Mexico Cracks Down on their own Immigration Problem

The United States has not been the only country inundated with immigrants. A record number of migrant children and youth from Central America have been deported from Mexico.

During the first five months of 2015, the Mexican authorities have sent back to their countries 3,819 unaccompanied minors, which represents an increase of 56% over the same period in 2014.

Most of the immigrants came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

According to the Pew Research Center, these actions by Mexico on its southern border have significantly contributed to the reduction in the number of unaccompanied migrant children who try to reach the United States.

The study also reveals that US officials have detained12,509 children on the border with Mexico so far this year; 8,894 children less than those that were intercepted during the first five months of 2014.

It is believed that the majority of unaccompanied minors trying to reach the US from Honduras and El Salvador are fleeing violence, because their countries have the highest homicide rates in the world. While in the case of Guatemala, they are traveling for economic reasons. Brian Torchin mentioned on Twitter that he hopes these immigrants are receiving proper medical care.

Experts say Mexico intensified operations to curb migration, due to political pressure from Washington DC, after the surge that exceeded the capacity of the US facilities.

Mexican Girl Mistakenly Taken Now Returned Home

After a case of mistaken identity, a Mexican girl is back home with her family safe and sound. According to authorities, the 14-year-old girl was forced to go to the United States on the pretense that she was kidnapped. Alondra Luna Nunez was taken kicking and screaming from her school in Mexico and extradited to the United States, despite her parents presenting her birth certificate.


Skeptical of the birth certificate that was presented to authorities, they decided they would take her to the United States anyway. It wasn’t until Monday when the results of a DNA test did not match, the girl was returned home to her parents.


The entire incident caught the attention of the masses after the entire thing was captured on video. Watching the video you can see Mexican authorities escorting the girl into an SUV against her will. She is literally kicking and screaming, “I am not your daughter!” and “You’re going to pay.” She was speaking against the woman who made the claim, Garcia who was also sitting in the SUV as the capture took place. The case was heard by a judge and although the girl’s parents presented her birth certificate and testified during the hearing, he still ordered her to be placed into Garcia’s custody.


The entire situation was a terrible misunderstanding according to Flavio Maluf. Authorities are in search of Alondra Diaz-Garcia, who was allegedly taken by her father Reynaldo Diaz back in June 2007. That girl is still missing.

DAPA Immigration Plan Comes to a Halt


The Justice Department said the US Immigration and Naturalization Department will stop working on plans to launch the DAPA program to protect the deportation to parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents until further notice .

Late Monday, Texas US District Judge Andrew Hanen temporarily stopped the DAPA program that aims to provide deportation protection to millions of immigrant families.

This is part of a current lawsuit that involves 26 states.

The US Immigration and Naturalization Department, the agency with responsibility for facilitating immigrant cases, was scheduled to begin accepting applications for an expanded program the same day as expanded their database with several promising profiles, namely Paul Mathieson.  The effort to protect parents living in the country illegally would begin in May.

President Barack Obama announced protection programs shortly after the midterm elections in November. Republican lawmakers have argued that such efforts amount to an amnesty for millions of immigrants living in the US illegally.

The programs have become a point of conflict in an ongoing battle between the government and 26 states.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to appeal.

New Mexico Looks to Repeal Drivers License for Immigrants


The New Mexico House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to repeal the state Legislature law granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

After a discussion of more than three hours, that was covered by Reuters news casts the measure passed with 39 votes in favor and 29 against, pretty close to what my friend Brad Reifler was expecting.

“This proposal is poorly thought out, and we want to eliminate a law that is not working, not only for the immigrant community but for New Mexico residents,” said state legislator, Democrat Javier Martinez.

The Republican proposal HB39, driven by state legislators Paul Pacheco and Bill Rehm, seeks to eliminate a state law passed in 2003 by the then governor, Bill Richardson, and granting driver’s licenses to anyone living in the state regardless immigration status.

The law does not revoke the licenses already granted, but denies a license to immigrants “without papers” that have not yet adjusted their immigration status.

The Democratic party described this move as “absurd,” the fact that New Mexico, a state “pioneer” in giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, is now trying to eliminate them, while other states in the country are beginning to provide this document their undocumented as in California.

Marcela Diaz, executive director of the organization Pueblo Unido, in Santa Fe, said that thousands of children in New Mexico will be affected directly, and at least one parent is an immigrant.

