The homicide rate in Mexico increased by a stunning 33% in 2018; hitting an all-time high record as drug violence and gang war continues to plague the region.
“Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country,” writes Reuters.
According to the report, prosecutors opened a stunning 33,341 murder investigations in 2018 compared to the already high 25,036 investigations the previous year.
“Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting,” adds the article.
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BORDER CHAOS: America TOPS GERMANY for Most Asylum Applications in 2017
Stunning new data released by the United Nations reveals that the United States now has more asylum requests than Germany; a country that has admitted more than one million refugees since 2015.
The UN Refugee Agency published the statistics Tuesday, showing that individual asylum applications in the US rose by 27% in 2017; reaching over 330,000 new requests and topping Germany’s 198,000.
“Meanwhile, more people last year from parts of North and Central America ‘undertook the perilous journey northwards to seek asylum in Mexico and the United States of America,’” writes Politico.
“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone,” added the UN report.
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BORDER CHAOS: 55 Immigrants Discovered in a Single Tractor-Trailer in TEXAS
Nearly 60 individuals -including children- were discovered in San Antonio, Texas late Tuesday evening crammed into a single tractor-trailer; raising serious questions over how the immigrants were able to successfully cross the US-Mexico border.
According to MySanAntonio News, authorities from multiple federal and local agencies descended on the south Texas town Tuesday night after the trailer was discovered in a quiet residential neighborhood.
About 40 people suspected to be undocumented immigrants, being searched one by one and then loaded into SAPD van. It seems they came here in this semi trailer which is surrounded by investigators. We're in an alley off of Broadway, near the San Antonio International Airport. pic.twitter.com/LwqhW2cG8r
— Deven Clarke (@DevenClarke) June 13, 2018
“KSAT-TV reports that authorities from several agencies were called to a North Side neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and found 55 people suspected of entering the country illegally in and around a tractor-trailer,” writes MySA.
“This truck was air-conditioned, thank God. This truck had water. So they were hydrated,” said San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood, adding that at least five immigrants were rushed to a nearby hospital.
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