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Mexico Tightens Travel Rules On Peruvians In A Show Of Visa Diplomacy To Slow Migration To US

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Boulevard, California  — Julia Paredes believed that her migration to the United States was either now or never. Mexico was just days away from needing visas for Peruvian travelers. If she didn’t move immediately, she’d have to embark on a more dangerous, clandestine voyage overland to join her sister in Dallas.

Mexico began requiring visas for Peruvians on Monday in response to a significant surge of migrants from the South American country, following similar actions by Venezuelans, Ecuadorians, and Brazilians. It removed the possibility of flying to a Mexican city near the US border, like Paredes, 45, did just before the deadline.

“I had to treat it as an emergency,” said Paredes, who worked delivering lunch to miners in Arequipa, Peru, and borrowed money to fly to Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego. Last month, traffickers led her through a remote hole in the border wall to a dirt lot in California, where she and about 100 other migrants from around the world chilled over campfires after a morning drizzle while waiting for overloaded Border Patrol agents to bring them to a processing station.

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Mexico Tightens Travel Rules On Peruvians In A Show Of Visa Diplomacy To Slow Migration To US

Senior US officials addressed reporters ahead of a summit of top diplomats from approximately 20 Western hemisphere countries this week in Guatemala. They praised Mexico’s crackdown on air travel from Peru and described visa restrictions as an important instrument for combating illegal migration.

Critics argue that banning air travel fosters more risky decisions. Although the pause was brief, illegal migration by Venezuelans fell sharply after Mexico enforced visa requirements in January 2022. Last year, Venezuelans accounted for about two-thirds of the record-breaking 520,000 migrants who crossed the Darien Gap, a notorious jungle that spans portions of Panama and Colombia.

Last year, more than 25,000 Chinese traveled through Darien. They typically fly to Ecuador, a country with little travel restrictions, and then illegally cross the US border in San Diego to request asylum. With an immigration court backlog of over 3 million cases, it takes years to resolve such claims, allowing people to obtain work permits and establish roots.

“People are going to come no matter what,” said Miguel Yaranga, 22, who flew from Lima, Peru’s capital, to Tijuana before being released by Border Patrol on Sunday at a San Diego bus stop. He received orders to appear in immigration court in New York in February 2025, which perplexed him because he had informed authorities he would settle with his sister on the opposite side of the country, in Bakersfield, California.

According to Jeremy MacGillivray, deputy chief of the International Organization for Migration’s Mexico mission, Peruvian migration will reduce “at least at the beginning” and then rebound as individuals move to travel through the Darien Gap and to Central America and Mexico.

Last month, Mexico said that it will need visas for Peruvians for the first time since 2012 in response to a “substantial increase” in illegal migration. Large-scale Peruvian migration to Mexico began in 2022. Peruvians were stopped an average of 2,160 times each month from January to March this year, up from a monthly average of 544 times in 2023.

Peruvians also began arriving at the US border in 2022. The US Border Patrol apprehended Peruvians an average of 5,300 times per month last year, dropping to 3,400 from January to March amid Mexico’s massive immigration campaign.

Peru promptly reciprocated Mexico’s visa demand but altered its direction after facing criticism from the country’s tourism industry. Peru stated in its reversal that it is a member of a regional economic bloc that includes Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.

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Mexico Tightens Travel Rules On Peruvians In A Show Of Visa Diplomacy To Slow Migration To US

According to Adam Isaacson, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, Peru’s membership in the Pacific Alliance with Mexico gave its people visa-free travel longer than in other countries.

It is unknown whether Colombia, another major source of migration, will be next, but Isacson claims Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a “lovefest” with his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, while his relations with Peru’s administration are tense.

Colombians frequently rank among the top nationalities of migrants arriving at Tijuana’s airport. Many stay in motels before being guided to the boulder-strewn mountains east of the city, where they cross through border wall holes and walk into dirt lots designated as waiting stations by the Border Patrol.

