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President Enrique Peña Nieto Has Signed A New Law To Distribute Funds To Help Find Missing People

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a new law designed to help efforts in finding thousands of missing people. The law, signed on Thursday, will add 469 million pesos ($25 million) to assist in search efforts, reports Reuters. According to the National Human Rights Commission, more than 30,000 people have gone missing in Mexico over the last 50 years. More than 100,000 have died in Mexico’s violent drug war, reports Reuters.

Mass graves have become a common occurrence in Mexico in recent years. Authorities are often unable to identify the remains found in the graves, leaving families of the missing in the dark. The law will create a new database to collect forensic information relevant in the cases of the missing people. There are also new rules about the exhumation of victims. Special prosecutors will be appointed to handle missing persons cases.

“The disappearance of people is one of the greatest challenges facing our human rights and one of the most painful experiences anyone can suffer,” Peña Nieto told the press during the signing ceremony, according to Reuters.

Discussions surrounding the epidemic of missing people in Mexico reached international consciousness when 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College went missing from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014. The Mexican government’s investigation, which put the blame on municipal police and a local drug gang, was put into question when several holes were found in the “official” story. Families of the students have been demanding answers from Peña Nieto and the Mexican government about their missing loved ones.

Mexico is still recovering from two devastating earthquakes the killed hundreds in September. Despite the recovery effort, Mexican officials have stated that there is enough money and support to implement the program. Reuters reports that the law will go into effect in 60 days.

(H/T: Reuters)


READ: Authorities Violated Mexico’s Constitution Gathering Evidence In Case Of Missing 43 Students

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USCIS Has Announced That DACA Applications That Were Delayed By A Mail Service Issue Can Be Resubmitted

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USCIS Has Announced That DACA Applications That Were Delayed By A Mail Service Issue Can Be Resubmitted

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On Nov. 10, The New York Times reported that dozens of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications were late in arriving to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices because of a mail processing error.

Those applications were marked as late and would not be accepted. In light of this error, USCIS is allowing those affected to resubmit their application for DACA renewal, according to a press release from USCIS.

The release says acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept submissions from DACA recipients who were affected by the mail error if they include “individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner.” If applicants do not have that proof of delayed service, they can call USPS and to be issued a letter proving their circumstance, if applicable.

“All of this could have been avoided by not having a very short arbitrary deadline and by responding to our concerns about having a received-by deadline,” Kate Voigt, the associate director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told The New York Times. “We will be watching these cases very closely to see how USCIS treats them and makes sure that the agency accepts them.”

Those whose application arrived at specific mail pick-up sites for USCIS but were rejected for being late are also being reconsidered. The USCIS press release states that those applicants will be contacted personally to work out the reapplication process. If you have not heard from USCIS but believe that your application arrived at a mail pick-up location in time and was rejected, you can still resubmit with proof that it arrived before the deadline.

It has been reported that as many as 4,000 DACA applications were rejected as a result of this issue. It is unclear how many of those applications will qualify for resubmission.

(H/T: The New York Times)


READ: At Least 74 DACA Applications Were Rejected Because The U.S. Postal Service Was Late

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