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May 2, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Central American migrants crossing Mexico's Veracruz state were attacked by a violent drug-and-extortion gang, an activist organization said, the latest bloody harassment of people attempting to reach the United States. At least nine and possibly as many as 20 people were seriously injured in the attack late Wednesday near the Veracruz city of Coatzacoalcos, according to various reports. It was unclear whether anyone was killed. Tomas Gonzalez, a religious lay worker who heads a migrant shelter in the area, said survivors told him that gang members armed with guns and machetes boarded a train they were traveling on and began beating up anyone who refused to pay extortion money equivalent to $100.  Many migrants threw themselves from the moving train to escape the gang, Gonzalez said in a radio interview.
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April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
TAPACHULA, Mexico - The last time Norman Varela made an unauthorized crossing into Mexico, he was headed to the United States, in search of a job, riding atop the infamous northbound freight train known as La Bestia - the Beast. Mexican policemen robbed the Honduran of his savings en route, he said. Later, on the night of Oct. 29, 2005, a rumor spread that more bad men were coming. As Varela made his escape, he ducked under a freight car. It rolled over his right leg, severing it at the knee.
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March 10, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican navy announced that it had freed 104 Central American migrants who appear to have been kidnapped by an organized crime group in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The navy announced Friday's rescue of the hostages in a news release to Mexican news media Sunday.  According to reports [link in Spanish], the navy was acting on a tip from residents near a home where the migrants were being held. In all, 91 men and 13 women were freed. Two of them were from El Salvador, and the rest were from Honduras, the reports stated.
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April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
A group of Honduran men who lost limbs during their transit through Mexico on the train known as La Bestia (the Beast) have been granted permission to travel to the Mexican capital to protest the treatment of migrants bound for the U.S., the group's president said Saturday. The men had entered Mexico illegally through Guatemala in late March. They had been asking the Mexican government to let them travel to Mexico City with letters that would instruct immigration officials not to deport them during that journey.
OPINION
August 27, 2010
The bullet-riddled bodies of 72 Central and South Americans reportedly slain by drug traffickers in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas shine a light on the dark truth known to undocumented migrants: The illegal trek north through Mexico is treacherous, and those who undertake it put themselves at the mercy of vicious predators. Even before they reach the potentially fatal desert crossing into the United States, thousands of migrants each year face kidnapping, extortion, sexual assault and murder — crimes that often go unreported and unsolved.
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July 17, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities in the eastern border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday that they had rescued 81 migrants who were being held against their will in a two-story building in the city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. Officials said the migrants were from Central America, except for one Mexican. All had hoped to cross the border illegally. Such mass kidnappings are common in Mexico, typically carried out by armed groups who demand money from the migrants' families in exchange for their release.
OPINION
December 25, 2001
I was dismayed, astounded and finally greatly amused to read that Mexico's President Vicente Fox, at the Day of the Migrant celebration in Tijuana, "praised those who leave Mexico for a better life" (photo, Dec. 19). In effect, he's saying that there's nothing of value for many people in Mexico and that he's not only pleased but very proud that they are getting the hell out. Amazing! J.F. O'Roark Santa Barbara
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December 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM-- About 150 African migrants Tuesday protested Israel's policy of detaining people illegally in the country, saying they are refugees seeking freedom and human rights. The protesters outside parliament had made their way to Jerusalem after leaving a new detention center in southern Israel over the weekend. They described their act as a "walk for freedom and humanity" and held placards reading, "We are refugees, not criminals. " Israeli law allows authorities to detain African migrants without trial for a year before moving them to what is known as an open detention facility in a remote area called Holot.
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April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
A group of Honduran men who lost limbs during their transit through Mexico on the train known as La Bestia (the Beast) have been granted permission to travel to the Mexican capital to protest the treatment of migrants bound for the U.S., the group's president said Saturday. The men had entered Mexico illegally through Guatemala in late March. They had been asking the Mexican government to let them travel to Mexico City with letters that would instruct immigration officials not to deport them during that journey.
