2019-09-10 16:00:27

Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico

Hundreds of African migrants in Mexico are protesting the country’s refusal to grant them transit visas to travel to the United States or Canada, where they want to apply for asylum.

For months, thousands of African migrants have been forced by the Mexican government to stay in the southern state of Chiapas, on the Guatemalan border.

Many of them have been sleeping in tent cities, cooking on the streets and bathing their children in buckets, without the promise of shelter, food or work permits.

The long waits for African migrants began in June, when it was reported that Mexican immigration authorities were ignoring transit visa requests by African and Haitian migrants to legally cross through Mexico.

For African migrants, the journey to Mexico often takes months as they cross the ocean to reach South America and then embark on a dangerous trek through the Colombian jungle and multiple Central American borders.

Democracy Now! speaks with Carolina Jiménez, Americas deputy director for research at Amnesty International in Mexico City.

African Migrants Amnesty International Amy Goodman Canada Carolina Jiménez Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Guatemala Immigration Mexico Mexico City Migrants Migration United States Visas

Immigration

Democracy Now!

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

Democracy Now!

San Antonio Organizer: U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for Deaths of 53 in Smuggling Tragedy

San Antonio Organizer: U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for Deaths of 53 in Smuggling Tragedy

Democracy Now!

Tragedy in Texas: 46 Found Dead in Suspected Smuggling Attempt Amid Biden's Harsh Border Enforcement

Tragedy in Texas: 46 Found Dead in Suspected Smuggling Attempt Amid Biden's Harsh Border Enforcement

Rising Up With Sonali

New Film ‘America’s Family’ Brings Immigration Injustices to Big Screen

New Film ‘America’s Family’ Brings Immigration Injustices to Big Screen

Related

Democracy Now!

Viktor Orbán Has Eroded Democracy in Hungary. Now He’s Being Embraced by CPAC & American Right

Viktor Orbán Has Eroded Democracy in Hungary. Now He’s Being Embraced by CPAC & American Right

Democracy Now!

“It Brings Hope”: Colombia Inaugurates Leftist Former Guerrilla as Pres., Afro-Colombian Woman as VP

“It Brings Hope”: Colombia Inaugurates Leftist Former Guerrilla as Pres., Afro-Colombian Woman as VP

Democracy Now!

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 8, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 8, 2022

Proud Partners