Forum Mexico II

The Mexico II Forum aims to establish a dialogue, articulation mechanisms and work agendas in order to contribute to the construction and improvement of the Mexico Agenda, with a special emphasis on the construction of agreements that impact public policies and work plans of the actors involved. The ultimate goal of this will be to contribute to achieving recognition and full respect for the human, economic, and political rights of Mexican citizens on a binational basis.

The Mexican Network of Leaders and Organizations of Migrants (Red MX) was born in 2007 as a result of a process of dialogue and the construction of a shared political agenda between leaders of different organizations of natives and community organizations called Agenda Mexico. In 2010, a series of meetings were held mainly in California and Illinois, as they are the regions of the United States (USA) with the highest concentration of organized migrants, where the urgency to articulate an advocacy agenda and strategy both in Mexico and Mexico was evident. like in the US. Dozens of topics of interest and concern arose in the aforementioned meetings. In order to address them, it was proposed to synthesize them into 9 topics, which will not necessarily be the only ones to be addressed: (1) human rights; (2) political rights of Mexicans abroad; (3) citizen security; (4) Mexican immigration reform; (5) transparency and accountability; (6) migrant-government dialogue; (7) inclusive economic development; (8) productive projects; and (9) education.

Statement: Border Law, Economic Opportunity and Modernization of the Immigration System

Network of Mexican Migrant Leaders Welcomes Immigration Reform and Advocates to Improve It

Chicago, Ill- The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) joins the nation in welcoming the bill presented by the group of eight Senators entitled “Border Law, Economic Opportunity and Modernization of the Immigration System of 2013 ” which opens the opportunity to advance in a bill that responds to the most felt needs of the 11 million undocumented people who with their work and effort contribute to the development of the United States. The MX Network will carry out an in-depth analysis of the proposed law and will work to improve it and ensure family unity, the protection of the labor and human rights of undocumented immigrants and their families.

We Mexicans who live in the United States find ourselves at a historic moment in the “movement for equality and rights within a new immigration system” with the aim of residing in this country freely. Immigration reform is of great concern to the Mexican Network, since the current immigration law does not work, is unfair and has a devastating impact on our families and communities. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans constitute 10.8% of the US population with more than 33,558,000 people, 33% of the immigrant population in the United States. A large percentage of Mexican and Mexican-American families are families of mixed immigration status. Approximately six million Mexicans live in the US irregularly and could benefit from the approval of this bill.

We are concerned about several aspects of the proposal presented in the Senate. In particular, the increase in the militarization of the border is of great concern, since it negatively affects the populations of both borders and the deaths and disappearances at the borders will surely increase. The militarization of the border does not contribute to improving the relationship between the US and Mexico. Furthermore, the structural conditions that drive undocumented migration do not change with the militarization of the border. We believe that the causes that generate migration should be considered as a central issue that must be taken into consideration in the development of any proposal for immigration reform.

In addition, we consider that the established time of 10 years to apply for permanent residence and 3 years for citizenship is excessive. During this entire period, people live in a second category legal status without rights to social benefits to which they contribute with the payment of taxes and their work, just like any other US citizen. The fines of $500 dollars each time they apply for the Provisional Immigrant Registration and $1000 dollars of fine when they apply for the status of Permanent Residence are very high amounts for low-income families. The requirements for the program must be reasonable and must not be hampered by punitive criteria, exorbitant costs, or long waits to apply for Legal Permanent Residence and citizenship.

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Migrante) was founded in 2007 by leaders of Mexican federations, associations, community organizations, and individuals to coordinate and promote public policies that affect the quality of life of their communities in the United States and their places of origin.

Open Letter to President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES, RESPECTIVELY

Very Distinguished President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto;

Receive an affectionate and respectful greeting from the Mexican migrants who make up the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mexicana), an organization that has the vision of living in a world where the rights of the Mexican migrant community are respected and where migration is an option and not a necessity to survive.

The Mexican Network welcomes President Obama’s historic visit to Mexico scheduled for May 2. We hope that President Obama’s visit will usher in a new era of change and reform in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. Last November’s elections demonstrated the demographic importance of Mexicans living in the US and their importance for the future of both countries. The population of Mexican origin constitutes 10.8% of the population of the United States.

