After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize

MEXICO CITY — The deportees stepped off their flight from El Paso looking bewildered — 135 men who had left families and jobs behind after being swept up in the Trump administration’s mounting effort to send millions of undocumented immigrants back to their economically fraught homeland.

As they filed into Mexico City International Airport last week, government employees handed them free ham-and-cheese sandwiches, Mexican ID cards and information directing them to social services in the capital.

“Welcome back!” a cheerful government worker called out, taking down names and phone numbers.

Then the men, who had spent as many as 20 years in the United States before being caught and held in detention for several weeks, walked out into a Mexico many of them barely remember, where job opportunities are scarce and worries about the worst inflation in a decade await them.

In the wake of new enforcement policies announced by the Trump administration last week that dramatically expand the pool of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, Mexico is bracing for an influx of men and women like them. Their arrival — along with a surge of undocumented immigrants leaving the United States voluntarily — promises to transform Mexican society in the same way their departure did.

Since President Trump took office in January, the number of U.S. government flights landing in Mexico City loaded with deportees has jumped from two a week under President Barack Obama to three, Mexican officials said. The arrivals include convicted felons but also many without criminal records.

The numbers of immigrants deported from the United States waned in the final years of the Obama administration, which took steps to focus enforcement on hardened criminals and recent arrivals.

Trump, who made immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his campaign, has been clear that he views illegal immigrants as potential security threats and competitors to Americans for jobs. This week, he told journalists at a private lunch that he might be open to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a path to legal status for those who had not committed crimes.

But Trump did not mention such a plan in his remarks to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, emphasizing his deportation initiatives instead.

About 500 deported Mexicans, including some who had been picked up when Obama was in office, are arriving here daily.

“Many of these people come not knowing how to speak Spanish,” said Amalia García, secretary of Mexico City’s labor department, which serves as a point of contact for the deportees. “They come feeling very bitter, very ashamed and very hurt.”

More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.

Moreover, the loss of remittances from the United States — Mexico’s second-largest source of revenue at roughly $25 billion last year — could have devastating effects, particularly in rural areas.

At the same time, though, there will be more English-speaking Mexicans entering the workforce who’ve honed their skills in the United States, a development that in the long run could position Mexico to be a stronger player in the global economy, analysts say.

“A lot of these people ran businesses in the U.S. and did well,” said Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. “In the same way that in the United States we saw a wave of Mexicans who became part of the American culture and changed it, we’re now seeing a wave of Mexicans moving back who are integrating American culture into Mexico.”

The Mexican government hopes to tap into that potential — and to diminish the likelihood that deportees will try their luck again across the U.S.-Mexico border, where the Trump administration plans to build a wall.

A federal program launched in 2014, called Somos Mexicanos (We’re Mexican), tries to help returning migrants find jobs, start businesses and deal with the emotional trauma many experience after leaving families in the United States.

Under the program, arriving deportees receive food, a medical checkup and bus fare to wherever they plan to live in Mexico. Local case managers then connect them to social services and job leads and, in some cases, help with moving their families back.

“The first thing that many have in mind is: ‘I want a job,’ ” said Gabriela García Acoltzi, director of the Somos Mexicanos program. “We help them identify other areas where they need assistance.”

But the government’s ability to provide such services to the tens of thousands of returning migrants expected in the coming years is uncertain.

The value of the Mexican peso plunged after Trump took office, prompting worries about the worst inflation in the country since the 2008 global recession. Those fears have heightened as the possibility looms of a trade war with the United States that would affect $1.5 billion in daily cross-border commerce.

Meanwhile, prices for tortillas, meat and other necessities have gone up in response to the federal government’s 20 percent hike in gasoline prices last month, hitting poorer Mexicans especially hard.

In dispensing government resources to the returnees, García cautioned, “the important thing is to be flexible in what they’re requiring.”

At the Mexico City airport, many passengers arrived in the same rumpled clothes they were wearing when U.S. immigration authorities grabbed them. Some wore gray detention center pants after serving time in jail.

Not liking their chances here, several of the men made a beeline toward a nearby bus terminal to find a way back to the border.

“The situation here doesn’t look good,” said Luís Enrique Castillo, 47, adding that he planned to return to his wife, four children and two grandchildren in Chicago, where he lived for 20 years.

Castillo said he was arrested when U.S. immigration officials knocked on his door looking for one of his sons, who had been scheduled for deportation. They didn’t find his son and, after checking his ID, picked him up instead.

