Saturday, September 30, 2023

The arrival of migrants from Europe, Asia and Africa to Sonora has increased

Hermosillo, Sonora. The transit of migrants from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America has increased in recent days in the towns located on the border of Sonora adjacent to the dividing line between Mexico and the United States; Most travel in family units that together seek humanitarian asylum, shelter, food and transportation to continue their journey to US territory.

These exodus people move in groups of at least twenty people, including the elderly, women and children. That is why they are easy to recognize when arriving in Hermosillo, when many foreigners drive from the entrances of the city, especially from the south, to look for transportation, a truck or any cargo vehicle, after in the Central de Autobuses de Hermosillo there are restrictions on the sale of tickets to foreigners to the north of the entity.

Most of them went through the “new” migrant route, Hermosillo, Santa Ana, Altar and Caborca; a desert road heading northwest along the coast of the Sea of ​​Cortez to reach the border of the towns of San Luis Río Colorado and Sonoyta. They carry the basics, a backpack, water and at least one cell phone with internet to use voice translation applications, and to communicate in their native language with anyone who can guide them and facilitate their passage. .

This week, the National Migration Institute reported that it has helped more than 600 migrants from countries such as Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, India, Mauritania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Haiti, Congo, Ghana, Mali and Venezuela.

These migrants were found on buses in the streets of the cities of Santa Ana and San Luis Río Colorado, where the national guards carry out security, surveillance and crime prevention tasks, accompanied by personnel from of the National Migration Institute (INM).

In the search of passenger buses, and even cargo vehicles, a total of 603 migrants were found, of which 72 were minors, without documentation to prove their legal status. stay in Mexico and, In some cases, they need medical support due to dehydration. and digestive or respiratory problems.

During their trip, and due to the lack of skills and knowledge of this “migrant crossing” entity, countless stories of kidnappings, extortions and abandonments emerged, such as the case of four Chinese migrants who origin found on the highway in the desert municipality from San Luis Río Colorado, without enough water or food, where temperatures range from 45 to 50 degrees Celsius.

In these cases found by immigration and security authorities, people are transferred to the facilities of the National Migration Institute in Hermosillo, to receive food and medical aid, as well as guidance on immigration procedures they must do so while their legal status is there. the country.

Francisco Garduño Yáñez, commissioner of the National Migration Institute (INM), determined that this increase in migrants secured in Sonora, either in safe houses or even in passenger buses, is due to new illegal routes of trafficking found. He explained that the movement of these exodus families through Mexico changes every day, after noticing checkpoints in some places; He explained that within a few days the human traffickers, or often called “polleros” quickly took new routes.

During his visit to Sonora, Garduño Yáñez explained in detail the route that the institution he represents notices thousands of migrants from Europe, Asia and Africa, commenting that they arrive by plane to Brazil , from where they travel by land until they cross the Darién. jungle, located between Central America and South America, then they leave the southern border of Mexico. There they are welcomed by states like Chiapas or Tabasco, and continue their journey until they reach the border of the United States, hoping to enter that country without documents.

According to data from the Government of Sonora, the Migrant Assistance Directorate of the Government Secretariat, during 2023, humanitarian attention was given to about 12 thousand migrants who arrived in Sonora from different countries and continents; Of them, approximately 4,000 have been helped by DIF because they are vulnerable people such as the elderly, women and men.

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