The processing of asylum seekers ready to enter the US has expanded to a 3rd border crossing, at the same time as nongovernmental organizations known as for extra effort to guard the hundreds nonetheless in Mexican border cities
MEXICO CITY — The processing of asylum seekers ready to enter the US expanded to a 3rd border crossing Friday, at the same time as nongovernmental organizations known as for extra effort to guard the hundreds nonetheless in Mexican border cities.
On Friday, the second day of processing there, 100 asylum-seekers crossed from Matamoros. On Thursday, about two dozen have been processed.
Mexico’s International Affairs ministry stated in a press release that among the many subjects to be mentioned shall be “the mechanisms for cooperation to handle the structural causes of migration in northern Central America and southern Mexico.” Additionally they plan to debate methods to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and alternatives for financial restoration.
The group Medical doctors With out Borders, which works alongside the migratory routes by means of Central America and Mexico, warned Friday that there are locations the place migrants stay at nice threat.
The good majority of the 25,000 asylum seekers with energetic instances who have been compelled to attend out the method in Mexico beneath Trump’s so-called “Stay in Mexico” program, nonetheless have weeks or months of ready forward. The scenario is additional difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has lowered capability at shelters that present a level of security for migrants.
Sergio Martínez, head of Medical doctors With out Borders in Mexico, known as on each governments to keep in mind that the migrants want safety whereas they wait, noting rising violence in border cities, together with Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo.
“What we need to do from (Medical doctors With out Borders) is push the Mexican authorities to take the mandatory steps to guard this inhabitants, who’re its accountability whereas they’re in Mexican territory,” he stated. The U.S. authorities should additionally collaborate because it created the scenario, he added.
In September and October 2019, earlier than the pandemic, the group recorded that in cities like Nuevo Laredo three out of 4 migrants they registered stated that they had been kidnapped within the earlier 10 days. As soon as the pandemic started they weren’t capable of proceed the extent of monitoring, however consider the safety dangers have solely grown as some native authorities have closed shelters citing public well being issues, leaving migrants with out secure areas.
Matamoros “is a drop within the bucket, the tip of the iceberg, and what actually issues us extra are the opposite locations on the border that don’t have even the safety of media consideration” and the place organized crime continues preying on migrants, he stated.