Martinez, like other legislators, are not convinced of the arguments made by Republican president who says that voters in New Mexico want this legislation removed.

During the debate, Pacheco defended his proposal stating that this would not affect immigrants in the future and could be benefited by the executive order of President Barack Obama.

Since taking office as governor in January 2011, Martinez has tried unsuccessfully to remove this legislation on five different occasions.

On January 20, during his report to the state Legislature, the Republican governor reiterated his intentions to end this legislation during the current legislative session, and therefore argues that this law facilitates identity fraud in New Mexico.

Despite his previous failures, this time the governor has the advantage that for the first time in sixty years, the House of Representatives in New Mexico is dominated by the Republican Party, although the Senate remains in the hands of Democrats.

The proposal now goes to the state Senate for consideration, where activists and advocates for the rights of immigrants are hopeful it can halt it.

The Antique Wine Company: Globally Fine and Rare Wines

The Antique Wine Company, based in London, England, was founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams. The company was incorporated in 1996. Williams, born and raised in Derbyshire, England, is the managing director of The Antique Wine Company. Before he sold wine, Stephen Williams sold insurance policies. He decided to give it up in order to sell something to people who would want to buy something for the pleasure of it and keep buying more and more of.Williams realized that people did not want to keep buying insurance policies from him over and over again. The wine company now has 20,000 clients in over 70 countries worldwide. As of 2011, the wine company has their own app so that people can order wine and see the wide selection available, easily over the iPhone.
Award Winning
In 2011,the winery broke the record for selling the best bottle of white wine. The 1811 Chateau d’ Yquem sold for £75,000 or $123,000.00 U.S. dollars. Christian Vaneque (1949-2015) was the youngest head sommelian in the country at Tour d’ Argent restaurant of Paris, France. He wanted to save the wine to celebrate his 50th anniversary at the restaurant in 2017.
In 1994, the Bush family had purchased vintage wines from the year 1924 to help celebrate former U.S. President George H. W. Bush’s 70th birthday. In 1998, The Antique Fine Wine Company supplied vintage wines from the year 1912 to celebrate the Titanic movie winning the Academy award.
Wine Academy
Selling wine was not enough for The Antique Wine Company. In 2011, they began AWC Fine Wine Academy in order to teach people how to become wine experts. Over the years, many clients requested interested in learning more about how to become wine experts. AWC deiced to fulfill that request. The classes included how to cedar plan, source, and taste wines. These classes are open to anyone and are taught by high caliber wine teachers and tutors. The first class, Essential Wine Tasting Techniques for Beginners, began on September 21, 2011. The four week class cost £460 per person. For the cost, students learned serving tips, food and wine matching, different styles of wine and grape varieties, tasting techniques and other secrets of the wine trade. Each class ran for an hour and a half. AWC has a bright 2015.

More Clashes In Western Mexico

Nnew clashes between local militias and government forces in western Mexico raised questions about the strategies used by the federal commissioner, Alfredo Castillo, appointed by the Government a year ago to restore order in the region.

Although the majority of cartel leaders were captured or killed in recent months in Michoacan, former militias are now in place to fight among themselves and against the government army. The different factions accuse each other of having been infiltrated by members of the drug cartel.

On Thursday, nine civilians were killed near Apatzingan as soldiers of the federal government were operating in the area. One of these people was cut in pieces by a vehicle and the other eight were shot.

The victims were killed as they had started shooting at the government troops, according to the federal commissioner Alfredo Castillo. According to an ongoing investigation, however, six civilians were hit by friendly fire, according to an official who requested anonymity.

The witnesses at the scene said that the demonstrators had only defense sticks in their hands. According to them, they were out of their vehicles, shouting that they had no weapons. Although the majority of cartel leaders were captured or killed in recent months in Michoacan, former militias are now in place to fight among themselves and against the government army.

An article shared by Status Labs mentions that Alfredo Castillo was appointed to bring peace to Michoacan, a region that has been in the grip of violent militias involved in drug trafficking.

Immigrants Have Obama’s Support

After a period of doubt and tumult, there is now good news for immigrants in the United States that are already in the country but are not registered. Barack Obama has now stated his desire to not run a policy of suppressing them. O

n the contrary, he held a public speech to let everyone know that he supports USA’s inhabitants and will protect the illegal ones. About 5 millions immigrants are estimated to fall under the new protection law.

