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Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Treatment of kidnapped migrants becoming more violent, group that helps migrants says
More deportees given free flights home from Tijuana
Mexican farmworkers whose plane crashed in 1948 memorialized in Fresno

       The treatment of kidnapped migrants being held for ransom has gotten more violent, El Mexicano newspaper reported. The migrants are being beaten and threatened with high-powered weapons to convince them to persuade their families to come up with the money the kidnappers are seeking. The migrants, seeking to cross the border into the United States to find work, are being kidnapped more frequently, Padre Ernesto Hernández of the Desayunador of Padre Chava (Father Chava's Breakfast) said. He said that while he was getting around one kidnapping victim a week at the beginning of the year, it has gone up to eight or more. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

      The same page of the newspaper had another story about how Tijuana councilwoman María Luisa Sánchez had given 30,600 pesos ($2,275) to the shelter via the Border Issues Commission so that deportees could fly home. The story said the Migrants Fly Home had helped 450 deportees get back to their places of origin. She told the paper that Volaris had helped by providing discounted tickets at prices between 600 and 1,300 pesos ($44 and $97).

      Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported that 28 Mexican farmworkers whose U.S. Immigration Services-charted plane crashed near Coalinga while taking them back to Mexico from Oakland in 1948 now have a memorial in Fresno. They had been buried in an unmarked grave there. Story, Los Angeles Times: "Names, at last, for those who died as 'deportees.' "