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Two Migrants From Cameroon Drowned Off The Coast Of Chiapas As Mexico Continues To Crackdown On Caravans

Mexico and U.S. relations is a tricky and complicated mess — as history shows, it’s always been that way. These days, however, the concerns of these neighboring countries lie mainly on migration and border security. The surge of Central Americans migrants has put a strain on the U.S. and Mexico. And, it’s not just Central Americans that are making their way to the Mexican border with hope of reaching the U.S. There are also migrants coming from Cuba, Haiti, and Africa. So, what was once an issue between Mexico and the United States, is now concerning migrants from various parts of the world who are fleeing their native countries.

Last week as Mexico’s national guard continues to block migration into their country, at least two people from Cameroon drowned off the coast of Puerto Arista in Chiapas, Mexico. 

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The dead bodies washed up to shore after a small boat capsized on Oct. 11 that left two dead and two others missing. The rest of the migrants (six men and one woman) were rescued, AZcentral.com reports. All migrants were from “a country that has seen a growing exodus of refugees amid an increasingly violent conflict between its French- and English-speaking communities,” Voa News reports. 

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a migrant advocacy organization, said that hostile Mexican forces broke up the caravan, but resulted in many fleeing toward the mountains. 

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“Yesterday morning, a caravan of migrants of many different nationalities left from Tapachula on foot, Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated on Facebook. “In the afternoon, the Mexican government, with a very large number of the national guard and the national institute of migration, blocked their passage, arrested many of its members, and dismantled it, sending many migrant families to hide in the mountain. The deployment of the military was like a full-fledged operation, but in reality it was to hunt migrants, women, girls, boys and men migrants, migrants who do not want to stay in Mexico, who do not take anything away from Mexico, who only want to pass, and flee violence and hunger in their places of origin.”

The crackdown of migrant caravans comes after President Donald Trump urged President Andres Manuel López Obrador to curb migration into Mexico. 

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As a result, President López Obrador sent thousands of National Guard troops to defend Mexico’s southern border that neighbors GuatemalaLast month, President Trump publicly thanked President López Obrador for securing Mexico’s border during the United Nations General Assembly.

“I would like to thank President López Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving, and for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border,” President Trump said. “Mexico is showing us great respect, and I respect them in return.”

While that appreciation may have seemed sincere, a few days later, Trump said that he was “using Mexico to protect our border.” President López Obrador didn’t think President Trump’s words disrespectful because he said, according to the New York Times, “There’s nothing we should be ashamed of. We protect Mexico’s sovereignty. At the same time, we try to avoid confrontation.”

Now, critics of President Trump are saying that Mexico is actually paying for Trump’s border wall by creating a human fence with the Mexican national guard.

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Mexico foreign ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco told CNN that since the deployment of the Mexican national guard, migrant caravans had decreased significantly. “The number of migrants presented before Mexican authorities has decreased by 70 percent from June to September,” Velasco said to CNN. 

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Jorge Ramos wrote that at least one Mexican official went on the record to state that Mexico is basically the wall that President Trump wants. “Armando Santacruz, president of Mexico United Against Crime, told me in an interview. ‘Yes, we are the wall. And [Mexico’s] National Guard is now spending a lot of its resources keeping immigrants away,” Ramos wrote. 

Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated that the Mexican government is doing the “dirty work of the United States.” They also said that President López Obrador is wrong when with his claims that migrants are criminals. Pueblo Sin Fronteras say these are displaced people who fled their home due to violence, discrimination, and bureaucracy. 

READ: Under Pressure From Trump, Mexican Soldiers Are Making Life For Migrants Passing Through Mexico A Living Hell

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

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Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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