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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...
Missing teacher found shot to death on dirt road, Mexican officials say

Missing teacher found shot to death on dirt road, Mexican officials say

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A North Carolina teacher who disappeared in Mexico last month has been found shot to death on a dirt road, according to Mexican officials. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, never returned after leaving his hotel in Urique, a municipality in Mexico's northwestern state of Chihuahua, on Oct. 28, the hotel owner told his parents, according to a Facebook post his father wrote on an alumni page for Braxton-Andrew's alma mater, Davidson College. Braxton-Andrew's body was found about a mile away from the road leading to the village of Guapalayna to Las Lajas in Urique, according to a press release by the Chihuahua state government. The area had already been searched, so officials believe his body was placed there. His body had traces of reddish dirt and pine leaves, but had been placed on a stony ...
Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

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Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Mexican federal court has freed former teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo of embezzlement charges that put her in prison for five years without a trial. Gordillo was arrested the day after an anti-union education reform law was signed in 2013, accused of organized crime and embezzling millions in union funds to pay for personal expenses. She denied the charges and said her arrest was politically motivated because of her opposition to the education reform, which she said was designed to disrupt the union's control of hiring and school administration. Gordillo, then the leader of the Mexican National Educational Workers Union, remained in prison for five years awaiting trial -- until the federal court ruled this week there are insufficient grounds to proceed in her...