For the third time in seven days migrants have once again forced their way into the COMAR offices in Tapachula, Chiapas, to demand that their applications for asylum be processed. It is worth noting that this office deals with over 50% of all asylum requests made in Mexico, now the biggest migration channel in the world.
Human Rights Watch raises its concerns about new proposed migration controls in Texas, which could see persons who aid migrants facing mandatory sentences of ten years imprisonment. “In reality, most of our clients do not hide people, but are arrested for driving undocumented people in their vehicles in the border area…Subjecting people charged with a non-violent driving offense to a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison is so disproportionate and lacking any sense of justice or fairness.”
Since 2018, Melel Xojobal has recorded 2,144 cases of disappearances in Chiapas as opposed to the 1,476 reported by the State. Of the total cases, 40% have not been located. In 2022 Chiapas was in fourth place for the disappearance of children and adolescents. In the context of International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearance, Junax Ko’tatik, the Committee of United Families of Chiapas, Searching for Our Disappeared Migrants, released the following statement.