled for years to accommodate rising numbers of mostly Central American migrants waiting to seek asylum under the U.S.' "metering" policy. That policy allows a handful of migrants to be processed each day while the remaining asylum seekers wait in Mexico, for weeks and sometimes months. Adding to concerns are the lack of infrastructure and a constant threat of violence against migrants at the border, especially along the … [Read more...] about Will Mexico allow asylum seekers to remain as U.S. reviews their cases?
The estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in the USA reached a 12-year low in 2016, continuing a decade-long decline in which that population fell from a high of 12.2 million in 2007 to 10.7 million in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday. Researchers from the Pew Research Center, which conducted the analysis, said economics played a major role in that fall. The Great Recession wiped out millions of jobs that attracted undocumented immigrants to the USA, while the Mexican economy steadily improved, giving Mexicans more reasons to stay in their country. Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew’s director of global migration and demography research, said the U.S. government’s ever-expanding security presence along the southwestern border – under Democratic and Republican administrations – deterred more immigrants from trying to cross illegally. Shifting demographics in Mexico have left fewer working-age males willing to make the dangerous trek. … [Read more...] about Number of undocumented immigrants in USA falls to 12-year low, researchers say