We hope that President Obama’s visit to Mexico opens the door to a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship between the two countries so that together we can respond to the challenges we face as neighbors. Challenges that go beyond security issues, such as immigration reform, sustainable economic development, elimination of poverty, environmental degradation, education and cultural exchange.

In this sense, we urge you to contemplate policies beyond the immediate, it is imperative not to lose sight of the most transcendental challenge: the articulation of a new generation of economic and social policies that ensure that the majority of Mexican people can access real opportunities for well-being. and progress that gradually make emigration to the North an increasingly less necessary option.

In particular, long-term immigration policy reform must address the root causes driving migration to the United States, including huge inequalities in wealth distribution, economic dislocation in major communities of origin, and the impact of free trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA whose effects have resulted in the displacement of thousands of people from their communities of origin and in particular the loss of jobs in the countryside. We believe that there is no rational immigration policy that can ignore these realities.

At the same time, the United States must differentiate national security policy from immigration policy; with particular attention to policies that pertain to border security and border control policies. It is important to end military-style operations on the border which have negatively impacted the human and civil rights of communities in border areas. Border security and border management policies must be developed with the direct participation of civil society organizations and local governments in the communities of border areas.

Likewise, we expect progress towards a new public policy in terms of drug policies that recognizes the widely documented failure of the “war on drugs” in the last 40 years and that new drug policies are generated that are clearly differentiated from the policies of migration management in border areas.

On the other hand, we are concerned about the impact of temporary worker programs, since in the past the rights of temporary workers have been systematically violated, therefore, we urge that during the time that the temporary worker program is in force, their rights must be guaranteed. labor rights, the right to decent housing, adequate transportation, the right to organize in unions and the right to apply for permanent resident status with the right to citizenship after three years.

We urge not to miss the opportunity of this visit without establishing the principles of a binational process that seeks to resolve the obsolete and inhumane nature of the migration policies currently in force in both countries. Immigration policy is not a domestic issue that concerns only the US, migration is a binational issue that concerns both countries. Hundreds of thousands of Mexican families have paid heavily for the costs of the outdated US immigration policy. In the last four years, 1.5 million immigrants have been deported, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),71 % of the 392,000 deportees in 2010 are of Mexican origin. More than half of the people deported only had minor crimes.

We take the opportunity to urge President Obama to suspend deportations until long-awaited immigration reform is achieved.

In addition to the necessary immigration reforms in the United States, we urge President Peña Nieto to take leadership and ensure that foreigners residing in and/or transiting through Mexico are granted the same rights for which Mexico advocates for its fellow citizens in the Exterior. It is imperative to ensure that the human rights of foreigners transiting through Mexico, especially our Central American brothers and sisters, are fully respected.

The situation faced by migrants in the United States and Mexico has generated a humanitarian crisis which demands your leadership to ensure that migratory flows between the two countries take place in safe, humane and dignified conditions, thus contributing to improving the condition of life of our migrant peoples, in the country of origin and destination.

We hope that President Obama’s visit to Mexico results in concrete actions based on co-responsibility and binational agreements that guarantee respect for the human rights of migrants and that Mexican migrants are treated as true subjects of development and not as a danger or threat to the US.

Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein

US Senator Dianne Feinstein
11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025

September 9, 2014

Dear Senator Feinstein:

We, representatives of immigrant, civil and human rights organizations, faith-based organizations, unions and grassroots organizations, urge you to reaffirm your leadership to ensure that the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) is not revoked or amended.

We are deeply concerned that President Obama’s call to amend the TVPRA and his measure to expedite deportations of unaccompanied minor children will override the protections contained in the bipartisanly passed TVPRA that you co-authored into law.

In passing the TVPRA, Congress took into consideration the special circumstances of children. The law includes protections such as the provision of legal advice and the appointment of advocates to ensure that children receive adequate protection and that their request for asylum and other types of legal relief are processed fairly, in a way that is appropriate to their needs. your age and your needs.

As they stand, the proposals appear to jeopardize existing legal protections, putting the lives of children seeking safety in the United States at risk.

By weakening due process and equal protection under the law, it is not the answer to the crisis of unaccompanied Central American migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border. This measure is also not going to calm the criticism of those who have been calling for a more punitive and aggressive tightening of the law.

