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African, Haitian migrants stranded in Mexican border city build shantytown

African, Haitian migrants stranded in Mexican border city build shantytown

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TAPACHULA, Mexico, May 14 (UPI) -- African and Haitian migrants stranded for two months in southern Mexico during an immigration crackdown begun by the United States are living in a roadside shantytown whose squalid conditions endanger health and hurt nearby small businesses, residents and local migrant aid organizations say. "I've never seen it like this and I've lived here 30 years. My business is suffering," said Narciso Lopez Flores, a convenience store owner. "Piles of trash are everywhere and people are defecating near to where they have to sleep. I'm worried about everybody's health, my family's and theirs." Mexico's crackdown on undocumented migrants trying to reach the U.S.-Mexico border has gone into high gear. Rigorous immigration in southern Mexico is one of the government's r...
Desperate Cuban migrants await Mexican exit visas to travel to U.S. border

Desperate Cuban migrants await Mexican exit visas to travel to U.S. border

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TAPACHULA, Mexico, May 6 (UPI) -- Thousands of anxious, undocumented Cuban migrants lined up Monday outside an immigration office in Tapachula, Mexico, expecting finally to be allowed to apply for exit visas to travel to the U.S. border. Many had been waiting since the office was closed two months ago after a protest by Cuban migrants damaged the facility. Without an exit visa, the migrants could not legally leave the city. "The moment we heard the government was about to reopen this office my wife and I came here to get a place in the line to apply for an exit visa," David Sandino, 28, a migrant from Havana, said Sunday afternoon. "Without the exit visa, Mexico can deport us. Deportation is the worst thing that could happen to us," Sandino said. He and his wife have been waiting in Tap...
New U.S. humanitarian aid reaches Venezuela border

New U.S. humanitarian aid reaches Venezuela border

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March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. humanitarian aid for Venezuelans arrived in Cucuta, Colombia, the latest batch of supplies stockpiled at Venezuela's border amid a blockade led by the country's President Nicolas Maduro. A military cargo C-130 landed in Cucuta on Thursday loaded with medical gloves, medical bathrobes, masks and cleaning goods. The U.S. shipment left Florida and arrived to Cucuta in the afternoon, National Assembly member Jose Manuel Olivares told El Nacional newspaper. Hundreds of tons of aid had accumulated in areas along Venezuela's borders with Colombia and Brazil ahead of Feb. 23, when Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaido planned to introduce aid into Venezuela despite opposition from Maduro. That day, the little humanitarian aid that made it into Venezuela was burned...
Venezuela crisis: Deadly border clashes as Maduro blocks aid

Venezuela crisis: Deadly border clashes as Maduro blocks aid

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Deadly clashes broke out in Venezuelan border towns on Saturday, as President Nicolás Maduro blocked humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia and Brazil.Troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who attempted to collect and transport the supplies.A number of people were shot with live ammunition, human rights groups say. At least two people were killed.The opposition wants the aid to go to people hit by the economic crisis, but Mr Maduro sees it as a security threat.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the attacks on civilians, which he blamed on "Maduro's thugs". "Our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have died due to these criminal acts. We join their demand for justice," he said in ...