THE MIGRATION CRISIS REACHES A SATURATED MEXICO CITY
Mexico City, Apr (EFE).- The migration crisis in Mexico has reached a saturated capital, where thousands of people wait in makeshift camps and shelters for humanitarian permits that allow them to continue their journey to the United States or work in the country.
The Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (Comar), in charge of processing humanitarian cards, is behind schedule in more than 100,000 cases, after reaching a record of 37,606 applications in the Crst quarter of the year, 29.2% more than during the same period of 2022.
The thousands of migrants who Cnd themselves in limbo have saturated not only the northern and southern borders, but have also overwhelmed a Mexico City that has become a key place on the migratory routes.
In southern Tapachula (Chiapas), organizations warn that the migrant population already exceeds the local population, while in northern Ciudad Juárez, 40 died at the end of March in a detention center of the National Institute of Migration (INM).
In the capital, those responsible for the Cafemin shelter foresee that the migratory .ow will not stop.
“We are expecting close to 65,000 people in the second half of May, we have not reached the highest point. We had never experienced a situation like this (… ), the city (capital of Mexico) is the second place in the country in requests for international protection,” Mario Monroy, Cafemin’s local integration coordinator, told EFE.
The network of shelters in the capital, he said, is in a situation of “maximum saturation.” while in Cafemin they currently serve 200 people a day and have reached 700, although they have capacity for a hundred.
For this reason, many have no other solution than to live on the street. In recent weeks, hundreds have camped in Giordano Bruno square, a few meters from the Comar o3ces, where they await a document that will get them out of the quagmire.
“They are sleeping on the street, there is nothing to eat and we have a hard time. There is no help from anyone,” said Delissone Salntisalnt, a 52-year-old Haitian.
After weeks without response or attention, the capital’s government opened a provisional shelter in the southern municipality of Tláhuac, where they assure that they will receive humanitarian permits.