CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 |
SANTA ANA DEL VALLE, Mexico - Isaias Garcia had labored for decades to raise a family in Torrance when in 2009, the Zapotec Indian faced a life-changing decision. The authorities of his family village of Santa Ana del Valle in the state of Oaxaca had called him home to serve without pay as a councilman for three years. If he refused, they could confiscate his property - a house and nine acres - under a centuries-old system of local Indian governance known as usos y costumbres (uses and customs)
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.
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
July 17, 2013 |
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.
December 17, 2013 |
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.
April 19, 2013 |
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.