José Armando López García, 50, is trying to make a life in Mexico after being deported about a year ago. He left a wife and five children in Las Vegas after a routine traffic stop revealed he was using a fake driver’s license.

López, a professional carpenter, received a $1,260 government grant through the Somos Mexicanos program that allowed him to start a contracting company out of the home he shares near the airport with his 92-year-old mother.

The money he makes is barely enough to live on, López said. And his depression deepens when he sees other children, who remind him of his own.

“I can’t imagine them living here,” López said, tears streaming down his cheeks. “There’s too much insecurity, and I don’t know how it would work with the schools.”

Jill Anderson, director of Otros Dreams en Acción (Other Dreams in Action), an advocacy group for former undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States, said many returning students face problems being admitted to Mexican public schools.

The system for transferring U.S. school credits into Mexican schools is rife with red tape, requiring translated transcripts and other proof, which can take more than a year, Anderson said.

Her group has backed legislation to speed up the process, which President Enrique Peña Nieto recently endorsed. But Anderson also noted the resistance here to doing too much to accommodate a population of returning compatriots who rub many the wrong way with their English and their more aggressive American manner.

“It really interrupts the economic and social norms of Mexico,” she said. “They speak English, and they’re asking for access to higher education and to employment in ways that their parents were not able to.”

When José Manuel Torres, 23, followed his deported father back from Georgia about five years ago, he was denied admission to Mexico City’s public university system because he lacked proof of graduating from his middle school outside Atlanta — despite having his high school diploma.

“I told them, ‘Dude, if I finished high school, isn’t it common sense that I went through middle school?’ ” said Torres, speaking in English with a Southern twang. “They said, ‘Yes, but this is the process.’ ”

Torres was hired by an international call center in Mexico City — a growing industry filled with younger English-speaking Mexicans who, as their parents did in the United States, tend to socialize in isolated communities where they resist speaking the language of their new home.

He left that job, though, and, through a family connection, found another job as a school-orchestra stage manager at the private National Autonomous University of Mexico. This has allowed him to take classes in software engineering, his real interest.

“This place really beats you up,” Torres said about Mexico. “There are so many circumstances here that constantly keep hitting you, pulling you down, and you’ve got to keep driving through it, grinding and pulling.”

It’s that spirit — forged for many returning Mexicans during years of living illegally in the United States — that may ultimately benefit Mexico, said economist Luís de la Calle.

De la Calle predicted that, in the short term, average wages will drop as more qualified people enter the country to compete for scarce jobs. But the overall economy is likely to expand in the long run when those people start to succeed, he said.

“We suffered a cost as a nation by sending those hard workers to the U.S., in the sense that we lost a lot of talent,” de la Calle said. “When they come back to Mexico and they are properly trained, they will make more than a proportional contribution to Mexico.”

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World Bank CEO travels in Mumbai local from Churchgate to Dadar

World Bank Chief Executive Officer CEO Kristalina Georgieva, who is presently in Mumbai, today travelled in local train from Churchgate to Dadar.

During her first official visit to India, Georgevia will see the operations of the Bank-supported suburban rail system in Mumbai starting today. She will hold discussions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, RBI Governor Urjit Patel besides other key policy-makers.

“India is our biggest middle income client. Its economic growth influences global growth. Its achievements in health and education contribute to the world achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I am keen to learn more as India is a laboratory for the world to learn about what works in development and to find new ways to collaborate.” Georgieva said.

While in Mumbai, she will have the opportunity to see how the operations of the World Bank-supported suburban rail system – which carries about eight million commuters each day – is serving a fast growing and urbanizing India.

Georgevia will also visit a school serving low-income households and children with special needs, which is a part of Centre’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme supported by the bank to see how the Mumbai administrators are striving to ensure that basic services are delivered to all residents of the city.


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Hartland Neighborhood Pushing for Removal of Two Dogs Following Attack

Hartland -Some in a Hartland neighborhood are calling for two dogs to be removed from their community.

This comes after the two pit-bull mixes attacked a smaller dog last Friday.

A Facebook post showed an injured “Buster”, and encouraged people in the community to “voice their concerns to the village”.

Some neighbors say they’re outraged the two dogs were allowed to return home after the attack, and that the owner was only given a fine.

Hartland Village President David Cox told CBS 58 the case has been referred to the Waukesha County Humane Officer. Cox also said records of two other similar attack incidents are being given to county officials.

Sara Ehnert, who lives in the neighborhood, said, “If they attacked an animal, I’m just worried they could attack a child, and we have two small children who will be running around all summer.”

