While President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considered that the United States and Canada should give scholarships and temporary work visas, human rights agencies of the United Nations Organization (UN), for refugees (Acnur), UNICEF and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) asked to respect the rights of migrants.
At the head of the inauguration of the New MoscaMed Plant, in Metapa, Chiapas, the president said that he will insist on the United States to promote a development plan for Central America, as a measure to address the migratory phenomenon on the southern border.
“The United States has to give scholarships and it has to allow temporary work visas for Central America and it does not affect them at all, because the workforce is needed in the United States and in Canada, they do not have the workforce, since their population is greater and how is it going to grow if there is no work force ”, he commented.
The federal president commented that with the government of Donald Trump, progress was made in the rapprochement of both administrations on the immigration issue and assured that, now, with President Joe Biden, there are talks to finalize this plan in favor of the region.
“We are already convincing them that we do not want the so-called Merida Plan, which consisted in sending us helicopter gunships,” said López Obrador, who remarked that Mexico does not want weapons, but work.
As an example of this type of programs that promote work, he mentioned that of Sembrando Vida, which at the national level generates employment for 420 thousand people who sow one million hectares.
In his speech, the President of the Republic warned that although he plans to leave all these social programs well established in the Constitution, there is a risk that if the corrupt return to power, they may remove them.
Guarantees for Central Americans. The exhortation of the UN agencies was carried out, after last Saturday, elements of the National Guard and the Migration Institute tried to stop the passage of hundreds of migrants who left Tapachula, Chiapas, towards the north of the country.
“We call for the security, respect and protection of the rights of people in mobility to be guaranteed, with emphasis on children and other groups with greater vulnerability,” urged the United Nations agencies.
The UNHCR published on Twitter that what happened last Saturday in Chiapoas showed the urgency of applying immigration alternatives.
He also asked the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees to strengthen the asylum system.
In this regard, Amnesty International (AI) asked the Government of Mexico to act with a “humanitarian approach” in the face of the arrival of migrants to the country and condemned the actions of the National Guard and elements of the INM regarding the incident.
“We condemn the action of the @GN_MEXICO on the southern border We call on the Mexican State to act with a humanitarian approach in the face of the arrival of Central American and Haitian migrants fleeing the violence and crisis generated by natural disasters @m_ebrad @adan_augusto,” he wrote on Twitter .
The above, due to the dissemination on social networks of a video that shows an INM agent kicking the head of an undocumented person.