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Congressman Sires Urges President Obama to Assist Vulnerable Women and Children at Mexico's Southern Border

Nov 2, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires, joined by 48 of his colleagues urged President Obama to protect the vulnerable women and children being detained at Mexico's Southern Border.

This time last year thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America fleeing violence, forced gang recruitment, and sexual assault came to the U.S. in hopes of protection. This year, apprehensions at our border have decreased, but apprehensions at Mexico's southern border have sky rocketed. Since July 2014, apprehensions of Central Americans in Mexico increased by 70 percent over the previous year.

"As the Government of Mexico continues with efforts to try and secure their southern border, we need to find ways to more effectively assist them in continuing to build the institutional capacity of its migration management and protection agencies. There have unfortunately been numerous reports of corruption leading to extortion, kidnapping, trafficking, and other crimes against migrants.â"

The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are among the most violent in the world. Honduras and El Salvador have the highest and second highest homicide rates in the world. The staggering rates of homicides in these countries can surpass 40 murders a day. The combination of unprecedented violence, forced gang recruitment against children, and poor economic conditions have forced desperate families to flee in hopes of giving their children a chance at a better life.  The Mexican government is working hard to  handle the influx but is unprepared for this spike, having just 15 asylum adjudicators for 100,000 people in need.

"My colleagues and I are urging President Obama to use assistance the U.S. government already provides to Mexico to focus on addressing the institutional weaknesses within the agencies responsible for migration enforcement and protection in Mexico in order to ensure that Mexico's migration laws are enforced in a way that upholds Mexico's international commitments and our shared values."

A copy of the letter may be seen here.