Bryan Ramírez, a 25-year-old Colombian, arrived in the United States with his girlfriend last month, just two days after flying from Bogota to Cancun, Mexico, and then to Tijuana. He waited with others overnight for Border Patrol authorities to pick him up as chilly rain and strong winds whipped over the crackle of high-voltage power lines.

The group waiting near Boulevard, a small, vaguely defined rural community, included several Peruvians who claimed to have come for economic opportunities and to flee violence and political concerns.

Peruvians can still bypass the Darien jungle by traveling to El Salvador, which granted them visa-free travel in December in exchange for a similar action by Peru’s government. However, they would still have to travel overland via Mexico, where many are robbed or abducted.

Mexico Tightens Travel Rules On Peruvians In A Show Of Visa Diplomacy To Slow Migration To US

Ecuadorians, who have required visas to enter Mexico since September 2021, can also fly to El Salvador, albeit not all of them do. Oscar Palacios, 42, explained that he walked through Darien since he couldn’t afford to fly.

Palacios, who abandoned his wife and year-old child in Ecuador with plans to financially support them in the United States, said it took him two weeks to get from his house near the violent city of Esmeralda to Mexico’s border with Guatemala. It took him two months to cross Mexico because immigration officials turned him around three times and bused him back to the country’s southern region. He claimed he was routinely robbed.

After three nights in a motel, Palacios arrived in Tijuana and entered the United States. A Border Patrol agent recognized him with migrants from Turkey and Brazil and drove them to a dirt lot to wait for a van or bus to transport them to a processing station. Looking back on the adventure, Palacios stated that he would rather cross the Darien Gap 100 times than Mexico just once.

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Pope Francis Says Clergy is Overflowing with “Faggottness”

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According to La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, Italy’s major circulation dailies, Pope Francis stated that seminaries, or priestly institutions, are already overflowing with “frociaggine,” a vulgar Italian phrase loosely translating as “faggottness.”

The Vatican did not return a request for comment.

La Repubblica cited many nameless sources, while Corriere cited a few unnamed bishops who argued that the pope, as an Argentine, may not have realized the Italian term he used was derogatory.

Political gossip website. Dagospia was the first to report on the alleged incident, which occurred on May 20, when the Italian Bishops Conference began a four-day conference with a private meeting with the Pope.

Francis, who is 87, has been credited with moving the Roman Catholic Church toward a more tolerant stance to the LGBT population.

Pope’s message to gay seminarians

In 2013, at the start of his papacy, he famously declared, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” Last year, he permitted priests to bless members of same-sex couples, eliciting strong conservative criticism.

Nonetheless, when he met with Italian bishops in 2018, he issued a similar message to gay seminarians, minus the reported swear word, instructing them to thoroughly scrutinize priesthood hopefuls and reject any suspected homosexuals.

In a 2005 declaration issued by Francis’ late predecessor, Benedict XVI, the Vatican stated that anyone who had decisively overcome homosexual impulses for at least three years might be admitted to the priesthood.

The statement stated that practicing homosexuals, people with “deep-seated” gay tendencies, and those who “support the so-called gay culture” should be excluded.

Gay men in the Catholic priesthood

The acceptance of gay men in the Catholic priesthood has long been controversial. While the Church officially forbids same-sex partnerships, many priests are considered to be gay, sparking issues about celibacy, secrecy, and hypocrisy among the clergy.

Critics claim that gay priests frequently conceal their sexuality, living secretive lifestyles that breach their vows of honesty and integrity. This secrecy can foster toxic cultures and encourage aggressive conduct. Supporters argue that a person’s sexual orientation does not determine their ability to serve God or live a faithful life.

The problem presents difficult considerations about the Church’s position on homosexuality, the function of celibacy in the priesthood, and how societal perceptions affect religious institutions. Finally, whether gay men should be allowed to become priests remains a divisive issue in the Catholic world and elsewhere.

