This repression against the Central American Exodus occurred in occupied Tohono O’odham territory, just south of the so-called border in northern Sonora near the town of Santa Ana.
Many thanks to the translator of this press release.
CENTRAL AMERICAN EXODUS
Thursday, November 15
On Thursday, November 15 at 11 pm, two buses were stopped in which people from this exodus, including women and children, were being transported. The operation was carried out by personnel from the National Institute of Migration and Federal Police on the Hermosillo-Nogales Highway, 28 km before arriving in Santa Ana, Sonora.
Immediately after these acts, the National Human Rights Commission was informed that these agencies had been accompanying the caravan in the past few weeks.
The people on the first bus, including women and children, were taken from the bus and detained in immigration kennels. Those on the second bus resisted the order to disembark from the bus, so INM personnel got on and instructed the bus driver to proceed to the immigration kennels. They were escorted by federal police and taken to Hermosillo where they were told they were sure to start their deportation process.
Once in the migration facilities José Alfredo Lopez Mota of the CNDH the migrants were asked to get off the bus, but they refused, so the authorities began using force to get them off the bus.
We consider it extremely serious that the CNDH’s support was requested to monitor the due respect for the human rights of migrants, and it was precisely those CNDH personnel that collaborated with INM personnel to force migrants to get off the buses.
We demand that these migrants are not deported, since the right to request and receive asylum by people who require international protection must be respected and guaranteed, as well as the principles of family unity and the best interests of children.
We have been in contact with the detainees and as of 3:00 am on Friday, November 16, they are being transferred again in immigration kennels without having been informed of their destination.
We consider it necessary to point out that these same buses had previously refused to stop at the toll booth at km 15 of the Hermosillo-Nogales Highway for people to receive water and food, since those who moved had not eaten even once all day. Agents of the Federal Police obstructed the people who were there to help, with the argument that they would give them services in Pesqueira, something that did not happen.
So we are concerned about the integrity of those who are being detained for almost two days without food, water, or a safe place to rest. Above all, of children, women and sick people.
We call on society in general to demand respect for the human rights of all people within the national territory regardless of their migratory status, as established by Mexican laws and international treaties to which Mexico is bound.
Commission of management and dialogue of the Central American Exodus