September 3, 2016 – California Resettlement Blog

We have an alarming report from two sources.

Judicial Watch – 09/01/2016

Droves of African Migrants in Mexico Awaiting U.S. Asylum Under Secret Pact

“The Obama administration has done a great job of promoting its various back-door amnesty programs, which include perpetually extending a humanitarian measure designed to temporarily shield illegal immigrants from deportation during emergencies. It’s known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and in the last few years migrants from several African countries have received it so the new influx is not all surprising. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone got TPS back in 2014 over the lingering effects of the Ebola Virus and earlier this year Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson extended it. The administration cited the “continued recovery challenges” the African countries face for the extension.”

Mexico Faces Wave of Africans

Translated by Firefox:  El Universal News, Mexico City – 08/30/2016

Mexico is experiencing a wave of undocumented Africans to the humanitarian crisis on the continent, causing saturated hostels in Tapachula, Chiapas and generating pressure on those located in Tijuana and Baja California, according to the National Institute of Migration ( INM) in recent days.  The last week, in just two days, the federal INM in the state of Chiapas registered 424 voluntary admission of Africans to the Siglo XXI in Tapachula, in order that
give them the office of departure that allows them to move freely for 21 days by the country.

The purpose of the undocumented is not to remain in Mexico but to reach US territory to seek asylum derived from living conditions that prevail in the continent.  El output is a document that gives the INM to foreigners of African nationality that allows them to travel freely in the country during that period of time.  Due to a lack of consular representation with Africa and their governments in Mexico make it difficult to assist their return, the Mexican state provides immigrants with a temporary permit during that period to carry out their migratory regularization or withdraw from the country.

Mainly, the flow of migrants is saturated on the border of Tijuana, Baja California, the point of crossing into the United States.  Hostels in Tijuana reported 154 migrants are currently hosted from African countries awaiting their asylum application acceptance in the United States.  Around 80 migrants spend the night away from shelters for lack of space and there is an undetermined number of them staying in hotels in the city of Tijuana.  La has hosted in the last three months to an average of 5 000 735 migrants, of whom 2 000 638 were from other continents and Haitians; the flow of Mexicans who sought to enter the United States amounted to 3 000 96 people.

INM reports that this transit of undocumented migrants causes pressure on the government of Baja California for their protection and care, and did not rule out that these movements facilitate trafficking networks operating from the South American countries of origin.  Countries that have allowed the migratory flow of Africans has increased to a policy of free transit through Brazil, where the migratory route begins, and Ecuador, which facilitates entry to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panamá.  Migrants mainly from Guinea, Eritrea, Ghana, Senegal, Somalia, Congo, Ivory Coast and Mali, along with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Syria, Pakistan and China maintain a constant concentration of up to 4,000 people at the borders of these Latin American countries.

See maps of migrant flows, below.

Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua moved to Mexico the concentration of foreigners on its border, under the knowledge that in our country are granted offices that allow them to reach the United States, where they can ask the authorities for processing their asylum.  El request Nicaraguan government has eased the entry of migrants to their territory, which facilitates the transition to Mexico. The municipal council of Tijuana and Grupo Beta migrant INM support of Congo, Pakistan, Somalia and Ghana entering US territory by Garita of San Isidro and can perform their asylum application procedures.

The African’s stay in our country is prolonged because the US immigration authorities in San Isidro-Ped West, only grants 50 asylums a day.  These conditions generate the risk of permanent seasonality of African migrants in Mexico, phenomenon that results in a massive concentration of undocumented asylum shelters in Tijuana and thus greater
demand for protection and provision of special services.

Maps of Migrant Flow


Central American Migrant routes Map

National Geographic:  The World’s Congested Human Migration Routes