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The return of the mighty migrant dollar: Remittances to Mexico climb

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A robust flow of remittances to Mexico has returned from the decline marked after the 2008 world economic crisis. As the new year turned the corner, the official Bank of Mexico reported that dollars sent home from migrants working abroad totaled $22.576.35 billion from January to November 2015, ringing up a 5.44 percent increase from the similar period in 2014.

FNS: El Cerro de Tomé: A hill that unites

(Photo courtesy of Frontera NorteSur by Nicolas Cabrera)

(Photo courtesy of Frontera NorteSur by Nicolas Cabrera)

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In the borderlands, Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year. People across the region mark the solemn occasion in many ways, including long walks known as caminatas to pilgrimage sites.

In central New Mexico, there is a brown and dry hill that overlooks the green and fertile bosque of the Río Grande and the Village of Tomé. This giant hill, called the Cerro de Tomé, has three crosses at the top and is a pilgrimage site for thousands of people on Good Friday. Each person who makes the journey does so in his or her own way by carrying crosses, walking barefoot, singing, praying, or simply taking each step in silence.

FNS: Dreamers, deportees and daredevils: Justice for migrant children and youth

 

The fence along the US-Mexico border is yet another symbol of the Unites States' broken immigration policy.

The fence along the US-Mexico border is yet another symbol of the Unites States’ broken immigration policy.

FNS Note: A review of the 11th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium held last month at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. This article is dedicated to the memory of Nohemi Alvarez Quillay.

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Maria Eugenia Ponce grew up in what she calls “Puebla York.” Brought to the Big Apple as a young girl in the 1990s, Ponce recalled her undocumented parents working very hard to pay for private schools so their children could get ahead in life. But as she became older, the daughter of migrants from the Mexican state of Puebla grew increasingly restive when she was told to be quiet and not draw attention to herself.

Mexican workers battle firings, peso-pinching

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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.

Political developments chill immigration reform

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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. 

Juárez Valley strives for recovery

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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.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it's known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it’s known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

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.

Boomer expatriates demand security in Mexico

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende is a popular destination for U.S. retirees and other expatriates. (Photo courtesy of Jiuguang Wang via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende is a popular destination for U.S. retirees and other expatriates. (Photo courtesy of Jiuguang Wang via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

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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.

Albuquerque protesters jailed

Kent Paterson

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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.

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