Migrants, not criminals

Central American migrants have left property, family, and friends behind, rather than to be at risk of being murdered by gangs

Migrants, not criminals
The migrant caravan was repelled by U.S. troops - Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS
English 26/11/2018 09:17 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 09:22
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Walking thousands of miles under the sun, rain, or the cold isn't easy. A person does this when their needs are enormous. In the last weeks the country has been crossed by; sometimes on foot, sometimes by bus, not by individuals, but by families and entire communities from Honduras and El Salvador, mainly.

They are running away from violence and poverty, from the government's mistakes and lack of actions, and from politicians who are unable to provide a minimum well-being and security level for the population. They would rather leave everything behind: property, family, and friends, than to be at risk of being murdered by criminal groups.

The U.S. government said that there were criminals among them, that they wouldn't be allowed to enter the country, and claimed it was an “invasion”. A discourse full of hate and discrimination, rather than arguments.

The majority of migrants stayed in Mexico City for a week. They were tired, their feet hurt, they had no money but they were hoping to improve their lives. Many stories became public. The Medina Gutiérrez family fled Honduras because of the violence sparked off by the Mara Salvatrucha gang. Elvis Antonio Munguía, a 19-year-old, who arrived in Mexico with the intention to become a soccer player, because of poverty he learned to kick the ball barefoot. Or the transgender people who left their country due to discrimination.

Over a week ago, the first group arrived in Tijuana, where they will wait for the U.S. government to analyze the situation and decides on their asylum request.

While this happens, a protest against them took place, the U.S. President authorized the use of deadly force against those who try to enter the country and the anti-migrant sentiment
increased in Mexico, as in October only 37.8% was against Mexico allowing them to enter the country and give them refuge; now, in November it increased to 50%, according to a survey conducted by EL UNIVERSAL.

Yesterday, the group that tried to cross into the U.S. forcibly was repelled by troops with rubber bullets and tear gas. That is just another sign of desperation from those who left their communities over a month ago and walked thousands of miles.

They don't deserve to be treated like this, They are not criminals, they are migrants. A humanitarian solution is needed.


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