Monday, September 2, 2019

African Migrants Stuck In Mexico Fight Authorities, Demand Passage To US: Report

REUTERS/Jose Torres
  • People from various African countries stuck in Mexico formed the Assembly of African Migrants, leveling racism charges and demanding the right to travel northward, according to a press release. 
  • Mexico, faced with Trump’s threats, has dramatically stepped up illegal immigration enforcement, and has kept thousands of illegal aliens in the city of Tapachula. 
  • The African migrants have grown frustrated over their prolonged detention, and Tuesday violently clashed with Mexican authorities.
Thousands of African migrants held up in a southern Mexican city reportedly formed an official organization, criticizing their treatment by immigration authorities and demanding passage into the United States.
The Assembly of African Migrants — a confederation of about 3,000 people from various African countries currently in Tapachula, Mexico — launched in the past week, according to La Jornada, citing assembly leaders. The group issued its first press release Thursday, describing its origins, how members have suffered since entering Mexico, and their demands.
African Illegal Immigrants Stuck in Mexico Violently
Clash with Authorities, Demand Passage to US
“We, the people of African origin, forced to remain in Tapachula, suffer an unbearable humanitarian situation related to nurture, housing, health and hygiene; as well as systematic discrimination by immigration authorities,” the press release began. “Since we left our countries, for us life has been a permanent escape. We feel despair, hopelessness, fear, demoralization, loneliness and abandonment.”
The Assembly of African Migrants is made up of illegal immigrants who traveled from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Cameroon, and other African countries. They said they left their countries, traveled across South and Central America, but have remained detained in Tapachula, a city on Mexico’s southern border near Guatemala.
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