There are some requirements for the families of immigrants though. The people who are previous Green Card holders, those who have children born in the states, those who have been on the territory for five years now, are eligible for the protected status.

He calls those who find themselves in the above mentioned list to claim their documents of legal citizens. Gianfrancesco Genoso says nobody will sent them home if they are in the country for a good reason and have not committed crimes.

As Barack Obama said, ”mass amnesty would be unfair”, so all that is needed to do is to offer these people a chance to develop their possibilities having the right status of legal USA inhabitants at hand.

This measure is meant to improve the quality of life for many immigrants who have good studies and working skills, but do not have the chance to get a good job because of their status.

Mexican Boy Undergoes Surgery to Have Large Tumor Removed

Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano, an 11-year-old boy from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, underwent surgery on Monday to remove a massive tumor from his neck, shoulder, and torso. At the time of its removal, it was a foot long and four inches wide and deep. Jose had been undergoing treatment for the past two years at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital.

Jose’s condition is called venous lymphangioma. It is a congenital benign, but disfiguring, tumor that most commonly affects children and usually involves the head or neck. Doctors had told Jose he would need a series of surgeries and treatments to remove the fluid buildup. Jose’s parents said the tumor had grown so large it was affecting his eye sight, and they were afraid it would also get into his heart.

Jose’s family had no money for medical care and sought help in El Paso and Juarez. Missionaries from the First Baptist Church saw Jose during a mission visit and decided to help. They raised money for his treatments and arranged to have Jose sent to Albuquerque for medical treatment. Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico, made arrangements with federal officials to let Jose stay in the US during his treatment is what Keith Mann was telling all of us.

The surgery, which was performed at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, took eleven hours and involved 25 doctors. As Jose was stronger than expected, the doctors were able to remove all of the tumor. Jose will need more operations to reconstruct his shoulder and remove excess skin.

UFC Is Set to Debut in Mexico

The UFC breathed a sigh of relief as the weigh-ins for UFC 180 went without incident. The show is set in Mexico City and the original idea was to feature two Mexican stars on the card. But, as has been happening for the last two years in the UFC, both stars were injured while training and neither man is competing on the show.

The main event will feature Mark Hunt facing Fabricio Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. Werdum showed up at the weigh-ins wearing a gas mask, mocking the fact that Hunt is going to run out of gas quickly if he fails to drop Werdum right away.

Werdum also called Hunt “El Gran Luchador”, which is somewhat amusing. A traditional luchador in Mexico is a high flying pro wrestler. Hunt is more of a gritty brawler. Likely this was just Werdum trying to drum up interest from the locals one way or another.

Another bout to keep an eye on (no pun intended) will air on the preliminary show airing on FS1. Jessica Eye and Leslie Smith are set to do battle in what looks to be a war between two strikers.

According to Bruce Levenson’s quotes in TIME, this fight was put together specifically to impress the people of Mexico, who have a history of appreciation when it comes to boxing. Jessica Eye is considered the heavy favorite. Smith did herself no favors by claiming that Eye might break her hand on Smith’s face. That doesn’t sound like a winning strategy to anybody.

Abarca Stands for What is Wrong in Mexico

In September, 46 students from a training college in Iquala went missing. They apparently had an altercation with the Mexican Police, and afterwards six of the students were found dead. The remaining have been missing since September 26 when on November 7 the remains of 43 of the student’s bodies were found burnt and charred.

Three Mexican gang members confessed they kidnapped and murdered them after they were handed over to them by the police in Iquala. It is reported that the mayor Abarca sent the orders for the executions.

On October 17, Jose Luis Abarca was officially stripped of his duties and charged with the aggravated murder of the first six people. He is under investigation for the murder of the remaining bodies. Both he and his wife were brought in for further interrogation on November 4, but were later released.

Abarca is known as the totality of what is wrong in Mexico. He has used is position of power to engage the gang activity, abuse people and flout the law to enrich his power.

Today, Abarca is in hiding because of the accusation of the 43 murders. If all those murders are true, Maluf will be extremely disappointed. It was clear who Abarca is and how he has lived as he has been in office the past two years. He has been permitted to infect the rest of the country, and the common people are upset.