Jan 20, 2020

Mexico blocks thousands of migrants seeking path to U.S. from entry

Central American migrants headed to the US remain at the international bridge that connects Tecum Uman, Guatemala, with Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on January 20, 2020. Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Three thousand Central-American migrants on their way to the United States were again blocked from entering Mexico on Monday, AP reports.

Driving the news: Mexican troops had scuffled with and locked out hundreds of migrants from entry to Mexico on Saturday. Mexico's increased efforts to block migration north are boosted by President Trump's threat of sanctions if further groups reach the U.S.

  • Migrants traveling in two large caravans reached the U.S. in 2018 and early 2019. Mexico warded off another in April 2019.

But, but, but... Mexican authorities sought a solution this weekend by inviting migrants to stay in Mexico, but details on employment were thin and many feared deportation. More than 1,000 opted to try Mexico and were escorted into the country.

  • AP notes: "It was unclear what sort of work Mexico had in mind for the migrants, considering that half the Mexican population is poor and millions are unemployed."

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Mexico’s unorthodox, left-wing president has made investors a fortune

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Under socialist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, referred to as the "Bernie Sanders" of Mexico during his campaign, the country's assets have been "a virtual cash register" for investors.

State of play: While many have been skittish about embracing the controversial and unorthodox new president, during his tenure AMLO has made it rain on financial markets, boosting bond prices and pumping the value of the Mexican peso.

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The Trump administration is expected to roll out an immigration rule that would target pregnant women in an attempt to cut down on “birth tourism” this week. Dan and Axios reporter Stef Kight discuss how a rule like this might be implemented and the legal challenges ahead.

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New Trump administration rule disallows use of visitor visas for "birth tourism"

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A new Trump administration regulation that will make it harder for some pregnant women to receive tourist visas, first reported by Axios, is now in the Federal Register and will go into effect on Friday.

Why it matters: It is one of the first efforts by the Trump administration to chip away at the ability of foreigners to take advantage of birthright citizenship.

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