Central American Minors Turn Down Refuge in Mexico

CIS — Despite being offered refuge in Mexico, Central American minors continue to travel north to the United States.

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch published a report which revealed that “less than one percent of the children who are apprehended by Mexican immigration authorities are recognized as refugees.” Between January and November 2015 Mexican immigration authorities detained 16,869 unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). Of those apprehended, only 52 received refugee status, which means only 0.3 percent received international protection in the first 11 months of 2015.

Additionally, the report provides several criticisms of Mexico’s failure to protect Central American “refugee” and migrant children. The criticisms include: immigration agents fail to inform them of their rights or inadequately screen them for possible refugee claims, they do not receive the necessary legal aid to apply for refugee status, and the conditions in which they are held compel them to accept deportation to avoid prolonged detention.)

MEXICO ASSUMES ROLE OF TURNING MIGRANT CHILDREN BACK — INSIGHT CRIME

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