Migration News – August 12-16, 2013

[Compiled by Jesse Franzblau]

  • El Universal reported on the detention of ten Central American migrants and one suspected human trafficker of Mexican origin in the southern state of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border. The migrants and suspected trafficker were taken into custody by the National Migration Institute and agents from the Federal Preventive Police. (El Universal)
  • U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) pushed for immigration reform and called for House Republicans to move forward on legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (The Southern Illinoisan)
  • The Center for American Progress released a report, “The Facts on Immigration Today,” including information about the U.S. immigrant population and immigration reform in the country. (Center for American Progress)
  • A caravan of labor, religious and immigration rights groups gathered in Los Angeles to start a state-wide demonstration in support of the Senate immigration reform bill. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Mexico’s National Migration Institute rescued six migrants who had been walking for ten days without water in the northern state of Coahuila. The rescue was carried out by INM’s Grupo Beta, which was created to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in Mexico. (Azteca Noticias)
  • Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora, discussed border security, the position of the Mexican government in the U.S. immigration debate, and other issues. (Diario La Estrella)
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center’s immigration task force published recommendations for the reform of U.S. immigration laws and called on Congress to engage in “respectful dialogue” to “find common ground”. (New York Times)
  • One year after the Obama administration signed into action the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ABC News reported that 400,000 young DREAMers have been granted deportation relief from the U.S. (ABC News)
  • Mexican lawmakers discussed measures needed to combat abuses against migrants crossing in Mexico’s territory. Read the article: “Violencia contra migrantes atrapa atención en la interparlamentaria” (Notimex, via El Extra)

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