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Homeless migrants in Tijuana are asking the Mexican government for help

Tijuana (Mexico), August 8 (EFE).- Mexican civil organizations and migrants who have been deported and are now homeless in the border city of Tijuana came out this Monday to protest against the helplessness and neglect in which they have been left by the authorities. All levels of government in Mexico.

The entourage of about 60 people accused that for many years they were part of the sector that provides remittances to the Mexican state, so elevated by the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but after the deportation they remained forgotten and nothing.

Unfulfilled promises

Sergio Tamai, Director of Angels Without Borders, shared with the media that for nine years they have been asking for more guarantees and comprehensive care for deported Mexican migrants.

He noted that many of them lose their possessions and when they arrive in Tijuana, they are exposed and homeless.

He recalled that exactly nine years ago, a camp was set up in a square one kilometer from the border port of San Ysidro, which was evicted with the promise of creating a refuge for migrants in this situation.

However, he regretted that none of the agreements made at that time have been implemented so far.

“Since then, there have been various government administrations that have done the same, removing migrants from the area known as the ‘Board’, taking them to rehabilitation centers without their consent, so they end up in failed actions,” he said.

He acknowledged that this has led to the dispersion of homeless migrants in different parts of the city near the border port of San Ysidro, in addition to Central Americans who arrive and cannot find a place to settle.

“The image of Tijuana is chaotic and shameful, because some colleagues have problems with alcohol and drugs and they are not treated, it is sad to see this situation due to the neglect of the authorities,” Tamai said.

hard life

Six years ago, deported migrant Ruben Olivares told Efe that he had been in the United States for more than 20 years when he was sent back to Mexico via Tijuana, where he decided to stay to see if he could one day return. where his children are.

It became difficult for him to be on “this side” of the wall. “It’s sad because I don’t even know my grandchildren, I have three American citizens and my children are with them, I have good communication with them, but it’s difficult.”

As for government support, he said “we haven’t had any” and what they usually get is “from the community that supports us because the government hasn’t done anything. On the contrary, all migrants became victims of the government itself; They were beaten, some were robbed and taken away without any excuse.”

Ramon Rodriguez Mercado said he came to the United States in 1970 and was deported four years ago, which was difficult because it was difficult for him to find work and stay in the city.

“Actually, it was very difficult, we had no support; I am married to an American in America, he sends me some money, if not for that, it would be very difficult for me to live here. They also supported me from the first day in the youth 2000 shelter and I am grateful to them,” he said.

Source: El Diario



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