Washington, D.C., June 29th, 2018

 

Today, the Undersecretary for North America, Carlos Manuel Sada, and the Ambassador of Mexico in the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, led a meeting with organizations that defend the rights of immigrants in the United States, and representatives from the embassies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to analyze and exchange views on the policies implemented by immigration authorities in the United States that result in the detention and separation of families.

 

The meeting’s objective was to share information, identify synergies and future challenges, and determine joint actions to safeguard the migrants’ human rights, particularly of minors and their families.

 

The Ambassador of El Salvador, Claudia Canjura; the Deputy Chief of Mission of Guatemala, Lionel Maza; and the Consul General from Honduras, Roberto Martínez, were in attendance. They talked about the conditions that their nationals, especially children, experience at immigration facilities.

 

Also, representatives from American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Immigration Council (AIC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) shared their experiences in dealing directly with immigrants who have been separated from their children, while urging government representatives to step up their consular protection efforts and to keep communication channels open with immigration authorities.

 

Undersecretary Sada reiterated that the Mexican Government rejects these cruel and inhumane practices and that our consular network will remain ready to deal with this type of cases and support the efforts of the Central American countries.

 

All attendees agreed that law and diplomacy are the main tools to safeguard the rights of immigrant families and to keep in constant communication.

 

This meeting is part of the actions carried out by the Mexican government to assist people affected by the zero tolerance policy and to promote the suspension of practices that violate the rights of immigrants. It also strengthens cooperation with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to address issues of common interest