Note: Nothing against the Chinese, but the large numbers coming in
illegally has to be a national security problem. Until the China -
Mexico flu spat of year or so ago, they were never stopped.
Army detains 131 migrants
In three operations, military personnel and state police arrested INM
to 77 Guatemalans, 26 Hondurans, 21 Salvadorans and seven Chinese in
Chiapas, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca
Members of the Army and the National Migration Institute (INM)
secured 131 migrants.
MÉXICO._ Members of the Army and the National Migration Institute
(INM) secured to 131 foreigners, American and Asian, in operations
carried out road in the states of Chiapas, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca.
During the three operations were secured to 77 Guatemalans, 26
Hondurans, 21 Salvadorans and seven Chinese, with the participation
of the Mexican Army, state and municipal police, in which there was
"respect for their dignity and human rights," according to a
statement issued by the Ministry of Interior (Interior Ministry).
"The Institute will maintain the implementation of these
supervisions, in order to safeguard the lives and human rights of
persons entering the country (illegally), preventing them from being
victims of abuse and crimes committed by organized crime networks,
offering the possibility of being repatriated to their country of
origin ", emphasized the agency.
In the first operation performed in Tapachula, Chiapas, they
stopped at 51 Central Americans, of which five are minors and 46
adults, in which there are 41 Guatemalans, 2 Salvadorans and 8
The second review immigration, took place on Highway 57 Mexico-
Piedras Negras, San Luis Potosi - Querétaro in which immigration
agents secured at 50 Central Americans, including seven children and
43 adults, in which there are 33 Guatemalans, 11 Salvadoran and 6
In Oaxaca, members of the Army stopped on Highway 190 in the
stretch to the Isthmus of Oaxaca, 30 Foreigners who did not establish
their legal status in the country, who were made available to the
INM, of which there are 18 Hondurans, three Guatemalans, two
Salvadorans and seven persons of Chinese nationality.
"These operations are conducted with adherence to the dictates of
the General Population Law, which in its Article 151 provides for the
powers of the Department for inspections of aliens who transit
through the country, with a view to providing adequate care If no
evidence of their legal migration, "said the Interior Ministry.
Note: more of a dysfunctional, inept system, have to wonder why they
Neto's Tucson: Volunteers reach out to immigrants in transit
By Ernesto Portillo Jr. Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Sunday, May 22,
2011 12:00 am | Comments
On a recent night, two women, one from China and other from México,
walked into the downtown Greyhound bus terminal. They looked
bewildered and tired, and each carried a clear plastic bag and a
large yellow envelope, plus a few personal belongings.
They knew no one in the near-empty waiting room. Neither spoke English.
But within minutes, Vicki Kline and Jean Boucher gently greeted the
two frightened women.
The two are volunteers who welcome immigrants released from the Eloy
immigration detention facility. Five nights a week a government
vehicle arrives at the Greyhound station, housed in a temporary
building squeezed between Interstate 10 and the federal courthouse,
and deposits the freed immigrants. They are released with the
belongings they had with them when they were detained.
They are given nothing else but their release papers in the envelope.
Most will face deportation hearings. A few are freed and allowed to
remain in the country.
Some of the immigrants require no assistance or don't want help, said
Boucher and Kline. Most do, however.
"Some people don't know how to use a phone or don't speak English,"
The Restoration Project is a small faith-based group that offers
respite and hospitality to immigrants like María García. She was
released from detention and looking to return to her New York City home.
García had been detained in Eloy for two months after being
apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol for illegal entry.
Immigration officials released García on a $3,000 bond. In New York,
where she has lived for 11 years, she'll face judicial hearings to
determine if she can remain in the country. García, who said she had
been evading an abusive husband, is seeking asylum status as a
domestic violence victim.
Each immigrant who arrives at the Greyhound station has his or her
own story, said Boucher and Kline.
Boucher said he recently met a young woman from California who had
been detained for a month. She was at a party in Fresno. Police were
called and demanded identification from partygoers. The young woman,
who had lived nearly her whole life in the U.S., was not a citizen.
Fresno police called Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents and
she was sent to Eloy.
"More people coming here are from California," said Boucher.
The immigrants who arrive at the bus station come from an array of
countries and continents, the volunteers said. Some are detained for
several weeks and some for more than a year. Some are illegal border
crossers and some are victims of political torture.
"They tell us very little, but what they have told us about their
experience continues to dumbfound me on how we treat them," Boucher
The 1,500-bed Eloy facility, operated by Corrections Corporation of
America, is full, said Lindsay Marshall, executive director of The
Florence Project, which provides free legal services to immigrants
detained in Eloy and Florence.
There are another 1,500 beds in four facilities in Florence.
Detainees from Florence are released in Phoenix.
The day they are released, detainees spend hours waiting for their
paperwork to be completed. García said she spent nearly six hours in
a holding cell before leaving Eloy.
When she arrived in Tucson after 9 p.m. all she had eaten since
breakfast was a ham-and-cheese sandwich and an orange, she said.
Boucher and Kline said they and other volunteers are moved to help
the freed detainees to give them another view of America.
"People just need somebody to sit with them," said Boucher, who plans
to enter graduate school.
Kline, a social worker recently transplanted from Baltimore, said the
volunteers cannot erase what the immigrants go through, from
apprehension to detention to release.
"But we can be welcoming."
Ernesto Portillo Jr. is editor of La Estrella de Tucsón. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 520-573-4187.