Presumed elements of the National Institute of Migration (INM) were recorded while subduing and using a device to give electric shocks against a Cuban migrant in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas. The video was published by Azucena Uresti, a journalist from Grupo Formula.
According to a video that circulated on social networks, in the action against the Cuban migrant you can see four migration agents, three men and one womanall from INM, struggling against him and for a moment one of the agents takes out the electrical device (taser) to take the person away though in action was rebuked by residentswhile other migrants tried to free him on several occasions.
Regarding this incident, registered on Monday afternoon, the National Institute of Migration (INM), dependent on the Ministry of the Interior (Interior), reported this Tuesday in a statement that began investigations to determine responsibilities and gave a view to the Internal Control Body (OIC) “regarding the actions of the migration agents.”
It is not in their protocol to use download devices
The INM clarified “that does not have among its equipment or work tools, nor in its action protocol, the use of electrical discharge deviceslike the one that was apparently used by public servants of the institution against the person in a context of mobility”.
What’s more, condemned and regretted “any act contrary to the law”above all, if it is carried out or committed by an authority.
In this regard, the director of the Center for Human Dignification in Tapachula, Luis Rey García Villagrán, considered that “there will be no penalty” by the National Migration Institute, after the video was released.
The activist indicated that in the event that the migrant was disturbing the order, such as kicking a gate or stealing, the INM “is not the competent authority for that, so the foreigner should have been made available to the competent authority because these arrests encourage violence and hatred”.
He regretted that some citizens celebrated that the immigration staff subjected him to electric shocksbut said that the sensitivity of some people who defended the foreigner could also be seen.
The whereabouts of the migrant are unknown.
Until now the whereabouts of the migrant are unknown and there are no reports that he is in the Siglo XXI migratory station (shelter), nor in the offices of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).
The region is experiencing a record flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants on the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.
Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021, according to data from the country’s Ministry of the Interior.
The Mexican authorities have intercepted 73,034 foreigners with an irregular stay in the national territory between January 1 and March 8 of this year, according to a recent report by the INM.
Meanwhile, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) received a record 131,448 refugee applications in 2021.