Mexico Militarizing Its Immigration Policy

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Mexico Militarizing Its Immigration Policy


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MEXICO CITY - Under growing pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico's immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement that has support of the country's foreign secretary.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has faced pointed criticism from the left about the change in direction, but Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard made clear this week after a meeting at the White House that Mexico plans to stick with the get-tough approach that has succeeded in reducing the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. border.

"We haven't done anything that we should be ashamed of," Ebrard said Tuesday in Washington. "We would never do that."

Not everyone agrees. More than 100 organizations from Mexico, Central America and the United States signed a letter this week denouncing some of Mexico's immigration enforcement practices as "arbitrary, indiscriminate and therefore illegal."

"In these 90 days, Mexico has become President Trump's border wall," the letter added.

New Zealand plans more strict gun ownership law

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership.

A bill introduced to Parliament on Friday would create a register to track all the guns in the country and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. …

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