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Mexican government watchdog concerned about National Guard's detaining migrants

Mexican government watchdog concerned about National Guard's detaining migrantsMexico’s newly created National Guard has detained U.S.-bound migrants and the government should make public the rules governing their power to curb immigration, the head of the government’s human rights ombudsman said on Monday. The National Guard is a security force created by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to bring down record homicide rates.



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Mexican officials find 51 migrants in truck using giant X-ray

Mexican officials find 51 migrants in truck using giant X-rayMexican officials using a large X-ray scanner at a checkpoint in the central state of Zacatecas found 51 Central American migrants in hidden compartments inside a truck. Footage of the X-ray shows a ghost-like truck filled with the brightened silhouettes of the migrants, some sitting, others lying down along two levels in the crowded compartments. The migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Ecuador, 21 of whom were minors, are now in the custody of the country’s National Migration Institute (INM), government officials said in a statement late on Sunday.



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El Chapo: US prosecutors want Mexican drug lord to forfeit $12.7bn following conviction

El Chapo: US prosecutors want Mexican drug lord to forfeit $  12.7bn following convictionUS prosecutors are seeking to recover $ 12.7bn (£10.1bn) from the Mexican drug lord El Chapo following his conviction for racketeering and drug trafficking crimes. The "conservative" estimate represents the total amount of cocaine, cannabis and heroin a jury found Joaquin Guzman to have trafficked into the US, multiplied by the average prices of the drugs, according to a filing by prosecutors in federal court.The US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn asked a judge to order Guzman to forfeit the massive sum. It was not immediately clear what assets, if any, the US could seize to satisfy the judgment. A spokesman for the prosecutors declined to comment."This is largely an academic exercise as the government has never located or identified a penny of this $ 12.7bn in proceeds supposedly generated by Mr Guzman," said Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for the drug lord.Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on all 10 counts he faced, after jurors heard evidence from more than 50 prosecution witnesses offering an unprecedented look at the inner workings of his Sinaloa Cartel.He faces life in prison at his scheduled 17 July sentencing.US district judge Brian Cogan denied his motion to set aside the verdict and hold a new trial which Guzman's lawyers had argued that a new trial was needed after Vice News published an interview with one of the jurors, who said that the jury disobeyed court orders during the case.Guzman made a name for himself in the 1980s by building cross-border tunnels that allowed him to move cocaine from Mexico into the US faster than anyone else.He spent much of his career on the run, moving from one hideout to another in the mountains of Sinaloa, guarded by a private army, and twice escaped from maximum-security Mexican prisons.He was finally captured in January 2016 and extradited to the US to face trial.Despite Guzman's arrest, the Sinaloa Cartel still has the biggest US distribution presence of Mexican cartels, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.Together, they are the biggest producers of drugs sold on US streets.Additional reporting by Reuters



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Mexican authorities rescue 24 kidnapped migrants

Mexican authorities rescue 24 kidnapped migrantsMexican authorities on Friday rescued 24 Central American migrants, including nine children, who had been held hostage for nearly three weeks in the crime-ridden state of Guanajuato, officials said. The migrants were held for 20 days in the town of Celaya, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) from Mexico City, said Secretary of State Security Juan Jose Gonzalez. Separately, the security ministry announced the arrest of 59 migrants, including 55 Hondurans, around the northeastern town of Saltillo, near the US border.



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Freak hail storm strikes Mexican city of Guadalajara

Freak hail storm strikes Mexican city of GuadalajaraA freak hail storm on Sunday struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two meters (yards) deep. "I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro. Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of around five million, has been experiencing summer temperature of around 31 Centigrade (88 Fahrenheit) in recent days.



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Migrants protest after hundreds escape from Mexican detention center

Migrants protest after hundreds escape from Mexican detention centerTuxtla Gutiérrez (Mexico) (AFP) – Central American migrants at a detention center in southern Mexico protested against their captivity on Friday, a day after an escape involving around 1,300 mostly Cuban inmates. Dozens of migrants shouted on Friday morning: “We want to go,” and “we’re hungry” at the facility in Tapachula, in the southern state of Chiapas. At dinner time on Thursday, some 1,300 migrants escaped after threatening to set fire to the detention center to protest against overcrowding, witnesses said.



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Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants

Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrantsPIJIJIAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds of Central American migrants Monday in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through the country last year.



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Fox News apologises for '3 Mexican countries' headline

Fox News apologises for '3 Mexican countries' headlineFox News apologised for airing an on-screen graphic inaccurately reporting Donald Trump was planning to reduce aid to “three Mexican countries” last week.While airing a segment on the early morning “Fox & Friends” on Sunday, a full-width headline at the bottom of the screen read: “Trump Cuts Aid to 3 Mexican Countries,” rather than President Trump’s actual statement announcing cutting foreign aid to three countries in South America: Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in response to migrants crossing the US border with Mexico.Ed Henry, a co-host for Sunday’s program, corrected and apologised for the error on-air.“We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show,” Mr Henry said. “We had an inaccurate graphic on-screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error — it never should’ve happened.”Several people on Twitter jumped on the glaring on-air error. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been a frequent target by the network, criticised the geographical error. “These are the same folks who assert their superiority by belittling the intelligence and good faith of others,” she tweeted.> “3 Mexican Countries.” > > Just a reminder that these are the same folks who assert their superiority by belittling the intelligence and good faith of others.https://t.co/7JA1kCdIoS pic.twitter.com/CwINMXAarO> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > March 31, 2019Others believe the error signals the lack of diversity and inclusion among the Fox News network.> Newsrooms make mistakes all the time and Fox News issued a correction. > > But this highlights an underlying problem in the news business. Did a Latino write that chyron? I would be surprised if that was the case. > > How about someone with a basic understating of geography? t.co/wxeCk91BRx> > — Camilo Montoya-Galvez (@camiloreports) > > March 31, 2019“Newsrooms make mistakes all the time and Fox News issued a correction,” Camilo Montoya-Galvez, a CBS journalist, tweeted. “But this highlights an underlying problem in the news business. Did a Latino write that chyron? I would be surprised if that was the case. How about someone with a basic understating of geography?”



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Border row pitches Mexican president into deep water with Trump

Border row pitches Mexican president into deep water with TrumpAmid a surge in migrant detentions at the southwest U.S. border, Trump on Friday said he would close the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) frontier, or sections of it, during the coming week if Mexico did not halt the flow of people. Casting the government under leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the villain in his struggle to curb illegal immigration to the United States, Trump returned to a signature theme of his 2015-2016 presidential election bid. On Friday, Lopez Obrador again said he would not quarrel with Trump, invoking “love and peace” and repeating his commitment to curbing migration.



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Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after '3 Mexican countries' on-air gaffe

Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after '3 Mexican countries' on-air gaffeOcasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News an error onscreen that said Trump had cut "aid to 3 Mexican countries."



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