Urgent Action: Asylum seekers at risk of mass detentions
Simultaneous to negotiations between the USA and Mexico around possible tariffs on Mexican goods, hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers were detained on Mexico´s southern border on the highway near Metapa in Chiapas state. On 5 June, Mexican migration agents and elements of the National Guard detained approximately 400 people. They were taken to an already overcrowded detention centre, and many were deported the following day without proper explanation to their right to seek asylum or explore other migratory options in Mexico. On 6 June, the government announced the deployment of 6,000 National Guard members to Mexico´s southern border.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE IS NOW EXTENDED TO 30 JULY 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Spanish to:
Minister of Interior
Olga Sánchez Cordero
Calle Abraham González No. 48 Col. Juárez,
Cuauhtémoc. Ciudad de México,
C.P. 06600 MÉXICO
Twitter: @SEGOB_mx @M_OlgaSCordero
Salutation: Dear Minister
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