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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...
Forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in Med

Forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in Med

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Special forces have seized a tanker after it was hijacked by migrants who had been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.Authorities in Italy and Malta said the migrants had taken control of the Libya-bound ship on Wednesday and forced the crew to sail towards Europe. It came after the Turkish oil tanker had rescued about 120 people, with Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini calling the hijacking "the first act of piracy on the high seas with migrants". Image: Several military personnel with weapons could be seen on board the tanker A Maltese special forces team boarded the El Hiblu 1 vessel and restored control to the captain as it headed towards the Italian island of Lampedusa and Malta.Several armed military personnel could be seen ...
More than 260 migrants died trying to cross the US southern border: Report

More than 260 migrants died trying to cross the US southern border: Report

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The recent death of a 7-year-old girl in U.S. government custody appears to have been one of four people who died this month trying to cross the Mexico border, and one of more than 260 this year, according to an unclassified government report obtained by ABC News. The report, marked “sensitive but unclassified,” had been updated on Friday, suggesting that Jakil Caal Maquin, 7, was counted among those four December deaths counted by border authorities. The figure represents migrant deaths recorded by border officials within their area of responsibility and is not exclusive to people in U.S. custody. For example, 50 deaths in 2018 are marked as “water-related,” presumably people who drowned trying to cross sections of the border marked by rivers. Another 27 dea...
Migrants nix offer to stay in Mexico, continue trek to US

Migrants nix offer to stay in Mexico, continue trek to US

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More than a hundred Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields abandoned a blockade they had formed on a bridge Saturday, allowing a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants to advance toward the United States. The officers ended the standoff after representatives from Mexico's National Human Rights Commission told police that a rural stretch of highway without shade, toilets or water was no place for migrants to entertain a government offer of asylum in Mexico, which is why police said they set up the blockade. Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the U.S. border despite fierce opposition from President Donald Trump. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program on Friday dubbed "You a...