clear
Saturday May 30th, 2015 2:06AM

Mexico to stop jailing illegal immigrants it catches

By The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - Mexico will no longer jail illegal immigrants detained within its borders... a move that could make it easier for many of them to make their way into the U.S.

A measure that takes effect Tuesday eliminates jail times for illegal immigrants caught in Mexico. Most are crossing the country from Central America en route to the U.S.

Undocumented immigration will now be considered a minor offense, punishable by fines equal to US$100 to US$500. Illegal immigrants previously faced up to 10 years in prison, though most were simply deported.

Mexican legislators who backed the revision say Mexico's previous penalties complicated efforts to lobby for better treatment of Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

Activists want more to be done to protect migrants in Mexico, where many are robbed and abused on their way north.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Cleveland GBI offices evacuated after gas leak
A propane gas leak at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office south of Cleveland Wednesday forced the evacuation of the GBI office and laboratory.
4:38PM ( 6 years ago )
Gainesville INK kids bring in 2009 early
Children at Gainesville's Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) had a New Year's Eve celebration all their own Wednesday.
1:53PM ( 6 years ago )
Tires burn, create smoke in East Hall
Hall County firefighters and Georgia Forestry personnel battled a woods fire in East Hall Tuesday that included a pile of tires around 4:30 p.m.
11:36AM ( 6 years ago )
Local/State News
GSP: DUI drugs cited in wreck with church bus
A wreck that injured more than a dozen people aboard a church bus near Toccoa Thursday night is being blamed on a driver who allegedly was under the influence of drugs.
11:38PM ( 2 hours ago )
One killed, another injured in Cumming car accident
One person was killed and another seriously injured early Friday evening in a two-vehicle collision in Forsyth County.
9:49PM ( 4 hours ago )
Five injured after pedestrian enters Sardis Rd
Charges are pending against a pedestrian who reportedly caused a car accident on Sardis Road in Hall County.
5:52PM ( 8 hours ago )
Father: Woman shot by sheriff told Gwinnett police it was an accident
The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty model home in Gwinnett County, her father said Friday.
3:52PM ( 10 hours ago )
Falcon LB wanted for Aggravated Animal Cruelty
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo is wanted by Gwinnett County Police.
3:51PM ( 10 hours ago )