Migration News – August 19-23, 2013

  • The prominent  human rights organization the Permanent People’s Tribunal  (Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos – TPP) gave statements this week in Mexico City reporting that the public policies in Mexico that have been promoted by the United States have resulted in more than 100 thousand migrants kidnapped, abused and extorted since 2007, as well as more than 70 thousand migrants disappeared. (El Sol de Mexico and Imagen del Golfo)
  • The Mexican news outlet El Norte reported that the San Luis Potosí State Access to Information Commission (La Comisión Estatal de Garantía y Acceso a la Información Pública de San Luis Potosí) has been slow in responding to requests for information and the State’s accounting office (Contraloría General del Estado) has similarly demonstrated opacity in their efforts to release official information.  (El Norte)
  • The International Congress on Migration (Congreso Internacional de Migración) announced its plans to establish a headquarters in Chiapas, Mexico. In order to general proposals and alternative approaches to migration in the Americas, NGO’s and academics also announced the fourth conference on international migration (Cuarto Coloquio de Migración Internacional) to be held the 13-15 of November in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. ( )
  • Senators from Mexico’s National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional – PAN) and the Revolutionary Democratic Party (Partido de la Revolución Democrática – PRD) rejected a constitutional reform proposed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional – PRI) which many argue will roll-back the advances made in the recent years in the areas of anti-corruption and transparency. The new law has also raised concerns that it will weaken Mexico’s Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI). (
  • The New York Times reported on large-scale raids carried out by federal authorities leading to the detention of over 200 people, mostly undocumented persons, in Arizona. (The New York Times)
  • Alabama news outlets reported that activists in Alabama gathered on the morning of August 20, 2013 for the first in a series of meetings to discuss immigration issues sponsored by the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. (
  • The New York Times published an opinion piece about widespread and growing challenges to federal and state immigration policing policies, including states that are directly challenging the reach of ICE (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency). (New York Times Op Ed)
  • The Atlantic reported that groups that support immigration reformer have been more successful than groups that oppose reform in bringing out grassroots support for their respective causes during the month of August, a critical point in the national immigration debate. The Atlantic noted that Anti-reform groups appear to be canceling events for lack of participation. (The Atlantic)

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