Migrants thrust by US officials into the arms of the cartels

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces.

Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from hurting themselves. And then they were thrust into danger, sent back to the lawless border state of Tamaulipas.

Parents of missing migrants begin Mexico caravan crossing

16 November 2019; AFP: A caravan made up of 50 parents of disappeared Central American migrants departed on Friday from Mexico's southern border for a cross-country journey in search of their missing relatives.

This is the fifteenth time the Mesoamerican Migration Movement (MMM), a non-government organization, has set up a caravan to travel across Mexico in search of migrants who entered the country and went missing.

Exiled in Mexico: Bolivia's Morales joins list of famous refugees

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s decades-long history of sheltering political exiles was thrust into the spotlight this week as Bolivia’s Evo Morales was granted asylum and flown to the Mexican capital on Tuesday morning in a government plane amid fears his safety was at risk at home.

Morales, who declared victory in a widely disputed presidential election last month before being forced out amid protests, is the latest in a long line of leaders and agitators to have taken refuge in Mexico.

Here are some of Morales’ famous predecessors:

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Morales

Mexico City, Nov 12 (AFP/PTI) Mexico has said it has granted asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales, after the leftist president's resignation left the South American nation reeling amid a power vacuum.

"Several minutes ago I received a phone call from (former) president Evo Morales in which he responded to our offer and verbally and formally requested political asylum in our country," Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference on Monday.

Mexico invites FBI to help investigate killing of Americans

MEXICO CITY, Nov 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Mexican government invited the FBI to participate in its investigation into an attack in northern Mexico that killed nine dual citizens of the United States and Mexico.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it extended the invitation through a diplomatic note to the US Embassy in Mexico.

“The Mexican government reiterates its commitment to investigate the facts, in order to … offer justice to the affected families,” the ministry said.

Mexico massacre unites Mormon sects, even their exiles

(Reuters) - WhatsApp messages flooded Amber Bostwick’s phone last Tuesday as relatives sent harrowing accounts of the slaughter of nine women and children by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico.

The 35-year-old Seattle homemaker had spent much of her life trying to keep away from her parents’ self-described fundamentalist branch of the Mormon faith and Colonia LeBaron - her polygamist father’s Mexico community where some of the massacre victims were from.

President of Mexico rejects US blockade against Cuba

MEXICO CITY, Nov 9 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, rejected the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the US government has applied to Cuba for more than half a century.

To a question from a journalist in his press conference at the National Palace about voting at the United Nations, where 187 countries once again condemned Washington’s aggressive measure against the island, the president reiterated the traditional policy of Mexico.

Last victim of Mexico border killings to be laid to rest

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Family and friends prepared to bury on Saturday the last victim of a cartel ambush that slaughtered nine American women and children from a community of U.S.-Mexican dual citizens in a corner of northern Mexico where having gangsters in their midst has long been an unavoidable fact of life.

Christina Langford Johnson jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the attackers and was shot twice in the heart, community members say. Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, 7 months old, was found unharmed in her car seat.

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