Tuesday - Jul 23, 2019

Mexican president, Trump discuss migration and employment

by the El Reportero’s wire services

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday that he spoke by phone with Donald Trump about the migration crisis in Central America and the idea of applying a joint program of development that puts an end to it.

The president shared a photo in the social media in which he appears accompanied by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrad, at the moment he was talking with his neighbor with whom he shares, as a transit country to the United States, the migratory exodus.

The idea insisted by López Obrador is to organize a joint program of development that generates jobs and improves the living conditions of Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans, especially young people, and thus attack the root causes of migration, as well as the social and criminal violence in those countries.

Saving the distances, the Mexican president compares that program with the controversial Marshal Plan that the United States applied in Europe after the Second World War and that, in the Central American case, would be executed jointly by both countries and Canada, the other partner of the trilateral free trade treaty known as T-MEC.

The development plan would also extend to Mexico with the aim of creating jobs and also curbing the national migration to the neighboring country, which Trump criticizes so much.

Through Twitter, the Mexican president reported that ‘in respectful and friendly terms, we spoke about the migration issue and the possibility of implementing a joint program of development and job creation in Central America and our country,’ he added.

On Wednesday, when he delivered his morning press conference, López Obrador suddenly left after reporting that he was going to have a phone call. We talk tomorrow, he said.

7-Year-old migrant girl dies of dehydration and shock in Border Patrol custody

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who crossed the southern border into the United States illegally earlier this month died of dehydration and shock after being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in New Mexico.

The girl and her father were part of a group of 163 people who surrendered to Border Patrol officers on the night of Dec. 6, south of Lordsburg N.M., according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.

Eight hours after the girl and her father were apprehended and taken into custody, she began having seizures and her body temperature was measured at 105.7 degrees by emergency responders. The Post reports, citing a CBP statement, that the girl “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

Nicaragua: Sandinista deputies annul the legal status of Cenidh and let’s make Democracy

With 70 votes in favor and 17 against, the majority of Sandinista deputies of the National Assembly canceled the legal status of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh), which is run by the activist Vilma Núñez de Escorcia.

Minutes before, with a vote of 70 votes in favor and 16 against, they also approved annulling the legal status of the agency Hagamos Democracia, which is chaired by Luciano García.

The request had been presented on December 12 as a matter of urgency by the Sandinista deputy Filiberto Rodríguez, at the request of the Ministry of the Interior.

The argument of the deputy Rodriguez to request such cancellation, is that these agencies have been given to activities that do not correspond to their purposes and that have collaborated with the attempted coup plans in recent months in Nicaragua.

The 80-year-old activist reiterated her “commitment” to continue defending human rights “until my physical strength allows me to do so”.