July 14, 2020

They detect an unusual number of US deportations to Mexico prior to raids

The daily arrival of a hundred Mexican deportees from the United States to the border city of Matamoros anticipates the possible arrival of more people and puts the institutions on alert, following the announced massive raids by President Donald Trump.

During the month of July, along the northern border of the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the number of people repatriated from the United States has increased considerably through the Puente Nuevo international crossing that connects the cities of Brownsville (Texas) and Matamoros. , in Tamaulipas.

According to data provided to Efe by the director of the Casa del Migrante in Matamoros, during this month of July the North American authorities have returned to Mexico from this point about one hundred migrants per day.

And the figure could be increased in the coming days by President Trump's immigration policies.

The head of the White House confirmed on Friday that his government will start massive raids in ten cities in the country to deport "thousands" of undocumented immigrants, and said he plans to visit a detention center for immigrants at some point.

Given this, the representatives of the Casa del Migrante in Matamoros are concerned.

If the number of deportees increases, the social problem could grow, because they claim that they do not have enough infrastructure to provide shelter or food for so many people.

The shelter not only provides care to the nationals who are deported but also to dozens of migrants from other countries, arriving until the northern border of Mexico after a hard crossing of thousands of kilometers, that wait for the moment to cross towards the United States.

If massive deportations are carried out, we fear "that a migration shock will take place that will lead us to a crisis, and unfortunately, we would have to provisionally close or not provide what we are accustomed to provide to the migrant community," said the head of the center.

Manuel, is one of the hundreds of migrants who were deported in recent days, most of them arriving from different parts of the United States to the Brownsville airport and from there the security forces transport them by truck to the border bridge.

They return to Mexico with very few belongings, usually stored in plastic bags.

After 26 years of having been living in the United States, he is now in the house of the migrant from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, waiting for his family to help him return to his native state of Mexico, adjacent to the Mexican capital.

Without mentioning why he was arrested, Manuel now suffers the ailments of spending 10 months in prison, because arthritis prevents him from walking normally.

With a sad expression, he tells Efe that at the detention center in Georgia, there were at least 3,000 migrants detained and waiting to be deported to the Mexican border.

Ensures that in recent months the immigration authorities have begun to arrest people with Latino appearance.

Above all, Mexicans, to whom they immediately demand their documents and if they do not have them, they are immediately sent to the migration authorities, without even committing any crime.

"As I am, it is as if I am with half a life, I can not do anything, I can not even go to see if my family has already deposited me to return me to the State of Mexico," concluded the man, in his sixties.

Within 24 hours of the start of the massive raids in at least 10 major cities in the United States, the Mexican government continues to wait for what may happen.

"It is something that can happen (the deportations), but it is not confirmed, and if it were given, we have mechanisms of protection for our compatriots and for the migrants, as we are doing, but we do not advance vespers," said López Obrador on Friday. your morning press conference.

A few days before, the foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said that the 50 consulates of Mexico in the United States are mobilizing and seeing the "many legal ways" to defend the compatriots. He even said that if necessary, he would go to the neighboring country himself, to defend the rights of the migrants.

Precisely, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) made available in the consulates the Contingency Fund for the Representations of Mexico Abroad before the possible start of massive raids against migrants from this country.

The Fund, which until March registered 22.3 million pesos, about 1.17 million dollars, is to attend emergencies derived from the actions undertaken by the US authorities and that require the use of resources to serve the affected Mexicans.

In addition, the SRE has ready a group of 400 lawyers and social networks deployed, for days, a campaign in which it asks Mexican migrants to know their rights and be informed of a possible detention and keep the Information and Assistance Center open. Mexicans (CIAM).

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