Migration News: September 21–27, 2013

  • Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced that their investigations have implicated government authorities from the immigration agency (INM) in acting as accomplices to criminal groups involved in human trafficking and other abuses in Mexico. (Vanguardia)
  • Bloomberg news reported on the mandate by U.S. Congress to ensure jail beds for 34,000 immigrants in detention and the companies that are profiting from the privatization of immigrant detention centers. (Bloomberg)
  • The Republic published an editorial on migrant deaths in Arizona and the consequences of the current U.S. border policies. (The Republic)
  • New America Media published a story on young activists who infiltrate immigrant detention centers to document poor conditions and monitor abuses from within. (New America Media)
  • The Secretary of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Emilio Álvarez Icaza reported that the Commission has prepared a report on migrant abuses in Mexico that it is preparing to release before the end of the year. (Radio Formula)
  • Mexico’s immigration authorities (INM) reported that they intercepted 27 undocumented immigrants and rescued a young girl from human traffickers in the southern state of Chiapas. (AFP, via Terra)
  • Mexican authorities reported they dismantled a criminal group that had been targeting migrants for extortion and operating in Mexico’s southeast border region. (EFE, via Terra)
  • El Universal published an article “Their dream: to arrive to the U.S. at any cost,” on the reasons why Central Americans continue to migrate north and the grave dangers they face in Mexico. (El Universal)
  • Mexico’s Secretary of the National Defense Commission in Congress reported that in the past 3 years Mexico has repatriated 239,252 migrants, 92 percent of whom have been from Central America. (El Occidental)

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