What are supporters doing about their country of mexico 18,000 migrants are kidnapped annually in Mexico?
A recent Los Pinos press release indicated that President Felipe Calderón planned to discuss “the conditions that confront Mexican communities…in the United States” when he met with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama during their fifth bilateral summit on March 3. Still, though Mexico is known more for sending immigrants than receiving them, each year some 300,000 undocumented Central Americans cross the Mexican border—with most continuing on to the United States.
While the Mexican government protests the discrimination undocumented Mexicans face in the United States, Central Americans often suffer mistreatment in Mexico as well. The plight of Mexico’s undocumented migrants made headlines in August, when the Mexican military discovered a mass grave near the border region containing 72 cadavers, most of whom were identified as Central and South American migrants. Human Rights Watch estimates in its 2011 World Report that about 18,000 migrants are kidnapped annually in Mexico, “often with the aim of extorting payments from their relatives in the United States.” A survey released days before the Senate’s decision and published by Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH, in Spanish) found that at least 11,000 kidnappings of migrants occurred in Mexico from April to September 2010. The CNDH also calculated that the figure could be much higher due to conservative counts of abductions and victims’ reluctance to report crimes. “Because of their irregular immigration status, [migrants] do not turn to the authorities—to the contrary, they avoid them,” according to a 2009 CNDH report. “Their status as undocumented immigrants makes them easy targets for bad public servants, common criminals, and organized crime; their intention to cross to the United States makes them vulnerable to false promises of work or transportation to their destination.”