Sunday, June 16, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Meet Baby Constantin
The youngest known child taken from his parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was a 4-month-old baby named Constantin Mutu. While he was sent to Michigan to live with a foster family, his father was sent to a detention facility and ultimately deported to Romania, uncertain when he would see his son again.
Caitlin Dickerson, an immigration correspondent for The Times, found Constantin, one of thousands of children separated under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” border policy. In the latest episode of “The Weekly,” she reveals how he spent five tumultuous months away from those who loved him most.
Episode 3: ‘Baby Constantin’
Producer/Director: Sweta Vohra
is a Peabody award-winning national immigration reporter, who profiles the lives of immigrants, including those without legal status. Last year, Caitlin reported that the Trump administration was separating hundreds of migrant children from their parents. Weeks later, the administration acknowledged what was happening, calling it a “zero tolerance policy.” She can be reached at . Follow her on Twitter:
· Constantin’s parents, Vasile and Florentina Mutu, left their home in Romania with two of their five children in early 2018 for Mexico, with plans to seek asylum in the United States.
· They lost each other in Mexico. After U.S. border agents apprehended Vasile and baby Constantin in Texas, his wife and their 4-year-old son returned to Romania from Mexico.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Pew Research Center:
Mexicans decline to less than half the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population for the first time.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
President Donald Trump is a bully. And there are only three ways to deal with people like him: Agree to let them have their way, ignore them completely or confront them.
It seems that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, as hes known, has chosen the third of these options, and rightly so. He recently sent a letter directly to Trump that contained a clear warning, perhaps even a threat: Im neither a coward nor timid.
Of course, this was only a first step in AMLOs effort to address Trumps tariff threats against Mexico, the most challenging international crisis his administration has faced thus far. Nevertheless, AMLOs words ultimately fell short. The Mexican government must take concrete actions to fight back. Letters alone will not suffice.
The only thing that Trump respects is power. Nothing else matters to him (which might explain the soft spot he seems to have for autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un). And contrary to what many people might think, Mexico holds a strong position with respect to the United States, given that its one of the top markets for U.S. products. Mexico also helps control the northbound flow of drugs and immigrants into the United States, and is the only nation in the world that can do so. The United States needs Mexico, and thats the message we must keep repeating.
Sunday, June 09, 2019
Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade
There’s nothing “uncontrollable” about people applying for asylum. All the U.S. has to do is meet its obligations under international law.
Saturday, June 08, 2019
México respetará los derechos de los migrantes: Muñoz Ledo: Desde hace años no había una relación tan accidentada con Estados Unidos, es pertinente celebrar los acuerdos y reflexionar sobre el futuro.