Trump Effect: Illegal Mexican Immigrants Leaving Voluntarily on the Rise

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 12, 2017, 3:53 pm
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Undocumented Mexican immigrants are increasingly returning voluntarily (Alef).


Fear among Mexican undocumented migrants residing in the United States is evident and according to the Mexican consular authorities this is concerning, as thousands of these families could lose their belongings and what they have built over the years they have worked in the United States.

Many of these Mexicans are already preparing their return to Mexico out of their own free will before they are untimely deported by US authorities. One of these cases is a woman who concealed her identity with the pseudonym “Luisa”. She arrived in the United States 17 years ago, she was able to work, save up and build a home in her hometown in Mexico. She dreamed of returning to her country to reunite with her family, although she never thought she would be motivated by the fear of being deported.

“Luisa” states that her priority in recent weeks has been to work and save as much money as she can to pay for the paperwork of her two daughters who were born in the United States so that they can live and study in Mexico without any problem since, according to her, “the way things are, we don’t know what will happen “.


The arrests of undocumented immigrants have injected fear into people like “Luisa” who says that “we hear about raids nearby and we cannot avoid thinking we will be next.”

Approximately 247,500 undocumented immigrants live in the city of Santa Ana, California, which means they constitute almost a quarter of the 814,000 undocumented immigrants estimated to live in Los Angeles, according to the California Institute of Public Policy.

In February, ICE detained 160 undocumented immigrants in California, 41 in Los Angeles and 16 in Santa Ana.

Trump has pledged to make border security and illegal immigration top priorities in his administration.

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Panama to Transfer Stranded Cuban Migrants to Shelter on Costa Rican Border

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 12, 2017, 2:55 pm

EspañolAfter Panama President Juan Carlos Varela threatened to close a shelter assisting Cuban immigrants, his administration announced it will be instead transferring them to a center on the Costa Rican border. According to the Panamanian Ministry of Security (Minseg), the more than 300 Cubans who are in Pastoral Caritas will be transferred to a shelter in the province of Chiriquí. Tweet: Minseg announced that Cuban immigrants would be transferred from Panama's Caritas facilities to the Planes de Gualaca shelter in Chiriqui. On Monday April 10, President Carlos Varela said his administration is looking for "alternatives" for immigrants so they can remain in the country in "decent shelters." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The decision to move them was made following a meeting between the president and leaders of the Catholic Church. According to Panama officials, the transfer is intended to give Cubans "better conditions" while resolving their situation. The Ministry of Public Security said that the measure is "exceptional" and that in the future, immigrants who enter Panama irregularly "will be deported or returned to their country of origin." The President gave the charity Caritas Panama a 30-day deadline to assist immigrants in the facilities. The charity organization said its humanitarian principles would not allow them to fail in caring for Cuban citizens. Sources: TVN; Nación

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