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October 14, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - One day after rioting youth demanded the eviction of migrant workers from outside Russia, police swept through the vegetable market that was the target of the violence, detaining about 1,200 workers and traders, most of them from the northern Caucasus region, news agencies reported Monday. On Sunday, thousands of young people had taken to the streets in a southern Moscow suburb, overturning cars, breaking windows in street kiosks and attempting to break into the vegetable market run by migrants.
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March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - The last time she checked, Katya Tasheva had the normal number of limbs and eyes. So she feels a nasty shock of non-recognition, she says, when German news reports warn of a coming invasion of people like her - Bulgarians - as if they were aliens from space. "It's all of a sudden like we're these three-eyed, five-legged people who are all going to steal stuff," said Tasheva, 27, a singer who has lived in Berlin for nine years. "Normally when I listen to these comments, I just laugh and switch the channel or turn the page….
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February 23, 2014 | By Pascal Bruckner
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
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January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
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January 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - In an unusual show of strength by one of the weakest groups in Israeli society, thousands of African migrants demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday to protest their treatment by the Israeli government. An estimated 10,000 migrants from African countries poured into Tel-Aviv's Rabin Square, chanting slogans that demanded human rights and opposed government policies aimed at discouraging them from staying in Israel by forbidding them from working and placing them in detention.
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December 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM-- About 150 African migrants Tuesday protested Israel's policy of detaining people illegally in the country, saying they are refugees seeking freedom and human rights. The protesters outside parliament had made their way to Jerusalem after leaving a new detention center in southern Israel over the weekend. They described their act as a "walk for freedom and humanity" and held placards reading, "We are refugees, not criminals. " Israeli law allows authorities to detain African migrants without trial for a year before moving them to what is known as an open detention facility in a remote area called Holot.
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December 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
ARIVACA, Ariz. - There was a time when Maggie Milinovitch and her husband didn't agree on whether to give food and water to the weary border crossers who traversed the couple's desert land a few miles north of the Mexico border in southern Arizona. While she wanted to help, her husband worried they may be arrested or lose their land if they gave aid to the dozens of travelers, many of them desperate and dehydrated, and some nearly crippled by enormous blisters on the bottoms of their feet.
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April 19, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - After an intense two-day manhunt, Greek police on Friday arrested three strawberry farm foremen suspected of shooting and injuring 28 migrants who were demanding wages they claimed they had not been paid for six months. The violent incident, which shocked Greeks, embarrassed the government and set off an impromptu boycott of fruit products from an agricultural region 160 miles west of the capital, marked the latest -- and most violent -- attack on foreign workers here. It also underscored the stark dangers of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric gaining ground as the nation struggles through the sixth year of a recession that has left more than 1 million unemployed and salaries reduced by as much as 40%. A police statement said the three foremen were arrested near the village of Manolada, where the shooting took place late Wednesday.
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November 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Thousands of right-wing nationalists marched in cities and towns throughout Russia on Monday, demanding the eviction of migrants, as the nation observed the day officially designated as National Unity Day. In Moscow, about 8,500 people marched under pouring rain for about two miles through a southeast suburb, brandishing a mix of symbols that included the Russian Imperial flag and banners featuring neo-fascist emblems that resembled swastikas....
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December 10, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- In a controversial move decried by human rights organizations, Israel's parliament passed a bill allowing migrants to be jailed without trial for a year. Under the law finalized early Tuesday after a heated late-night debate , Israeli authorities will be able to jail new migrants for a year if they slip over the border illegally, and detain others already in Israel in a new holding facility indefinitely. The law was intended to apply almost exclusively to African migrants who cross the border in uncontrolled stretches of open desert.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - The mother calling from the Mexican state of Chihuahua hadn't heard from her son for days and she feared the worst. Her voice cracked. She spoke quickly. She told the young man on the other end of the phone that she needed help. In Tucson, a meticulously coiffed young operator wearing a dark tie responded calmly in Spanish. "When was the last time you spoke with him?" he asked. They last talked, she said, right before her 23-year-old son embarked on an illicit journey into the United States, trudging through the Arizona desert.
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