The Washington Post has a report on the horrible conditions illegal aliens face in Mexico:
Illegal migrants risk kidnapping, rape, torture on journey through Mexic
Mexico’s strict laws to protect the rights of illegal migrants are often ignored and undocumented migrants from Central America face a brutal passage through Mexico, say immigration experts and Catholic priests who shelter the travelers. They are stoned by angry villagers, who fear the Central Americans bring crime or disease, and fleeced by hustlers. Mexican police and authorities often demand bribes.
Mexico detained and deported more than 64,000 illegal migrants last year, according to the National Migration Institute. This is far fewer than the 200,000 undocumented migrants that Mexico detained annually just a few years ago. The lower numbers are the result of tougher enforcement on the U.S. border, the global economic slowdown and, say some experts, the robbery and assaults migrants face in Mexico.
The National Commission on Human Rights, a government agency, estimates that 20,000 migrants are kidnapped each year in Mexico.
While they are held for ransom, increasingly at the hands of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels, many migrants are tortured — threatened with execution, beaten with bats and submerged in buckets of water or excrement.
Forget about getting legal asylum,
Of the 64,000 migrants detained and expelled by Mexico last year, the Mexican government granted only 20 humanitarian visas, which would have allowed them to stay in Mexico while they testified and pressed charges against their assailants.
How about enforcing laws? Nope.
“We have a government in Mexico that emphatically criticizes the new immigration law — which is perfectly valid, to criticize a law with widespread consequences — but at the same time, doesn’t have the desire to address the same problem within its own borders,” said Alberto Herrera, executive director of Amnesty International in Mexico.
“The violations in human rights that migrants from Central America face in Mexico are far worse than Mexicans receive in the United States,” said Jorge Bustamante of the University of Notre Dame and the College of the Border in Tijuana, who has reported on immigration in Mexico for the United Nations.
The migrants are preyed on by roving gangs that operate along the Guatemalan border. Once in Mexico, many migrants ride on dangerous freight trains to bypass immigration checkpoints. Local police, taxi drivers and city officials often demand bribes or deliver them to kidnappers, according to the migrants and research by government and human rights workers.
Amnesty International says that as many as six in 10 women experience sexual violence during the journey.
Mexican government officials stress that only a handful of complaints are filed against federal immigration agents.
Of course the immigrants will not file a complaint. The article states that “local authorities appear to be involved in the kidnappings”, while the government would not allow asylum to the person filing a complaint while the case is investigated and tried, additionally,
The priest said that federal authorities do not protect the migrants and that local officials also look the other way — or take a their cut from the robbers and traffickers.
How’s that for a standing ovation in Congress?