8 bodies found, may be kidnapped workers from Mexican resort
Eight bodies were found Saturday on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and they appear to be those of eight men apparently kidnapped from a resort on the Caribbean coast. Prosecutors in the state of Yucatan said the bodies were probably those of men reported abducted in the laid-back beach town of Xcalak. Xcalak, which is sometimes spelled Xcalac — the spelling used by prosecutors — is located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, near Belize.news.yahoo.com
Mexico climber dies scaling active, off-limits volcano
A woman mountain climber in Mexico died and a climbing companion was injured when they scaled the highly active, off-limits peak of the Popocatepetl volcano. Mexico’s volunteer Mountain Rescue and Assistance Brigade confirmed Friday that the climbers fell into a gully about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the volcano’s crater, suggesting they had reached the crater or near it. Valentín Martínez Castillo, the mayor of the nearby town of Ozumba, identified the dead woman as a 22-year-old resident of the town.news.yahoo.com
Border Patrol paroles migrants to avoid massive overcrowding
Inside, hundreds of migrants are eating, charging phones and using temporary bathrooms and showers. Within a few hours, a security guard escorts them to a gravel lot out front, where commercial buses take them from the remote Texas town of Eagle Pass to the San Antonio International Airport for $40. The nonprofit group outgrew a church and moved to the warehouse in April amid the Biden administration’s rapidly expanding practice of releasing migrants on parole, particularly those who are not subject to a pandemic rule that prevents migrants from seeking asylum.news.yahoo.com
US importing baby formula from Mexico to ease shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting th[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Massive blackout hits Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
A massive electricity blackout hit Mexico’s resort-studded Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, leaving as many as 1.3 million customers with power. The blackout affected almost two-thirds of households in the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo, where resorts like Cancun and Tulum are located. The country’s Federal Electricity Commission said the blackout was caused by an accident involving an employee doing maintenance work on a high-tension line.news.yahoo.com
$4 million worth of methamphetamine seized at Pharr bridge
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than $4 million worth of methamphetamine Friday at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP officers referred a tractor trailer, attempting to cross from Mexico into the U.S. on Friday, for a secondary inspection where they found 1,200 packages hidden within the trailer, according to the news release. Authorities determined the packages contained a total of 310.85 pounds of methamphetamine inside. The narcotics and trailer were seized by CBP; however, the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations agents. The news release did not specify whether an arrest was made.myrgv.com
Two Jesuit priests killed in Mexican area torn by drug violence
The religious order demanded justice and the return of the bodies of the Mexican priests, which were removed by the armed men. “The Sierra Tarahumara, like many other regions of the country, suffers violence and neglect,” their statement read. “They killed him, then the priests emerged, and it seems they were killed too,” he said. About 30 Indigenous leaders have been killed in the region in the past two decades, according to Mexican news reports. “The Jesuits of Mexico will not be silent about the reality that lacerates our society,” their statement said.washingtonpost.com
Border Patrol finds 60 people hidden in trailer hauling rotten produce
Border Patrol agents arrested a truck driver from Michoacan, Mexico on Monday after finding 60 people illegally in the country hidden in the rotten produce he was hauling. He provided agents with his B1/B2 visa card and a bill of lading for the load in the trailer, according to the complaint. “Agents removed the locks using a bolt cutter.”Once agents accessed the trailer, they found 60 people from El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras and Mexico concealed within the old and rotten produce, according to the complaint. “Piedra later told agents he knew the ‘things’ with the load of produce were people,” the complaint stated. “He stated he knew there were people in the trailer but was not told how many people were in there,” the complaint said.myrgv.com
Monarchs surge: Mexico data shows butterfly numbers up
Data on monarchs overwintering in Mexico in 2022 show a sharp increase in their numbers, with researchers estimating monarch swarms covering 2.84 hectares (7 acres) compared with just 2.1 hectares (5.2 acres) the previous year. “So there were pessimistic thoughts that it would not increase, but the 35 percent seems to be correct. Last year, Mexico officials reported the overwintering monarch population was down 26 percent from 2020. “And the problem is, there’s not enough milkweed.”Milkweed’s keyAnd it just has to be milkweed, if you’re a monarch mom. “I’d seen faded female monarchs trying to desperately lay eggs but there’s nothing to lay eggs on.”The monarchs go through multiple generations on their migration north to the Midwest.myrgv.com
Amid border surge, Biden admin plans to send migrants to cities deeper inside U.S., including Houston, say internal documents
The Department of Homeland Security is planning to transport migrants awaiting immigration proceedings from U.S. cities along the southern border further into the interior of the country, beginning with Los Angeles in the coming weeks, according to internal documents obtained by NBC News.
Big cross-border tunnel found linking Tijuana, San Diego
Authorities have announced the discovery of a major drug smuggling tunnel — running about the length of a six football fields — from Mexico to a warehouse in an industrial area in the U.S. The cross-border tunnel from Tijuana to the San Diego area was built in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls.
US quietly expands asylum limits while preparing to end them
Officials say the Biden administration has begun expelling Cubans and Nicaraguans to Mexico under pandemic-related powers that deny migrants a chance to seek asylum, expanding use of the rule even as it publicly says it has been trying to unwind it.
What did Greg Abbott’s border inspections turn up? Oil leaks, flat tires and zero drugs
The governor ordered troopers to thoroughly inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico in what he described as an effort to stop illegal drugs and migrants from being smuggled into Texas. His order for increased state inspections led to snarling delays in trade between the two countries.
Under Texas’ strict abortion law, McAllen clinic sees patients seeking medication across the border
The law went into effect in September, a week before Mexico’s Supreme Court dissolved a Coahuila state law that made abortion a crime. Now some Texans further along in their pregnancies are going there for abortion-inducing drugs.
Biden administration, Mexican governors urge Abbott to end inspections that have bogged down border trade
Gov. Greg Abbott is slated to have a meeting and press event with Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda — the Mexican governor of Nuevo León, the state that includes a section of the border near Laredo — later Wednesday afternoon.
Houston expecting thousands of refugees from Ukraine
Houston is one of the top cities in the United States when it comes to bringing refugees from other countries here. Now, Interfaith Ministries For Greater Houston is already planning to welcome these people here and provide them with the help they will need to build a new life here in this country.
Will the U.S. men blow their chance for a World Cup spot, like they did for the 2018 event?
Nearly five years after the United States men’s national soccer team famously blew a spot in the 2018 World Cup by losing to a vastly inferior Trinidad and Tobago squad in October of 2017 in the final game of qualifying, the moment of redemption has finally arrived for the Americans.