Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Migrant rights: ‘Life in Mexico isn’t worth living’

For Mexican migrants desperate to move to the US, life in Mexico is already hard, full of uncertainty and fear.

In the last few weeks, one in three of the nearly 60,000 Mexicans who risked their lives and crossed the border into the US has been unable to find work.

Many are unemployed due to the recession and the previous Mexican government’s austerity measures.

Now, there are more victims of the economic downturn, and it is tough for them to find work and hope.

Some want to join the long migration tradition of millions who make it on foot or in rafts, hoping to reach their dream of a better life in the US.

Others are just looking for work.

These men and women have come from a variety of backgrounds. There are Mexicans, undocumented, working as farm labourers, nannies, waiters, factory workers and even prostitutes.

When the caravan hit Mexican soil, several were carrying expired identification, including several more illegally present Mexicans.

The Mexican government asked the migrants to return voluntarily to the border, and even deported those that did not.

Shortly after this happened, the Mexican government turned down the US request for its help in rounding up the migrants – because some of them are not in Mexico legally.

However, many migrants are beginning to fear that Mexicans will attempt to call the US government and accuse them of being undocumented.

A few hours after this story was posted, the Mexican and American governments agreed to work together, placing Mexican authorities on the border in Texas.

Until then, migration between the two countries has remained secure for migrants, and the situation for those from Mexico who seek safe passage to the US remains the same.

However, many fear that if Mexican authorities get involved, the situation could worsen.

It is hard to say how many migrants want to leave and return home and how many want to stay and work in the US.

Only a small percentage ever end up reaching the US and there are other factors keeping them away.

Undocumented migrants are often stuck in shelters or in the detention centres.

On some nights they wake up in US prisons. Those who have been deported are often left to fend for themselves.

Many migrants say they came to the US to try and break the cycle of poverty in their countries, or to find better employment opportunities.

If not, they believe they can only stay in America for a limited time before they return home to their families.

The best way to save some money, some of them claim, is to provide for their families by becoming nannies or house cleaners.

Those who are looking for work in the US are few and far between and desperate, they say.

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