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Mexico Conducts Largest Raid On Migrant Caravan Members, Regrets It

Mexican authorities detained over 360 people this week in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups began passing through Mexico last year. The migrant group was making their way through the southern state of Chiapas with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Police targeted isolated groups at the end of a caravan that had close to 3,000 migrants. While the number of migrants detained is alarming, similar arrests have occurred over the last month as support for the caravans in Mexico has waned recently.

Many migrants ran to the safest place they could find, the local Roman Catholic church.

The caravan was broken up as people fled to avoid being detained. There have been multiple reports of mothers and children running from police and hiding in nearby forests to avoid authorities. Images on social media have shown authorities wrestling migrants into police vehicles as families tried to stay together during the raid.

“There are people still lost up in the woods. The woods are very dangerous,” Arturo Hernández, a sinewy 59-year-old farmer from Comayagua, Honduras, who fled through the woods with his grandson told Fox News. “They waited until we were resting and fell upon us, grabbing children and women.”

Those migrants who were detained were sent to an immigration station in the nearby city of Tapachula. As this time it’s was not clear whether they would be deported back to their country of origin.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has spoken up about the raid and the increasing number of migrant caravans.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke about the raid on Tuesday morning, acknowledging that the caravans can’t simply go wherever they please. He noted concerns about human traffickers that may have allegedly infiltrated various caravans.

“We don’t want for them to just have free passage, not just out of legal concerns but for questions of safety.” López Obrador said at a press conference.

Tonatiuh Guillén, Obrador’s immigration chief, said that the raid was “regrettable,” especially for scaring migrant children. Guillén says he doesn’t want to see the incident happen again but warns it’s a normal “migration enforcement action.”

Mexico has deported 11,800 migrants so far this month. The country is also being more selective when it comes to those who receive a humanitarian visa, which would allow a migrant to remain in the country and work.

This has all happened as another “giant” caravan, that may have 10,000 migrants in it, heads towards the U.S.-border.

According to the Washington Examiner, a new caravan of approximately 10,000 migrants is traveling through Mexico with plans of reaching the U.S-border by this week. The group is being called the “mother of all caravans” by Mexico’s Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero. Mexico officials are preparing for the large group by ensuring they have food, shelter, and other needs.

While President Trump has called has ramped up pressure on Mexico to do more to stem the flow of Central American migration, Mexico has already deported thousands of migrants this year. It has also done its part to help those in Mexico as the country has issued more than 15,000 humanitarian visas.

Making matters worse for migrants is the lack of support from locals in southern cities near the U.S-border. Many have faced violent conditions on their journeys and subsequently while they wait for asylum claims to be processed. This has led to an increase in migrant camps near border cities that have continually grown over the last year.

READ: Trump Administration Plans To Build More Tent Cities To Hold Migrants Indefinitely

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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It is important to be a responsible tourist. This means following rules, acting responsibly, and not violating sacred places. That is something one tourist learned the hard way when she climbed the Pyramid of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá.

Here’s the video of a tourist running down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkán.

The Pyramid of Kukulkán is one of the most iconic examples of Pre-Hispanic architecture and culture in Mesoamerica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico. In 2017, more than 2 million visitors descended on the site.

Of course, #LadyKukulkan started to trend on Twitter.

You know that Twitter was ready to start calling out this woman for her actions. According to Yucatán Expat Life Magazine, the woman was there to honor her husband’s dying wish. The woman, identified as a tourist from Tijuana, wanted to spread her husband’s ashes on the top of the pyramid, which it seems that she did.

The video was a moment for Mexican Twitter.

Not only was she arrested by security when she descended, but the crowd was also clearly against her. Like, what was she even thinking? It isn’t like the pyramid is crawling with tourists all over it. She was the only person climbing the pyramid, which is federally owned and cared for.

The story is already sparking ideas for other people when they die.

“Me: (to my parents) Have you read about #ladykukulkan?
My Dad: Yes! (to my mom) When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the National Palace so they call you “Lady Palace,” sounds better, no?” wrote @hania_jh on Twitter.

READ: Mexico’s Version Of Burning Man Became A COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event Thanks To U.S. Tourists

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