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Migration News: January 25-31, 2014

President Obama today signaled that he might accept an immigration deal that did not include the path to citizenship called for in the bill approved by the U.S.Senate. (New York Times)

During their annual retreat, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives published a set of principles on their approach to immigration reform, declaring that, “There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws.” (Washington Post, Washington Post, AP)

According to Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), the National Migration Institute (INM) is one of the agencies facing the highest number of human rights complaints. Other agencies that made the list include the Prosecutor General, the Federal Police, and the Defense Ministry. (Cambio)

The president of Mexico’s Federal Institute of Access to Information (IFAI) said that reforms to the country’s transparency laws promulgated this week are as important as changes that lowered the minimum voting age to eighteen. With the new reforms, he said, “neither the Judicial Branch, nor political parties, nor states, nor municipalities escape [oversight]. All that utilize public funds have to report punctually [on the use of those funds].” (Excelsior)

The Mexican government reached an accord to legalize armed self-defense groups who formed last year to battle organized crime in the state of Michoacan. (Voz de América, CNN)

The Mexican military reportedly rescued 29 migrants kidnapped in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (Proceso (Honduras))

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) censored part of an internal report calling on U.S. Border Patrol agents to exercise restraint in confrontations with rock throwers at the U.S.-Mexico border (Migration Declassified, Washington Post)

A state senator from Arizona introduced a bill to install 300 cameras to monitor the state’s border with Mexico at a cost of $30 million. (ABC15)

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