We are extremely concerned about the due process violation by the self-styled “rocket docket” directive, which puts these children’s cases above other immigrants, gives attorneys only three weeks to prepare cases that would normally take until a year and denies children time to receive basic legal advice, a critical need given the magnitude of trauma children have suffered. We believe that the expedited handling of these cases is in fact denying due process to both the children and other migrants who are following the law but whose cases are delayed due to this tactic.

In this regard, we are equally concerned about the expedited removal of unaccompanied children from Mexico as they too are facing situations similar to those of minors fleeing Central America.

We urge you to consider revising the procedure that allows for a cursory background check as it has already been proven to be inadequate to identify genuine claims by Mexican children seeking refuge.

The cost of pushing vulnerable children back into a situation of imminent death is simply too high and our nation cannot question the fundamental principles of compassion, justice and due process, nor can we ignore our obligations under the agreements international protection of the human rights of refugees.

Now is the time for the United States to demonstrate its international leadership as well as its commitment to refugee protection and due process. We oppose any plan to modify the TVPRA that weakens the protections afforded to children in Central America, and we urge you to urge Congress to ensure that the rights and safety of these children are guaranteed.

To be honest

Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE)
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
CLEAN Carwash Campaign
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB)
Transnational Mexican Brotherhood
Youth, Inc.
Network Mexican Leaders and Migrant Organizations (Red MX)
Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF)
First of April Movement

Protection for Undocumented Minors, Insists State Caravan Before McCarthy’s Office in Bakersfield

Meeting points and times:

The Angels. 10:00 am in front of the monument to Monsignor Romero in MacArthur Park. Depart for Bakersfield at 11:30 a.m.

San Francisco. 7:00 a.m. Oscar Grand Plaza in Oakland.

Bakersfield. Protest at 4:00 pm, followed by a vigil.

McCarthy Office: 4100 Empire Drive #150, Bakersfield, CA 93309.

Contact in LA:
Bertha Rodríguez (213) 908 98 35

The deportations of Mexican children, as well as the arrests of Central American minors at the border, continue to be the order of the day. For this reason, members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) join this Thursday, October 9, the caravan of migrant organizations from various California cities to demand that Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy respect the law to protect minors and don’t try to reverse it like you did before the legislative summer recess.

Migrant organizations are targeting Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R- Bakersfield) as he – along with other Republican congressmen – voted to repeal the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), before of the last legislative recess.

The Wilberforce law guarantees minors from countries that do not share borders with the United States, hearings before an immigration judge as well as their right to be represented by a lawyer, in case the minors seek refugee status.

There is a risk that legislators like McCarthy eliminate this law, with which Central American children would face a situation similar to that of Mexican minors, who, due to an agreement between the United States and Mexico, are deported once they are arrested by immigration agents. when they try to cross without documents.

The Mexican Network denounces the double standards of McCarthy, who boasts of defending family values ​​but ignores the suffering of thousands of children who risk their lives and psychological well-being when trying to reunite with their parents who work in this country. From October 2013 to July this year, around 50,000 minors were detained by immigration agents at the border.

The Mexican Network not only demands that the Wilberforce law be maintained in favor of Central American children, since they are minors fleeing violence and poverty, in addition to seeking to reunite with their relatives in the United States.

Red Mx also demands that Mexican children have the right to present their cases before an immigration judge as Central American children do, since they too are fleeing violence and poverty and are also trying to reunite with their family living in this country.

Central American children detained at the border are placed in deportation proceedings and released to relatives in the United States while their cases are heard in court. If authorities cannot locate relatives, minors are placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Instead, detained Mexican children are returned to Mexico within a few days. The states with the highest number of child deportations are Sonora, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Guanajuato and Michoacán, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

The Oaxacan Institute for Migrant Assistance (IOAM) reported that from January to May of this year, the United States deported 793 children and adolescents. Of these, 177 were little women.

The deportations are not carried out every day but weekly, once a large group of children gathers and is transferred to their places of origin. However, if the figure of daily deportations were used, the average deportation of children from Oaxaca alone is between 5 and 10 minors.

The coalition of migrant organizations that will protest outside McCarthy’s offices includes pro-immigrant groups from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield. The activists will present the congressman with a letter with their demands and will also hold a vigil outside the Republican politician’s building.

