The National Migration Institute (INM) reported on Tuesday that the entry of civil society organizations and religious associations to the immigration stations is temporarily suspended, to observe the conditions in which people who were transferred by the authorities to these facilities remain, after crossing the Mexican border.
«This Institute recognizes the important work of these associations and organizations on behalf of migrants; however, due to the contingency, it is necessary that the migrant staff focus all their efforts on serving the migrant population, respecting their human rights at all times», readiness in a document signed by Antonio Molina Díaz, Director General of Migration Verification.
The trade has the number 0118/2020. The suspension, the authorities noted, will remain in force until further notice.
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«Tomorrow, members of religious associations and civil society organizations will be notified of the new dates for their entry into real estate. The rescheduling will depend on the work agenda of each station and migrant stay, with the aim of having services for the migrant population unburdened without interruption,» the INM said in an information card, confirming the veracity of the office 0118/2020.
«It should be recalled that last Friday, representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-DH); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) entered the 21st Century Migration Station. THE INM is committed to transparency and respect for human rights in complying with the Mexican State’s safe haven obligations, as well as in the adheremy to Mexican law and international treaties to which it is a party,» he added.
Last Friday 24th, INM organized a visit to the 21st Century station with international institutions such as UNHCR. The visit lasted only two hours. At that time, officers were only able to spend 20 minutes in the area where migrants remain locked up, according to sources they came.
«They first turn Mexico into Trump’s wall using the National Guard to crack down on migrants, then #CNDH renounce severance into their historical responsibility to defend their rights and now close the door to citizen surveillance,» acknowledged Clemente Castañeda, leader of the Citizen Movement party.
This fact of the suspension comes at a critical time, after more than 2,000 migrants who arrived by caravan were deported in the last ten days.
Organizations such as Amnesty International last week urged the Mexican government to allow access to immigration stations.
The Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) also entered. Last Monday its members were able to visit the stations of Siglo XXI, in Tapachula, Chiapas, and Villahermosa, in Tabasco.
Comar sources explained that, on Monday alone, 26 people applied for asylum in Tapachula, 90 in Villahermosa, 5 families in Mexico City and another 260 people managed to reach the registration center in Tapachula. The latter would be members of the caravan who managed to escape the encirclement of the National Guard and reach the offices of Comar, to demand free registration, without being locked up in a immigration station.
With information from Alberto Pradilla
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