Migration News: January 24, 2014

The Mexican Congress approved a set of constitutional reforms on transparency requiring federal, state, municipal, judicial, and congressional officials, along with political parties and labor unions, to publish a full accounting of the public funds they receive. The reforms also give greater autonomy to the Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI) in settling disputes over transparency but also allows the executive branch to appeal IFAI’s decisions to the Supreme Court in cases impacting national security. (EFE, Excélsior)

The Mexican government announced the creation of a new “migration intelligence center” to prevent the passage of “troublesome people” (“personas conflictivas”) into México. (Excélsior)

Republican lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives say they are designing a plan to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2014 (Politico)

Meanwhile, a top House Republican said he backs some form of legal status for undocumented immigrants but not the so-called “path to citizenship” favored by Democratic legislators (The Hill)

Following harsh criticism from civil society groups, the Honduran Congress suspended the implementation of a strict new secrecy law permitting government agencies to impose secrecy restrictions unilaterally. (Freedominfo.orgIfex, Notimex)

Back in December, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) published the results of its investigation into the August 2010 massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, finding a number of deficiencies in terms of the way the case has been prosecuted, but refusing to determine whether or not the case constituted a grave violation of human rights. (El Universal, Fundación Para La Justicia)

The Washington Post reported on the U.S. ties of anti-narco citizen militias that have formed in the state of Michoacán. (Washington Post)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that it has dramatically increased the collection of data on travelers and cargo entering the U.S. (FCW)

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