Organizations ask to stop ‘mass arrests’ of illegal migrants in Mexico


Sedena has 28 thousand 463 elements in working at migratory “containment centers”

Mass detentions and deportations have made Mexico an “unfriendly” nation to receive thousands of migrants, while refugee claims continue to rise, reaching record numbers this year, human rights organizations said Monday.

From January to May, 48,981 people from more than 100 nations arrived in Mexico requesting refuge, 8,245 more than during the same period in 2021, fleeing poverty, violence, the impact of climate change, and Covid, according to figures from the government Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (Comar).

“We feel enemies of the government,” said Magda Rentería, director of the Documentation Network of Organizations for the Defense of Migrants (Redodem), referring to when they denounce mass detentions and deportations, as well as the conditions of those detained in immigration stations.

” Suddenly Mexico is not the friendly space to find a break “, added the activist during an act to commemorate World Refugee Day.

In another event on Monday, the Secretary of Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, mentioned that currently 28,463 elements are deployed in the fight against migrants so during the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador have been “detained” 518 thousand 668 migrants in the country.

Human rights organizations have criticized Mexico for its immigration policies, highlighting that this has increased abuses against people on the move, including minors, including those perpetrated by security forces.

“We have refugee applicants from all continents and from all latitudes of the world and this requires timely and concrete responses,” said Alejandro Encinas, Undersecretary for Human Rights and Migration. “Faced with this reality, our country has to adapt,” he added.

Every year tens of thousands of migrants arrive in Mexico looking for a bridge to go to the United States or asking for refuge, which keeps institutions dedicated to it, such as Comar, collapsed.


Mexico Daily Post