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Migration News – August 26-30, 2013

  • Mexico’s Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI) ordered the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to reverse its classification of records related to the Tamaulipas massacre, and disclose a public version of the documents on the repatriation of the remains of the migrants killed at San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in August of 2010. (Últimas Noticias)
  • Mexico’s National Institute for Migration (INM) announced Tuesday that in coordination with the Federal Police, it would repatriate the remains of the six Hondurans who were killed on Sunday August 25 when the train known as the ‘Beast” (La Bestia) derailed in Huimanguillo, in the state of Tabasco. (Tabasco Hoy)
  • A congressional representative in Mexico’s Justice Commission (Comisión de Justicia del Congreso), Olga Lidia Robles Arévalo, expressed concern over the inability of the Institute for Migration (INM) to secure the passage of Central American migrants who are vulnerable to kidnapping, extortion, death and other types of abuses. (Imagen del Golfo).
  • The U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, expressed her condolences to the family members of the Hondurans who lost their lives in Mexico after the derailment of the cargo train known as the “Beast.” (Proceso Digital)
  • The Honduran Consul in Mexico reported that the flow of migrants from Central America to Mexico has doubled in the last year. (SIPSE.com)
  • Argentine forensic anthropologists took blood samples from family members in Mexico of disappeared migrants in order to compare the samples with the remains of in morgues in the United States and in Mexico. (LaPrensa.hn)
  • Documentary film maker Javier García gave an interview reporting that Mexican migration officials as well as infiltrators and spies provide information on migrants traveling in Mexico to organized gangs that use the information for kidnappings and extortion. (Terra México)
  • U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake held a “conversation on immigration event” in Arizona where they pushed for the House of Representatives to approve the bill on immigration reform that has already passed through the Senate. (AP)
  • Immigration reform supporters in the U.S. participated in the events commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the 1963 march and speech by MLK Jr., emphasizing the link between immigration rights and the civil rights movement. (NBC Politics)
  • An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official warned against Seattle’s proposed ordinance that would allow the county law enforcement to oppose federal migrant detention guidelines (The Seattle Times)
  • The Atlantic reports that prison industry profits have doubled as a result of the increased government spending on detentions of undocumented immigrants in privately run detention centers. (The Atlantic)

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