The organizations participating in the caravan are the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE), the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) , Homies Unidos, the Salvadoran American Educational and Leadership Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement, and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, among others.

Obama Visited LA to Raise Thousands of Dollars as Organizations Cry Out for Justice for Migrants

President Barack Obama came to Los Angeles for a celebrity dinner where tickets cost up to $30,000 (to raise funds for the November elections) and spoke with young people of Generation Y. However, the eleven million workers migrants who make millionaire contributions to the economy of this country did not appear on the president’s agenda.

By Bertha Rodriguez Santos

Meanwhile, a caravan of migrant rights organizations headed to Bakersfield to deliver a letter to Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy asking lawmakers not to repeal the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). . This law allows Central American children to request political asylum or refugee status if they prove that their lives are in danger in their countries of origin.

For children and human dignity

According to Gonzalo Santos, professor of sociology at California State University in Bakersfield, since its inception, the TVPRA law was created to stop the migration of Mexican children, a situation that has facilitated the deportation of between 13 and 15 thousand minors a year. , since2008.

The professor analyzed in an interview that as a result of the so-called war on drugs and the neoliberal economic policies (of privatization) implemented by Felipe Calderón, a massive displacement of Mexican minors began to be observed due to violence in states such as Sinaloa, Chihuahua , Tamaulipas, and then Guerrero and Michoacán, as well as states like Oaxaca, which ranks second in deportation of infants who try to flee poverty in that entity.

So far, Professor Santos said, Mexican governments have not lifted a single finger in defense of their adult migrant citizens or children seeking to reunite with their parents, escaping violence and poverty.

During the demonstration in support of migrant children, Gonzalo Santos described as a moral perversion the fact that United States politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, only focus on the elections and remain indifferent to the cry of the children who are expelled to Mexico.

He also condemned the intentions of President Obama and other legislators to eliminate the current Wilberfoce law.

He said that given the inaction of the governments, the civil society of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, must form a multilateral pressure movement to establish a North American migratory regime that promotes the sustainable development of the countries that expel migrants and reduce insecurity and violence, among other factors causing migration.

“This is a central fight for human dignity,” said Gonzalo Santos.

local solidarity

For her part, Professor Linda Haggerty agreed that the situation of migrants is the biggest problem of these times.

“We cannot deport these children because many of them may not be alive anymore,” warned the teacher, who has noticed the anguish of her students when they see their parents hiding from the migra agents. “The policies of the United States in their countries have caused this,” Haggerty added.

He also denounced that Congressman McCarthy has refused to listen to the clamor not only from the migrant community (he commented that the legislator denies meetings to people with Latin surnames to whom he closes the door of his offices) but also from the people who support migrants. .

He warned that as long as there is no pressure on legislators and President Obama, the situation will continue this way.

Martha Arévalo of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), said that 60,000 children, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have been detained for deportation.

He indicated that this is worrying because according to a report by the United Nations Organization, El Salvador is the country in which the most homicides of minors are recorded and Honduras is the most violent country in the world.

Since McCarthy’s office was closed (it was said that it was closed so as not to serve the members of the caravan), the organizations posted the letter on the door of the legislator’s office.

The letter demands 1) that the protection of minors contained in the TVPRA not be eliminated, 2) that adequate legal representation be guaranteed for Central American children who are in the process of requesting political asylum. There are many cases of children between the ages of 5 and 12 who face immigration judges alone and a lawyer who argues against; 3) access to social services such as medical and mental health care to help children deal with the trauma caused by the experiences they go through along the way.

José Cartagena, from the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE) in Oakland, reminded those present that the United States is a country of immigrants, referring to the Anglo-Saxons who arrived in this country, followed by a long list of ethnicities and nationalities that They came from Europe, Africa and Asia. “We are all immigrants except for Native Americans,” he considered.

He said children have become an even higher priority for deportation and criminalization than those who do commit serious crimes in this country.

He considered it inadmissible that President Obama has blamed minors and used them as an excuse for not approving deferred action for all immigrants.

“It is unfair that they use innocent creatures for electoral purposes,” said Enrique Velázquez, an activist from Los Angeles.

