Mexican workers in the northern border and Gulf Coast regions staged separate protests this past week over wages, firings, union representation, and allegations of no profit-sharing.
In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks.
For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more than 7,000 delegates, the Lone Star GOP convention voted to remove a 2012 position statement known as the “Texas Solution” which backed a guest worker system for undocumented people.
Travelers headed south of Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico might have noticed a full, flowing Rio Grande in recent days. The coveted water was on its way to Mexico where, under a binational 1906 treaty, the U.S. is annually obligated to deliver 74 million cubic meters of the liquid. Once past the border, the water is used for irrigating farmland in the Juarez Valley of Chihuahua state, which encompasses the municipalities of Praxedis C. Guerrero, Guadalupe, Distrito Bravos and Juárez.
Long known for its fertile farmland as well as contraband corridors, the Juarez Valley was one of the hardest hit areas in the so-called narco war, especially between 2008 and 2010 when thousands of residents fled their homes and abandoned farm land. Many sought refuge in Hudspeth County, Texas, just across the Rio Grande.
Foreign-born residents joined Mexican nationals in a recent demonstration demanding security for a storied but troubled town. Dressed in white and carrying candles, about 400 people staged a silent march late last week through San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
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For the second time in less than one month, the regularly-scheduled Albuquerque City Council meeting was abruptly canceled due to ongoing protests over fatal police shootings and other instances of alleged police brutality.
This reporter was barred entry into Albuquerque City Hall by two officers around 5 pm on Monday, June 2, as the meeting was set to get underway. Asked their reason for preventing entrance into a public meeting the officers only said that nobody was allowed in the building and that the meeting had been canceled.
In one of his first actions as the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, R. Gil Kerlikowske has unveiled a revised use of force handbook for field agents.
The updated handbook is based on recommendations and reviews of use of force practices by CBP officers that were conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that studies policing and advises law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
In one of the bloodiest days in the last year or more, nine people were murdered Monday, May 26, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. In separate incidents, guns, knives, hammers and possibly bare hands were the instruments of homicide.
A May 20 police shooting has plunged the California city of Salinas into crisis. A small riot, multiple protests and calls for outside intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice have all riveted the mainly Latino community within the past week.
Like a similar episode in New Mexico earlier this year, a video of the police shooting has gone “viral” on the Internet, transforming a local issue of police violence into a larger controversy with national and international implications.