Assuming that the deportation of Haitian migrants to their country would be a crime due to the unfavorable conditions in which they find themselves, the Mexican government is preparing a special program to legalize the largest number of these families, so that they can be integrated into the economy.
The head of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, Andrés Ramírez, reported that on November 16, 45,000 applicants for refugee status had been registered by that nationality alone, and if the children of Brazilian or Chilean nationality were added, it could reach 52,000, a figure almost 10 times higher than the one registered throughout 2019, with 5,000 539 requests.
“We know very well that the situation in Haiti is terrible, it is chaotic, a completely exhausted parliament, a situation where there is an earthquake, a hurricane, a murder, the poorest country in America.
“In fact, sending or deporting Haitians to Haiti is practically a crime, it is something we are absolutely opposed to.”
He announced that at a meeting held on Monday by Interior Ministry officials led by the Deputy Secretary for Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, the initiative was taken, in one for which the Mexican government is already working. to offer alternatives to Caribbean migrants to formalize their stay in the country.
So far this year, Comar has received a total of 116,500 applications for refugee status and supplementary protection, from 106 different nationalities.
On the other hand, the caravan left Tapachula, Chiapas, on November 18, and yesterday they were in Mapstepec municipality, when they, through their representative Luis Rey García Villagrán, accepted the proposal from the immigration authority to start the process of regulating their stay in national territory, for which the caravan dissolved.
In this context, the Director-General for the Coordination of the Representations of the INM, Héctor Martínez Castuera, announced the commitments made with the foreigners who agreed to close the caravan and thus the risk that it entailed for minors, women, adults, the sick or the disabled.
The transfer will take place to the following units and cities in the country: Puebla, Querétaro, Hidalgo, the State of Mexico, Michoacán, Guerrero, Colima, Jalisco and Guanajuato (at the headquarters of León and San Miguel de Allende).
In each representative office of the National Institute of Migration in the destination units, they will receive a business card for humanitarian reasons.
In these units, they will be provided with accommodation in the shelters within the integrated development system of the family (DIF) or civil society, as long as they remain in the city and their situation is clarified.
Similarly, the installation of 10 service tables, in the dome of the football field in the Santa Cruz district of the municipality of Mapstepec, was established for the registration of migrants who are the subject of this agreement, where priority is given to pregnant women and their family core; to those who have a procedure resolved by the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees (Comar) and their family core, and foreigners in vulnerable situations and their family core.
Yesterday, they still showed their anger
TAPACHULA.— Migrants of Haitian nationality blocked the main road to the international airport in the city of Tapachula, in protest of Comar and the National Institute of Migration suspending the provision of humanitarian visas. A representative from the consulate came to calm them down, but they ignored him.
The diplomat was expelled from the place by his own citizens, they even threw objects at him because of the anger shown.
Haitians claim that due to the lack of legal documents in Mexico they can not get jobs, except that they have applied through legal channels to Comar and the National Migration Institute, but they have been rejected on several occasions. These events occurred before the federal government announced the Haitian regularization program.