Bertha Hernández, based in San Francisco, said that for migrants, their undocumented status is like being slaves because they are not free to go out and go “to see their parents die or hug their children” in their countries of origin.

He proposed greater organization and compared Latinos to a giant that can stop activities in the United States because migrants are everywhere and with that force they can change current immigration policies.

Organizations from Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Francisco participated in the caravan. Representatives from the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE), the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB), Homies Unidos were present. , the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement, and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, among other groups.

During his visit to Los Angeles on October 9, President Obama encouraged fundraising for the Democratic National Committee ahead of the November 4 midterm elections. The dinner was at the residence of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, in Brentwood; the dishes of the entertainment cost between a thousand dollars and 32 thousand greenbacks.

The president also met with young entrepreneurs from the Cross Campus work center in Santa Monica. There he highlighted the role of the millennial generation or generation Y (born between 1980 and 1995), as innovative people are known here, who stand out for working with technologies and who, according to Obama’s words, will be the pillar of the US economy for decades to come.

Apparently, unauthorized immigrants do not fit into the president’s vision, but the community maintains that it will continue to fight for their recognition.

Against Violence in Mexico and in Favor of Immigration Relief in the US, They March in Los Angeles

Against the violence in Mexico and demanding that President Obama grant immigration relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, were two demands expressed today in the streets of Los Angeles through two separate marches organized by members of the community migrant.

Bertha Rodriguez-Santos

Around one hundred demonstrators called by the Resistance Front, which brings together several migrant organizations, marched before noon from Placita Olvera to the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles as part of the international mobilization days to request the presentation with life of the 43 students disappeared at the hands of the police in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

Violence in Mexico in recent decades has increased forced migration to the United States. Above all, in the last 8 years in which more than 80 thousand people have died in the country as a result of the so-called war on drugs.

“Wherever you scratch in Mexico there are clandestine graves. How long is this going to stop?”, asked Antonia, one of the protesters in front of the Mexican consulate.

The violent events that occurred in Iguala, Guerrero on September 26 and the climate of anxiety that has spread throughout Mexico as a result of the disappearance of students, have a direct impact on migrant families.

“Many people emigrate due to violence and once here they find that the United States immigration policy does not protect them, but that millions have been deported and returned to violence in Mexico,” said Angela Sanbrano, executive director of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), participant in the march for legalization.

solidarity march

One of the people who has lived closely the pain caused by the violence in Mexico is Alma de Jesús Ramírez, a young Dreamer who was brought by her parents to the United States when she was little.

What happens in Guerrero affects her personally, shares Alma, because she is originally from Chilpancingo, in that entity in southern Mexico. Eight years ago, immigration agents deported his brother Angel and four years ago, the young man was kidnapped and tortured without his family being able to support him due to his immigration status.
“I am undocumented but I feel that I am lucky to be here because I have the right to demand for my family, to continue fighting but without the fear of being killed, without my life being in danger,” he told those present.

“It is very sad to see that my classmates, the students in other countries, are tortured for wanting the same thing that I want,” Alma commented, unable to contain her tears: “Seeing the faces of these young people gives me a lot of feeling because I am also a student and I have fought so much but I have never been afraid that someone will kill me and what they did is very brave. I want to be like them, I want to continue fighting on their behalf and I will be present when possible here with you”.

Present at this march were members of Unión del Barrio, Alerta Cali, the Committee for Democracy in Mexico, the Immigration Coalition of Southern California, the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) and the Resistance Front, as well as members of the Latino community, including US-born youth of Hispanic origin.

The participants in the march maintained that they will continue pressure actions that are added to the mobilizations carried out in Mexico in solidarity with the relatives of the normalist students.

Estela Jiménez, who traveled from San Diego to participate in the march, said that in the next few days the organizations will define the strategies to follow to coordinate the struggle of a movement that seeks to achieve profound changes in Mexico, since it is urgent to stop atrocities such as the one registered in Guerrero at the same time that a total cleaning of government institutions is achieved.

March for the papers

After noon, a hundred people led by members of the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood left the corner of Olympic and Broadway boulevards, towards the United States federal building, which houses the offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE).

The march was held to protest anti-immigrant policies on the 20th anniversary of Proposition 187, approved by voters in 1994 and sponsored by then-California Governor Pete Wilson. It was the first law that made it a crime to live without documents in the United States.