The owner of the pit-bull mixes stressed her dogs are friendly around all children and adults, but admits they do have an issue with smaller animals.

She said she will abide by whatever the Waukesha County Humane Officer decides.

If a humane officer declares the dogs as “Dangerous Animal”, a Waukesha County ordinance gives two options.

Any animal declared to be a Dangerous Animal shall be either euthanize with documentation provided to the Humane Officer or confined in a secure enclosure on the premises of the Owner of such animal. No Dangerous Animal shall be allowed off the premises of the Owner unless such animal remains:

1. Inside a secure animal carrier;

2. Under the Direct Control of such Owner and securely muzzled and restrained by a chain with a minimum tensile strength of three hundred (300) pounds.

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Become a successful and caring partner by gifting flowers today

When it comes to choosing the best gift, among the wide range of gestures and clichés already available, nothing can beat a beautifully-wrapped bouquet of gorgeous flowers. Be it somebody’s birthday, anniversary, or an occasion to thank or apologise to someone; flowers can mend any broken relationship, that’s the power they possess.

Each day, millions of people receive or send across flowers as a way of expressing themselves and their feelings to their loved ones. And, the gesture always works! A lot of people do believe that gifting flowers is a sheer waste of money and time. However, one needs to remember that these flowers possess the power of instantly cheering up the mood and spirit of the recipient sans complications and worry.

The vast range of colours and the mesmerising fragrance of every flower just add to the moment making it all the more special. Therefore, it is majorly preferred by most people around the world, regardless of them being a fan of romance, love, adoration or not.

If you are also looking at one of the above mentioned reasons to please someone living in Patna instantly, following are the best handpicked flowers that can be sent across to the special someone. Send flowers to Patna with these easy ways, and get a grip over the relationship today.

  1. Sunflowers: While most people opt for mainstream flowers, not many know that sunflowers can actually do the job, thanks to their unconventional qualities. Sunflowers resemble light, positivity and shine, which are exactly needed in mending the relationship or strengthening it. Thus, a personalised bouquet of sunflowers can definitely work in breaking the ice. One can either make a bouquet to wonderfully present these flowers or make a manual bunch and send. Sunflowers need not be blended with other flowers so don’t bother adding other colours to this bunch.
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A wedding is never a wedding without a Yummy Cake

Wedding season is always exciting. What makes it even more exciting is a cake in varied flavors. People dance, people enjoy but the most important is factor is that people relish the cakes of the big day. With all forms of cakes available in baker’s streets and baker’s shops, wedding cakes are signature cakes and the cake designers make it with utmost care and love as it is the memory that is created to last forever. Is there anyone who doesn’t love cake? I guess there can be not a single soul. Cakes are weaknesses of many. With the change in trends, cake designs also undergo changes. The trends that have been followed off late are in variety so that one has many options to select the right one.

Top Three Weddings Cakes that one can’t do without

From a number of options that are available, there are top three that people have got hooked to.

  1. Layered Cakes: Cakes in layers are cakes with surprise in each layer. It is one of the best cakes available and people go nuts over the taste and the surprise element in every bite. These cakes can be delivered to the doorstep of the wedding destination without one even going to a pastry shop for the order. wedding cake delivery in India is making a trend that is convenient for everyone. Brides and bridegrooms like to choose the surprise elements to be added in the layers. It can be customized too.
  2. 3D animation Cakes: Usually, cakes with designs of animated characters are seen. What is preferred these days is the three-dimensional animated character. One can choose from the couple’s favorite characters of cartoons, sports person, actors and maybe even a favorite book. This style of cake is appreciated as it highlights the love of what the couples love. This showers love and happiness in the air.
  3. Photo Cakes: How about adding photo memories to the most important day of a couple’s life? Choose a few of the favorite photos and then cascade the thought of its portrayal on the cake to the online store. If not on email, the stores can be contacted over the phone too. That makes it even convenient for the people ordering as one is sure of the information being cascaded perfectly.

Never tried these options before? It is time to try and see how the couples react. Couples too, like to choose the theme for the cake so that no miss happens on bringing in the show stopper. A wedding cake is definitely the show stopper after the wedding couples.

These cakes can be the perfect gift to the loved ones too. As the cakes play important roles in one’s wedding, being gifted with this wonderfully crafted cake makes the occasion grand and terrific. People also try funny cake designs to make the party fun and unique as conventional methods are never appreciated much. Anything different is the key to unavoidable attraction and cakes are perfect for causing the happiness lingering.