Hundreds of members of the migrant caravan that left Tapachula, Chiapas, marched yesterday in Mexico City to commemorate International Migrants Day, to demand respect for their rights and for the violence against them to stop.
The undocumented persons walked along the emblematic Reforma avenue, in the center of the capital, carrying banners with legends such as “Migration is not a crime, the Government is criminal”, “No one is illegal, down the walls and borders” and “The community LGBT also migrates, we seek respect and freedom ”.
Peacefully, The protesters arrived at the facilities of the United States embassy to demand that their rights be respected and to call for an end to the violence against them. because during their journey through Mexico they have had clashes with representatives of the National Guard and authorities of the National Institute of Migration (INM).
They recalled that they have traveled more than 1,600 kilometers in Mexican territory in search of reaching the United States to improve their living conditions, although along the way they have been reduced in quantity because some have accepted the Government’s offers to regularize and give them job.
Mothers of disappeared migrants took advantage of the moment to ask that the lives of people who migrate “through this territory and throughout the world” be respected.
In addition, They demanded that they be allowed access to countries like Mexico to search for their children and demanded that no disappearance or death go unpunished.
They pointed out that people are forced to leave their countries mainly due to the difficult living conditions and violence they suffer in their places of origin and for the mere fact of wanting a better life they continue to migrate.
The caravan, mostly made up of Central Americans and Haitians, arrived in Mexico City on December 13, after having left on October 23 from the city of Tapachula, in Chiapas.
Since their arrival in the Mexican capital, the activity of the caravan has been intense, as they met with the president of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Rosario Piedra, as well as with capital authorities, with whom they agreed to regularize the about 500 members of the continent and allow the passage to the north to those who wish to continue their route.
NGOs see big setbacks
Within the framework of International Migrants Day, the organizations, led by the Foundation for Justice, pointed out that 2021 “was a year of setbacks” in the migration issue, since it began and ends with tragedies involving migrants.
“And they are a reflection and consequence of failed immigration policies and corruption that continues to be an untouched reality,” they lamented.
They criticized that in an effort to contain migration to the United States, governments such as those of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other countries are hardening and militarizing migration policies.
This “without measuring the human cost of these measures. With this, the border between the United States and Mexico is already recognized as the most lethal in the world ”, they specified.
They said that although there are visible tragedies such as the Camargo massacre in Tamaulipas, which occurred on January 22, in which 19 migrants died; as well as the accident of a trailer on December 9 in Chiapas, which claimed the lives of 56 undocumented immigrants and left hundreds of injured are the most visible.
However, they stressed that “the tragedy experienced by migrants is painfully everyday and often silent.”
This includes disappearances, executions, extortions, rapes, torture and other humiliations and violations of the human rights of migrants “without the authorities of the countries of origin, destination and route answering for it or doing anything to stop it.”
They also recalled that the illegal trafficking of migrants is one of the most lucrative businesses, but this would not be possible without the participation or tolerance of the authorities “nor would it last if they complied with their prevention and investigation obligations.”
They assured that contrary to this, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has perpetrated “a systemic impunity that lays the foundations of this humanitarian scourge.”