Additionally, this law set the precedent for similar laws to be enacted in Congress and other states. One of those laws was HR 4437 or the Sensenbrenner initiative (proposed in the House of Representatives in 2005), which is a border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal migration control law.

The laws against migrants provoked massive mobilizations at the national level like the one carried out on March 25, 2006, when around a million people took to the streets of Los Angeles and many other cities in the country, to demand a stop to the anti-immigrant wave.

One of the organizers of this march was Gloria Saucedo, leader of the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood, who marched with dozens of activists and members of the migrant community; Also present was the girl Jersey Vargas, known among the migrant community for having become a defender of the rights of the undocumented by asking Pope Francis to intercede with Obama on behalf of migrant families.

This demonstration emphasized asking President Barack Obama to stop deportations and to execute an administrative order that grants immigration relief to the more than 11 million unauthorized residents.

This October 25, the streets of Los Angeles became a space where the globalization of the struggles for civil and human rights is more than evident.

#Nomorewaiting: Message From Migrants to Obama on Social Networks

With the message of “No More Waiting” and “Executive Relief Now”, various pro-immigrant organizations will flood public and virtual spaces, as a way of sending messages to President Barack Obama and members of the United States Congress, to achieve executive action that grant legal status to millions of migrant families and benefit as many people as possible.

The activities will take place throughout the country this Friday, October 31, a few days before the midterm elections on November 4.

Members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) in Los Angeles and Chicago, join organizations such as the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), as well as allied organizations in churches and unions, among other entities and progressive individuals in the country.

Actions include vigils, community forums, marches, and religious events in Houston, Texas; Greenville, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, as well as Chicago, Illinois and Florida.

NALACC and Red Mx will also participate in virtual actions that consist of publishing photos or videos with posters or events that display messages such as #NoMoreWaiting or that use the slogan “Executive Relief Now!”

Photos or videos with these messages will be posted on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook accounts. In all these options you must tag the person who posts as well as @NALACC_ORG, in addition to putting it on the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1493401874260846/

The message

The messages addressed to the president and members of Congress include the following remarks:

1. We have already waited a long time for legalization. You ask us for a vote, we ask you to act in relation to an administrative relief. Stop delaying a measure on immigration reform and stop blaming each other.

2. We will not allow the welfare of the community to be put up for negotiation; We have already waited too long.

3. Children and families come first. Our commitment is with our families.

4. Stop deporting innocent families. No more separated families.

5. Do not assume that we will give you our vote. We have the ability to change our vote when it comes to going to the polls. We are going to vote based on your response to these issues. We are not married to either party. We want to see results and a more humane response to immigration policy.

6. You have played with our confidence but we are not going to wait any longer. Actions must be taken now because the lives and well-being of migrant families are in your hands.

7. We are tired of being hostage to political and partisan interests.

Immigration Policy Questioned

The strategy of the United States government has been to subordinate the migratory approach to the massive displacement of people.
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For this reason, the pressure from pro-immigrant organizations has intensified. On October 28, during a speech by President Obama in Milwaukee, several activists interrupted the president by shouting slogans related to stopping deportations. The president replied that they should protest against the Republicans because they are the ones who have blocked immigration reform and not him.

For its part, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) made a statement on October 27, recommending that the United States government close detention centers for migrant children and families. since the arrests are being questioned for violating the human rights of those arrested and this will not stop migration from the countries of the South as long as there is no comprehensive migration policy that takes into account the factors that generate the massive displacement of people.

During a hearing during the 153rd period of sessions of the IACHR, Mary McCarthy, from the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil), asked the commission to publish a report to determine whether the United States complies with its international obligations to guarantee access to legal protection for children and families fleeing violence.

McCarthy requested that the IACHR urge the United States to establish an independent entity to oversee the process by which authorities determine who can submit asylum or refugee applications. They also suggest improving the process for accepting refugee and asylum requests due to the massive displacement of people.
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It transpired that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the United States will send their own recommendations to President Obama in a couple of weeks.

Based on this, President Obama is expected to announce a series of executive actions similar to the one he adopted in 2012 to stop the deportation of some Dreamers or young people without documents who were brought by their parents when they were little.

