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FNS: Mexicali Group Takes Issue of Unsafe Deportation of Minors to the OAS

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    FNS: Mexicali Group Takes Issue of Unsafe Deportation of Minors to the OAS  Date: 8/1/2003 3:49:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time From:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2003
      FNS: Mexicali Group Takes Issue of Unsafe Deportation of Minors to the OAS 
      Date: 8/1/2003 3:49:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time
      From: frontera@...

      The case of Mexican minors being deported from the US back to Mexico after dark has gone to the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, says Blanca Villaseñor Roca, the director of the Albergue Juvenil del Desierto (Desert Youth Shelter) in Mexicali. According to Villaseñor, under an accord with the US, Mexican minors are only to be returned or deported to Mexico during daylight hours.

      Villaseñor noted that in March 2003 she and representatives of other groups criticized the nighttime return of minors and pregnant women to Mexico from the US. In April, a letter denouncing the situation was sent to Mexican governmental human rights groups and the Secretariat of Exterior Relations.

      When Villaseñor received no response to the letter, she took the issue to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States (OAS). According to Villaseñor, initial reactions to the situation by the Commission are encouraging.

      Also at the Mexicali press conference where Villaseñor made her remarks was José Moreno Mena, coordinator for the Centro de Derechos Humanos y Educación Cívica (Center for Human Rights and Civic Education). The Centro supports Villaseñor's position on the proper return of minors to Mexico by the US government.

      At the press conference, Mena gave statistics on the return of minors to Mexico during the period January through May 2003. Data from Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Migration Institute) show that 14,150 minors were sent back to Mexico through Sonora, 3,137 through Chihuahua, 2,159 through Baja California, 950 through Coahuila and 460 through Tamaulipas.

      Source: La Crónica (Mexicali), July 26, 2003. Article by Mitzi Monge.
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