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Thursday, April 20, 2006

While the Republicans and Democrats Fight a War of Words, Migrants Die 


From AP:


Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money....

The level of brutality...migrants face...was apparent Monday, when police conducting a raid for undocumented migrants near a rail yard...shot to death a local man, apparently because his dark skin and work clothes made officers think he was a migrant.

"If you're carrying any money, they take it from you - federal, state, local police, all of them," said Carlos Lopez, a 28-year-old farmhand...crouching in a field near the tracks...waiting to climb onto a northbound freight train....

"The soldiers were there as soon as we crossed the river," he said. "They said, 'You can't cross ... unless you leave something for us.'"...

Maria Elena Gonzalez, who lives near the tracks, said female migrants often complain about abusive police.

"They force them to strip, supposedly to search them, but the purpose is to sexually abuse them," she said.

Others said they had seen migrants beaten to death by police, their bodies left near the railway tracks to make it look as if they had fallen from a train.



If you're wondering why these people haven't been mentioned in the recent rallies, there's a simple reason. These weren't "undocumented workers" who were leaving Mexico. They were "undocumented workers" who were ENTERING it.


While Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said Monday that "Mexico is a country with a clear, defined and generous policy toward migrants," the nation of 105 million has legalized only 15,000 immigrants in the past five years, and many undocumented migrants who are detained are deported.

Although Mexico objects to U.S. authorities detaining Mexican immigrants, police and soldiers usually cause the most trouble for migrants in Mexico, even though they aren't technically authorized to enforce immigration laws.

And while Mexicans denounce the criminalization of their citizens living without papers in the United States, Mexican law classifies undocumented immigration as a felony punishable by up to two years in prison, although deportation is more common.



Yes, IN MEXICO, undocumented immigration is a FELONY. Take that, Harry Reid and George W. Bush.


The number of undocumented migrants detained in Mexico almost doubled from 138,061 in 2002 to 240,269 last year. Forty-two percent were Guatemalan, 33 percent Honduran and most of the rest Salvadoran.

Like the United States, Mexico is becoming reliant on immigrant labor. Last year, then-director of Mexico's immigration agency, Magdalena Carral, said an increasing number of Central Americans were staying in Mexico, rather than just passing through on their way to the U.S.

She said sectors of the Mexican economy facing labor shortages often use undocumented workers because the legal process for work visas is inefficient.



From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

Comments:
Disgusting. I guess I've never thought of it from the other side of the fence.
 
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