News Round-Up In Brief
- Economic, demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing immigration as much as the poor economy or crackdowns in the United States. Acoording to a recent article by the New York Times, migration has “sputtered to a trickle,” based on a mix of developments, including expanding economic and educational opportunities, rising border crime and shrinking families.
- Major health problems are linked to poverty in the more than 2,300 colonias (unincorporated subdivisions) in border states.
The nearly 45,000 people living in 350 Texas colonias are classified by the state as at “highest health risk” because residents have no running water, no wastewater treatment, no paved roads or solid waste disposal. Water- and mosquito-borne illnesses are rampant, along with poor diet, dental problems, diabetes and other chronic conditions, which residents rarely have the health insurance, money or access to regular health care to treat.
- Civil rights groups in Alabama filed a class-action lawsuit on Friday against a new state law that cracks down on “illegal” immigration, saying it would violate the constitutional rights of United States citizens. A recent editorial calls the law, along with similar anti-immigrant schemes in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama, cruel, racist and counterproductive, since the goal of which is to “to make it impossible for people without papers to live without fear.”
- Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office will pay $200,000 to two Hispanic men unlawfully detained during an anti-illegal migrant raid on a landscaping firm in 2009. The men were in the US legally and had committed no other offenses.
- Nearly 200 migrants are feared drowned off Sudan. The passengers were heading to Saudi Arabia, like many other thousands of African migrants who risk the dangerous routes to escape conflicts in their countries and to seek better lives in oil-rich states in the Middle East.
- Denmark has deployed extra customs officers on its frontiers in a move causing concern among EU neighbours. Despite the fact that the nation is part of the Schengen border-free zone, Denmark’s government is under increasing pressure to curb “illegal” immigration.