Daily Archives: Jun 10, 2019

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into their efforts, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Monday.

    Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the measures could be needed if a deal announced last week between Washington and Mexico fails to reduce within 45 days the numbers of migrants entering Mexico, mainly from Central America, on their way to the U.S. border.

    The deal averted import tariffs on all Mexican goods that President Donald Trump had threatened to impose unless Mexico committed to do more to fight illegal immigration into the United States.

    Stock markets around the world rose on Monday while U.S. Treasury prices fell after the United States shelved the tariff plan, easing worries about the impact of another trade war on the global economy. The Mexican peso was up more than 2% against the dollar but major risks remain for the currency.

    Under the agreement, Mexico will rapidly expand a program under which migrants applying for asylum in the United States wait out the process in Mexico. It has also pledged to reinforce its southern border with Guatemala with 6,000 members of its National Guard militarized police force.

    But Trump on Monday said he would go ahead with the proposed tariffs if Mexico’s Congress does not back part of the deal that may need lawmakers’ approval.

    “We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated,” he wrote on Twitter.

    Ebrard said Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the United States to share the burden.


    “If the measures we are proposing are not successful, we have to discuss with the United States and with other countries, like Guatemala, Panama and Brazil,” he said. “It is a regional system.”

    “If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress,” Ebrard said.

    Many of the migrants are families trying to escape poverty and violent crime in Central America, one of the most impoverished areas in the Western Hemisphere.

    Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the United States through Mexico. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north.

    While he did not go into detail, Ebrard suggested that asylum seekers might have to seek refuge in the first country they reached after leaving their homeland.

    That is different from a long-standing U.S. demand that Mexico be declared a safe place for asylum seekers, requiring them to seek refuge in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the United States. That demand was put on the table again by U.S. negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

    Any plan that called on Brazil, Guatemala or Panama to take in more asylum seekers would require cooperation from those countries.

    U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an “invasion,” had threatened to keep raising duties up to 25% unless Mexico did more to curb it.

    The Trump administration announced on Monday that Kenneth Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the nation’s legal immigration system. Cuccinelli, a former attorney general of Virginia, has developed a reputation as a hardliner on immigration.

    He has called for denying citizenship to U.S.-born children whose parents are in the country illegally, and authorized law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped.

    Reporting by Dave Graham; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu and Makini Brice in Washington and Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to provide evidence gathered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to lawmakers who are considering whether to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a top Democrat said on Monday.

      House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he will hold off on a threat to bring criminal contempt charges against Attorney General William Barr, as long as the Justice Department continues to provide materials sought by his committee.

      The agreement marks a rare moment of compromise between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, who have been seeking materials from Mueller’s two-year investigation, which examined Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether Trump tried to undermine the probe.

      Nadler’s committee has issued subpoenas for an unredacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report, released in April, as well as underlying evidence gathered during the process.

      The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote on Tuesday on a measure that would authorize a lawsuit to enforce those subpoenas.

      Nadler said there will be no need to move ahead with the lawsuit if the Justice Department provides the material sought by his committee.

      Audiencia de Revision Comunitaria

      Plan de acción anual 2019/20 y enmiendas del ete ano y del año anterior

      Jueves 27 de Junio de 2019 6:00 PM
      Belle Centro 104 Maryland St.

      Buffalo, NY 14201

      El alcalde Byron W. Brown invita a los residentes de Buffalo a estar presentes en nuestra Audiencia Pública de Revisión de la Comunidad para las asignaciones anticipadas de 2019/20 de la ciudad para los siguientes programas federales: Subsidio global para el desarrollo de la comunidad; HOME Asociaciones de inversión; Subvención de Soluciones de Emergencia; y Oportunidades de Vivienda para Personas con SIDA. También discutiremos los cambios propuestos a los planes de acción anuales actuales y anteriores.

      El personal de la ciudad estará presente para responder cualquier pregunta que tenga la comunidad sobre dónde se asignarán los fondos federales. Los representantes de la ciudad también aceptarán los comentarios de los ciudadanos con respecto al uso de estos fondos para abordar las necesidades de vivienda y desarrollo comunitario.

      Se alientan los comentarios por escrito tanto al Plan de acción anual como a las Enmiendas, que se incluirán en la presentación de la ciudad a HUD. Los comentarios deben enviarse por correo postal antes del 28 de julio de 2019 en cualquiera de los 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; o HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com.

      Para obtener más información sobre este aviso público o para solicitar adaptaciones especiales para la audiencia pública, llame al 851-5449. Los oradores birmanos, árabes, nepalíes y karen deben confirmar su asistencia para los servicios de traducción antes de la reunión.

      Community Review Hearing


      June 27th, 2019
      6:00 PM
      Father Belle Center, 104 Maryland St. Buffalo, NY 14201

      Mayor Byron W. Brown invites Buffalo residents to be present in our Public Community Review Hearing for the city’s anticipated 2019/20 allocations for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant; HOME Investment Partnerships; Emergency Solutions Grant; and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. We will also discuss proposed changes to current and prior year Annual Action Plans.

      City staff will be present to answer any questions the community has about where the federal funds will be allocated. City representatives will also accept citizen comments regarding the use of this funding to address housing and community development needs.

      Written comments to both the Annual Action Plan and Amendments are encouraged, and will be included in the city’s submission to HUD. Comments must be postmarked by July 28, 2019 at either 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; or HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com.

      For more information regarding this public notice, or to request special accommodations for the public hearing, please call 851-5449. Burmese, Arabic, Nepali, and Karen speakers must RSVP for translation services prior to meeting.





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