Migration News: February 14-21, 2014

At a summit of North American leaders in Toluca, Mexico, Presidents Obama, Peña Nieto and Harper pledged to ease border restrictions in an effort to increase trade and economic activity. (Los Angeles Times)

Mexico’s attorney general said he is “profoundly concerned” about the shooting of a Mexican migrant earlier this week by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. (Washington Post)

Mexico’s Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights formally apologized to the people of Central America for the failure to guarantee safe passage to migrants traveling through Mexico. (Noticias MVS)

Commissioners from the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI) in Mexico asked the Mexican Senate to allow them to stay in their current posts following constitutional reforms modifying the institute’s roles and responsibilities. (IFAI)

IFAI later published a new regulation governing the implementation of constitutional reforms granting it institutional autonomy and significantly expanding the number of government and government-funded entities subject to its oversight. (El Universal)

Republican Senator Dean Heller (Nevada) told a town hall meeting that the U.S. House of Representatives would approve comprehensive immigration reform if it came up for a vote, implying that it is the House leadership that is holding up the legislation. (Washington Post)

Agents of Mexico’s National Migration Institute “rescued” 23 Central American migrants from human smugglers in in Mexicali, Baja California. (La Tribuna)

A group of Mexican civil society organizations submitted a formal assessment of the plight of migrants traveling through Mexico to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. (Proceso)

The Commission of Migratory Affairs in San Lorenzo, Mexico, issued a ruling to help protect the rights of unaccompanied minors in INM custody. (El Universal)

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