According to the DHS, the number of deportations by the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased by 5 percent during fiscal year 2013. About 450 thousand immigrants were deported last year.

In the southwest area of ​​the border alone, around 68,541 unaccompanied minors as well as 68,445 families were detained between October 2013 and August 2014, according to the IACHR report, and it is estimated that President Obama has already deported two million immigrants during his two consecutive administrations.

The vast majority of those arrested were fleeing violence, domestic abuse and gangs. The response by the US government has been plagued by human rights violations.

The implementation of the so-called “rocket docket” or expedited processes in the courts to deport thousands of adult migrants and minors, has taken precedence over the possibility of granting asylum to minors and families fleeing violence.

As if that were not enough, there has been an increase in the use of GPS-enabled electronic shackles that are placed on the ankles of unauthorized immigrants facing civil violations. These location aids are quite invasive and have a huge impact on the mental health of migrants and their loved ones.

Migrant organizations question the immorality of immigration policies that turn innocent creatures into criminals and cause pain in thousands of separated families.

Support to the Social Movement for Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case: Red Mexicana

The position of the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, of not presenting definitive evidence based on scientific evidence that leads to the whereabouts of the 43 disappeared students in Iguala, Guerrero and instead, has presented hypotheses based on the declaration of three of the suspects, is unfortunate because it lengthens the waiting period for the conclusions and gives rise to greater social discontent in Mexico.

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) regrets the lack of efficient and expeditious government intervention as the circumstances in the Ayotzinapa case warrant. In addition, we condemn the position of the Mexican federal government to evade the responsibility of the Mexican State in the disappearance of the students.

We believe that there is federal responsibility for omission from the moment the Mexican Army was aware of the events on the day of the attack on the students. Given the history of former municipal president José Luis Abarca and his wife of having ties to organized crime, these elements were sufficient for the prompt intervention of the federal government.

We understand the prosecutor’s fatigue in the face of unfortunate events, but the seriousness of the situation in Mexico only gives room to show efficiency and willingness to solve problems.

We do not want the disappearance of 43 students and the murder of six people on September 26 to be “carpetazo” and be forgotten like the massacres of Aguas Blancas (June 1995, 17 dead and 21 wounded); Acteal (December 1997, 45 dead); El Bosque (June 1998, 9 deaths); the repression in San Salvador Atenco (2006); the death of 49 children in the ABC Nursery (2009); the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas (2011); the hundreds of women murdered in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 and the more than 60,000 deaths that fell during Felipe Calderón’s so-called drug war.

Now more than ever it is necessary to show political will to face the social crisis facing the country. We Mexicans deserve a Mexico where honesty and justice prevail. Otherwise, the Mexican government is responsible for the course current events take.

We know that the problem in Mexico is not a problem for one person, but this is not the time for fatigue. The crisis of violence and serious human rights violations in Mexico affect all Mexicans, whether or not we are in Mexico.

To the relatives of the disappeared youth, we express support and strength to continue the fight for truth and justice in the Ayotzinapa case. We want truth and justice for all of Mexico.
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The Mexican Network was founded in 2007 to coordinate and promote public policies in favor of Mexican migrant communities in the United States and in their places of origin. It is made up of 40 migrant organizations, as well as individuals with leadership in the migrant community in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, New York, New Mexico and Indiana, in the United States. In the Mexican Republic, it has representatives in Zacatecas, Michoacán, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla Federal District, Guanajuato, Durango, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Yucatán.

Message to President Enrique Peña Nieto

President Enrique Pena Nieto:

As an organization of Mexicans residing in the United States, we strongly condemn the death and disappearance of students on September 26 in Ayotzinapa. We express our disagreement with the tiredness that the Mexican government has shown in making the truth known, clarifying the events, imparting justice and guaranteeing the non-repetition of the events.

The response has been late, frivolous and ineffective, which has caused an increase in the people’s mistrust of their authority.

The humanitarian crisis and serious human rights violations in Mexico affect all Mexicans, even beyond borders.

Given the proven lack of capacity of the Mexican State to respond to the circumstances, we demand his resignation from his position as leader of the nation. We urgently need a leadership that without running over, is accountable, fully restores the constitutional order and builds hope.