Mexico


Haitian ambassador to Mexico, Guy Lamothe said that Mexico has shown "understanding and sensitivity" to the migratory wave of Haitians who have traveled from Brazil, through Central America in their quest to enter the Untied States.

"This is the first time that Mexico is receiving a wave of Haitian migration "(since after the devastating earthquake in 2010. )

Ambassador Guy Lamothe made the comments while speaking to reporters following his meeting with fellow Latin American ambassadors and deputies to the Board of the Committee on Foreign relations.

Mexico, which has find itself embroiled in a contentious debate with the United States over illegal immigration and the funding of a border wall to stop their coming into the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, seems to want to draw a stark contrast approach towards undocumented immigrants. Whether it is sustainable in the long run, or is even feasible in the first place remains to be seen.

Late last year Mexico, announced a plan to give asylum seekers in the United States, a temporary residency while their case proceeded. But that was under the Obama administration, which had allowed thousands of Haitian immigrants to enter the United States following the earthquake.

Mexico will give Haitians seeking asylum in the US, temporary residency


Much has changed since the election of Donald Trump to say the least, and thousands of Haitian immigrants who were hoping to enter the U.S have now found the door shut on them. returning back to Brazil, a country they've left on foot and whose economy has still not fully recovered from a recession, is not an option. Going back to Haiti would be even worse.

As a result of the immigration policies implemented by the new American administration, nearly 10.000  Haitians are stranded in border cities such as Tijuana. Most are now realizing that staying in Mexico might be their only viable choice and many local factories have started to recruit among them from the immigrant shelters.


While Mexico aims to do good towards Its undocumented immigrants, it fears that refugee camps and deportees will appear on its border as a result of the new immigration guidelines approved Tuesday by the government led by Donald Trump that aim to accelerate the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The policy that was in force previously indicated that only Mexican citizens were returned to the country while those of other nationalities were sent to their countries of origin, however, now undocumented immigrants coming from Mexico, regardless of their country of origin will be deported to the northern Mexican border while the United States studies asylum requests or deportation proceedings.

Mexico still has no idea about what it will do with the thousands of people who are expected to be sent back.

According to Patrick Murphy, a priest who runs the Casa del Migrante, a shelter located in the border city of Tijuana, "by no means" is Mexico prepared for such a situation because when the city was overwhelmed by Haitian citizens, the government made " Little effort or nothing." Religious groups opened shelters with improvised beds, tents and temporary sanitary facilities. While the food of the Haitian immigrants was covered by means of donations.

"We are potentially talking about hundreds of thousands of people. See the case of Haitians in Tijuana, how many, seven or eight thousand? And the situation is already overflowing, " said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst based in Mexico City who added to his example :" Now imagine a situation 10 or 15 times bigger than that. There are no resources to receive them " he said.

As Haitians citizens are being deported, thousands are still on their way from their long months travel through central america.