Jul 23, 2014

Fracking Fights Loom Large in Mexico

FSN News: Mexico is emerging as the next big battleground in conflicts over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the method of extracting natural gas is commonly known.

While Mexican lawmakers consider regulatory legislation to put into practice the 2013 energy reform that opened up their county’s oil and gas reserves to private investors,  anti-fracking forces are mobilizing for a moratorium or an outright ban of the controversial practice from the Mexican Congress.  Read more. 

Jul 22, 2014

The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster

Vox: Congress and the Obama administration are scrambling to respond to the humanitarian crisis of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children who've crossed the border into the US this year.

One policy change that Republicans are expected to demand (in order to give the Obama administration the $3.7 billion in emergency funding it's asked for) has actually gotten the support of members of Congress from both parties, and encouraging hints from the White House. That change: updating a 2008 law so that Central American children could be returned to their home countries as quickly as Mexican children are today. Read more. 

Jul 21, 2014

Housing migrant kids splits small Michigan town

Detroit News: When people opposed to housing young Central American immigrants here claimed the youths worked for drug cartels, Adam Barden was frustrated.

When the opponents attended demonstrations armed with semi-automatic rifles, he was perplexed.

And when they threatened to boycott his hardware store for not agreeing with them, he got angry.

“They’re doing damage to our community,” said Barden, 38, owner of True Value. “It really ticks you off.” Read More. 

Jul 19, 2014

Mexico’s Health Care Professionals Rise Up

Frontera NorteSur: A new social movement erupting in Mexico this summer is exposing the long-running deficiencies in the nation’s public health care system.

Led by #YoSoy17 and #YoSoy Medico 17, the movement began as a reaction to legal charges filed against 16 Guadalajara doctors for alleged medical negligence in the death of a 15-year-old patient, Roberto Gallardo, who was treated at a Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) hospital during 2009-2010.

Jul 18, 2014

Mexico overtakes Brazil as top car manufacturer in Latin America

El País: Asian and European car brands are investing heavily in Mexican-based assembly plants, catapulting the country’s auto industry to unknown heights.

A few days ago, Mexico became Latin America’s leading car maker, ahead of Brazil. In the first half of 2014, the country’s plants produced1.59 million automobiles, a 7.4-percent rise from the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, Brazil’s production in the first six months of this year fell back to 1.57 million units. Read more. 

Jul 11, 2014

Immigrants Who Speak Indigenous Languages Encounter Isolation

NYTimes: Laura is a Mexican immigrant who lives in East Harlem, a neighborhood with one of the largest Latino populations in New York City. Yet she understands so little of what others are saying around her that she might just as well be living in Siberia.

Laura, 27, speaks Mixtec, a language indigenous to Mexico. But she knows little Spanish and no English. She is so scared of getting lost on the subway and not being able to find her way home that she tends to spend her days within walking distance of her apartment. Read more. 

Kids First: A Response to the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis (Congressional Progressive Caucus)

Congressional Progressive Caucus: The United States and the international community have long recognized the unique needs of children seeking asylum. As an extremely vulnerable population, unaccompanied migrant children need special care and protection. We must not allow politics to jeopardize any child’s safety and we should immediately reject attempts to solve the migration crisis on our southern border by circumventing due process or rule of law. Calls for expediting removal of children without due process, back to the violence they have escaped, is an attempt to simplify a complex situation and it is a derelict of U.S. responsibility under international standards. When examining the reasons for migration, the United  Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) found nearly 60 percent of children had fled violence and were in need of international protection. Only two of 404 children interviewed reported that they had traveled to the U.S. because of rumors of potential immigration reform.

 An effective response must recognize that this is largely a refugee crisis and must place the best interest of the children first. Abrogation or repeal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act,
including the protections to children arriving from non-contiguous countries, will do nothing to alleviate the situation and could place children in harm’s way. Read more.