20 de septiembre de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
English - News

Africans, Haitians await immigration proceedings in Mexican border city

Mitzi Mayauel Fuentes Gomez

Tapachula, Mexico, Jun 14 (efe-epa).- A long wait for the outcome of immigration proceedings at Mexico's southern frontier has forced hundreds of Africans and Haitians to take up residence at migratory stations and in this border city in Chiapas state.

Many have settled in Tapachula's low-income La Esperanza neighborhood, which was previously populated mainly by Mexicans but now has taken on a new look and feel.

Grocery stores, barber's shops and bars managed by migrants from distant lands have been set up across that district of Tapachula, one of the biggest magnets for United States-bound migrants since October 2018, when thousands of people started moving northward through Central America and Mexico in caravans.

The situation is "difficult because they're not your customs, but we're adapting now," 27-year-old Jon Nelson told EFE.

The Haitian said he spent 15 days inside Tapachula's Siglo XXI migratory station before being expelled when he demanded medical attention for his wife who had fallen ill.

"My wife was sick and I argued with them so they'd take her to see a doctor. They said 'no' and I raised my voice. They put me out on the street and now I don't know where my family is," Nelson said, adding that the guards had taken his clothing and cellphone and that he is worried about his wife's health.

None of Nelson's family members have papers, which means that to avoid being deported and continue their northward journey they must apply for and receive a humanitarian visitor card.

Nelson made his way to Central America from Haiti and then began heading northwest until reaching Mexican territory.

He said he had been accompanied on his journey by several cousins and other relatives who are currently at Siglo XXI.

The group thought their best chance of reaching the US was to first obtain legal status in Mexico, but after filing their paperwork they realized the country was not prepared for such a large migratory influx.

After being expelled from the migrant center, Nelson said he took up residence in La Esperanza along with hundreds of undocumented migrants, many from countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as a handful of people who hail from nations in Asia.

They endure difficult living conditions while waiting for the chance to launch immigration proceedings with the National Institute of Migration (Inami), even though they are aware that their mobility will be restricted during that weeks-long process.

Wadlin, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told EFE that she is living in fear while patiently waiting for resolution of her family's immigration proceedings at Siglo XXI, where her husband is currently being held.

Wadlin, who says she has no clothing or money, arrived from that African nation a month ago with her husband and young daughter and has settled down for now in La Esperanza without him.

"Jesus Christ, you don't know how much I've suffered here. Everything is bad and I'm suffering a lot. I sleep here next to the garbage, not being able to bathe and with a baby," she said.

Wadlin added that she does not know why her husband is being retained.

The struggles of Wadlin and Nelson typify the plight of hundreds of people in La Esperanza, a poor neighborhood that is being weighed down by the new migratory pressure and where fights occasionally break out between Haitians and Africans.

While these migrants endure their long and arduous wait, Mexico's government is deploying 6,000 members of a new National Guard force to is southern border.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's administration is acting under heavy pressure from Washington, which has threatened to impose escalating tariffs on all Mexican imports if its southern neighbor does not take urgent measures to halt the flow of US-bound migrants.

In tandem with that deployment more checkpoints have been set up on highways, while airborne and naval units are being used to stop people from streaming northward through Mexico.

Deportations of mostly Central American migrants also are continuing without letup, Inami says.

mmf/mc

Comentarios

Histórico de noticias
Jason Moran and his ode to jazz arrive at New York's Whitney Museum

New York, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- Jason Moran, considered to be one of the most innovative jazz musicians in the United States, has created an ode to that...

Greta Thunberg, activists urge Congress to act on climate change

Washington, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, along with a group of indigenous leaders, on Tuesday demanded...

Nicaragua zoo welcomes scarlet macaw born in captivity

Managua, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Nicaragua's National Zoo has welcomed a baby scarlet macaw, a species in danger of extinction, born in captivity at the zoo for...

Baseball legend Mariano Rivera receives Medal of Freedom from Trump

Washington, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Panama-born baseball legend Mariano Rivera, the former New York Yankees pitcher, on Monday received the Presidential Medal of...

New York hairdressers look after Latino community's mental health

By Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as per settlement

New York, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in the...

Vaping: Roulette of chemical ingredients that can cause cancer

Washington, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Electronic cigarettes contain a chemical flavoring compound that can cause cancer and that has been prohibited as an additive...

Hurricane Humberto intensifies, threatens US coast with strong waves

Miami, Sep 16 (EFE).- Hurricane Humberto continues intensifying in the Atlantic on Monday and threatens to pound the southeast coast of the United States...

Honduran president asks CentAm to work together to overcome common enemies

Tegucigalpa, Sep 15 (efe-epa).- Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Sunday urged Central Americans to unite to face "common enemies," including...

Venezuelans in forefront of new delivery operations in Ecuador

By Daniela Brik

Maradona makes stumbling debut as Gimnasia coach

Buenos Aires, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Diego Maradona had a bitter first outing as the new coach for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, falling to Racing Club 2-1...

Argentina's gov't to present new budget amid economic woes

Buenos Aires, Sep 15 (EFE).- Finance Minister Hernan Lacunza will present the proposed 2020 budget to the Argentine Congress this week, a budget that will...

UN proposes better education, security to protect religious sites

By Mario Villar

Bolivian indigenous people try to recover in aftermath of Amazon fires

By Gabriel Romano

Celebrities turn out to help Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

San Juan, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Almost half of the 2,500 people listed as missing after Hurricane Dorian devastated the northwestern Bahamas have been tracked...

Migrant advocate says Mexican gov't hindered by political realities

By Juan Manuel Ramirez G.

Bahamas officials estimate 2,500 missing after Hurricane Dorian

San Juan, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- Bahamas emergency authorities estimate that some 2,500 people are missing after the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian...

Trump doesn't rule out easing Iran sanctions to pave way for Rouhani summit

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Wednesday did not rule out relaxing US sanctions on Iran in the coming weeks, amid rumors that he...

Mexico's gov't pumps $5 bn in capital into Pemex

Mexico City, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- The federal government said Wednesday that it was pumping $5 billion in capital into Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), bolstering...

Trump rips Fed, urges rate cuts and zero interest rates

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Federal Reserve policy makers on Wednesday, calling them "Boneheads" and urging...

Trump threatens Taliban on anniversary of 9/11

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Wednesday - the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks - promised to escalate combat...

Apple opts for classic look with new iPhones, focuses on camera improvements

By Marc Arcas

TV series "Monarca" shows Mexico that doesn't ride burros or wear sombreros

Mexico City, Sep 10 (efe-epa).- The television series "Monarca," which will air on Netflix on Sept. 13, depicts a Mexico that is "current, that doesn't ride...

Tenharim tribe, the guardians of the Amazon, battling against wildfires

By Fernando Bizerra