Monday, September 27, 2021

Group sues Mexico, seeking to stop mass migration of immigrants

MEXICO CITY-Four immigration defense groups in Mexico announced on Wednesday that they have sought a court injunction to prevent what they call “massive” deportations, arguing that the government violated due process and the laws governing asylum in Mexico and international law.

These groups stated that a legal action was filed on September 3 in the southeastern state of Tabasco and Mexico City.

These groups argued that the government’s practice of expelling immigrants “before dawn and at an uncertain time” is illegal. [border] These groups said they also participated in the chain deportation of migrants who first flown from the United States to southern Mexico and then were transported by Mexican officials to the border with Guatemala. These immigrants were not informed of the possibility of seeking protection in Mexico. .

Immigrants who were deported from the United States were deported under the so-called Article 42 powers, a health regulation formulated during the Trump administration, based on the COVID-19 pandemic, but continued to exist during the Biden administration.

Flight, then bus

Recently, the United States has been transporting non-Mexican immigrants to airports in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco. The Mexican immigration authorities then sent them to the Guatemalan border, although many of them were not Guatemalans. In August, there were 34 such flights. United Nations agencies have also expressed concern.

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Four organizations—Asylum Access, Justice Foundation, Sans Frontières, and Immigration Women’s Institute—considered that the deportation violated the ban on the deportation of persons in need of international protection, and that they did not consider the higher interests of women. Child or gender perspective.

In recent days, President Andres Manuel López Obrador has insisted that Mexico respects the rights of immigrants. The government has been criticized for sometimes violent clashes with migrants trying to walk north from the southern city of Tapachula.

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The president has stated that it is unsustainable to curb immigration only in southern Mexico, and this week he wrote to US President Joe Biden, insisting that the United States take more measures to address the root causes of immigration in the region.


Group sues Mexico, seeking to stop mass migration of immigrants
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