translated from Spanish: NGOs to enter immigration stations on 1 February: INM

The National Migration Institute (INM) undertook to open the doors of the country’s migration stations and temporary stays, so that social and religious organizations can enter, starting on February 1.
Through a statement, the INM detailed that visits will be based on the rescheduling of appointments that were notified to the various organizations this morning.
“The scheduled appointments are for 10 organizations that were already scheduled to visit immigration headquarters in the last days of January,” he said.
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It also stated that the schedule for the other organizations that have already been authorized and notified for the month of February and the course of the year would not be changed.
“This is how a joint work is maintained with the various actors acting for people in context of mobility; their contributions are valuable to the institute and especially to the population housed in the facilities,” the INM said.
Clarification on admission to immigration stations follows an official document was released on Tuesday informing inM that access to migrant detention centres in the country was “temporarily” suspended.
Subsequently, the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) said “unaware” of the document, which was allegedly disseminated “without the authorization of the higher authorities”.
On Wednesday, during his morning conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied that access to social and religious organizations to the immigration stations has been prevented.
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“How do you imagine that we are going to leave religious, members of civil society, social organizations unattended without being able to attend a shelter.
The announcement of the temporary suspension of access to organizations came at a time of crisis: in ten days, more than 2,300 migrants were deported to Honduras. All of them were part of the caravan that departed from San Pedro Sula on 15 January.
Although López Obrador has denied that these are deportations and claims that all of them have returned of their own free will.
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