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A few bright spots

27 June 2014

Fox News Latino  quotes the the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with estimates that 60 to 90 percent of the refugees from Central America now in custody in the United States may be eligible for either refugee status or political asylum.

Here in Mexico (and sorry, can’t find it on-line:  La Jornada, 26 Junio 2014, page 12) a bill has been introduced in the Chamber of Deputies by PRD Deputy Fernando Zárate to slightly change the immigration laws here, to permit issuing visitor visas  for “humanitarian reasons”.  As “temporary residents” refugees headed for the United States would be able to travel openly on public transit and would be eligible for legal protection while in the country.  IMN (the Mexican immigration service) is also looking at opening transit centers and hostels.


Ideally, the U.S. would stop exploiting Central Americans, shipping weapons and buying drugs, but in the meantime, what I’d really like to see would be passenger trains running from the Guatemalan border to El Paso and Laredo and Nogales… Mexico can absorb some refugees, and can provide some services, but it did not create the crisis, and it’s up to the U.S. to deal with their own mess.




3 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 June 2014 7:02 am

    Very good post, Richard. Estoy completemente de acuerdo.

  2. roberb7 permalink
    28 June 2014 9:39 am

    Yes, passenger trains. But until that happens… I’m a stockholder in Grupo Mexico, which owns Ferromex, which operates the freight trains that carry Central Americans from Chiapas to the US border. I took the trouble to send them a letter a few years ago, with this suggestion: you’re hauling these people anyway. Why not hook up a couple of passenger cars to the rear of each freight train, charge a token amount of money (say $20) to ride in them, hire a security guard, and just make it possible for these people to ride safely and without damaging your property?
    I didn’t get an answer, but if they get the same message from more people, it might help. Here’s their contact page:

  3. mexicomystic permalink
    28 June 2014 5:23 pm

    Freight trains come through Apizaco, Tlaxcala coming from Chiapas and I see a dozen or more beggars who say they are Hondurans in the streets daily. I suspect that a few Mexicans are amongst them claiming to be Hondurans for their own lucrative reasons. There are a couple of halfway houses in town I think run by religious groups and I’ve been told that it isnt safe to go around them at night. INM used to pick them up and ship them back to the Southern border but Human Rights stepped in and complained so now they just ignore the problem.
    My Grandson told me he saw a train stopped at Grajales , Puebla with hundreds of riders that got off and waited for it to restart and when the Engineer started the engine he yelled…Anyone riding on my train has to pay $100 pesos.
    So this, as Rich mentioned, is The USA’s Mess but Mexico has to put up with it also… And to a US Citizen anyone who speaks Spanish is a Mexican Duhhhh!…
    Its beating around the leaves when the problem is at the root… and the root is Companies paying slave wages and coercing governments to keep the minimum wage at a poverty level…(Or we will take our factory to China… or some other place and I know for a fact that this happens because it happened to a factory I worked at a few years ago) . Government Bureaucrats love to Crow about how they have MADE so many jobs by bringing in Foreign Companies but they don’t mention the fact that the Wages are miniscule.

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