Abuse Of Migrants In Mexico Likely To Increase Under U.S. Pressure, Advocates Say

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 4:29pm
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:49am

A network of shelters for migrants in Mexico said the violation of human rights of migrants in that country has become more prevalent.

The Network of Organizations Documenting and Defending Migrants — which includes 28 shelters from the Guatemala to the Texas, Arizona and California borders — said in a study released on Tuesday that in 2018, they received an increasing number of reports of migrants being assaulted, robbed, kidnapped and deported without being informed of their rights by authorities.

It’s likely more abuse will occur as the Mexican government steps up its immigration enforcement under pressure from the Trump administration, said Jorge Perez, a co-author of the report and head of the 1 de 7 Migrando shelter in the northern city of Chihuahua.

“Mexico is becoming the defacto migration police for the United States,” Perez said.

The network tended to U.S.-bound migrants from around the globe in 208 but almost 80%, roughly 28,000, were from Honduras, according to report.

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