Tijuana and Mexicali: FNS Immigration News
- Tijuana and Mexicali Immigration News
Date: 1/23/2003 12:48:17 PM Pacific Standard Time
Tijuana and Mexicali Immigration News
Tijuana Migrant Shelters
Luis Kendzierski, the director of Tijuana's Casa del Migrante, said that between 60 and 70 people per day arrive at his facility which houses migrants that want to enter the US or have been expelled from that country.
Kendzierski estimates that 60% of the people at Casa del Migrante had been living in the US long enough to have made lives for themselves there before they were returned to Mexico. He says that these same people are now having difficulty surviving in Mexico. For 2003, Kendzierski is expecting that Casa del Migrante will house about as many people as it did last year.
Mary Galván Romero of the Instituto Madre Asunta, a Tijuana home for migrant women, said that the Instituto sheltered 913 women in 2002. Currently there are 25 women staying at the facility.
Galván told the Tijuana newspaper Frontera that women are currently arriving in Tijuana to try and cross the border during the month of January. Many of them were previously living in the US but went home over the winter holidays to visit family. Now they are trying to return to the US.
Irrigation Canal Claims First Victim in 2003
The All American Canal near Mexicali claimed its first victim in 2003: fifteen-year old Manuel Pérez Chávez. Mexicali's La Crónica newspaper wrote that Pérez was a young man with dreams and aspirations who wanted to try his luck in the US but will now be returned in a coffin to his home state of Oaxaca.
On Monday, January 20, Mexicali's immigrant-protection group Beta learned of Pérez's disappearance the previous day. Beta found his body on Tuesday, January 21.
Pérez was with three cousins and a nephew when he tried crossing to the US. More than a year had passed since had seen his brother living in Salinas, California and Pérez had hoped to see him that same Sunday. Instead, his brother went to claim his body.
Pérez's brother, who is not named in the article, said that Manuel was the sixth of nine children. He dropped out of school in the fourth grade because he had to begin doing agricultural work in his poor home town of San Andrés Zavache Ejutla in southern Mexico.
At the time of his death, four of Manuel's siblings were working in the US and the young man had hoped of joining and helping them and finding work as well, his brother said.
Sources: Frontera (Tijuana), January 23, 2003. Article by Luis Adolfo San.
La Crónica (Mexicali), January 23, 2003. Article by Samuel Murillo.
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