Tijuana officials move against yellow taxis at border
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE — The sea of clamoring yellow taxis that has long been a fixture at Tijuana’s pedestrian border entrance was gone on Sunday morning – only two or three cabs lined up, waiting politely for customers as police officers stood vigil. If Tijuana City Hall has its way, the cabs will soon be gone altogether, their permits revoked following an escalating series of attacks by yellow cab members on their competitors – a shuttle company known as Ticketon and Uber drivers – and the people who choose their services.
19 killed in clashes near city of Mazatlan, Mexico
LOS ANGELES TIMES — Mexican authorities said Saturday that at least 19 people died in clashes involving armed men and security forces in the gang-ridden northwestern state of Sinaloa, where homicides have increased considerably after the capture and extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The violence began with a shooting Friday that killed two men near a department store in the town of Villa Union, about 15 miles southeast of the beach resort of Mazatlan.
Will wall in Congress stop Trump’s border wall?
CNN POLITICS — Building a border wall remains a stated top priority for President Donald Trump, but thus far he has precious little to show for it. That’s largely because when Congress appropriated money earlier this year to fund the government, opposition from Democrats and some Republicans alike left the administration empty handed in terms of funding any new construction.
Government’s Support Trump’s Aim to Block Central American Migrants
INTER PRESS SERVICE — Trying to make it into the United States as an undocumented migrant is not such an attractive option anymore for Moris Peña, a Salvadoran who was deported from that country in 2014.“The situation in the United States is getting more and more difficult,” the 39-year-old construction worker from Chalchuapa, a city in the west of El Salvador, told IPS.Peña went to the United States in 2004, and worked for years in Rockville, Maryland on the east coast, in construction and remodeling.
‘Inside Texas Politics,’ 7/2/17
STAR-TELEGRAM — For the second time since President Donald Trump took office, the Republicans’ repeal of Obamacare is in doubt. Last week, the U.S. Senate delayed a vote because it was unable to get enough conservatives to support it.
A conservative California minister supported Trump. Now, he’s getting deported.
STAR-TELEGRAM — Jorge Ramirez, an Oceanside, Calif., minister and immigrant who is in the country illegally, didn’t think he would end up in line for deportation when he encouraged his U.S. citizen daughter to vote for now-President Trump. In an interview at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, Ramirez — who said he holds conservative religious beliefs and considers himself a Republican — explained that Border Patrol agents picked him up after staking out his house early one May morning.
Trump Fuels Texas and California Feud
POLITICO — California and Texas are at war, and Donald Trump is one of the reasons why. Trading broadsides on everything from tax and climate policy to a California ban on state-sponsored travel to the Lone Star State, the two poles of American politics have in recent days revived a feud that lay dormant since Texas’ former California-baiting governor, Rick Perry, left the statehouse in 2015.
Texas Leads Charge to End Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants Who Arrived as Children
HIGH PLAINS PUBLIC RADIO — Texas and nine other conservative states are threatening to sue the Trump administration unless the White House stops offering deportation relief and work permits to so-called “DREAMers.” The term refers to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. at a young age. The Obama administration attested that, since these immigrants arrived in the country as children, they should not be punished in the same way as those who arrived as adults.
Keep Spirit of ‘Dreamers’ Program
DENTON RECORD-CHRONICLE — Here’s a bit of news that might surprise you: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is tougher on undocumented immigrants than President Donald Trump. When it comes to the children of undocumented immigrants, it seems Trump has a heart. Paxton, the state government’s top lawyer, and officials from nine other states are pressuring the Trump administration to end an Obama-era program that allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without fear of being deported.
Sanctuary for the Law Abiding
THE WASHINGTON TIMES — Anniversaries can be an occasion for remembrance and celebration, but some recall only pain and regrets. Saturday marked two years since Kate Steinle was slain on a stroll with her father on the San Francisco waterfront by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. This is an anniversary marked by the passage, in the U.S. House of Representatives, of legislation called Kate’s Law, to prevent such tragedies.
Digital Power Reaching from Texas and UK
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Experts: Mexico opposition party targeted by spyware
THE WASHINGTON POST — Mexico’s scandal of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders widened Thursday, with experts confirming that leading members of a main opposition party were also targeted by Israeli-made spyware sold exclusively to governments. The conservative National Action Party, or PAN, had asked internet watchdog Citizen Lab to investigate suspicious messages after the University of Toronto-based cyber-sleuths exposed the scandal last week.
Mexico sugar deal threatens to drive up prices for last U.S. candy cane manufacturer
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS — For the last U.S.-based manufacturer of the red and white striped candy cane that is a ubiquitous North American holiday season treat, the sugar supply deal struck between Mexico and Washington is anything but sweet. The competitors of Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. have, over the years, moved their plants south to Mexico and beyond to gain unfettered access to the cheaper sugar supplies there. That was part of a shift in manufacturing out of the United States that President Donald Trump has vowed to reverse.
Is President Trump’s agenda in jeopardy after healthcare delay?
WFAA — With the second attempt to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act delayed and in jeopardy, it now raises question about whether President Trump can accomplish any of his agenda before the 2018 mid-term elections. In an appearance on WFAA-TV’s Inside Texas Politics this morning, U.S. Rep. Dr. Michael C. Burgess, R-Denton County and the longest serving medical doctor in Congress, was asked whether the president’s attempt at tax reform or any other legislative overhaul is now in doubt.
Latin America Lacks Clear Policies to Tackle Human Trafficking
INTER PRESS SERVICE — Each year, some three million undocumented immigrants enter the United States, half of them with the help of traffickers, as part of a nearly seven-billion- dollar business, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although Mexico is still the main source of migrants to the United States, a rise in the flow of migrants from Central America and South America has been seen in the last few decades, and more recently from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Three-quarters of these new migrants cross Mexico and many of them are victims of criminal networks.