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Fewer criminals seen in deportees from US

Numbers have declined but the profile has changed, says Foreign Affairs official

A Foreign Affairs Undersecretary warned Sunday that while the number of illegal immigrants being deported by the United States remains low, that could change.


Undersecretary for North America Carlos Manuel Sada Solana also noted a change in the kind of people who are being sent back to Mexico.

“[Deportee] estimates are somewhat lower than during the previous administration but that is far from being a trend, and we’re assuming the worst is yet to come,” he told the newspaper Reforma during an interview at the fourth Agenda Migrante forum, a conference whose focus is supporting Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

Sada, who was briefly Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. until last January, remarked that rather than mass deportations there has been a shift in the deportees’ profiles.

“It is no longer those [caught] on the border; they’ve been repatriating people that are not dangerous criminals, whose only crime was to cross the border; people that work in the United States, that have family and have contributed to society,” he said.

“People with these characteristics were not considered deportable by the administration of President Obama, that’s the great difference.”


Immigration specialist Eunice Rendón Cárdenas concurred: “Today we are seeing people who have lived in the United States for 40 years being deported, and that means much greater challenges in terms of reintegration.”

“We’ve also seen the cases of DREAMers [undocumented immigrants aged under 31] being deported, which had never happened before, showing us the fragility of their migratory status.”

According to Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM), 50,000 Mexicans have been repatriated from the United States so far this year. The highest number ever recorded was 600,000 in 2010.

Also during the forum, non-governmental organizations advocating for migrants and migrants themselves accused the Mexican government of inefficiency in guaranteeing labor and social reintegration for returning Mexicans.

Journalist Carlos Puig pointed out the lack of concrete support given to migrants upon returning to Mexico: they are given only a repatriation document that is not recognized as valid identification.

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • David Nichols

    If they were deported, they were criminals… ipso facto
    The length of time a person spends being illegal doesn’t change the fact that their presence is illegal…
    If I rob a bank once a year for 40 years, should I therefore be allowed to rob banks with impunity??

  • K. Chris C.

    Whew! Thank goodness. I thought for a moment that Bush Sr., or Bush Jr. or Clinton, or Clinton, or Bremer, or North, or Silverstein, or Cheney, or Obama, or Brzezinski, or Trump, or Rumsfeld, or Kissinger, or Soros, or Powell, etc. had been deported down this way.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Their only crime was to cross the border? Well, that’s a crime.

  • miabeach

    Mexico enjoys a casual relationship to lawful society.

  • Pesobill

    Keep your opportunistic parasites home in your country we don’t want any..