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AMERICA/MEXICO: The Drama Of Migrants

Under the new immigration policy of the Mexican government, based on respect for the human rights of foreigners in transit in the country, the National Institute of Migration (NIM) has recently closed the state centers for migrants in Morelia, Acapulco, Nogales and Reynosa, “due to the lack of minimum conditions of reception and supply of services.”

The responsibility to offer food and lodging to migrants along their route, from the southern to the northern border, therefore falls on the few NGOs present and on the Church. 

Those responsible for these centers calculate that, overall, they take care of about 1,200 people, including Mexicans and foreigners. For example, the Salesian center of Father Chava offers breakfast and between 800 to 1,500 meals every day.    


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