 

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Trans Activist Jared Ravizza Arrested for Stabbing Four Girls in Movie Theatre

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Jared Ravizza, a trans activist who identifies as a woman, has been detained in connection with a stabbing at an AMC theater in Massachusetts, which injured four people. Ravizza has also been named as a suspect in a second murder investigation in Connecticut.

Jason Ravizza, 26, of Martha’s Vineyard, is thought to have been involved in another violent crime in Deep River, Connecticut. According to WCVB, police discovered a body at the address associated with this investigation approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said he also drove thirty miles and stabbed two McDonald’s employees.

On Saturday at 3:36 p.m., Connecticut State Police responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence in Westbrook. The name of the victim is unknown, but Ravizza is a suspect in the murder.

Ravizza, whose father, Jared, is an acclaimed sports psychiatrist, identifies as a woman and has been reported to be a trans activist.

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Jared Ravizza Laughed Entire Time

According to Fox News, a Massachusetts mother claims her girls were among the victims of a stabbing spree that left six people injured in two towns over the weekend, and that the suspect was “laughing the whole time” during the assault.

“I received a call from my sister informing me that my oldest daughter had contacted her and that I needed to hurry to the AMC movie theater right immediately because they had been stabbed.

Honestly, I just hopped in my car and drove right there,” Lisa Dembowski told reporters about the first incident, in which Braintree Police said four young females aged 9 to 17 had “non-life-threatening injuries.”

“They were the only four individuals in the movie theater. They’d just sat down. They had just received their concessions. And I believe he walked up behind them in the row – they were in the second row – and he approached them,” Dembowski explained.

“My oldest was leaning forward to grab something. He hit her in the back, then my other daughter in the top of the chest. Then, my last daughter crossed her arm, giggling the entire while, grabbed their friend, and went off.”

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Second attack on McDonald’s employees

Dembowski stated that her girls are now “physically fine” but “shaken up” and “terrified that they could just go to a movie on a Saturday night and this could happen, someone could just walk into a movie theater and do this.”

Officials said the movie theater stabbing occurred at 6 p.m., before Ravizza reportedly carried out a second attack on McDonald’s employees at a rest stop on Route 3 in Plymouth about an hour later.

The current investigations in Massachusetts and Connecticut are closely linked as police strive to determine the links between these terrible crimes. Further information is expected as the investigations progress.

According to a statement published by the Braintree Police Department, a man snuck into the movie without paying, and then suddenly attacked and stabbed the four young females. “The attack appeared unprovoked.”

Paramedics responded quickly to the site, while police initiated a manhunt for the perpetrator and shared a description of his car with other law enforcement agencies.

All of the girls were sent to the hospital, but none had life-threatening injuries. Dembowski described the two older girls as heroes who cared for her two smaller children before the authorities arrived.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

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TOKYO — North Korea launched a missile into the sea on Monday, according to Japan and South Korea, just hours after announcing preparations to launch a rocket into space, reportedly carrying its second military reconnaissance satellite.

North Korea had previously informed Japan’s coast guard of its plans to launch “a satellite rocket” during a launch window from Monday to June 3.

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Following North Korea’s launch, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office canceled a missile alert for the island of Okinawa, stating that the missile was not considered to be headed for the region.

North Korea launched its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit in November of last year as part of attempts to establish a space-based monitoring network to counter what it considers growing US-led military threats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later said at a governing party conference that the country would launch three more military spy satellites in 2024.

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The United Nations prohibits North Korea from carrying out any satellite launches, perceiving them as cover for testing long-range missile technologies. North Korea has consistently claimed that it has the right to launch satellites and test missiles. Kim has stated that spy satellites will help his military to better observe US and South Korean military activity while also increasing the threat posed by its nuclear-capable missiles.

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North Korea Appears To Have Fired A Missile Into The Sea, Japan And South Korea Say

North Korea provides Japan with launch information because the Japanese Coast Guard coordinates and disseminates maritime safety information throughout East Asia.

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