At least 21 people killed, dozens injured in fuel explosion in Mexico – CNN

At least 21 people were killed in central Mexico after a ruptured gasoline pipeline blew up Friday evening, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo Gov. Omar Fayad said at least 71 others were injured after a explosion in Tlahuelilpan, a town about 80 miles north of Mexico City.
The fire is still burning, Fayad said.
In a statement, state oil company Pemex said the explosion was caused by illegal taps in the pipeline. Fayad called on the community to not steal gasoline.

Residents who live in the immediate vicinity of the pipeline, which runs from the cities of Tuxpan to Tula in the state of Veracruz, have been evacuated, Pemex said in the statement.

Source: At least 21 people killed, dozens injured in fuel explosion in Mexico – CNN

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Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided ‘confrontation’ | Fox News

Around 1,000 Central American migrants marched freely through the Guatemala-Mexico border on Friday after the gates were left wide open, with Mexican authorities standing down from confronting the caravan.

Source: Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided ‘confrontation’ | Fox News

New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

A new caravan of at least 500 migrants late Monday began its perilous journey from a rain-soaked bus station in Honduras to the United States border, members of the group told Fox News.

The scene was a familiar one: The group had a mix of people that included some mothers carrying their young children on their shoulders. It’s unclear where the group will rest, but past migrants have used the Honduran city of Quimistan, which is 35 miles from the bus stop, as an early checkpoint.

As they walked, some migrants pleaded with local store owners to give them food or water for their journey, according to the Associated Press.

Source: New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

20 dead in grisly Mexican gang battle near US border

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a “battle between two groups,” and that security officials would later provide further information.

Source: 20 dead in grisly Mexican gang battle near US border

Steel prototype for border wall cut through with saw, photo shows

A photo demonstrated that the steel columns could breached with a common industrial tool.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

Source: Steel prototype for border wall cut through with saw, photo shows

US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing – BBC News

US border guards fire tear gas into Mexico as migrants try to cross the border near Tijuana.

US agents have fired tear gas over the border into Mexico at migrants trying to enter the country illegally.

Around 150 Central Americans tried to make the crossing near the town of Tijuana to the south of California on New Year’s Day.

One US official described the migrants as a “violent mob”.

It comes as the US federal government remains shut down as President Donald Trump and Congress argue over funding for his proposed border wall.

Source: US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing – BBC News

Another migrant caravan with 15,000 people is set to depart from Honduras next month | Daily Mail Online

The group is preparing to leave Honduras on January 15 and make its way north. Unlike previous caravans, the group is planning to stop short of the US and find work in Mexico instead.

Source: Another migrant caravan with 15,000 people is set to depart from Honduras next month | Daily Mail Online

Trump threatens to close U.S. southern border if Congress doesn’t fund wall | CBC News

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the U.S. southern border if Congress doesn’t agree to provide $5 billion US in taxpayer funds for his promised wall along the border with Mexico.

Source: Trump threatens to close U.S. southern border if Congress doesn’t fund wall | CBC News

Mexico: Helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor | Fox News

A husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash, officials announced.

Mexico’s political class was stunned by the deaths of Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle, a prominent figure in the opposition National Action Party who had vied unsuccessfully for the party’s presidential nomination and its internal leadership. He was currently a federal senator for the party.

Two pilots and a third passenger also died.

The Agusta 109 helicopter fell about 10 minutes after taking off from an airport on the outskirts of Puebla on a flight to Mexico City, crashing about 3.5 miles (5.5 kilometers) north of the airport, federal Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo told a news conference.

Source: Mexico: Helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor | Fox News

GoFundMe for Trump’s border wall raises over $4M in just 3 days

A supporter of President Trump’s border wall proposal has started a GoFundMe to help pay for the project — and the fund skyrocketed to more than $2 million Wednesday night after being live for just three days.

Brian Kolfage, a Trump voter and disabled Iraq War veteran with no connection to the administration, wrote that he set up the page because “President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still.”

Trump campaigned on building a “great wall” on the southern border during the 2016 presidential election.

• My name is Brian Kolfage, I have a verified blue check facebook page as a public figure and I’m a Purple Heart Recipient triple amputee veteran.

• Please read entire statement before emailing questions

• Any questions about this message & Follow me on my facebook or email me atBkolfage@gmail.com

• The campaign is set to the MAX that Gofundme has at the moment… working to get it raised

• USE #GoFundTheWall as a hashtag on social media 

Source: GoFundMe for Trump’s border wall raises over $1M in just 3 days

1,700 US troops at Mexico border sent home because much of their mission ‘complete,’ officials say | Fox News

The U.S. Northern Command announced Thursday that some of the troops stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border would be sent home due to “the completion of border hardening missions.”

Source: 1,700 US troops at Mexico border sent home because much of their mission ‘complete,’ officials say | Fox News

Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report | Fox News

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the United States pay them $50,000 each to go home.

Source: Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report | Fox News

Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego | Fox News

The woman crawled under first, squeezing face down through a gap dug under the border fence.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the San Diego sector has experienced a “slight uptick” in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves in to agents since the caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago.

Thousands of migrants on the Mexico side of the border are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after a grueling weekslong journey through Mexico on foot and hitching rides with the goal of applying for asylum in the U.S. Frustrated with the long wait to apply, with the U.S. processing 100 requests at most each day, some migrants are trying to cross over clandestinely.

Source: Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego | Fox News

Trump signs trade deal with Mexico, Canada as pact faces Democratic opposition in Congress | Fox News

President Trump, his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have officially signed the replacement to NAFTA, in the wake of the Trump administration enacting tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico, which sparked retaliatory tariffs and negotiations with the two countries.

Source: Trump signs trade deal with Mexico, Canada as pact faces Democratic opposition in Congress | Fox News

US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. border agents fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants protesting near the border with Mexico on Sunday after some of them attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries, and American authorities shut down border crossings from the city where thousands are waiting to apply for asylum.

The situation devolved after the group began a peaceful march to appeal for the U.S. to speed processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana.

Source: US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

Rod impales migrant woman who tries climbing over US border fence | Fox News

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the woman was climbing a portion of the fence that was undergoing construction to replace old primary fencing with a new barrier. When she fell, rebar pierced the side of her body.

Officials responded to the scene around 8:25 p.m. and the woman was taken to an area hospital.

Border Patrol Agent Tekae Michael told the news outlet that the woman had two children, ages 3 and 5. After they were evaluated for trauma, they were turned back over to the custody of the Border Patrol.

Source: Rod impales migrant woman who tries climbing over US border fence | Fox News