Migration News: October 12-18, 2013

  • Mexico’s national migration authorities (INM) announced they have identified through their investigations 57 companies that have sought illegal documentation for foreigners who were then forced into labor and/or sexual exploitation. (Vanguardia)
  • Pedro Pantoja Arreola, a priest and advisor for the Migrant Shelter in the state of Saltillo (Casa de Migrante del Saltillo), stated that the train derailment of “the Beast” last month should serve as a call for the Mexican government to permit free transit for Central Americans traveling north through Mexico to the U.S. border. (Zócalo Saltillo)
  • El Salvador’s consul in Mexico, Alfredo Díaz Barrerá, criticized Mexico’s immigration policies and the treatment of Central American migrants as criminals in Mexico. (
  • President Obama said during an interview with Univisión that he will pressure the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform as soon as they resolve the budges crisis.  (Univisión)
  • Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade, responded to organizations that have criticized the Mexican government of apathy in the debate over immigration reform in the U.S., declaring that the Mexican consulates will be prepared if the immigration reform bill passes. (El Diario)
  • The director of Amnesty International in Mexico criticized the Mexican government of failing in its duty to protect, respect, and guarantee the human rights of migrants, notably those in transit through Mexico. (WRadio)
  • Milenio reported that immigration experts have indicated that the migrant community in the U.S. has suffered from delays in the processing of social security cards and work permits as a result of the government shutdown while the arrests and deportations of immigrants continued. (El Milenio)
  • The Washington Post reported that Homeland Security (DHS) officials have jailed a record number of immigrants in the past five years, driven by the congressional directive known as the “bed mandate” requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep a average of 34,000 detainees per day in its custody. (The Washington Post).
  • The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) published a photo essay on the bi-national march that took place along both sides of the border marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, killed by U.S. Border Patrol on October 10, 2012. (NACLA blog)
  • Inter-Press Services (IPS) reported that the government shutdown led to delays in the processing of visas and green cards in the U.S., causing significant challenges, especially for asylum seekers. (IPS)

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