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U.S. and Mexico vaccine deals are instigating a brutal immigration crackdown
Alfredo Estrela via Getty Images, Mexico / AFP — Immigration and National Guards armed with long guns arrive shortly after darkening on the city’s central square on Wednesday, the space in front of the historic city hall. Flocked to Mexico, where they demanded that people present their paperwork. The summary was successful. Several migrants gathered daily along the stone benches in the square were detained and loaded into a waiting van. Local newspapers reported that they did not provide authorities with a document permitting access to this small city, an hour’s drive from Mexico’s southern border. The surname told The Daily Beast. “Everyone they saw was not Mexican was put in and taken away.” The assault depicted in a photo published at a local outlet, explained to The Daily Beast by two witnesses. It was an impressive show of power and the first in Tapachula. The days since Mexican leaders announced crackdowns on illegal immigrants and the closure of the border with Guatemala last week, along with Washington officials working on the rapidly evolving immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States. A series of attention-grabbing steps to stop the flow of immigrants on their land in response to rising pressure from the Biden administration and an incentive in the form of 2.5 million coronavirus vaccines promised to the country last week. .. Horrible response to the surge in immigrants Over the weekend, additional federal immigration agents and surveillance drones will be dispatched to the southern part of the country, adding nearly 9,000 people. Soldiers are currently being deployed on both Mexican borders to patrol the invasion of unauthorized migrants, and internal attacks are becoming more common, officials said. Last week, authorities arrested drivers of three trucks on a highway in southern Chiapas, carrying 329 migrants. According to local aid organizations, campaigns can be the equivalent of promotional activities aimed at intimidating migrants, such as parades. Last Friday, soldiers and immigrant agents staged on the streets of the capital of Chiapas. The details of the border closure policy justified by the government as a public health measure are also unknown, despite the mysterious implementation of the pandemic for more than a year. As a point of the government’s campaign, about 150 immigration bureaus in white and khaki uniforms lined up in a row in the square on Friday morning under the watchful eye of a government commissioner. Saturday. “To protect the sovereignty of the country!” The agents chanted all at once. Around the city, authorities will slow down buses passing for inspection with improvised speed bumps at new checkpoints. At the nearby Ciudad Hidalgo border crossing, more immigrant agents and soldiers are patrolling the banks of the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, and demanding identification from rafts. ISAAC GUZMAN / AFP Immigration Lawyers via Getty Images and activists working with migrants in the region have become more dependent on smugglers to take migrants on irregular and sometimes dangerous routes due to stricter enforcement. I am concerned about. “The day these policies empower traffickers,” said Arturo Vizkara, a tapachula lawyer working with the California-based Humanitarian Immigration Union. “It makes people more vulnerable.” On March 19, when new border restrictions came into force, Isemaria Charles, 35, entered Mexico with her husband and two young children. They said they were taken to a location in an invisible bank, as part of a group of about 20 immigrants. Her husband carried both 3 and 6 year old children. Originally from Haiti, Charles and her family lived in southern Chile for three years before starting their journey north in February, at some point walking the pass for days. Her son, Juan Manuel, was six months old when they left his birthplace. “It’s very bad for Haiti kids. They can’t go out because they’re kidnapped,” says Charles. Mexico, like the United States, faces record levels of immigrants as many of them from Central America escape violence and economic instability. A pair of pandemics and recent hurricanes. According to government statistics, more than 13,500 people filed for asylum in Mexico in January and February of this year. This is a number that exceeds the peak marked in 2019. Outside of Tapachula’s largest shelter, Albergedio Cesar Novelen, there are agricultural workers in Honduras. Lying in the shade. They walked for eight days to Mexico earlier this month before the border closed, leaving their families in a country where hurricanes ruined their work prospects. Men cannot sleep there because the city is exclusively for women and families. Still, it’s already nearly double the capacity, with 220 people there as of Thursday. For the past few weeks, 15 to 20 migrants have arrived there every day, said Shelter Director César Augusto Canabella Perez. There are children at the border, the border is closed, the border is militarized, and everything is exploding, creating an immigration boom, “says Cesar. Immigrants who traveled to Mexico via tapachula crossed Suchiate with a makeshift float between wooden boards and rubber tires at the crossroads of Ciudad Hidalgo, where goods come and go on a regular basis. Immigrants walked or boarded a bus to arrive at the refugee office 40 km north of Tapachula and apply for asylum. Immigrants are legally staying in the area and have limited work opportunities as they wait for asylum proceedings. In other cases, they see the process from the detention facility. It is not clear whether migrants detained in Tapachula’s Central Square on Wednesday had proper asylum documents for them. The local press, NAU, reported that they did not, but the migrants who spoke to The Daily Beast at the Plaza on Thursday were among those in which two of his friends were detained, and they were they. Said he had a document. .. The Federal Office of Immigration in Mexico did not respond to requests for comment. Prior to the tightening of border closures and enforcement, raft informal routes were the safest option for asylum seekers and other migrants. Authorities stationed at the two-lane bridge, the official border crossing in the area, often block their passage. Practices that are incompatible with international asylum law continue this week, even if new government agencies block the historic river entrance. Julilia Salvador of the Freymatias Decordova Human Rights Center in Tapachula said on Monday that supporters of the center observing the crossroads along the bridge sent 17 migrants trying to enter Mexico from Guatemala for six hours. Recorded. Eleven immigrants who are members of the family group were accepted by the country and sent to an immigrant shelter. The other six initially turned around before the Salvador group intervened to secure passage. Under Mexican immigration law, six were sent to detention centers to await their claims. Means Right of asylum is not negotiable, “said Salvador. The turmoil over the closure of the border extends to UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In an interview, a spokesman for the organization’s office in Tapachula, Pierre Marc Rene, said he did not fully understand the new border rules and called on the Mexican government to clarify. In Washington, President Joe Biden relies on it. Mexico sent senior government officials to the national capital for a bilateral meeting earlier this week to stop the flow of immigrants to the United States. (After the ash from the erupting volcano closed the international airport, the subsequent journey to Guatemala was postponed.) The strategy is similar to that adopted by Biden’s predecessor. In 2019, at another high point for immigrants, then-President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not move to curb the flow of immigrants. This year, Biden has the added benefit of vaccine diplomacy. One hour after the Mexican government announced the closure of the southern border last week, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Evrad is waiting for final regulatory approval in the United States, so the long-awaited AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is waiting. I confirmed on Twitter that I will receive the shipment. The existence of a clear quid-pro-quo between the two developments. “We did not expect or demand to be a partner in dealing with border crises, regardless of vaccine doses, and there were irrelevant demands on the doses of these vaccines. There was. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said last week that all relationships were having multiple layers of conversation at the same time. When he returned to Tapachura Square on Thursday, the day after the attack, late in the afternoon. The hustle and bustle has returned. His wife and daughter, 25-year-old Oceanent Fritzlet from Haitian, told Daily Beast that he was not afraid to be detained when the Immigration Department returned. Fleeing from South America, and he had his document from the asylum office in his pocket: “I’m not a trader, I’m an immigrant,” Fritzlet said. “I came to this country to work for a better life. I’m usually not scared because I haven’t come to do bad things.” See The Daily Beast for more details. Put your top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.