APRIL 29, 2010
While Mexico slams
The world-renowned human rights organization details atrocious violations committed by Mexican authorities against tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, including rape, murder, beatings and mass kidnappings that get resolved when U.S. relatives pay hefty ransoms.
Among the deplorable anecdotes detailed in the report is the case of a woman whose group of about 100 was forced off a train by Mexican federal police. The migrants were forced to walk for hours in the scorching desert, their belongings were stolen and the woman was subsequently raped by the officers.
“Migrants in Mexico are facing a major human rights crisis leaving them with virtually no access to justice, fearing reprisals and deportation if they complain of abuses,” said Rupert Knox, Mexico Researcher at Amnesty International. Ironically, the majority of the Central Americans are trying to make their way into the U.S., just like their Mexican counterparts.
They often get intercepted en route, however. Mexican law specifically requires authorities—whether federal, state or municipal—to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country. The new
SB1070 allows local police to enforce immigration laws, makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. without proper documentation and punishes anyone seeking work from a road or sidewalk. Drivers who pick up illegal alien day laborers will also be charged and all residents must provide evidence of their legal status in the U.S. under the new law, which takes effect in a few months.
A travel alert issued by Mexico’s government a day after Arizona’s governor signed SB1070, warns that “every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time.” It also says that Mexican nationals in the U.S. have “inalienable human rights” and can resort to “protection mechanisms” under international, U.S. and
President Obama is just as incensed about the measure as his Mexican counterpart and has ordered the Department of Justice to challenge the “misguided” law’s legality and examine its civil rights implications. Of interesting note is that the
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