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    EnLínea Directa (Tamaulipas [Mexico]) January 11, 2005 Nuevo Laredo: Migration and Deportation In 2004 approximately 5,000 undocumented immigrants were
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      EnL�nea Directa (Tamaulipas [Mexico])
      January 11, 2005
      Nuevo Laredo: Migration and Deportation

      In 2004 approximately 5,000 undocumented immigrants were arrested in
      Nuevo Laredo. As part of the deportation process the immigrants were
      examined by doctors working for the Instituto Nacional de Migraci�n (National
      Migration Institute). One of these medical professionals is Dr. Esmeralda
      Almaza who spoke to the Tamaulipas, on-line, news source EnL�nea Directa about
      the experiences of the detainees with whom she works.

      Almaza says that she and her coworkers examine 365 to 400 people per
      month who came to Nuevo Laredo to cross the Rio Grande into the United
      States. Of those arrested she says that
      1. 80% are from Honduras,
      2. 10% from El Salvador,
      3. and 5% from Guatemala.
      4. 5% - The rest are primarily from Nicaragua, Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti and Cuba.

      Foreigners from China, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Hungary are also
      among those she examined throughout the year. Almaza said that people from
      these countries arrive at certain times of the year and are apprehended in
      groups. This has led her to conclude that they are sent in multi-person
      shipments by human trafficking organizations.

      Many of the immigrants that Almaza works with complain that they are
      mistreated by authorities on their trajectory to Nuevo Laredo. Some
      say that they had paid organizations in their country of origin to take
      them to the US but that they were abandoned at the border. Once at the
      border the migrants are often contacted by local smugglers who offer to take them
      to the US for a price.

      Almaza worries that female migrants may be easily enslaved in Mexico.
      Since it is expensive for the Mexican government to return them to
      their homes in China or Europe Almaza fears that they may not be deported at
      all but could instead be destined to the sex trade after their arrest.
      Whether Almaza was only speculating as to this possibility or was denouncing
      an existing practice is unclear from the article.

      Source: EnL�nea Directa (Tamaulipas), January 10, 2005. Article by
      Gast�n Monge.

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      Center for Latin American and Border Studies
      New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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