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U.S. charges former Mexican police commander in El Chapo-linked cocaine investigation

U.S. charges former Mexican police commander in El Chapo-linked cocaine investigationU.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a former Mexican federal police commander with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Mexican drug cartels to help them send cocaine into the United States, in a case linked to imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.



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Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highway

Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highwayEight hundred Central American migrants were rounded up and hauled onto buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway. The migrants had stopped for the day at a shaded crossroads when hundreds of national guard troops advanced their lines to within 100 yards (meters) of the migrants. National guardsmen in riot gear advanced banging their plastic shields with batons and engaged the migrants.



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Mexican official eyes stronger ties with China after U.S. trade deal

Mexican official eyes stronger ties with China after U.S. trade dealMexico should move to deepen its economic ties with China after U.S. congressional approval of a new North American trade deal, a senior Mexican official said late on Saturday. Jesus Seade, the deputy foreign minister for North America and Mexico’s top trade negotiator, said that as the second year of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s six-year term got underway, boosting economic ties with China was vital.



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Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacre

Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacreMexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of U.S.-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday. Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on Nov. 4, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States. Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime.



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Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacre

Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacreMexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of U.S.-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday. Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on Nov. 4, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States. Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime.



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Mexican Nationals Now Comprise Majority of Asylum Seekers on Southern Border

Mexican Nationals Now Comprise Majority of Asylum Seekers on Southern BorderThe number of Mexican nationals seeking asylum in the U.S. has risen dramatically over the last year as the number of Central American asylum seekers has fallen as a result of Trump administration policies designed to stem the flow of migrants.A study released last month by researchers at the University of Texas and UC San Diego found that over half of all asylum seekers on the southern border are now Mexicans, predominantly coming from the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Veracruz.Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, many pointed to cartel violence as the primary reason to seek asylum. Others referenced the Central American caravans that made headlines for passing through Mexico on the way to the U.S. border.Since Mexicans are exempt from the “Remain in Mexico” policy that constrains the number of central American asylum seekers, U.S. authorities have adopted a policy known as "metering" which admits only a relatively small number of of Mexican asylum seekers each day. Last week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced that Mexican nationals seeking asylum in the United States could be moved to Guatemala rather than being allowed to wait in the United States for their asylum claims to be adjudicated.The White House has been locked in a ongoing court battle over policies to limit the amount of asylum seekers, including requiring that migrants first apply for refugee status in Mexico, or whatever country they enter after leaving home, before seeking asylum in the U.S. The remain in Mexico policy has also been met with legal challenges. The Ninth Circuit is currently hearing arguments regarding the constitutionality of the orders, after the Supreme Court ruled in September that the remain in Mexico policy can remain in effect as legal challenges progress.More than 300,000 Central Americans entered Mexico illegally last year, 80 percent of whom were headed for the U.S. border, according to Mexico’s interior minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero. The southern border has been overwhelmed this year with asylum applicants though numbers have waned in recent months following highs in the spring.Former acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan said in August that border crossings declined over the summer, with apprehensions dropping 43 percent since May, when arrests between ports of entry at the southern border increased for the fourth straight month to 132,887.



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U.S. considers sending Mexican migrants to Guatemala

U.S. considers sending Mexican migrants to GuatemalaThe Trump administration is weighing the possibility of sending Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala, which has seen hundreds of thousands of its own citizens trek north in the past year.



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Trump will ‘absolutely’ designate Mexican cartels like CJNG as terrorists. Will it help?

Trump will ‘absolutely’ designate Mexican cartels like CJNG as terrorists. Will it help?President Donald Trump will "absolutely" designate Mexican cartels as terrorists, which could fray already strained U.S.-Mexico relations.



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Iowa Woman Ran Down Teen With Car Because She Was ‘Mexican’: Police

Iowa Woman Ran Down Teen With Car Because She Was ‘Mexican’: PoliceAn Iowa woman has admitted to authorities that she intentionally hit a teenage girl with her car because she was “Mexican,” police said Friday.Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, was charged Thursday near Des Moines with attempted murder after allegedly running down a 14-year-old as she walked to Indian Hills Junior High School on Dec. 9 and then fleeing the scene, the Clive Police Department said. Franklin is being held at the Polk County Jail.“Franklin told investigators that she ran the girl over because she was, in her words, ‘a Mexican,’” Clive Chief of Police Michael Venema said in a Friday press conference.“She went on to make a number of derogatory statements about Latinos to the investigators.”Suspect in 3 Louisiana Black Church Fires Charged With Hate CrimesAuthorities said at 5 p.m., Franklin drove her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee onto the sidewalk near the middle school, where the girl was walking “on the way to an activity.”Franklin then “ran the girl over” before she allegedly fled the scene. Authorities eventually identified the woman after asking for the public’s help, reviewing surveillance video, and speaking to the victim, Venema said. The girl, who has not been identified, suffered “numerous injuries” that were serious, authorities said. After spending several days at a hospital, she was able to return to school a week after the incident, a school representative said Friday.About fifteen minutes later, Franklin was arrested at a Conoco gas station in West Des Moines after allegedly throwing items at an employee and calling several people by a racial slur, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Des Moines Register.Franklin was arrested and charged with assault, operating under the influence, theft and public intoxication, authorities said. After identifying Franklin's vehicle, police interviewed her at the Polk County Jail on Thursday, where she being held for the gas-station assault. During the interview, Venema said, “not only did Franklin admit to being the driver of the car that struck this girl, but also that she had done so intentionally.” Franklin then proceeded to admit the incident was racially fueled, he said. American Moms and Kids Massacred in Mexican Ambush That Killed at Least 9“I want to say, in the strongest terms possible, that there is no place in our community—or any other—for this type of hatred and violence,” he said. “We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”The police chief declined to provide further details into Franklin’s motive or her police interview because “we still need to prosecute this case,” but stated the teen’s family was “surprised and shocked” to learn the woman “targeted their daughter and intentionally try to cause harm.”“They were appropriately updated,” Venema said, adding he was also horrified to hear the hit-and-run was an “intentional act,” even after years of working in law enforcement. It is not immediately known if Franklin and the teenage girl previously knew each other.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Mexican children shiver in tents at U.S. border as temperature freezes

Mexican children shiver in tents at U.S. border as temperature freezesMexican officials concerned about the health of Mexican asylum seekers including around 200 young children sleeping in the open near the U.S. border in Ciudad Juarez tried to move people to shelters on Wednesday, as temperatures dropped below freezing. In recent months, Ciudad Juarez has seen a rapid increase in Mexicans seeking to apply for asylum in the United States, leading to a backlog in the city as U.S. border officials limit the number of asylum cases they receive at the port of entry each day. A waiting list contains about 1,200 people, of which about 550 are staying in camps near the bridge to the United States, the Chihuahua state government said.



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